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 Life Sciences, Chemistry & Materials or Engineering & Tech teams.

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.

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Why work for us?

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.

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Work life

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.

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The application process

Our annual trainee recruitment cycle takes place between June and December each year, with a start date of the following autumn.

Applications to our 2021 intake open on 1st June 2020, with a closing date of 13th November 2020.

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.

Interviews for our Chemistry & Materials, Pharma and Biotechnology opportunities will take place during September and December. Engineering & Tech applicants will be invited to interview on a rolling basis. We will keep you regularly informed during each stage of the process.

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Frequently asked questions

You’ll find answers to common questions about applying to and working at Carpmaels & Ransford.

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.

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. For more information about the profession and degree requirements, please refer to the section on registering for the EU Qualifying Exams (EQEs) via the EPO’s website.

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.

Please refer to our Key dates page for further information about timings.


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