DLA Piper breaks new ground all round

It’s been DLA Piper’s week. First it overhauls its global management team, then it spreads its already considerable wings to set foot in Canada for the first time.

The latter move, first hinted at three years ago by DLA Piper’s former global chairman Frank Burch, is the result of the world’s largest law firm coming to the rescue of up to 70 lawyers from collapsed Canadian firm Heenan Blaikie’s Calgary and Toronto-based teams.

Meanwhile the firm’s funky new streamlined global management team will see Nigel Knowles shift upstairs, Tony Angel lose his spot as chairman and IP partner Simon Levine snare the job as co-CEO.

In other news, word has reached us that some firms – notably Withers – are doing their best to break the monotony of mind-numbingly similar trainee job interview questions by asking candidates which literary character they like to think of themselves as.

Now, if DLA Piper was choosing a literary hero to be, who would it be?

The word from DLA Piper Towers is Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games.

Not without its flaws, but a fighter nonetheless.

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