Intellectual Property & Technology Senior Associate

Intellectual Property & Technology

Job Reference



Intellectual Property & Technology




Dublin, Ireland



The role


Our IPT team has successfully worked together in recent years to assist a large number of institutional and multinational organisations, across multiple sectors including in the Technology, Life Sciences, Retail, and Financial Services sectors. This is your opportunity to be part of a growing team, which has global reach and is strategically positioned as the only full service global law firm in the Irish market.


Working as part of our market leading global team, candidates will enjoy a broad diet of work that will generally involve

working as part of a multi-jurisdictional team and will cover all of our core services including:

  • Major sourcing and outsourcing transactions; 
  • IP advisory and strategic due diligence and related corporate transaction work;
  • Advisory work in respect of technology innovation projects involving cloud computing, open source, blockchain and artificial intelligence;
  • Data protection and privacy matters, including GDPR compliance, investigatory matters;
  • Cyber security and risk management projects; 


We pride ourselves on having a collegiate and diverse environment and we are looking for down-to-earth but confident lawyers with strong commercial acumen and business development appetite. Clear ambition and an international mindset is welcomed.  

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 to 8 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. 
The ideal candidate will:

  • Be a qualified Solicitor, ideally qualified in Ireland or England & Wales
  • Be internationally oriented
  • Have a non-contentious focus but experience in contentious IPT work an advantage; 
  • Have strong IPT experience gained in a leading Irish, City, regional or international firm or as part of an established in-house legal team in one of our key focus sectors 
  • Have a clear strategic focus on a particular aspect of the broad IPT skill set and an ambition to develop and build that as a strategic pillar of the practice; 
  • Have a strong business development instinct and ideally a track record in identifying and winning new business; 
  • Be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the technical and sectoral issues relevant to our clients
  • Draft documents using a commercial, client-focussed style
  • Comply with professional standards and all relevant regulatory obligations
  • Comply with the firm's systems, policies and procedures in all matters - including compliance, financial systems and time recording
  • Recognise and seize opportunities for the firm, including repeat business;
  • Build and develop own network of internal and external contacts;
  • Be commercially astute and stays current on key legal and business news; 
  • Have excellent skills in communication, client relations, and team-working;
  • Be aware of business development initiatives in the department and identifies ways to contribute;
  • Maintain a controlled, objective and flexible approach under pressure; and
  • Be proactive and innovative.

This job description is not designed to be exhaustive and can be varied as required to develop or fulfil this role.
The firm offers excellent training, learning and development programmes, as well as a genuine opportunity to experience a wide range of work and clients in a friendly, supportive environment.


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.