HGF Vacancy

Trainee Patent Attorney – Life Sciences

Glasgow / Manchester

Job ref: Trainee/LS

Job Type:Trainee
Sectors: Life sciences

Are you looking for a career with a difference?

HGF is a leading intellectual property firm in Europe, with one of the largest specialist life sciences teams in the IP profession. We are an award-winning firm, among only a few firms ranked Gold for Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals in the Financial Times ‘Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms’ 2022. Due to successful growth we now have an opportunity for a life sciences graduate to join us as a trainee in our Life Sciences Team in Manchester or Glasgow.

The patent profession requires dedication to work and train over a period of about 4 – 5 years to become a dual-qualified Chartered UK Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney. You’ll need impressive academic qualifications and a high level of self-discipline and attention to detail. You’ll be someone who can quickly distil what is important, combined with an ability to focus on detail when required. You’ll also need to be happy and interested to apply your intellect to many different inventions across the biological sciences, and enjoy a fast-paced work environment dealing with multiple matters on a daily basis. Client handling and care are also key, requiring confidence and good interpersonal skills.

Main Responsibilities

The opportunity is in our Manchester or Glasgow offices, assisting a couple of our experienced partners and directors; and other members of the wider Life Sciences Team in our other offices, as might be needed. Flexible or hybrid working is available, however you may be required to come in to the office, or be called upon to travel to our other offices or client premises from time to time, whether for meetings or client work. The role is demanding of intellect and effort and will require consistent application and significant commitment for self-study out of office hours over a number of years. However, the rewards of qualification and a stable long-term career await those who succeed. Typically, the majority of the role involves close critical reading of documents, such as research papers and patent specifications, summarising or briefing others as to their technical content, technical writing of patent specifications and formulating written and oral technical and legal arguments.

Find out more about what it is like to begin a new career at HGF by visiting the Inside Careers trainee profile for HGF.

About You
  • Have a 1st class or upper 2nd degree from a high-ranking global university;
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills in the English language;
  • Be confident and flexible in attitude and approach;
  • Be able to operate in an intellectually demanding and time-pressured environment; and
  • Be a team player.
Why move to HGF?
  • HGF takes a transparent and merit-based approach to your career development and you will have the opportunity to shape your long-term progression
  • We’re a firm with a focus on DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion), with a staff led DEI Focus Group and an DEI Board sponsor
  • As a business we have a dedicated Learning and Development team and a digital learning platform for all staff to use
  • A competitive salary and benefits package along with a flexible working policy
To Apply

HGF is committed to promoting an equal, diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all candidates with relevant skills for the role.

If the above sounds like the opportunity for you, please email your CV (including the subject results for Highers/A Levels or equivalent) with a letter explaining why you want to become a Patent Attorney in the application box.


You would like to contribute your professional experience to an expanding law firm? Then we would be pleased to receive your application. Please apply by sending your CV to: [email protected]

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