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    About Appleyard Lees

    Appleyard Lees is a leading Intellectual Property Law firm, with approximately seventy 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.

    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.

    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 we pride ourselves on being small and friendly enough for you to get to know everyone – but big enough to offer you great career prospects.

    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.


    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.

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    Employee Numbers (approx.)

    • Number of Employees: 160
    • Number of Partners: 21
    • Number of Qualified Patent Attorneys: 18
    • Number of Trainee Patent Attorneys: 19
    • Number Of Qualified Trade Mark Attorneys: 5
    • Number Of Trainee Trade Mark Attorneys: 5

    Office Locations

    • Manchester, Leeds, Halifax and Cambridge.

    Areas of Specialism

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Electronics
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Engineering - Other
    • Life Sciences
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Physics
    • Technology
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