Scottish IP Disputes Associate

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Edinburgh, Scotland / Scotland, Aberdeen / Glasgow, Scotland
14 Jul 2021
11 Aug 2021
Nicholas Hearn
Role Classification
Contract Type
Experience Level
2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE
We have an exciting and rare opportunity for an IP disputes lawyer to join our ambitious and growing Band 1 Scottish IP disputes team.

About CMS
CMS is a Future Facing firm. With 75 offices in 43 countries and 4,800+ lawyers worldwide, we combine deep sector understanding with a global overview, giving us the ability not only to see what's coming, but to shape it.

CMS is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence. We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services. Our bold approach to a changing future ensures that we nurture our employees and recruit top talent.

About the Role

Our Band 1 team advise on a broad range of contentious IP matters across a wide range of sectors. Some of these include financial services, oil & gas, food and drink, hospitality and leisure, consumer products, education, sport, and energy.

Whilst the role will be based in our Scottish offices (Glasgow, Edinburgh or Aberdeen) and you would be predominantly working for the head of our Scottish IP Disputes team, Neeraj Thomas. You will also work closely with our top ranked London IP group, which is comprised of a cross-disciplinary team of solicitors, chartered trade mark attorneys and patent attorneys.

Our team acts for a number of Scottish, National and International brands on the full range of contentious IP work, including patents, trade marks, copyright and confidential information. You will have the opportunity to advise clients on all stages of the contentious work including pre-action advisory work, the raising, running and defending of court actions (predominantly in the Court of Session) as well as potentially being involved in managing/running IP litigation in England and beyond. You will also have the opportunity to act on IT and Telecoms disputes and we are actively involved in new and developing areas such as Fintech, blockchain, robotics and artificial intelligence.

We encourage our team to attend a variety of training, business development and integration events across the UK and also with our global colleagues.

About YouScottish Contentious IP experience and an excellent knowledge of Court of Session procedure as it relates to the Scottish IP Court are essential. We envisage the candidate will be 2 PQE - 6 PQE+. Specific expertise in some of our key sectors (outlined above) is a bonus but not essential.

The role will carry a high degree of client contact, and so experience and confidence in dealing directly with clients is important.

We would also expect you to be able to delegate work to some of the more junior members of the team and also help with their training and development.

Finally, you should be comfortable assisting with, and taking the initiative in, business development activities to help the continued growth of the practice.

Equal Opportunities
At CMS, a next-generation mindset is woven into all we do. We're diverse, supportive and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture of sustainability in which every one of our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive.

For further information about CMS' diversity initiatives and programmes, please click here to view the diversity pages on our website.

Please apply online or contact a member of the Talent Acquisition team if you have any questions. For information regarding our competitive range of benefits please visit our Rewards & Benefits page on our website.

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