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Each year we have a number of opportunities for qualified or part-qualified patent or trade mark attorneys, as well as qualified solicitors, barristers, legal executives and paralegals.
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We’re a top tier IP firm advising clients on how to protect cutting-edge technologies and the latest scientific discoveries.
At Carpmaels & Ransford curiosity and inquisitiveness is encouraged and you’ll be able to put your degree to good use from day one. Each year we take on a number of trainee patent attorneys and on occasion a trainee trade mark attorney. Trainees come on board as technical assistants and are assigned to our Chemistry, Biotechnology or Engineering & Tech practice groups.
As we are all based in the London office, you will have the chance to work with a range of different partners, senior associates and business professionals, as well as share ideas with your fellow trainees as you go through your training.
Our exceptional training programme will give you the very best start to your career in IP. You’ll be involved in a diverse range of work from day one.
Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do. We enjoy working as a team both in the office and in many clubs and activities outside of work.
Our annual trainee recruitment cycle takes place between June and December each year, with a start date of the following autumn.
Applications for our 2024 intake open on 10 July 2023, with a closing date of 10 November 2023.
Applications for our 2023 intake have now closed, with all roles having been successfully filled.
When applying, please select the most relevant practice group based on your degree. Guidelines are provided in our accepted degrees section. Should you be uncertain, we’ll ensure your application is considered for the most suitable practice group.
Our recruitment process is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your interest in a career within IP. If successful following the completion of our brief online application form and submission of your CV, you’ll be asked to complete a short pre-recorded video interview. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to attend a two-stage interview process, where you will meet a number of representatives from the firm.
You’ll find answers to common questions about applying to and working at Carpmaels & Ransford.
Can I apply for more than one role at a time?
Unfortunately, no. Please select the practice group which is most relevant to your degree. Helpful guidance can be found in our commonly accepted degree section of the website. If you are uncertain, please contact us and we will be happy to assist.
Do you have specific degree requirements for trainee patent attorneys?
There are specific degree requirements in order to enter the profession. Applicants must hold a STEM degree (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) of which at least 80% of the course hours must be devoted to scientific and/or technical subjects. Please refer to our guidance on commonly accepted degrees. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
What are your application criteria for trainee patent attorneys?
You should be working towards, or have obtained, an excellent first degree (minimum 2:1 or equivalent) complemented by strong A Levels (typically 3 at grade A or equivalent) and a passion for science and technology. With an excellent command of both written and spoken English and a meticulous eye for detail, you should enjoy analysing and conceptualising complex matters, with a passion and aptitude for problem solving.
We are proud to be using Rare Recruitment’s Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) which allows us to consider your achievements in the context in which they were gained. We understand that not every candidate’s achievements look the same on paper – and we want to recruit the best people, from every background.
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