Professional Standards Officer

Job Ref: PSO/2020

Job Type: Other Functions

Locations: Leeds, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, York

Sectors: Trade Marks, Patents

Title:                            Professional Standards Officer

Location:                   Flexible

Reporting To:          Professional Standards Director

Hours:                         Full or Part-Time Considered

Role Purpose:

The Professional Standards function at HGF works with the firm’s Executive and Board on matters relating to professional standards and regulation.  Professional Standards at HGF also provides firm wide (UK and international) knowledge of IP law and legal and procedural developments, both internally (HGF fee earners and formalities) and externally (clients and associates). As Professional Standards Officer, you will work closely with the Professional Standards Director to provide comprehensive knowledge and information guidance to  the business.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ownership of knowledge management and sharing

  • HGF subscription and electronic library management

  • Working with Business Development team to provide support and background research for tenders and BD initiatives

  • Supporting the Professional Standards Director with collation, publication and dissemination of pertinent information

  • Administrative support to the Professional Standards Director

About You:

  • A background in IP law, ideally having operated as an Attorney/Solicitor in IP

  • Experience of working in an information management type role or similar 

  • Excellent attention to detail across all types of documents

  • Dynamic and with a proactive approach to work

  • Excellent time management and prioritisation skills

  • Strong IT skills, ideally with an interest in intranet and database development

  • The ability to work as part of a team but also needs to be driven to work on your own initiative

  • A client focused attitude, with an understanding of the importance of working in partnership with colleagues

  • German or Dutch language skills would be a bonus but by no means necessary

About HGF:

HGF Limited is one of Europe’s largest intellectual property specialist firms and one of only a few to offer a fully integrated IP solution, bringing over 200 Patent Attorneys, Trade Mark Attorneys and IP Solicitors together to provide a full-service IP solution.

With 21 offices across the UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland & Austria, HGF’s Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys provide specialist technical and legal advice to blue chip organisations and small to medium businesses across the world.  Many of our clients are household names and the work HGF does allows them to protect and exploit their inventions, new products and branding.

To Apply:

If the above sounds like the right opportunity for you or you would like further information, please get in touch via: with a CV/cover letter if appropriate.

HGF Values

  • People - People matter. We treat people fairly, with respect and compassion. We foster a friendly, inclusive and enjoyable culture for everyone to prosper in. We invest in our people and offer appropriate coaching and training to assist with development and learning. We promote a healthy work-life balance. Progression is based on merit.

  • Excellence –  We strive to be the best. We pursue excellence in all our individual roles resulting in outstanding legal and technical advice for our clients. Our people are pragmatic, responsive and commercially minded. We do not presume but listen to understand so we can engage proactively and appropriately.

  • Teamwork – We stand together. We work with our clients to protect their interests, and with each other as a mutually supporting firm. We value, appreciate and listen to others, regardless of role, recognising each individual’s particular blend of talent, skill and experience. We are individually and jointly accountable and take responsibility for our actions and decisions.

  • Progressive – We innovate. We continually improve our services and processes through understanding, creativity, and investment. We evolve by taking opportunities and adopting new business procedures, unencumbered by historical structures or out-of-date attitudes. As a firm, we have an entrepreneurial spirit, and encourage new thinking in our people.

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