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DLA Piper

DLA Piper is a global law firm capable of taking care of the most important legal needs of clients wherever they do business. With offices throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, we represent more clients in a broader range of geographies and practice disciplines than virtually any other law firm in the world. 

Our lawyers have wide experience in arbitration, banking, competition and trade, as well as corporate crime and corporate finance. We have strong practices in employment, energy, hospitality and leisure, insurance, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions and have developed key teams in pensions, private equity, real estate, tax, and technology.

160 Aldersgate Street, London, EC1A 4HT
Industry Legal Services
Company size:   10,001+ employees
Industry:   Legal Services
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160 Aldersgate Street

There are many legal firms that have led the way with flexible working, and DLA Piper is one of them. DLA Piper introduced a service titled 'Flexible Lawyers', which gives lawyers flexibility through different working arrangements offered. There is the opportunity to work remotely, on-site, or a hybrid option. 

DLA Piper understands that offering flexible options gives lawyers the ability to balance work and personal commitments, which DLA Piper believes will allow them to attract and retain diverse talent. 

What we love about DLA Piper:

💡 DLA Piper has drawn up a international remote-working policy that will allow all its people outside the U.S., including partners, to work two days per week away from the office, as it prepares for a post-COVID 19 future.  

💡 DLA Piper gives support, tools and guidance to lawyers who are working remotely.

💡 DLA Piper have a strong IT infrastructure, which provides employees seamless communication across teams. 

What's worth checking about DLA Piper: 

💡Working patterns and workplace may be dependant on project by project basis, but can be negotiated to suit your working style.

Articles about DLA Piper:

💡 DLA Piper to Allow Staff, Partners to Remote Work Two Days a Week Post-Crisis

💡 DLA Piper office commits to fully flexible working; Slaughter and May trials flexible options 

💡 DLA Piper moves to remote-working practices in 36 hours during Covid-19 pandemic as a result of strong IT infrastructure and technology support 

Flexible Working Approach

Agile working  

WorkSmart+ is our policy that allows all our people to work flexibly. We recognize the importance of autonomy and the ability to balance work and personal life as a strong contributor to wellbeing. WorkSmart+ starts with the recognition that high performance goes hand-in-hand with flexibility and choice.

Flexible Lawyers: Overview 

The DLA Piper Flexible Lawyers service is our response to meeting the changing demands of the marketplace, which is increasingly seeing talented lawyers moving towards a more flexible way of working. 

This offering ensures that our pool of alumni and friends remain connected while finding the right balance of life and law, enabling greater speed and flexibility in our service delivery to clients without compromising on quality. 

For our clients it means that we retain strong links to talented lawyers who already know your business and the DLA Piper way of operating, to be able to seamlessly support on secondment requests or backfilling internally. 

Why become a flexible lawyer? 

As a DLA Piper Flexible Lawyer, you get a wealth of variety without sacrificing career continuity. You can work across a range of environments and industries, within the firm and in-house with our key clients. You will also have access to an additional range of opportunities through Lawyers on Demand's own network. There are opportunities to work both on-site or remotely, or a combination of both, to fit your preferences. 

Unlike traditional independent contractors, you get all of the benefits of being supported by a leading international law firm, including access to knowledge and support throughout your placement.

Part-time: An employee who works fewer hours than a full-time worker. There is no specific number of hours that makes someone part-time, but a full-time worker will usually work 35-40 hours a week.
Flexi-Time: This is a working schedule that allows employees to choose when they start and end their workday, usually to accomodate an individuals needs and other commitments outside of work.
Agile Working: This method of work gives employees the option to work where, when and how they choose – with maximum flexibility and minimum constraints.
Full-time: A full-time employee works between 35 and 40 hours per week, usually on a permanent contract.
Reduced Hours: This is a provision given by an organisation to an employee to work for a lesser number of hours as compared to the mandatory working hours set for all employees.
Phased Retirement: This refers to an approach that gives employees the ability to manage the transition from full-time employment to retirement.
Hybrid Working (Office / Home): This means an employee splits their time between the workplace (usually office based) and remote working (usually at home).
Remote or Mobile Working: This is a type of working arrangement that allows an employee to work from a remote location outside of corporate offices.
Work From Home (WFH): This is where an employee has the ability to set up their workspace at home, and manage their work without the need to go to the office.
Office Working: This refers to an employee being physically present in the workplace to fulfil their contractual responsibilities.
Career Breaks / Sabbatical: These are an extended periods of agreed absence from work. The term is often used interchangeably with "sabbatical", which is generally taken to mean a shorter period of leave of several weeks or months.
Shared Parental Leave: This allows parents to share a portion of leave and pay with their partners to care for children from birth, usually until their first birthday.

*Please note that not all flexible working options may not be available for every role.

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