At Murgitroyd, we work with world class clients and have career opportunities to match. As a corporate organization, we offer structured career development providing strong prospects for individual career growth and salary advancement, without the challenges and limitations of a traditional partnership model. We have multiple offices across the UK, and we are set up to share work and collaborate across all locations.
Murgitroyd ranks among the largest groups of patent and trade mark professionals in Europe, with over 125 patent and trade mark professionals and more than 440 staff. Our trainees work closely with our attorney teams while working towards qualification as a Patent Attorney. At the core of Murgitroyd is a culture of unity, trust and confidence. We believe that respecting each other and the differences between us to embrace diversity, leads to better outcomes for us as a team and our clients.
To be considered for the role, candidates must have a STEM degree and a keen interest in both science and law.
The position carries an attractive package of competitive salary, 25 days holiday per annum, long service awards, life assurance and pension scheme, private healthcare, study support and many other benefits.
Proof of the candidate’s ability to live and work in the UK (such as a UK passport or Indefinite Leave to remain proof) will be required.
Our patent attorneys work with our clients (small, medium and large corporations, universities, research bodies and individuals) to enable the clients to obtain Intellectual Property (IP) Rights, both nationally and internationally and to create and develop strategies to provide exclusivity in the market. Our clients benefit from local support backed up by the resources and international expertise of a major specialist Intellectual Property firm.
In addition to the above, our attorneys typically work closely with our Marketing Team on providing website content, attending networking events and proactively creating their own business development plans.
The successful candidate will undertake all the normal functions provided by a Trainee Patent Attorney. They will require excellent communication skills, ability to manage their time, a strong motivation to learn, an ability to identify and deal with IP issues, and to develop skills in management of deadlines and workload. Full training support will be provided through to final qualification.
As experience and autonomy increases, they will need to demonstrate the desire to acquire, foster and grow new clients, as well as mentoring other trainees and members of our support teams where possible.
Highly methodical, self-motivated and well-organised with excellent attention to detail. Able to understand the importance of accuracy in monitoring dates and performing all other assigned tasks. Resilient and flexible in approach to work.
Reflects on personal and team goals and re-assesses priorities where needed. Demonstrates a desire to learn and seeks opportunities for personal development. Is energetic and proactive in approach to operational and team issues.
Ensures clear communication across the team. Able to listen, question and clarify information and instructions and respond accordingly. Demonstrates a high standard of written and verbal communication including
grammar, spelling, punctuation, and document preparation. Is open and honest and shares information across the team. Demonstrates diplomacy when communicating with others.
Able to provide a positive influence on team and office morale. Demonstrates support and diplomacy in order to build strong working relationships. Recognises the needs of the team and responds accordingly.
Able to work as part of a team providing support to attorneys and to cooperate with all colleagues. Seeks input and feedback from the team. Able to recognise the needs of the team and respond appropriately to gain their trust and confidence. Supports group decisions and puts group goals ahead of own goals.
Can manage own time and complete multiple tasks / assignments with competing deadlines. Confident organisational skills with the ability to plan and coordinate schedules.
Deals with problems and finds solutions within the team to support the firm’s objectives. Can consider problems in a creative manner and seek alternative methods to achieve an acceptable outcome.
Safety and Accountability
Take personal responsibility and ownership for the accuracy of all work produced. Work within a team to check deadlines can be met by communicating and working together. Work proactively with others’ strengths and development areas to successfully meet the aims of the office and the firm.
Culture is fundamental to all we do at Murgitroyd. Our Core Values are Trust, Unity and Confidence.
- Altered Start/Finish Time (ASFT)
- Work From Home option as agreed with Line Manager/Director
- Pension scheme – salary sacrifice (immediate)
- Death-in-Service (if a member of the Pension scheme)
- Private healthcare (after two years’ service)
- 25 days per annum holiday entitlement (holiday year runs from Jan-Dec)
- Holiday entitlement can be used in one hour blocks and employees may carry up to 5 days forward into the following calendar year if the Working Time Directive has been met
- Five days recognised National Public Holidays
- Additional entitlement due to length of service after five years
- Forward looking Performance Review process, allowing the employee a significant input in their own progression, training and development
- Free eye tests
- Annual free flu jabs
- Ride to Work cycle scheme
- Loyalty awards after 10, 20, 25 and 40 years
- Employee Counselling Service /In house Mental Health First Aiders
- Colleague engagement initiatives and events
- Monthly “above and beyond” employee driven award