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LEADING                              BUSINESS                           2	Welcome: Simon Levine,
                                                                           Global Co-CEO
                                                                                                        18	DLA Piper Internship
                                                                                                            Programme: Isi Ijagbone
Being a first-choice legal adviser   Providing clients with essential   4    What makes us different?   20   Your path to a career with us
for our clients who range from       business advice, on everything
                                                                        6    Compelling statistics      22   Your development
multinational, Global 1000, and      from large scale mergers and
Fortune 500 enterprises to           acquisitions and banking deals     8    Our awards                 24	International Graduate
emerging companies developing        to people and employment,                                              Induction & Graduate
                                                                        10	DLA Piper International         Programme: Briar Blount
industry-leading technologies.       commercial dealings, litigation,       Graduate Programme:
                                     insurance, real estate, IT,            Katherine Roe               26	Internship to Graduate

G LO BA L                            intellectual property and plans
                                     for restructuring.
                                                                        12   Our global presence
                                                                                                            Programme: Edward Wong

                                                                                                        28   What we look for
Helping companies with their                                            14   Our practice groups
legal needs anywhere in the                                                                             29   Application process
                                                                        16	Giving something back
world by delivering a consistently
high-quality service globally.

                                                                                                                              Share our vision. Shape your future. 1
           We can give you               AT D L A PI PE R ,
           the best possible
           platform to achieve         A N D WITH GOO D
           your potential
                                              RE A SO N
                                 As a leading global law firm, we work          Our global network has significant benefits.
                                 with a number of the world’s top companies     On a day-to-day level, it means you can ring
                                 on business-critical issues in ever changing   a colleague from the other side of the world
                                 markets. Our clients cannot afford to stand    and be able to count on their support and
                                 still and that means neither can we.           advice. It also means you’ll build strong
                                                                                relationships with talented lawyers from
                                 We pride ourselves on thinking nimbly,         every corner of the world. And perhaps most
                                 creatively and commercially to seize           excitingly, it means you can take on overseas
                                 opportunities. They’re qualities that have     assignments and gain international experience.
                                 not only led us to become the most
                                 innovative firm in our sector; they have       All this is just a glimpse of what we have to
                                 also driven our phenomenal growth              offer, but I hope it inspires you to find out more.
                                 over the last 12 years.                        In my view, there’s never been a more exciting
                                                                                time to join DLA Piper. As a firm we are
                                 So what does all                               united behind a global strategy that will help
                                                                                us achieve our aim of being the trusted business
                                 this mean for you?                             adviser of choice for our clients and will see
                                 Simply, that if you’re as ambitious and        us grow still further. So while we’re proud of
                                 inquisitive as we are, you’ll fit in well at   our accomplishments so far, we’re even more
                                 DLA Piper. We work with many exciting          excited about the future.
                                 clients across the world and the deals we
                                 advise on are often complex and challenging
                                 – transcending not just practice areas,
                                 but borders, languages and legal systems.

                                                                                Simon Levine

                                                                                Global Co-CEO and
                                                                                Managing Partner

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W H AT                                                                     We’re going places
                                                                                                                       DLA Piper is a firm with ambition.
                                                                                                                                                                          We have strong
                                                                                                                                                                          sector expertise
                                        MAKES US                                                                       Since our formation in 2005, we’ve more
                                                                                                                       than trebled in size, making us one of the
                                                                                                                                                                          We value the importance of providing
                                                                                                                                                                          sector expertise to our international clients.

                                        D I F F E RE NT
                                                                                                                       most successful law firms of recent times.         Our sector approach promotes cross-practice
                                                                                                                       We have even bigger plans for the future,          and cross-jurisdiction working and ensures we
                                                                                                                       which means even more possibilities for            are strengthening the engagement we have
                                                                                                                       your career. Just as we grow, so will you.         with our key clients. As a firm we are particularly
                                                                                                                                                                          proud to actively support 10 sectors which we
            Our vision is to be the leading global               We’re truly global                                    We’re supportive                                   are continually investing in.
            business law firm. But how are we achieving

            that and what makes us different?
                                                                 and full service                                      We may be one of the biggest law firms
                                                                                                                       in the world, but it never feels like that.
                                                                 Because our clients are often global, we have
                                                                 to be too. Sharing our insights, we work together
            We’re innovative                                     across borders and jurisdictions to provide           You will find yourself in a close-knit, diverse
            DLA Piper has spearheaded many innovations           a seamless service to our clients. As well as         and supportive team. Partners will know your
            in the legal sector. So much so, we were named       having a global team of experts at your disposal,     name and take an interest in your development.
            ‘Game-Changing Law Firm of the Past Ten                                                                    In fact, our culture is something that surprises
            Years’ (Financial Times Innovative Lawyers
                                                                 this will mean real opportunities to work abroad
                                                                 and gain international exposure.                      many people. Lawyers who join us from              Most Powerful Law Firm
            Award, 2015). Many of these innovations will
            empower you.
                                                                                                                       other firms are often struck by how friendly,
                                                                                                                       collaborative and approachable we are.
                                                                                                                                                                          Brand in the World
                                                                 We do high profile work
                                                                 DLA Piper offers the opportunity to do                                                                   Acritas Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index 2017
            For example, across some areas of our business
                                                                 work that matters. Here are just three recent
            through our Legal Delivery Centre, we’ve taken
                                                                 examples: we advised Vodafone on its acquisition
            away a number of administrative tasks thereby
                                                                 of a large cable operator (a €7.2 billion deal); we
            increasing efficiencies for the client and freeing
                                                                 supported Uber with its real estate needs in the
            you to focus on strategic client work.
                                                                 UK, USA, Australia, Netherlands and Egypt; we
                                                                 advised the English Premier League on all aspects
                                                                 of its broadcasting.

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                           DLA Piper has the size and scope to fulfil your

                           ambition, whether you’re seeking challenging
                           work, international exposure or the chance to
                           give something back.

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            Katherine Roe talks about her time on the International Graduate Programme
            What transaction was it?                                  and the US. Additionally, I worked closely with
                                                                      local counsel in other jurisdictions, including Israel
            During my time in the Corporate department,
            I was part of the team advising a global on-demand
                                                                      and Cyprus. The introductions during the closing         PROGRAMME
                                                                      call sounded like the Olympics opening ceremony!
            mobility company on a corporate reorganisation
                                                                      In a deal with so many moving parts (and time
            and subsequent equity and debt fundraising. The                                                                    An interview with
                                                                      zones), I was encouraged by how seamlessly the
            reorganisation involved seven group companies,                                                                     Katherine Roe
                                                                      teams worked together. It was a great reminder
            spanning six jurisdictions, including Israel, Russia
                                                                      of what working at a global law firm is all about.
            and the US.                                                                                                        Trainee, London

            What was your role and                                    What did you enjoy most?
                                                                      The team were really supportive and gave me
            how were you involved?                                    a lot of responsibility, which was great. I enjoyed
            I was involved in the transaction from start to finish.   how fast-paced the transaction was, as it really
            Of course, as a trainee, I assisted with the usual        is the best way to learn.
            tasks, such as proofreading and drafting ancillary
            documents. As things progressed, I was given
            more responsibility and had built the confidence
                                                                      What did you learn from
            to tackle more complicated tasks. I was assisting         working on the transaction?
            with the review and drafting of core documents,           The transaction was very live, with the deal
            attending client meetings and liaising frequently with    structure changing frequently. Being involved from
            colleagues and local counsel in other jurisdictions.      the beginning allowed me to get to grips with the
                                                                      commercial reasoning behind the transaction and
            What jurisdictions were                                   those changes, and I learned how important this
                                                                      is. Working with teams in various jurisdictions has
            involved?                                                 certainly prepared me well for my international
            The cross-jurisdictional nature of the transaction        secondment to Singapore. I am looking forward
            provided a great opportunity to work with our             to working on more cross-border matters.
            colleagues at DLA Piper in the Netherlands, Russia

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                                    OU R G LO BA L                     CORPORATE / EMPLOYMENT / FINANCE & PROJECTS / INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY &
                                                                       TECHNOLOGY / LITIGATION & REGULATORY / REAL ESTATE / RESTRUCTURING / TAX

                                     PRE S E N C E                     GLOBAL KEY SECTORS

                                                                       ENERGY / FINANCIAL SERVICES / INSURANCE / LIFE SCIENCES / MEDIA, SPORT
                                                                       & ENTERTAINMENT / REAL ESTATE / TECHNOLOGY

        NORTH AMERICA                                       EUROPE

                                                                                                                             ASIA PACIFIC

                                         LATIN AMERICA               MIDDLE EAST

Our global network is comprised of eight
practice groups, each focusing on a different
area of law. These are spread over six regions
across the world. Within each practice group,
we also have industry sector specialists.

All these teams work fluidly together. So while you
might join a particular practice group and specialise
in a specific industry, you’ll regularly collaborate
with colleagues from other practices, sectors and
regions, broadening your exposure still further.

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                                      G ROU P S
            DLA Piper competes at the highest level but is far from a                                                                       Intellectual Property                         Litigation                                     Real Estate
                                                                                                                                            & Technology                                  & Regulatory                                   DLA Piper’s Real Estate group is the
            traditional law firm. DLA Piper, like the markets we operate in,                                                                                                                                                             world’s largest real estate practice,
                                                                                                                                            The Intellectual Property & Technology        DLA Piper’s Litigation & Regulatory            and is consistently top-ranked by
            is constantly evolving. Our lawyers are a breed apart – never                                                                   group focus on various areas such as          group comprises dispute resolution             publications and directories globally.
            satisfied with the status quo and possessing the will and confidence                                                            brands, trademarks & marketing, media,        lawyers and regulatory specialists in
                                                                                                                                            sport, IT, gambling, life sciences among      more than 30 countries. Our group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Real estate is the built environment,
            to drive change. We are looking for those of you who can harness                                                                many more. The practice provides both         helps clients reduce the uncertainties
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         everything from offices and residential
                                                                                                                                            litigation-related and strategic commercial   involved in disputes through innovative
            these attributes whilst understanding that to succeed we must be                                                                advice to a wide range of industry sectors,   and commercial dispute resolution              units to retail centres, logistics hubs and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         healthcare facilities. Almost every single
                                                                                                                                            helping clients from technology and           strategies, and effective case
            disciplined, culturally understanding and above all committed to                                                                pharmaceutical companies to banks             management. We have the proven                 DLA Piper client has real estate needs,
                                                                                                                                            and financial institutions.                   ability to deploy large, cross-border          be it as a core investment or as an
            working together. DLA Piper is a firm that challenges.                                                                                                                        teams on major international disputes.         underlying asset. We aim to meet the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         needs of all of these clients and ensure
                                                                                                                                            We develop asset management and                                                              that their holdings and investments add
                                                                                                                                            protection strategies designed to help        The globalisation of business is resulting     value to their businesses.
            Charles Severs                                                                                                                  clients manage risk, continue growth          in more cross-border disputes and
                                                                                                                                            and protect market share around the           extraterritorial application of legislation.
            Managing Director,                                                                                                              globe. We understand the commercial           We have the local strength and
                                                                                                                                            issues and pressures that arise from          knowledge to advise on specific legal,
            Practice Groups                                                                                                                 IP disputes or related negotiations,          cultural and procedural issues.
                                                                                                                                            and we provide innovative and strategic
                                                                                                                                            solutions to handle them.

Corporate                                      Employment                                    Finance & Projects                             Restructuring                                 Tax
From mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and        Our Employment group provides                 Finance and Projects lawyers provide           Our Restructuring lawyers develop             The group helps tax departments
venture capital to private and public equity   solutions-based advice and supports clients   market-leading insight into all aspects of     innovative restructuring solutions that       of multinational companies to address
and debt offerings, our global Corporate       in the day-to-day management of their         finance, representing leading investment       deliver commercial results. We advise         the complex challenges of international
team assists clients through all stages of     people-related legal issues and risk.         and commercial banks, public and               on all matters relating to public and         commerce and business operations.
their transactions to ensure successful deal                                                 private companies that actively help           private companies in underperforming          We advise on a wide range of tax issues:
outcomes. With 950 corporate lawyers           The group advises on all areas of             shape the market. We specialise in the         and distressed situations. Our experience     inward and outward investment, private
across the world, we are able to help          employment, including trade union and         following areas: debt finance; energy          also extends to contentious issues arising    equity deals, structuring for corporate
businesses transact across borders by          employee relations, discrimination and        & infrastructure finance; financial markets;   from restructurings and insolvencies.         and real estate acquisitions and disposals,
combining a market-leading international       diversity management, global mobility         financial services regulatory and projects,                                                  transfer pricing planning and documentation
practice with specialist local expertise.      and data privacy. Employment also             where we work on joint ventures and            We have significant experience                as well as executive and employee
                                               advises on legal, tax and regulatory          other collaborations.                          of advising clients on investigation,         compensation packages.
Our M&A practice has been consistently         aspects of remuneration, employee                                                            enforcement, litigation and asset
executing more deals globally than our         share incentives and other benefits,          Our aim is to assist clients with finding      recovery on a multi-jurisdictional basis.     Our tax lawyers draw upon the
competitors. Thanks to this high volume        and assists clients generally in designing    commercially sound solutions within            Our client base encompasses debtors,          experience of colleagues in numerous
of transactions, we are able to deliver high   and delivering their reward strategies.       the political, legal and commercial            lenders, government entities, trustees,       areas of law, which further strengthens
quality commercial advice to our clients       Our pension lawyers cover every               environment of the host country in             shareholders, directors, and distressed       the capabilities of our tax practitioners,
who benefit from the efficiencies derived      aspect of pension provision, as well          which they are operating.                      debt and asset buyers and investors.          resulting in fully integrated advice to
from our experience.                           as the management of pension disputes.                                                                                                     our clients.

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G IVI N G                                                         Every lawyer
                                                                                             is encouraged
                           SO M E TH I N G                                                    to perform at
                                                                                             least 35 hours
                              BAC K                                                             of pro bono
                                                                                                 work each
                DLA Piper is committed to being a responsible business.
                No matter where you’re based in our global network, you’ll                              year
                have a part to play in that effort too.

                Every lawyer is encouraged to perform at least 35 hours of pro bono
                work each year. What’s more, employees are encouraged to spend two
                days a year participating in firm-organised community activities.
                                                                                                               UNICEF fundraising
                Pro bono work                                                                                  DLA Piper has partnered with UNICEF
                In 2017, our global network devoted over 200,000 hours to pro bono                             since 2013. So far, this partnership has
                initiatives. This alone makes us one of the world’s largest providers of                       seen our global network contribute over
                pro bono legal services.                                                                       18,000 hours of pro bono legal support
                                                                                                               for UNICEF’s work around the world.
                We run legal clinics in most countries where we are based. For you, it’s
                an opportunity to help vulnerable people in your community. Working                            One of our most notable fundraising
                with law centres and frontline agencies, you could find yourself providing                     activities is the UNICEF Global Challenge,
                advice on topics such as asylum and immigration, unlawful detention, or                        where teams of partners and staff from
                even business advice.                                                                          around the world embark on treks to
                                                                                                               places like the Simien Mountains of
                There’s also the opportunity to help further afield too. New Perimeter,                        Ethiopia and Machu Picchu in Peru, to
                our non-profit affiliate, enables our lawyers to provide pro bono legal                        raise thousands of pounds to support
                assistance in under-served regions around the world.                                           UNICEF’s child protection work.

                Global Scholarships
                DLA Piper’s Global Scholarships Programme was launched in June 2017.
                Through this initiative we support outstanding law students from the 50
                Least Developed Countries and help them achieve their personal goals.

                The Scholarship is open to high achieving students who would not
                otherwise have access to the mentors, work experience and financial
                assistance the programme provides. The aim is that in the long term they
                will contribute to a strong and effective legal profession, enhancing the
                rule of law and the sustainable economic development of their countries.

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Isi Ijagbone talks about his London Internship Programme

                                What did you do during the                              What did you enjoy most and
                                induction?                                              learn from the internship?
                                There were brilliant presentations from business        One thing that really stood out was how friendly
                                leaders and I really enjoyed learning about the         people are – at all levels. There’s a genuine open-
                                firm’s vision and strategy, D&I initiatives, deep       door policy. The practice group insight sessions
                                client pool, and internship activities. Day two         were very informative. I relished learning about the
                                covered our ten key sectors and the legal and           target growth markets, client base, disruptions and
                                commercial solutions we provide. We also started        business challenges in each one. I was also really
                                working in teams on a group pitch. This carried on      pleased by the high quality of work I got involved
                                into day three when we also did professional skills     in during my two departmental seats.
                                workshops including thinking about our personal
                                brand. On day four it was fascinating to hear about     How will you prepare
                                the firm’s engagement with UNICEF, Reprieve,
                                numerous legal advice clinics and much more.
                                                                                        yourself for the International
                                                                                        Graduate Programme and
                                What work experience                                    training contract?
                                placements did you undertake,                           I have an eleven-month paralegal position with
                                                                                        a European investment bank and will be joining
                                and what work did you get                               the legal team focused on Financial Services
                                involved in?                                            Regulation. I believe that stepping into a client’s
                                My first placement was in Corporate. One of my          industry and seeing things through an in-house
                                tasks was to review the prospectus of a publicly        legal lens is one of the best ways to learn what
                                listed retailer that was planning to issue new shares   makes them tick. I would also like to participate
                                on the London Stock Exchange. I had to verify the       in pro bono projects and reconnect with the
                                accuracy and truthfulness of statements made in         legal diversity organisations that I’ve built

            DLA PIPER           the prospectus. My second placement was in the
                                Infrastructure Projects team. One project included
                                                                                        a relationship with.

            INTERNSHIP          proofreading our client’s tender contract terms, in
                                connection with the purchase and maintenance of

                                a new fleet of trains in North-East England.

            An interview with
            Isi Ijagbone

            Intern, London

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                     C A RE E R W ITH U S
                                Internship Programme                                        International Graduate                  International Induction
                                During your Internship, you’ll                              Programme                               At DL A Piper, we know that the
                                experience what life is really like at                                                              connections you make within our
                                DL A Piper. What’s more, you’ll also                        During your graduate programme,         international network will stay with
                                be considered for a place on our
                                                                              You will      you will experience a number of         you for the rest of your career.
                                                                                            rotations throughout our eight
                                International Graduate Programme.             have an       different practice groups, giving
                                                                                                                                    At the star t of your graduate
                                                                                                                                    programme, you will par ticipate in
                                Throughout your programme,                                  you the oppor tunity to develop
                                you will do more than just shadow             opportunity   your knowledge and skills.
                                                                                                                                    an International Graduate Induction,
                                                                                                                                    which brings together our graduates
                                our law yers. You will be given               to engage     By the end of the programme, you’ll     from the International Firm to
                                real responsibilities. Whether
                                                                                            emerge with a clearer understanding     take par t in a fun and experiential
                                you’re attending a cour t hearing,            in dynamic    of where your talents and interests     learning programme.
                                contributing to a client meeting
                                or expanding your professional                work across   lie. The experience you’ll have         The International Graduate Induction
                                network at social events, you’ll have                       gained, as well as the networks built   takes place in London, and is an
                                plenty of oppor tunity to discover            a range of    will provide a strong foundation        inspirational and memorable week
                                your potential.                                             for your future career at DL A Piper.   f illed with business leaders, engaging
                                                                              sectors                                               team building activities and the
                                Visit our website to f ind out more
                                about our Internships across                                                                        networking oppor tunity of a lifetime.
                                Australia, Hong Kong and the UK .                                                                   We’re committed to giving our
                                                                                                                                    graduates an industr y leading star t
                                                                                                                                    to their careers.

                           INTERNATIONAL                                 PLACEMENT                 LEARNING &                              SOCIALISING &                      QUALIFICATION

                            INDUCTION                                    ROTATIONS               DEVELOPMENT                               NETWORKING

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YOU R                                                                Supporting you
    D E V E LO PM E NT                                                          Throughout your graduate
                                                                                programme, you will be
                                                                                supported by a supervising
                                                                                senior lawyer or partner who
    Your growth is our growth                                                   will provide you with regular
    Our goal is simple: we want to create the future leaders of                 guidance and feedback.
    the firm. That means giving you the skills you need to become
    a successful lawyer, but also the experiences to discover where             Learning that
    your true interests lie. As you progress, you won’t just develop
    your legal knowledge. You’ll also develop the commercial,                   never stops
    international outlook that’s the hallmark of a DLA Piper                    Your development doesn’t
    lawyer. This will be delivered in a bespoke way to maximise                 end at the end of the graduate
    your learning.                                                              programme. Far from it. Once
                                                                                qualified, you’ll continue to learn
                                                                                through real-life commercial
    What to expect                                                              practice. You’ll also have
    Your graduate programme starts with an induction programme,                 access to knowledge centres,
    designed to ease you in and get you acquainted with our culture             technical courses and business
    and enable you to meet graduates from across the firm. It will equip        skills training. Likewise, our
    you with the necessary knowledge and tools to start your career.            International Career Academies
                                                                                will help you continually
    You will then undertake rotations in different practice groups,             enhance your professional skills
    where you’ll work alongside people at all levels of the business,           while developing your internal
    including partners. Learning through practice and observation               networks across the firm.
    you’ll get a real feel for commercial law in practice.

    While much of your learning will be done on the job, you’ll also
    receive formal business skills training. This will develop your abilities
    in areas such as networking, business development, commercial
    awareness and financial management.

    Work in the community
    We’ll encourage you to do both pro bono and community work;
    not simply because it’s the right thing to do, but because it will
    develop your skills in leadership, teamwork and communication.
    Every lawyer is encouraged to undertake at least 35 hours of
    pro bono work each year.

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Briar Blount talks about her Induction & Graduate Programme

            What did you do on the                                I’ve enjoyed developing my skills drafting contracts,
                                                                  assisting senior associates and partners and finding
            International Graduate                                the best ways to incorporate clients’ needs.
            Induction and what did
            you most enjoy?                                       What are you working
            It was a hectic and amazing week! It started in       on currently?
            London with three full days of training involving
                                                                  I’m working remotely in London for two months
            very senior guest speakers, visits by UNICEF
                                                                  which involves splitting my time 50-50 between
            representatives, Diversity & Inclusion training,
                                                                  Brisbane and UK projects and spending one week
            social media training, sector workshops and much
                                                                  in the Leeds office. I’ve gained great insights into the
            more. The key takeaways for me were: The power
                                                                  difference between UK and Australian renewable
            of listening; what you put in is what you get out;
                                                                  energy related laws and policies and hope to
            and finally, be yourself. Next stop was the Royal
                                                                  consolidate what I’ve learned working on a renewable
            Military Academy Sandhurst, which was jam-
                                                                  energy project while I’m in the UK. I’ve also assisted
            packed with team building exercises that tested
                                                                  on projects involving the UK’s unique laws and
            our fears and limits because the activities were
                                                                  policies relating to the defence sector.
            tough both mentally and physically. I gained the
            same learnings from these activities and by the
            end of the week ‘being yourself’ came completely      What are your career
            naturally because we had all got to know each         aspirations for the next few
            other so well.
                                                                  years, and how do you think
                                                                  DLA Piper will be able to
            What rotations did you                                help you achieve these?
            undertake on your graduate                            I want to strengthen my knowledge and experience
            programme?                                            in energy technology and renewable energy projects,

                                                                                                                             I NTE RN ATI O N A L
            My first rotation was in Real Estate and the second   particularly in respect of Corporate Power Purchase
            in Finance & Projects (F&P). F&P is where I’ve        Agreements. It would be highly rewarding helping
            settled and, so far, at least 50% of the projects

                                                                                                                             G R A DUATE
                                                                  corporate clients pursue their renewable energy
            I’ve worked on have been outside of Australia.        goals and to lead a legal team assisting developers
            Several have been renewable energy projects           with constructing, procuring, operating and
            with international clients such as Vena Energy,
            and one involved Vietnam, Japan and Indonesia.
                                                                  maintaining large scale renewable energy projects.
                                                                                                                             I N DUCTI O N
                                                                                                                             & G R A DUATE
                                                                                                                             PROG R A M M E
                                                                                                                             An interview with
                                                                                                                             Briar Blount

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Edward Wong talks about his transition from intern to paralegal and commencing the International
                                               Graduate Programme
I believe DLA Piper’s
strong global presence                         What did you do during                                    culture of an international law firm and partners’
                                                                                                         expectations. My experience as a paralegal has given
and international                              the internship and what did                               me a head start in my career as a trainee solicitor.
network will help                              you learn?
                                               I was placed initially with the Litigation & Regulatory
me fulfil my career                            and then the Tax team. During my internship, not
                                                                                                         What work experience
aspirations                                    only was I able to assist in handling cross-border
                                                                                                         placements did you undertake
                                               cases and experience the dynamic culture of an            on the internship, and what
An interview with                              international law firm, but I also had the opportunity    work did you get involved in?
                                               to meet people from various backgrounds, all of           I undertook both contentious and transactional work
Edward Wong                                    whom were passionate about their role and willing         during my internship, ranging from legal research and
                                               to teach and guide me.                                    preparing pleadings to due diligence and drafting legal
Trainee, Hong Kong
                                               Where did you undertake
                                               your paralegal role, and                                  What are your career
                                               what did you learn from                                   aspirations for your training
                                               your experience?                                          contract? What are you most
                                               Having completed my legal study, I undertook a            looking forward to?
                                               paralegal role in the Litigation & Regulatory practice    I want to develop as a competent business lawyer,
                                               group for a year before commencing my training            understanding clients’ needs and capable of providing
                                               contract with DLA Piper. The experience was eye-          all-round solutions for them. I am most looking
                                               opening due to the range of tasks I was given, such       forward to the international secondment programme
                                               as compiling documents in preparation for discovery,      that DLA Piper offers, which gives trainees the
                                               client pitching and business development. This gave
                            I NTE RN S H I P   me invaluable insight into the role of a junior legal
                                               practitioner. In terms of personal development,
                                                                                                         opportunity to work in other countries such as
                                                                                                         London, Sydney and Dubai. I believe DLA Piper’s
                                                                                                         strong global presence and international network

                           TO G R A DUATE      I gained a thorough understanding of the working          will help me fulfil my career aspirations.

                            PROG R A M M E

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W H AT                                                             A PPLI C ATI O N
                           W E LOO K FO R                                                            PROC E S S
                                Our people come from a diverse range of backgrounds,
                                it’s what sets us apart. By opening up a range of different
                                and unique perspectives, we can service our clients better.
                                You will need a strong academic record, and a real passion for         INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME
                                developing a career as a lawyer. But it goes further than that…
                                Among other things, we’ll be looking for candidates who
                                are naturally inquisitive, have plenty of drive, and can show
                                                                                                      O N L I N E A P P L I C AT I O N
                                a genuine commitment to their chosen career path.
                                By bringing your authentic self to work every day,
                                you’ll have an instinctive ability to build relationships
                                                                                                      O N L I N E P S YC H O M E T R I C T E S T I N G
                                with peers, colleagues and clients alike.

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