Part Qualified Trainee Patent Attorney / Organic Chemistry

Part Qualified Trainee Patent Attorney / Organic Chemistry

London (part remote working)



Highly-rated intellectual property law firm AA Thornton IP LLP has an exciting opportunity for a part-qualified trainee patent attorney, to continue their learning within our talented team, handling chemical inventions and specialising in organic chemistry.


Why join AA Thornton?

The appointment of a new part qualified trainee attorney is part of our ongoing commitment to training and developing talent within the firm. It is a unique opportunity for the right candidate to play a pivotal role in the team and to reap the benefits of working and learning in a friendly, supportive and stimulating environment with like-minded individuals.

You will have exposure to a broad range of clients who are pushing the boundaries of patentability and to work in collaboration with our talented team of attorneys and solicitors across the firm.


What are we looking for?

Our ideal candidate will have at least a first university degree in chemistry (or related subject) as well as a good level of knowledge and a passion for organic chemistry and pharmaceuticals.  Candidates will have passed foundation exams, having gained experience along the way within the patent profession in order that they can make an immediate impact whilst being supported in working towards full qualification.

The key qualities we are seeking from a trainee include:

  • An ability to analyse and accurately summarise technical documents
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal and written
  • The ability to work independently (including remotely) as well as part of a team
  • An appetite for working hard and being an integral part of a highly-qualified team
  • Well organised and reliable
  • A commitment to professional and career development
  • An interest in supporting the firms’ business development activities

It is our aim to create the very best solutions for our clients’ and, in order to deliver a focussed client service, it is important that the individuals we employ are pro-active in contributing ideas, creating solutions and seeing them through.


What are we offering?

Our part qualified trainees receive a broad range of work, which encompasses a variety of technical areas and clients, providing a challenging and intellectually-stimulating career.  The firm actively encourages trainees to take advantage of our in-house training, external courses and lectures, and they are supported to qualify as both a Chartered UK Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney.

At AA Thornton it is our people who make the difference, and therefore we take a person-centred approach to ensure that our trainees are fully supported, and their individual needs are taken into consideration.  To facilitate this, trainees are assigned to a qualified Patent Attorney, who supervises all aspects of training and provides wider support, guidance and a point of contact.  We also work hard to ensure our internal communication and our wellbeing and inclusion

strategies are a business priority and underpin our belief that everyone should be able to bring their whole self to work.  We are committed to recruiting the very best talent from a diverse pool, providing training and putting in place appropriate adjustments, to nurture that talent.  We offer flexible working and have a truly agile workforce post pandemic.  It is an exciting time to join the firm.

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Please apply by email with your CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability for the role, to Karen Genuardi, Head of People at by the closing date of Monday, 22 May 2024 (we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date).

Please note this role is not sponsored and we are unable to accept applications from candidate who require sponsorship now or in the future to legally work in the UK.