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 six to eight 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 & IT, 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 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.

However, 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.

Trainee Patent Attorneys
We typically employ six to eight new entrants to the profession each year in our Chemistry, Engineering & IT and Life Sciences practice groups

To be considered as a technical assistant with our patent business you will have at least 360 UCAS points and, as a minimum, a good 2.1 degree in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, physics, electronics, engineering or computer science.

The first priority is to mentor you through the Certificate in Intellectual Property law at Queen Mary College, London.  Our people have an exemplary record in passing this exam, as well as the European qualifying examinations, and more often than not come top of the class!

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

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Trainee Trade Mark Attorneys
We usually take on one new entrant to the trade marks profession each year

To be considered as a technical assistant with our trade marks business you will have at least 360 UCAS points and, as a minimum, a good 2.1 degree in a discipline such as law, history or languages.

The first priority is to mentor you through your professional examinations leading to qualification as a trade mark attorney.

Applications from high calibre candidates are considered throughout the year.

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“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