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About J A Kemp

J A Kemp is a leading European IP firm, with approximately 240 people based in our offices in London, Oxford, Cambridge and Paris.

We have one of the largest concentrations of biotech patents expertise in Europe and represent clients in all areas of biotechnology including plant science.  We have been closely involved with patenting in the agricultural sector for decades, beginning with work for major players in the crop protection sector and, since the early 1990s, in plant biotechnology. We act for one of the world’s largest agri-science businesses and also act for a variety of other company and university clients in relation to food crops and other plants.  We handle work in areas including transgenic technology and new breeding techniques such as CRISPR gene editing.  We are also active in obtaining Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) for plant protection products and Plant Variety Rights, deploying these alongside agri-tech patents to secure integrated protection for clients’ innovations.

Whilst many of J A Kemp’s patent attorneys joined the firm as graduate trainees, our home-grown talent is complemented by a good number of attorneys who have come to us with experience gained in other patent attorney firms, legal practices or industry. We welcome their different perspectives on our business.

Skills and Qualities

We are looking for a qualified or part-qualified patent attorney with a speciality in plant sciences to join our Biotechnology and Life Sciences team in London, Oxford or Cambridge.  You must be able to produce high quality work, have good written and oral communication skills, enjoy working collaboratively in a team, and be able to organise your workload.

What We Offer

  • The advantages of working in a firm that is a market leader in the IP profession: the firm has an excellent client base, technical expertise, training/CPD programme, and knowledge of IP law and practice.
  • The benefits of a caring and responsible employer: a good work-life balance and mentoring, flexible hours, remote working for up to 40% of your time, excellent remuneration and benefits, regular social events, and strong commitments to diversity and the environment.
  • A supportive, open and friendly partnership culture.


  • 20 to 25 days annual holiday depending on level of experience
  • Flex scheme allowing for an additional 8 days’ leave per year (1 day per month).
  • Flexible working around core hours including up to 40% remote working
  • Group Income Protection (after three months’ probation)
  • Life assurance scheme (4 x annual salary)
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Pension scheme (with contributions up to 5% of salary matched by the firm)
  • Travel and personal accident insurance for business and pleasure
  • Performance related bonus scheme
  • Staff Introduction Bonus
  • Long Term Service Award Scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Annual season ticket loan (after three months)
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity package (after 1 year)
  • Annual social events including Christmas party, summer party and quiz night
  • Employee Assistance Programme covering wellbeing benefits

J A Kemp LLP is an equal opportunities employer.  We welcome applications from all suitably skilled persons regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, ethnic background, religion/belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or marital/family status.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please send your CV and a covering letter/email by clicking the link below.

  • Job Type: Experienced Job
  • Career Sector: Patents
  • Area of Specialism: Biotechnology, Life Sciences
  • Experience Level: Part Qualified 4-5 Years
  • Location: London, Oxford or Cambridge
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Date Posted: 29 Apr 2024
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