Description Associate, Pensions Competitive Salary and Benefits Package Role Location: London, EC2V Role opening date: 04.12.2018 Closing date for applications: 03.01.2019 THE ROLE DLA Piper's UK pensions team is looking to add an additional solicitor in our London office, ideally with a minimum of 1 years' experience gained at a firm noted for its pensions expertise. MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Employing over 70 specialist pension lawyers globally, our pensions team is one of the largest in the world and is at the forefront of legal change, innovating in cutting edge matters. We cover every aspect of pension provision, including the creation, operation, regulation and restructuring of all types of pension funds in both private and public sectors. Our client base includes some of the biggest sector names and we advise over 500 schemes, including the second-largest UK pension scheme, multinational employers and trustees alike. We place great emphasis on training and development, which we see as key to staying informed of developments and trends and enabling us to provide well-rounded yet strategic counsel to clients. The group is also supported by experienced lawyers in other practice areas, such as Tax, Funds, Leveraged Finance, Restructuring, Employment and Litigation - all of whom have considerable experience in pension and benefits issues. Our full-service international platform sets us apart from our competitors, enabling us to provide seamless jurisdiction-specific advice to our clients wherever they do business. SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES * Commercially astute and stays 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 * Works cooperatively in a team, sharing information and knowledge * Manages time effectively and efficiently * Seeks to manage own utilisation wherever possible in order to meet individual and team targets * Takes ownership for achieving agreed objectives * 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 * Exhibits behaviour consistent with the firm's values and builds relationships based on respect, trust and integrity THE FIRM 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. At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. We offer exceptional career opportunities to our lawyers, aspiring graduates, and business services professionals in a truly challenging and rewarding environment. PRE-EMPLOYMENT SCREENING Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment to you and where local legislation permits, we may conduct pre-employment screening that can include checks relating 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.