Withers & Rogers’ Life Sciences & Chemistry group is one of the largest in Europe, with a depth of expertise and experience in the chemical, biochemical and pharmaceutical fields. We focus on understanding our clients’ needs and delivering high quality practical advice to help them protect their intellectual property in a commercial context.
We are seeking a graduate for our London office with a good first degree (and possibly a PhD) in biochemistry or a related subject. Chemistry graduates with a good knowledge of biochemistry would certainly be considered. The idea candidate will have a minimum of an upper second class degree with excellent English language skills and the ability to grasp new technical concepts. They should also feel confident communicating effectively with clients and colleagues at all levels.
Our London office is centrally located in a modern, Norman Foster-designed building, with great views of the Thames, in the prestigious More London development. A short walk from London Bridge Station, our office is easily commutable with excellent transport links.
At Withers & Rogers, we give our trainees real responsibility early on, and you should expect to be making a significant contribution to client work within the first year. Our clients include some of the most innovative businesses in the world so you will have an opportunity to work with some very interesting technology.
Qualification as a Chartered UK & European Patent Attorney involves passing several sets of examinations. Withers & Rogers provides a comprehensive package of support for trainees sitting exams. We will pay for you to attend courses, lectures and tutorials which are organised by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. In additions to this, we have our own in-house tutorial system which is aimed at preparing trainees for both the UK and European qualifying exams. The main focus of training, however, is exposure to a great variety of work on actual live cases under the supervision of a qualified attorney.
Each trainee at Withers & Rogers is assigned to a qualified attorney responsible for their progression to full qualification as a UK and European Patent Attorney. All of our qualified attorneys devote considerable time to developing trainees and this is the best way for you to develop the skills you need to pass the professional exams, and also for you to absorb the culture and working practices that have contributed to the success of our firm.
Package: Attractive Salary; Generous Holiday Entitlement; Bonus Scheme; Pension; Healthcare Cash plan; Flexible Working Hours