Litigation and Commercial Contracts Associate

Litigation & Regulatory

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Litigation & Regulatory




Antwerp, Belgium



The role


We are looking for a Lawyer with 0 - 4 years' experience with a focus on Litigation and Commercial Contracts matters to join our tier 1 financial services and insurance sector team in Belgium.

Our clients include financial institutions, scale-ups and private equity houses. The team is part of a wider Belgian and European team and frequently acts on deals involving our worldwide colleagues, giving our clients access to one of the largest teams in the world.

DLA Piper will invest in your long-term future to ensure you achieve your potential. This includes top-quality work that will challenge and stretch you, regular career conversations and feedback, a clear pathway to progression, career academies at every stage of your advancement, secondments, CR and pro-bono work, an active social calendar and a market-leading salary/benefits package and bonus scheme.


As a litigation and commercial contracts lawyer, you assist our clients in national and international matters in the financial services and insurance sector, with a particular focus on: 

  • litigation, compliance and enforcement matters: represent our clients in civil, criminal and administrative legal proceedings in the financial services and insurance sector (e.g. funding loss, market practices, consumer protection, misselling, money laundering, liability of financial institutions and their management, …); and
  • contract drafting and negotiation: assist clients with drafting and negotiating their contracts in relation to financial services, insurances, funds, in a B2B (e.g. service, outsourcing, distribution and custody agreements) and B2C context (e.g. general terms and conditions, credit and loan documentation), taking into account general consumer protective and commercial laws


  •     Belgian Master's degree in Law, and preferably an LLM obtained abroad
  •     Qualified to practice as a Lawyer in Belgium 
  •     Attractive academic track record
  •     0 - 4 years of relevant experience in litigation or commercial contracting
  •     A practical, hands-on team player
  •     A particular interest in the banking and insurance industry
  •     Native Dutch speaker with excellent command of English, and a good knowledge of French
  •     High work standards with strong service orientation
  •     Excellent communication skills
  •     You have excellent legal and technical skills
  •     Ability to prioritise and efficiently deal with complex files
  •     Well organised, proactive, flexible and a team player
  •     Ability to work in a fast paced international environment
  •     Accuracy, confidentiality and punctuality are second nature to you
  •     Keen on working in a dynamic yet demanding and rewarding context


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 are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative - we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold - we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional - we are strategic and driven, exceeding 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 recognise 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.