Associate Competition Law

Associate Competition Law
Region: Brussels
Required experience: 3 years
Environment: Law Firm
Ref: LexGO2401
Contract: Self-employed (Full-time)

Company description

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.


As part of our market leading global team, candidates will enjoy a high-quality range of work as well as taking day to day responsibility for the full range of competition matters including:

  • advising our clients on merger control matters;
  • representing clients before the regulators in antitrust investigations, appeals and market studies;
  • advising claimants and defendants in competition litigation;
  • advising on State Aid matters;
  • advising on all aspects of behavioural and commercial competition law;
  • working closely with the wider international DLA Piper competition team and with clients as a trusted business partner; and
  • taking a proactive approach to business development opportunities.


The ideal candidate will:

  • be a qualified lawyer in an EU jurisdiction;
  • have 3 - 5 years of strong antitrust and competition experience gained at a leading law firm;
  • have multi-disciplinary experience, including investigations, behavioural and merger control work;
  • be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the technical issues that are key to clients;
  • have experience working across jurisdictions and advising international clients;
  • working-level non-English language skills are highly desirable, though not essential;
  • be capable of building and developing their own network of internal and external contacts;
  • draft documents using a commercial, client focussed style;
  • comply with professional standards and all relevant regulatory obligations;
  • comply with the firm's systems, policies and procedures in all matters - including compliance, financial systems and time recording; and
  • know and understand how to best utilise information and research resources.

Behavioural skills:

  • a values-based approach – the candidate should be bold, supportive, collaborative and exceptional; 
  • commercially astute and stays current on key legal and business news; 
  • excellent skills in communication, client relations, and team-working;
  • a proactive, self-driven, entrepreneurial and innovative outlook; 
  • provide 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 co-operatively 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;
  • develops and awareness of business development initiatives in the department and identifies ways to contribute;
  • maintains a controlled, objective and flexible approach under pressure; and
  • exhibits behaviour consistent with the firm's values and builds relationships based on respect, trust and integrity


  • You will be part of a well-integrated team, renowned in the field of competition law, working on Belgian and international complex files 
  • You will find yourself in a very stimulating working environment in a young and dynamic team 
  • A challenging position in which you can cooperate with other departments 
  • An environment with a focus on training and development, such as specific training programmes as well as professional training in communication, IT skills, management and business development skills
  • An office that offers career opportunities, together with a very competitive and attractive remuneration package
  • Working from the Brussels office, with the possibility of working from home

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