Each new cohort works closely together, which makes for a dynamic and fun learning environment
Getting on board

The training and support we offer is first-class

Each year we take on up to ten trainee patent attorneys, and usually one trainee trade mark attorney. Trainee attorneys come on board as technical assistants and are assigned to our Life Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering & Tech, or Trade Mark practice groups.

There is strong integration across teams and each new cohort works closely together, which makes for a dynamic and fun learning environment. This is a good thing because, even though our technical assistants may have masters degrees or PhDs, the professional exams are extremely tough.

There are also challenges adapting to the world of business and office work. There are plenty of deadlines and you need to learn to manage your time well, to be detail-focused while seeing the big picture. It’s not enough to understand the science or the theory, you need to be able to back up what you say with careful explanation.

It’s no walk in the park but you are not on your own. Our people acknowledge that the training and support we offer is first-class and the partners are all personally invested in helping you succeed. We are on this journey together.

"The first year in the 'nursery' brings you very close. You are meant to talk to each other…to have fun and the result is that we want the best for each other."
Jonny, Technical Assistant