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    A traditional firm with a progressive approach.

    Sandersons was founded in London in 1956 by Laurie Sanderson. Following a move to Colchester in the 1960s, the firm has continued to grow, becoming renowned for our ability to provide quality services to clients on a global scale.

    Now based in new offices at the University of Essex Knowledge Gateway technology and innovation park, we are ideally placed to help businesses grow.

    Who we are today

    We are based in Colchester and are proud to be a ‘local’ firm, but we operate globally with clients and agents in all countries of the world. Our offices in London offer a convenient meeting location for clients if required.

    We work across a range of industries and trainees will quickly learn to adapt their skills to different technologies, all aspects of IP and will aim to become qualified in both patents and trade marks.

    At Sandersons we pride ourselves in developing strong partnerships with our clients, and in being knowledgeable and passionate about all aspects of intellectual property. Our highly pro-active service gives us the flexibility to tailor the way we work to meet each client’s individual needs.

    Why Sandersons?

    We are a well-established firm, with a young, forward-thinking partnership. We actively encourage a healthy work/life balance, and achieve this through our informal atmosphere, varied and interesting client-base and beautiful location.

    We are a small, friendly firm with most of our staff members staying with us for many years. As a small firm, our trainees are very quickly involved in all aspects of the process from initial client meetings to assisting partners with complex litigation.

    Opportunities Available

    We are happy to receive applications from enthusiastic graduates with a minimum of 2.1 degree in an appropriate technical discipline to train as a patent attorney. We are particularly interested in those with backgrounds in engineering, biotechnology and electronics.


    Trainees will work closely with our partners and associates. They will receive support and on-the-job training. They will be expected to work independently under the supervision of their mentor. Training costs will be covered where appropriate by prior agreement. Study leave for exams will be provided where possible.

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    Employee Numbers (approx.)

    • No. of Employees: 11
    • No. of Partners: 3
    • No. of Qualified Patent Attorneys: 3
    • No. of Trainee Patent Attorneys: 2
    • No. Of Qualified Trade Mark Attorneys: 1
    • No. Of Trainee Trade Mark Attorneys: 1

    Early Careers – Annual Opportunities (approx.)

    • Graduate Jobs: 1

    Office Locations

    • Colchester

    Areas of Specialism

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