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About us

Appleyard Lees is a leading intellectual property law firm with over fifty patent and trademark attorneys and litigators.

Who we are and what we do – but also, how we do it – makes us distinctive.

We help our clients protect and monetise their intellectual property, and manage post-grant challenges, should they arise. We offer broad sector and industry knowledge, plus the ability to adapt our services to specific client requirements, in an agile way. With offices in UK innovation hotspots, we are positioned to give clients expert strategic IP advice in the UK and worldwide.

Our people are at the forefront of our business and we invest in them to ensure that they have the right training and experience to deliver the highest quality service to our clients globally. Our highly dedicated team combine a broad range of legal and technical experience with real-world commercial insight to mentor individuals in becoming experts in their field.

Opportunities available

We are always 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 also 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 and work closely with IP Inclusive a network of intellectual property professionals working to make the IP community more equal, diverse and inclusive. Applicants should have:

  • High level degree (STEM subject)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • An eye for detail and precision
  • The ability to express complex technical ideas clearly and concisely


A key aspect of this role is the willingness and ability to take on responsibility at an early stage. With us, 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. A mentor is a critical part of enabling the right development and knowing if individuals are ‘on track’ in terms of their career path and progression. We offer excellent training and genuine career opportunities, including partnership prospects.

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  • Number of Employees: 126
  • Number of Partners: 19
  • Number of Qualified Patent Attorneys: 29
  • Number of Trainee Patent Attorneys: 18
  • Number Of Qualified Trade Mark Attorneys: 10
  • Number Of Trainee Trade Mark Attorneys: 4
  • Opportunities Offered: Placements
  • 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
  • Benefits: Bike Scheme, Pension Scheme, Performance Bonus, Social Events, Study Support
  • Other Benefits: life assurance and overseas travel
  • UK Office Locations: Manchester, Leeds, Halifax, Cambridge and the BioHub at Alderley Park
  • How to Apply: Online
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