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Managing Partner: Liam Cowell
Number of partners: 240
Number of associates: 650
Other fee-earners: 120
Trainees: 140

Charles Cook
Employment: Adam Hartley
Finance & Projects: Sarah Day & Colin Wilson
Intellectual Property & Technology: John McKinlay
Litigation & Regulatory: Neil Bowker
Real Estate: William Naunton
Restructuring: Robert Russell
Tax: Clive Jones

THE FIRM DLA Piper’s UK offices provide a full range of legal services to meet the ongoing needs of clients wherever they do business. It is the largest law firm in the UK and has seven offices in the major commercial centres of Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield. DLA Piper is a global law firm located in over 40 countries across the world. It provides its clients with legal and business solutions locally, regionally and internationally using integrated teams of lawyers with experience that spans a broad range of disciplines. DLA Piper is widely recognised for its pioneering approach and extensive geographic reach, which enables the firm to look after the business issues that matter to its clients – whether they are large or small. Clients of DLA Piper include single-owner start-ups, local and household name companies, multinationals and financial institutions.


DLA Piper is a significant operator in the UK, providing transactional and advisory work in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, tax and investment funds.

A market-leading practice with a strong reputation for delivering solutions-based advice and supporting clients in the day-to-day management of their people legal issues and risk. Its lawyers work on a strategic and operational level on both contentious and non-contentious matters across the private and public sectors.

Finance & Projects:
Includes dedicated teams which advise on asset-based lending, asset finance, debt capital markets and securitisation, leveraged finance, project finance, real estate finance, and trade and commodity finance. Lawyers in this practice also advise on loan workouts and refinancings.

Intellectual Property & Technology:
This award-winning practice is made up of experienced intellectual property, information law, technology and sourcing, commercial, telecoms, media and sports lawyers, and offers a unique, global, full-service capability.

Litigation & Regulatory:
The global litigation and regulatory group comprises over 1,800 contentious and regulatory lawyers. The practice group is dedicated exclusively to regulatory risk and dispute resolution, and includes litigators, arbitrators, criminal defence lawyers and ex-regulators, along with government relations and public policy advisers.

Real Estate:
This practice combines local expertise with an international perspective to provide highquality commercial and innovative advice. A full range of legal services are offered, including transactions, planning and property management. Clients include developers, investors and corporate end users.

The firm has one of the largest restructuring teams in the UK, with over 130 restructuring and insolvency lawyers who work as part of one of the largest global restructuring teams of any legal practice. The team regularly advises on high-profile assignments from the mid-market up to the largest and most complex national and international restructurings and insolvencies.

The firm provides advice on local and national tax, and a commercially integrated approach to crossborder structures and tax efficiency. It offers the full range of tax services that address the challenges of international commerce and business operations, including arranging operations to reduce effective global tax rates, transfer pricing, tax disputes and post-acquisition integration.

International Offices:
DLA Piper has over 90 offices throughout Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.


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