J A Kemp

Trainee Patent Attorney

We are looking for bright graduates suited to an intellectually challenging and rewarding career option that brings together a unique blend of science, law and business skills. Candidates should have an excellent track record of achievement at school and university, with a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in a scientific or technical subject, preferably physics, engineering, chemistry or biosciences. We are open to applications from candidates holding or studying for a bachelor's, master's or PhD degree. 

The skills and personal qualities that we look for include:

  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Accuracy and an eye for detail
  • An ability to explain complex matters clearly
  • An analytical mind
  • High levels of organisation and motivation
  • A proactive, outgoing approach
  • Team player qualities
  • Listening skills
  • An interest in both scientific matters and intellectual property

We normally recruit up to six people each year to be trained as patent attorneys in London, Oxford or Cambridge. All trainee patent attorneys are expected to train and qualify both as a European and as a British Patent Attorney.

We usually encourage trainee patent attorneys to start with us in the autumn, in a recognised peer group, though we are very flexible about start dates. We encourage applications before the end of the calendar year for candidates who wish to start the following autumn. We will, however, consider applications from exceptional candidates at any time of the year.

At J A Kemp you will have an experienced attorney mentor from day one to expose you to a variety of work, set targets for your performance and development and support you throughout your training. In-house tutorials provide an excellent way for you to learn the basics and mix with trainees and attorneys from other disciplines. We also send you on external courses, such as those run by Queen Mary (Certificate in Intellectual Property Law) and the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.

We recruit all of our trainee attorneys in the hope that they will have a long and fulfilling career with the firm, progressing in due course to partnership. As one of the leading UK firms, we provide outstanding opportunities for career progression.

We offer an attractive package from day one. In addition to a competitive salary and participation in a performance related bonus scheme, the benefits for trainee attorneys include flexible working around core hours, a flex system that enables you to earn up to eight days' extra holiday, life assurance, permanent health insurance, travel and accident insurance, season ticket loans and a pension scheme with contribution matching by the employer.

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