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About us

A.A. Thornton & Co. is a leading Intellectual Property (IP) law firm headquartered in London.   The firm has been established for over one hundred years and enjoys an enviable reputation within the IP profession both domestically and abroad.  We are delighted to continue to  be ranked as a “Leading Firm” by the Legal 500.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a graduate to join our Chemistry, Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals department and train with us for a career as a UK and European Patent Attorney.

The Person / Qualifications

Successful candidates will have an undergraduate degree in a Chemistry or Chemical Engineering discipline.  The key qualities we are seeking from a trainee are:

  • An ability to analyse and accurately summarise technical documents
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal and written
  • The ability to work on one’s own as well as part of a team
  • An appetite for working hard and being an integral part of a highly-qualified team
  • Well organised and reliable
  • A commitment to professional and career development

In order to deliver a focused client service, it is important that the individuals we employ are dynamic, pro-active and confident in contributing ideas, creating solutions and seeing them through.  If you have the qualities we are looking for then we want you to join our busy team.

What will you find at A. A. Thornton & Co?

The successful trainee will be assigned to a Partner who will supervise training.  Trainees receive a broad range of work, which encompasses a variety of technical areas, providing a challenging and intellectually-stimulating career.  The firm actively encourages trainees through both in-house training and external courses and lectures whilst being supported to qualify as both a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney.

We strongly believe that it’s our people that make the difference.  As such, we are committed to recruiting the very best talent and providing training to nurture that talent.    We enjoy an excellent working environment in our modern office at 10 Old Bailey in central London and are proud of our collegial working style, where we value diversity and work hard to ensure that everyone feels part of the team

To apply, please email a copy of your CV and covering letter. Details found at the top of this advert.

  • Job Type: Graduate Trainee
  • Number of Positions: 1
  • Start Date: 01 January 1970
  • Location: Central London
  • UCAS Points: N/A
  • Degree Result Required: 2:1
  • Disciplines Recruited From: Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Application Details: Please apply with your CV and a covering letter addressed to Karen Genuardi, HR Manager
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