Associate, Construction Litigation

Litigation & Regulatory

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Litigation & Regulatory




Manchester, United Kingdom



The role

Our Growth. Your Future.

DLA Piper thrives on complex challenges and delivers exceptional results to clients. We're a team of trusted advisors, innovators and game-changers, going above and beyond to challenge the status-quo. 

This is your opportunity to join our market leading specialist team of Contentious Construction, Projects and Infrastructure lawyers across the UK. 

Globally and nationally, the team has ambitious plans to grow further and to increase its ability to deliver practical and innovative legal solutions to help its clients succeed. We are recognised for our global reach and our ability to undertake work of the highest quality and complexity. 

This is a truly exciting time to join a diverse team where every voice is heard and your success is recognised. So find out more about being valued for who you are as well as what you do, in a global law firm that commits to you and your career.


Following significant growth to date and further projected growth, we now have a new role for a Contentious Construction, Projects and Infrastructure Associate to join our market leading specialist team. 

The key focus of the role will be on domestic and international construction disputes. Acting for a diverse client and sector base, the successful candidate will gain direct experience in all aspects of disputes avoidance, management and resolution of high quality, highly complex disputes in the infrastructure, construction and transport sectors. The role will be based in one our UK offices, with the opportunity to travel to our international offices.

This is your opportunity to join our team who have a proven track record of success in providing contractual, practical, operational and risk management advice on distressed, high-value or strategically critical projects. We bring continuity of advice at all stages of a project’s lifecycle, from inception through construction and into the operational phase


We do not set upper or lower limits of PQE for any of our vacancies. We have however given an indicative PQE as an approximate guide for applicants. Candidates who have between 1 and 4 years PQE are likely to have the right level of enthusiasm and knowledge, with the right level of experience needed to be able to undertake and develop within this role. 

  • Qualified solicitor or barrister in England & Wales
  • Well-developed professional and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and legal technical skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment and develop relationships across the business
  • Proven track record of successfully leading and managing projects 
  • Ability to demonstrate a deep understanding of the technical issues that are key to our clients
  • Recognises and seizes opportunities for the firm, including repeat business
  • Builds and develops own network of internal and external contacts
  • Awareness of business development initiatives in the department and identifies ways to contribute
  • Good knowledge of PC applications, including MS Office


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.


In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive - we care about others, value diversity and act thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative - we give, we share and we join in
  • Be Bold - we stand tall and challenge ourselves to think big
  • Be Exceptional - we exceed standards and expectations


At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do.  We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work. 

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

We support anyone with a disability or long term health condition to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best. If you have not done so already, please let us know if you require any support so we can make the right adjustments and considerations should they be required.


We know that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That's why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.


In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.