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    Firm history and structure

    Barker Brettell is a modern limited liability partnership. It has expanded significantly in recent years and a full range of academic backgrounds is represented. There is a high level of client contact, with strong emphasis on providing the most appropriate attorney and service for each client’s requirements.


    Barker Brettell has a high proportion of UK based clients, which means there is a high level of original drafting work. The firm also has a significant international presence with an extensive portfolio of international clients. Although many clients are medium to large multinational enterprises, the firm provides services to many single inventors, universities and small to medium-sized manufacturers in the UK.


    Barker Brettell is committed to providing a personal service by building strong relationships with clients to better understand their needs.

    The firm’s focus is to provide advice to clients on all aspects of using and protecting intellectual property. Our attorneys also regularly advise on contentious matters and attend hearings before the European Patent Office and the UK Intellectual Property Office.

    Recruitment and professional development

    Barker Brettell is always interested to hear from high calibre graduates as well as qualified, or part-qualified attorneys who are looking for a career move within the profession. Regular firm-wide training events take place, including discussions and presentations, together with question and answer sessions. Every trainee is provided with study leave and a personal training budget to assist in the preparation for the many exams required to achieve the European and UK qualifications.

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    Employee Numbers (approx.)

    • No. of Employees: 140
    • No. of Partners: 25
    • No. of Qualified Patent Attorneys: 28
    • No. of Trainee Patent Attorneys: 10
    • No. Of Qualified Trade Mark Attorneys: 13
    • No. Of Trainee Trade Mark Attorneys: 3

    Early Careers – Annual Opportunities (approx.)

    • Graduate Jobs: 3

    Office Locations

    • Birmingham, Southampton and Sweden

    Areas of Specialism

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