The firm has put a lot of effort into restructuring their Biotechnology department with a redefined hierarchy ensuring that new starters will have the chance at career progression and that all team members have a say in the development and running of the practice. There’s a substantial amount of oppositions to get stuck in to, as well as the opportunity to become involved in the more strategic and commercially valuable side of your clients’ IP. Travel to conferences, speaking at events and participating in business development/marketing activities is encouraged, and there’s also plenty of firm organised social activities to attend.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, it’s really not a big deal if you move before qualification. In fact, a lot of firms are recruiting at this level and understand the logistics of hiring an attorney still in training (covering clawbacks etc.). This opportunity in particular is unique in the fact that you will enjoy the intimacy and inclusion of a smaller regional team, but with the support, work/technical mix and salary of a much larger multi office firm. There is a lot of investment in the local market and the firm works closely with research institutions, smaller inventors and SMEs in the area, as well as participating in local events focused on particular technologies and the IP (and wider legal) market.
This is a pure electronics role where you won’t be stuck with repetitive generalist work and can really get to grips with technology related to your degree. The team works with emerging innovators in the physics/telcos/software fields, finetuning their ideas and helping protect concepts before they are introduced to the market. There’s real emphasis placed on work life balance and all attorneys have the opportunity to take advantage of some form of flexible working to help manage their everyday life whilst forging a career. The firm also encourages participation in industry initiatives, provides unique work perks and holds regular events in their impressive office surroundings.
There will be no risk of feeling forgotten at this firm – every Partner believes in remaining visible and being on hand to support each member of their team. That’s not to say that you will feel suffocated, they are also happy to give you the freedom to develop your career in way in which you feel comfortable and in control. Close involvement with clients is encouraged and the firm offer a full-service approach, so in addition to your bread and butter drafting you will be expected to focus on more commercial matters and provide your client with ongoing strategic advice that protects and futureproofs their IP portfolio.