Trowers & Hamlins is a City-led, international and national law firm with over 160 partners and 950 staff. With offices across the UK, Middle East and Asia, we provide a full-service integrated offering.
Our clients operate in diverse industry sectors such as construction, transport and infrastructure, banking and financial services, distribution and logistics, education and health, hotels and leisure, defence, engineering and surveying, charities, retail and energy and natural resources. We also act for many high net worth individuals.
We are different and we believe it is our people that make us unique. We expect and respect that you and your talents are too. The truth is we don't prescribe who you are or how you ought to be. It's what you can do that interests us most.
While the work on offer is rewarding and often complex, the qualities we look for are simple. The ability to get on with people from all walks of life, for example. To talk and to listen. To develop the sorts of relationships that mean you win the friendship and loyalty of clients and colleagues alike. In short, to connect. These are the characteristics our people all have in common. They are vital, as is the drive and imagination to use your unique talents to the full. We will help you in this. In fact, we will support you in every way we can.
Where you'll work
Located within the corporate department which offers our clients access to a full range of corporate and commercial legal services, our specialist Intellectual Property team is a mixed contentious and non-contentious practice.
We advise on the full range of IP rights, including trade marks and passing off, copyright and database right, rights in designs, patents and rights in confidential information. Our expertise extends to wider media-related issues, including false and misleading advertising, comparative advertising, trade libel and malicious falsehood, and the removal of material from third party online forums such as social media or competitor websites. All team members undertake both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property work.
On the contentious side, we represent clients in all
intellectual property dispute resolution tribunals, ranging from court proceedings, proceedings in the UK Intellectual Property Office, arbitration proceedings and under individual Internet Service Providers' own dispute resolution mechanisms. Whilst our contentious IP practice is a dedicated specialist practice, our team has substantial background experience in relation to commercial dispute resolution generally, which means that the team provides specialist IP advice having regard also to wider legal and commercial issues which frequently arise in IP infringement claims and the team works with other specialist teams (such as employment and commercial litigation) where appropriate.
On the non-contentious side, we advise on and negotiate agreements in which IP is the central asset in issue, such as agreements for commercial research and development of industrial technology, licences of resulting new technology, and other licences and assignments of registered and unregistered IP rights. In addition, we advise on and negotiate IP provisions within commercial transactions of any kind, including in the context of joint ventures, partnerships and the appointment of employees and third party consultants. We also conduct IP audits and due diligence, and advise on the strengthening and protection of IP portfolios generally. Our approach is on the negotiation and drafting of IP provisions with experience and focus on where issues and disputes are most likely to arise in the future.
The team works with specialists in our other departments, including corporate and commercial, other specialist litigation teams (including commercial litigation and fraud, property and construction) and employment.
What you'll be doing
Working as part of the intellectual property team the new recruit will advise clients operating in a variety of sectors on a diverse range of contentious and non-contentious Intellectual Property work, including:
- Advising on ad hoc day-to-day IP queries from our diverse spectrum of clients and other specialist teams;
- Assisting in a broad range of contentious matters;
- Initiating, building and maintaining effective client relationships;
- Ensuring files are managed in compliance with Lexcel procedures;
- Pro-active participation in department and firm-wide marketing initiatives;
What you'll need
The firm has a Career Development Framework which sets out the competencies we expect of those at the Solicitor grade. In particular for this role we require:
- Qualified solicitor up to 2 years PQE with training seats and/or PQE experience in contentious and non-contentious Intellectual Property matters
- Strong technical skills and client focus
- Drive and enthusiasm
- Commercial awareness
- Solid academic record
- A developing ability to manage files independently
As part of our firm recruitment policy our candidates are subject to employment screening background checks. These checks include personal details, education and employment history, professional qualifications and credit and criminal checks as appropriate.
Trowers & Hamlins is an equal opportunities employer and values diversity and inclusion. All applications will be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role and will be treated equally irrespective of Ethnicity, Gender (including Trans and non-binary) Race, Disability, Religion and sexual orientation.