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 employee a number of new entrants to the profession each year in our Chemistry & Materials, Life Sciences (Pharma and Biotechnology) and Engineering & Tech practice 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


Our annual trainee recruitment cycle takes place between June and December each year, with a start date of the following autumn.

Applications to our 2021 intake open on 1st June 2020, with a closing date of 13th November 2020.

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’ll ensure your application is considered for the most suitable practice group.

Our recruitment process is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your interest in a career within IP. If successful following the completion of our brief online application form and submission of your CV, you’ll be asked to complete a short pre-recorded video interview. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to attend a two-stage interview process, where you will meet a number of representatives from the firm.

Interviews for our Chemistry/Pharma and Biotechnology opportunities will take place during September and December. Engineering & Technology applicants will be invited to interview on a rolling basis. We will keep you regularly informed during each stage of the process.

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

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