Real Estate Construction Associate

Real Estate

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Real Estate




Dublin, Ireland



The role

Our Growth! Your Opportunity!

We are currently recruiting for an associate to join DLA Piper's global Construction and Engineering, Real Estate team to be based in Dublin.

By joining our growing Construction and Engineering team, you will have a wide platform to progress your career and become an integral leader within the team and to manage high-profile construction projects. 

Our Real Estate team offers a full range of services in areas including acquisitions and disposals, construction law, financing, commercial real estate, land use, planning and development, leasing, environmental law, insurance and tax. 

To have maximum impact, you will deliver innovative commercial results to our diverse and international client base. 


This is your opportunity to advise clients on all aspects of high profile/complex non-contentious construction matters.

Supporting the Firm’s existing client base, as well as assisting in the winning of new clients, in the areas of commercial projects (logistics, office, retail, hotels), real estate finance (including development finance where the Dublin office has a strong and growing practice), infrastructure and transport, energy (an area in which the Dublin office is making a large investment to meet client demand), water and utilities, life sciences and data centre development. 

You will advise on all manner of procurement methods, from commercial developments to major international, domestic, civil and process engineering and energy projects, and assist clients in analysing the risk profile of their projects and selecting the best type of delivery method for the project and negotiate the required contracts.

You will deliver exceptional results to our clients on a broad range of complex issues including:

  • All aspects of contract drafting and negotiation including all the major standard forms of contract including RIAI, NEC and FIDIC
  • Transactional due diligence
  • Risk analysis and management
  • Preparation and reviewing of peripheral documents (e.g. bonds, guarantees and collateral warranties)
  • Considering and advising in respect of relevant commercial issues; and
  • Advising clients with the drafting, negotiation and management of non-traditional procurement methords


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 3 and 6 years' PQE are likely to have the right level of knowledge and have gained the right level of experience needed to be able to undertake this role. 

  • Have strong experience gained in a leading Irish, city, regional or international firm
  • All aspects of contract drafting and negotiation including all the major standard forms of contract including RIAI, NEC and FIDIC
  • Comply with professional standards and all relevant regulatory obligations
  • Experience working across a variety of sectors 
  • Commercially astute and stay current on key legal and business news
  • Excellent skills in communication, client relations, and team-working 
  • Provides a professional, quality service in a timely manner, and responds effectively to requests from internal and external clients 
  • Understands positive client support 
  • Creates confidence in the team and the firm 
  • 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 
  • Maintains a controlled, objective and flexible approach under pressure 
  • Proactive and innovative


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 act 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.