No two careers – or two people – are the same at DLA Piper. You can be yourself in a diverse team where every voice counts and your success is recognised.
It’s important for us to reflect the world that we and our clients operate in. It makes us a stronger, more innovative and resilient business. Diversity and inclusion is not simply the right thing to do, it also provides a powerful message about being a destination of choice, which allows us to attract talented people, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of service to our clients.
Our policies have been shaped with our people in mind – we’ve offered more choice to work in an agile way through WorkSmart, and provide a range of support for different life events to create a truly inclusive workplace for everyone. We are sensitive to the variety of needs that people have at different stages of their personal and career life, and recognise an individual’s focus on their family and career.
In 2018 we were awarded Best Gender Diversity Initiative by an International Law Firm at the Euromoney Europe Women in Business Law Awards.
In 2019, DLA Piper became only the third organisation in Spain to be recognised for its diversity and inclusion work by the Madrid Bar Association. Pilar Menor, our Country Managing Partner in Spain, accepted the award for “good practice on equal opportunities” from the Association, which is the biggest in Europe with more than 70,000 members.
To sustain and promote our culture which encourages and values inclusion and teamwork, we have our values – be; collaborative; supportive; bold and exceptional, and believe these should be embedded in the way we all work every day.
This is why we consider how we are living our values in our performance conversations and look to understand how well we are doing through our people engagement survey.
We encourage you to reach your full potential and to explore the opportunities and choices that shape your individual career journey. We offer a tailored approach to every individual career journey to support and enable your growth, development and success. Plus, our supportive culture will help you to succeed as you push the boundaries of your experience and expertise.
Our International Career Academies bring managers, lawyers and leaders together at crucial stages of their careers to learn and enhance their professional and leadership skills, meet colleagues from across the firm and grow their personal networks. The focus is on building commercial, business development and managerial skills in a collaborative environment.
Our international programmes are complemented by local skills and technical learning, allowing our people to shape and grow their careers across sectors, borders and horizons. We use social forms of personal and professional development like coaching, mentoring and peer-to-peer learning, while encouraging everyone to deliver community-based projects to apply their skills in new and challenging ways.
Living and working in a new location and experiencing a new culture provides fantastic personal and career opportunities. We provide our people with opportunities for secondments to foster a global mindset, share knowledge and work collaboratively across borders.
At DLA Piper, we provide our people with the tools they need to help them work in new and different ways every day. It’s an agile approach we call WorkSmart. Local legislation and cultural expectations may vary from country to country, but this approach is the same across our firm. By encouraging our people to work without traditional limitations, such as where and when certain tasks are performed, we believe we can better meet the needs of our clients, attract the best talent and improve sustainability.
We encourage you to reach your full potential in a culture that supports you to grow and learn, and where we recognise and celebrate performance and results. Living our values, seizing opportunities and providing a commercial edge are all significant success factors.
With a strong link between performance and reward, we’re equipped to support our people, business and brand. We also continually review and enhance our approach to recognition and reward so that we’re able to attract, motivate and retain key talent all over the world.