Career Opportunities at J A Kemp

We offer a variety of career opportunities.  For trainee patent attorney roles, we have a long-established programme of continual recruitment and we consider applications throughout the year.  Opportunities to join us in other roles arise on an ad hoc basis, either to fill vacancies or to support the growth of the firm.  Please click on the relevant link for further information about roles in the firm and our application processes.

All applications to join J A Kemp, in any role, should be directed to our central email address, careers@jakemp.com

 

Joining J A Kemp as a Trainee Patent Attorney

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.

The academic requirements are rigorous.  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, computer science, chemistry or biosciences such as molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology or plant sciences. We are open to applications from candidates holding or studying for a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree.

If you are applying for a role as a trainee patent attorney, you should indicate whether you wish to join the London, Oxford or Cambridge office, or have no preference.

All trainee and qualified patent attorneys based in our Oxford and Cambridge offices typically spend about one day a week in London.  We find this highly beneficial for trainee attorneys.  It enables them to be fully involved in the firm’s training programme and build strong working relationships with London-based colleagues.

We usually encourage trainee patent attorneys to start with us in the autumn, in a recognised peer group, though we can be 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.

To apply for a position as a trainee patent attorney, please email careers@jakemp.com

Your application should include a CV and covering letter addressed to the head of the relevant Group:

 

Joining J A Kemp as a Part Qualified or Qualified Patent Attorney

We welcome approaches from truly exceptional candidates at any stage in their career as a patent attorney.

Whilst many of J A Kemp's patent attorneys joined the firm as trainees, our home-grown talent is complemented by a good number of attorneys who have come to us with experience gained in other attorney firms, legal practices or industry. We welcome their different perspective on our business.  We are always keen to learn from good practice elsewhere and enrich the firm’s culture by bringing in talented individuals with different backgrounds.

Exceptional individuals with a track record of success in the profession are invited to send their CV and covering letter to careers@jakemp.com at any time.

Your application should include a CV and covering letter addressed to the head of the relevant Group:

Please be aware that your application will only be considered if there is a role to fill.

 

Joining J A Kemp as a Part Qualified or Qualified Trade Mark Attorney

We do not have a formal graduate entry programme for trainee trade mark attorneys, but we do recruit trade mark attorneys and part qualified trainees into our expanding trade marks practice as the need or opportunity arises.  The firm’s trade marks team is led by partners who have joined J A Kemp from other firms.

Exceptional individuals with a track record of success in the profession are invited to send their CV and covering letter to careers@jakemp.com at any time.

Your application should include a CV and covering letter addressed to James Fish, the head of the Trade Marks Group. 

Please be aware that your application will only be considered if there is a role to fill.

 

Joining J A Kemp in a Business Support Role

We would not be able to deliver excellent service to our clients without a strong team of committed individuals in a wide variety of business support roles.  These include paralegal and formalities roles, secretaries, finance, HR, marketing, IT and facilities staff.  Usually recruitment in these areas is driven by operational requirements.  Sometimes, however, a candidate may approach the firm at the right time to be considered for a vacancy, particularly to work as a secretary or to join one of the larger support teams. Vacancies in business support roles occur mainly in our London office.

If you wish to make a speculative approach to the firm to be considered for a business support role, you should email careers@jakemp.com.   Your application should include a CV and covering letter addressed to our Head of HR, Tracy Crandon.

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