31 Aug 2022

The Role

Our growing Life Sciences practice is looking for a talented individual to join our team. We are proud to work for some of the most exciting biotech companies in the country. We work with biotech start-ups and SMEs as well as leading academic organisations, such as CRUK and the University of Cambridge. We are looking for an individual who enjoys working with direct clients in cutting-edge biotech research.

The team’s workload is continuing to expand. Part qualified, nearly qualified Trainee Patent Attorneys and qualified Attorneys will be considered for this role.

At Appleyard Lees, the work is very varied and rewarding. You will be able to join meetings with inventors, draft applications, be involved in due diligence and opposition work.

If you are looking to qualify, you will gain real experience that is directly relevant to the professional exams you will undertake. Our trainees are given all the support they need to qualify as UK and European patent attorneys. We combine in-house exam-specific tutorials with external courses, to help our trainees to obtain the knowledge and skills they need to qualify. Trainees are also supervised on their day-to-day work by our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys.

If you are already qualified, we support you to develop further and take the next steps in your career.

At Appleyard Lees, supporting you in your development training does not stop when you have passed the exam. We offer training and continued professional development at all levels of your career. We have bespoke in- house training and development programmes, not only for trainees, but also qualified attorneys.

About you

  • Degree qualified with a scientific or life sciences background
  • Part qualified / nearly qualified Trainee Patent Attorney / newly qualified Attorney– Biotech
  • Knowledge of biotechnology subject matter
  • Ability to take on large amounts of information and think logically
  • Commitment to meeting client expectations
  • Good communicator both written and verbally with the ability to communicate at all levels
  • Our work can sometimes be multi-disciplinary and collaborative and so you will need to work with attorneys in other disciplines. You will therefore need to have good people skills and be able to work in a team.

We will consider applications from those wishing to work full time, part time, contract based or permanently.

What we can offer

We pride ourselves on being small and friendly enough for you to get to know everyone – but big enough to offer you great career prospects. We work collaboratively, have regular team meetings and you will get to know your colleagues across all our offices. Our Cambridge office is conveniently based close to the centre of this vibrant city. We also offer:

  • Agile working policy
  • Life assurance
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • A supportive and friendly place to work and learn
  • Social outings
  • Birthday voucher
  • Charity events

The Firm

Appleyard Lees is a firm of patent and trade mark attorneys with 19 partners and 120+ staff. We have offices in Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester and Halifax.

We provide a full range of intellectual property (IP) services covering patents, trade marks, designs and copyright in the UK, Europe and worldwide. We use our technical and legal skills, and many years of experience, to identify and protect IP assets and to uncover and eliminate the risks posed by other people’s IP rights.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) has always been part of the core values of Appleyard Lees and we are a signatory to the IP inclusive charter.  This isn’t just about the partners, or how we do things at Appleyard Lees, this is about everyone. Appleyard Lees offer a career path within a structure that encourages development for everyone.

We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.


If you wish to apply, please send your CV and covering letter by clicking the link below.

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  • Job Type: Experienced
  • Career Sector: Patents
  • Experience Level: Part Qualified 4-5 Years, Newly Qualified
  • Date Posted: 02 Aug 2022
  • Area of Specialism: Biotechnology
  • Start Date: Immediate
  • Location: Any location will be considered. We have offices in Cambridge, Manchester, Leeds and Halifax but will also consider remote working.
  • Contract Type: Permanent, Temporary/Contract
  • Employment Type: Full Time, Part Time
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Application Details: Click below to apply
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