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    About Appleyard Lees

    Appleyard Lees is a leading Intellectual Property Law firm, with over 50 Patent and Trademark Attorneys and Litigators.

    Our commercially intelligent approach to client service incorporates flexibility and adaptability. We strive to be agile, responding to specific client requirements in a way that suits them.

    We help a broad range of IP owners and creators, including in-house teams, R&D specialists, owner-managers and branding professionals, to protect and monetise their intellectual property. We also support clients to manage post-grant challenges.

    In addition to our catalogue of multinational and multimillion-pound clients, Appleyard Lees is equally proud of the role we have played in the growth of
    start-up businesses.

    With offices in UK innovation hotspots, we are positioned to give clients expert strategic IP advice in the UK and worldwide.

    Opportunities available

    We are keen to hear from talented individuals who have a passion for work, a love for learning and a desire to be part of a friendly, supportive team. We want people who enjoy challenging work and who share our commitment to providing exemplary client service.

    We have a regular intake of trainees throughout the year and run a ‘Work Placement Programme’, specifically designed to enable candidates to experience the diverse work of our attorneys.

    We are an equal opportunities employer and are a member of IP Inclusive, a network of intellectual property professionals working to make the IP community more equal, diverse and inclusive.

    Applicants for our roles should have a High-level degree (STEM subject) and the ability to express complex technical ideas clearly and concisely.


    We offer excellent training and genuine career opportunities, including partnership prospects. A key aspect of this role is the willingness and ability to take on responsibility at an early stage. You will have the opportunity to train with some of the UK’s leading attorneys and you will be given opportunities to represent the firm at industry events.

    We also run a mentor programme for all technical employees. Providing people with a mentor is a critical part of enabling development, it also helps with improving knowledge and skills.

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    • Number of Employees: 135
    • Number of Partners: 19
    • Number of Qualified Patent Attorneys: 31
    • Number of Trainee Patent Attorneys: 14
    • Number Of Qualified Trade Mark Attorneys: 11
    • Number Of Trainee Trade Mark Attorneys: 3
    • Opportunities Offered: Placements, Graduate Jobs, Experienced
    • Career Sectors: Patents, Trade Marks
    • No. of Undergraduate Opportunities: Open
    • No. of Graduate Jobs: Open
    • Disciplines Recruited From: Wide variety of science & engineering subjects, plus trade marks & disputes
    • No. of Days Holiday: 25 days’ Holiday
    • Benefits: Bike Scheme, Life Assurance, Pension Scheme, Performance Bonus, Season Ticket Loan, Social Events, Study Support
    • Other Benefits: Overseas travel and Health plan
    • UK Office Locations: Manchester, Leeds, Halifax, Cambridge and the BioHub at Alderley Park
    • How to Apply: Online
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