A typical working day

A typical working day for Richard, a Senior Associate in our Chemistry practice group.

Arrive at the office, grab a drink and check through emails.

I get stuck into a substantial task in the morning, preparing arguments for defending a key patent for an important drug dosage form, or perhaps reviewing an inventor’s summary of a client’s new invention. I enjoy the intellectual demands of the job, analysing complex scientific documents and preparing compelling legal arguments

Time to discuss cases with trainees and associates. The trainees have their own cases from day one and I rely on them to summarise the relevant issues to allow me to review the arguments that they’ve prepared. Each trainee and associate works with a range of partners and senior associates, providing a diverse and collaborative training and working environment.

After lunch with colleagues in the lunch areas, I might have a phone call with a client, who could be a patent attorney in Florida, a CEO in London, or a scientist in Barcelona who is explaining their exciting idea.

A chat with colleagues over a tea break before planning my next trip. I frequently travel around the world, attending conferences, meeting contacts and discussing IP issues with clients. It’s important to keep up to date with the technology behind my clients’ businesses and it’s also a great opportunity to build relationships with the people around the world that I work with day-to-day.

I head home to look after my children at the end of their day, or I join in with the healthy social life at work, including Friday trips to Holborn’s great pubs, karaoke nights and team events like ice skating, crazy golf and murder mystery evenings!

Diversity & inclusion

We recognise that diversity of thought is vital to our business, enabling us to approach challenges differently and offer our clients creative and original solutions.

Our commitment to equality and diversity is currently focused on Gender Equality, LGBTQ+, and Race & Ethnicity. We host a Diversity Day annually, where we come together as a firm to discuss and share ideas around these core areas with a series of talks from external speakers.

We also have a dedicated group of Mental Health First Aiders who are helping to remove the stigma around mental health and support those in need. A healthy work/life balance is very important to us and we run regular wellbeing events in addition to the large number of clubs and social activities that are available to everyone at the firm.

We recognise the importance of finding a balance between work and home commitments. We are supportive of agile working as a way for employees to balance demanding careers with busy home lives and are constantly looking to improve this while maintaining our much-valued culture of collaboration and originality. We also provide support for working parents with a comprehensive benefits package. Learn more about our approach to Diversity & Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility.




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