Trainee Patent Attorney – Chemistry and Life Sciences
We are looking for ambitious graduates with a degree in chemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, or natural sciences to join our successful and expanding chemistry and life sciences practice group to start in September 2022.
You will apply the technical knowledge and expertise gained from your degree to your role as Trainee Patent Attorney, in which you will gain skills in patent drafting, filing and prosecution. As you progress, you will be given the opportunity to get more involved with contentious advice work.
As you will be exposed to a diverse range of cases and clients right from the start, excellent communication skills are a must. You should also have the ability and confidence to build effective working relationships and be able to offer straightforward and practical advice to your clients.
The firm encourages everyone to add value to the firm’s success, so alongside your main responsibilities, you can choose to get involved in areas of business that interest you; be it helping with presentations and events, training and recruitment, writing articles or joining working groups to review internal processes and propose change. We always support our people to play to their strengths.
What’s it like to work here
Our structured training programme will provide you with a year of on-the-job learning before enrolling you for the Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law. Ultimately you will aim to qualify as both a European patent attorney and a Chartered (UK) patent attorney. We assist you in these studies through external courses and our extensive in-house training programme, as well as mentoring and coaching from senior attorneys, who are always happy to help.
We are based in modern offices in London’s Broadgate Tower where the edge of the City meets Shoreditch. Our culture is friendly, supportive, and collaborative, and within this environment, you will take on real responsibility from an early stage. We offer a competitive salary (reviewed annually and upon exam success), great benefits & perks and a whole host of regular social events and wellbeing initiatives.
For more information on the graduate career journey as well as FAQs and tips on applying, visit our careers website.
Who we’re looking for
We pride ourselves on the high calibre of our people and look for top graduates who demonstrate a passion for science or engineering and can contribute to the continued development of our business. As a minimum requirement, the successful candidates will fulfil the following criteria:
- Degree in chemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, or natural sciences (2.1 or 1st);
- High academic achievement (mainly As and A*s in GCSE & A Levels or equivalent qualifications)
- Effective communication skills; and
- Excellent attention to detail.
If this sounds like you, apply now with your CV and a covering letter, detailing your motivation for a career in patent law.
We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from all suitably qualified persons irrespective of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race.
Note that we start interviewing and assessing applications as soon as we receive them rather than wait for the deadline, so we advise you to apply as soon as possible.