Trainee Patent Attorneys

Trainee Patent Attorney positions

The journey can be tough

We can’t promise you it will be easy. The training is rigorous and demanding, with some tough exams and steep learning curves.

For trainee patent attorneys, our first priority is to mentor you through the certificate in Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary College, London. Our people have an exemplary record of passing this exam as well as the UK and European qualifying examinations and more often than not come top of the class!

Our training programme is extremely highly rated, rewarding and enjoyable, and our trainees thrive in the challenging yet supportive environment.
Personal skills are very important, particularly as the trainees will spend a lot of time together early on and the group dynamic is a key factor in selection. Before you can stand out, you have to fit in and we need individuals that we and our clients like working with and who are a positive addition to the team.

Who should apply

We typically employ up to 12 new entrants to the profession each year in our Chemistry, Engineering & Tech and Life Sciences practices groups

What you need to have

  • Strong A Levels, usually 3 at grade A or equivalent
  • Minimum 2.1 STEM degree (obtained or expected)
  • Excellent command of both written and spoken English
  • Ability to analyse and conceptualise complex matters
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Sense of commerciality: an innate interest in the world of business as well as the IP profession
  • A passion and aptitude for problem solving
  • A keen eye for detail

What we will give you

  • A supportive and sociable team-based working environment
  • Exceptional training for UK and EQE qualifications and beyond
  • A wide variety of work for a broad range of clients
  • Excellent remuneration and benefits package
  • A range of sports, clubs and charity initiatives sponsored by the firm
  • Central London location


Applications will be considered at any time of the year on a speculative basis but recruitment primarily takes place between December and January for positions commencing the following September / October.

When applying, please select the most relevant practice group based on your degree. Guidelines are provided in our accepted degrees section. Should you be uncertain, we will ensure your application is directed to the most suitable practice group for review.

Applicant positions starting in Autumn 2020 will be considered between June and 10th November 2019.

Interviews are primarily held during December and January.

To apply for a graduate job at Carpmaels & Ransford, you will need to complete a brief online form and attach your CV combined with a cover letter explaining what attracts you to a career with us.

Please note that we will not accept speculative CVs from recruitment consultants unless specifically requested.

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