Life as a trainee trade mark attorney means using your academic background in a stimulating and varied way. Working on new ideas, designs and brands at the forefront of innovation.

“One of the best things about the job is being able to work with such a variety of different people in different business areas. I have worked with companies in the pharmaceutical, fashion, cosmetics, software, food and beverage, safety and security, and energy sectors.” Rebecca, TM Attorney

At Mewburn Ellis we’re collegial, supportive and progressive. With an industry-leading training programme and a rotation scheme that keeps learning fresh and insightful we ensure that you’re set up to develop quickly and learn about the profession from a variety of Partners from day one.

“The firm really does invest in their trainees, providing in-house training to develop not only your legal knowledge, but softer skills to prepare you for the demands of a trainee role.” Pollyanna, Trainee TM Attorney

Trained for Excellence is one of our key values that permeates our firm, the impact of which is evident at every level, indeed over 90% of our partners trained with us. The training program underpins who we are and our forward-looking, ambitious approach. And as it’s delivered in a structured and focused manner it means that everyone at Mewburn Ellis is able to develop their full potential as a high level attorney.

Trade Marks at Mewburn Ellis

From iconic consumer brands and universities to small businesses and start-ups, we can help businesses to achieve their trade mark goals and help with brand protection and management. We work to build robust trade mark portfolios or make sure existing portfolios are effectively managed and exploited to the full.

We are the European trade mark attorneys of choice for a wide range of clients, from sole traders to well-known clients such as KP Snacks, Dog’s Trust, Beauty Bay and Ping as well as many high-ranking UK and foreign law firms. Our well-established team of experts advise clients across the globe on all aspects of trade mark law and practice at every stage of the brand lifecycle.

The Role

Reflecting the exciting and diverse spaces in which our clients operate, you will work closely with experienced colleagues across different areas of our trade mark practice group and in time, with our solicitors too. We take a holistic approach to IP and that will be a theme throughout your training and beyond.

Our training program is varied, sometimes challenging but always rewarding. You will be invested in to grow personally and professionally. There’ll be lots of learning and opportunities to put your academic background to good use and stretch your mind! Our rotation scheme gives you the opportunity to work with different mentors allowing you to develop as an attorney and find your niche. There will also be opportunities to travel, work from other offices and when feasible work abroad with our carefully selected foreign attorney firms.

You will sit with a qualified trade mark attorney and assist them with all parts of their work, including advising clients on strategy, protection and enforcement of their intellectual property rights. Essentially we provide you with all the tools you need to become a Trusted Advisor to clients, helping you use your academic background and natural curiosity in a legal context.

What’s in it for you?

  •  A friendly, inclusive and team-based working culture
  • A generous remuneration and benefits package
  • Enhanced pension scheme
  • Flexible working hours
  • 30 days annual leave (not including bank holidays & additional study leave days)
  • Wide range of domestic and international clients
  • The possibility of working abroad

You’ll be well supported to pass your exams as well as develop your all-round skills as a trade mark attorney through our internal and external tutorials and regular input from experienced partners, backed up by feedback on your progress to inform and assist your development. And because we’re merit-based, your career progression is truly in your own hands.

We are a leading, top tier European intellectual property law firm and have expanded by 50% in the last 3 years to 280 colleagues. In many ways our successful growth story is down to our training and our long-term commitment to the well-being of our people.  As part of this we have a variety of informal sporting and social events as well as running various charity initiatives.

Read about out Forward Community Programme to find out more on how we’re giving back to the community, our commitment to sustainability and how promoting and nurturing diversity and inclusion is a top priority.

About You

We look for individuals with a curious, enquiring mind. Excellent communication skills, especially in writing, are vital. General commercial awareness is valuable but no prior knowledge of trade mark law is required.

A strong academic background is essential. You will hold or be aiming for a First or 2:1 degree, or the equivalent preferably in Law, English (Language or Literature) or modern languages, with a law degree being distinctly advantageous.

Having an open-minded personable approach to learning will serve you well along with a meticulous attention to detail, an ability to quickly comprehend complexity and a highly organised way of working. Finally, a good helping of common sense and a “feel” for language is a must.

Our role is based in London or Bristol. We’d love to hear from you.

We’re committed to equal opportunities and welcome a broad diversity of talent to apply.

We reserve the right to cease advertising should we receive a high number of applicants.

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  • Job Type: Graduate Trainees
  • Career Sector: Trade Marks
  • Start Date: Unspecified
  • Location: London or Bristol
  • UCAS Points: Unspecified/Not Applicable
  • Degree Result Required: 2:1
  • Disciplines Recruited From: Law, English (Language or Literature) or Modern Languages
  • Salary: Competitive
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