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Are you interested in joining one of the UK’s largest specialist intellectual property firms? Check out our current vacancies below to see if there’s something that matches your skills and ambitions and click ‘apply’ – we’d love to hear from you.

7 open positions
  • NEW - Head of Office Management and Compliance Birmingham See details
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    Job description

    Due to the retirement of the current job holder after more than 10 years we are looking to recruit a replacement Head of Office Management and Compliance.

    This role will work out of our Birmingham office but with responsibility across all of the Barker Brettell sites including Southampton and Stockholm.

    This is a fantastic opportunity to join our established team of senior managers, each directly responsible and accountable for their own area of specialism and who work closely with all the Partners.

    This role is responsible for the day to day management of the facilities function, including direct management of two members of staff; acting as the firm’s health and safety and data protection manager and ensuring the firm is compliant with professional regulation and company law. There is lots of hands-on activity in this role together with an opportunity to work on and influence the direction of larger projects.

    It is a broad ranging and interesting role and whilst IP experience is not a prerequisite, it is likely to suit those with a background of working as a practice manager or a similar role within professional services.

    Whilst a good grasp of corporate governance and UK Company law to include Companies House requirements, together with a working knowledge of the Data Protection Act/GDPR and the Health and Safety at Work Act and its application within a commercial environment will all be required, it will be just as important that you are able to work well with the Barker Brettell team.

    You will need to be able to build good relationships internally and externally with all levels of staff and be pragmatic and level-headed. You should be able to carefully manage the balance of risk between compliance and what works for Barker Brettell and our people. You will need a good degree of confidence to be able to deliver this but with a style that engages and is collaborative. You will be enthusiastic, motivated and dependable; equally as prepared to roll your sleeves up and get stuck into the day to day security and utilities issues as leading on meetings with agents and landlords or preparing papers for Board members.

    In addition to a competitive salary we also offer a great benefits package, which includes bonus, pension, private medical, life assurance, permanent health insurance, dental and optical benefit schemes and an employee assistance programme. We are currently running a trial of hybrid working arrangements which is enabling staff to work at home part of the week, subject to business requirements.

    For any further information, or to apply, please contact our HR Department at: recruitment@barkerbrettell.co.uk.

  • NEW - Business Development and Marketing Co-ordinator Birmingham See details
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    Job description

    We are looking to recruit for the position of co-ordinator within the business development and marketing team. The role is to provide full administrative and co-ordination support to the existing team across a wide range of business development and marketing activities.

    Typical activities include:

    • undertaking research
    • analysing data
    • copy writing (for internal communications, blogs, brochures, and handouts etc.)
    • liaising with our website and design agency
    • updating the website
    • managing social media
    • virtual and in-person client event management (if Barker Brettell hosted in-person events resume)

    This is an exciting opportunity to learn new skills and to get involved with strategic priorities in the firmwide business development and marketing plan.

    Whilst a formal marketing qualification is not a requirement, it would be an advantage and relevant business development and marketing experience would also be highly desirable. Experience of working within a professional services environment and a degree of commercial awareness would also be advantageous.

    Candidates must be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills as well as a passion for pursuing a career in business development and marketing.

    An enthusiastic approach, a desire to get involved and willingness to work with the existing team are essential. Candidates should also be able to manage changing deadlines, be highly organised and self-motivated.

    For any further information, or to apply, please contact our HR Department at: recruitment@barkerbrettell.co.uk.

  • NEW - Records Clerk Birmingham See details
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    Job description

    We are currently looking to recruit a Records Clerk on a fixed term, maternity cover basis for up to 12 months to provide support across the busy Records team and directly to the Records and IP Systems Manager as directed.

    The role would require the production of standard and non-standard letters and correspondence from the records system, updating records within strict timeframes, ensuring the accuracy of the records database and issuing information to clients and fee earners regarding the progress of patent, trade mark and design- records.

    Ideally we are seeking someone with experience of working within a Records/Formalities department or have a good understanding of the requirements of an IP records or similar function. Alternatively you may have experience of working in an environment that is highly deadline driven with large volumes of work where accuracy is paramount.

    What is essential is a great attention to detail and accuracy together with the ability to spot things that don’t look quite right and the commitment to follow them through to resolution. Excellent communication skills, a professional telephone manner, good computer literacy and a bright, willing, can-do attitude that can be maintained through periods of high pressure are also essential for this role.

    For any further information, or to apply, please contact our HR Department at: recruitment@barkerbrettell.co.uk.

  • NEW - Trainee Patent Attorney High Tech -Physics/Electronics/Software Birmingham See details
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    Job description

    We are currently seeking Trainee Patent Attorneys to work with our Birmingham team.

    We are looking for candidates with Physics, Electronics, Software and/or Technology, Computer Science degree to join the existing team.
    Candidates with a combined degree of mechanical/electronic engineering and software may also be considered.

    Graduates should have a minimum 2:1 degree and should be highly motivated with good interpersonal skills. An interest in law as well as a knowledge of French or German would be advantageous, although not essential.

    For all our trainee positions, a structured training programme is provided and each trainee will work directly with a qualified attorney as well as having exposure to other attorneys and support staff in order to gain a full experience of the profession.

    Trainees are given a training budget as well as a comprehensive benefits package which includes bonus, contributory pension, life insurance, private medical insurance and permanent health insurance.

    For any further information, or to apply, please contact our HR Department at: recruitment@barkerbrettell.co.uk.

  • NEW - Facilities and Travel Administrator Birmingham See details
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    Job description

    We are now seeking a full time Facilities and Travel Administrator to provide support within facilities. Daily tasks and activities will be as directed by Kevin Aldham, Head   of Office Management and Compliance.  Due to the nature of the responsibilities this role is predominantly office based.

    Responsibilities will include making travel arrangements for partners, fee earners and staff both in the UK and overseas. Undertaking varied facilities duties including liaison with management agents, contractors, suppliers, cleaners and supporting office moves. Monitor the parking arrangements and rota in line with the Car Parking Policy. Process DHL courier shipments using the online service. Undertake general administration duties   including providing support for Support Administration and Professional Services departments as required.

    A confident, friendly and can-do manner is essential for this role in addition to the ability to change priorities as the need arises and a pragmatic approach to getting things done. You  should have a methodical and organised approach to work with good attention to detail and be able to demonstrate a degree of initiative and be able to work without close supervision.

    Candidates should have prior experience of working within an office environment. A high level of IT literacy is required to include MS office, Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

    Knowledge of the travel booking industry and process would be advantageous as would a broad understanding of health and safety requirements within an office environment.

    For any further information, or to apply, please contact our HR Department at: recruitment@barkerbrettell.co.uk.

  • New opportunities for Trade Mark Attorneys – Part qualified up to 3 years PQE Birmingham See details
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    Job description

    We are looking for additional attorneys to join our friendly, busy and highly successful team working out of the Birmingham office.

    We have a huge breadth of experience in the team with a wide range of skills and backgrounds with the expertise to generate large amounts of new business in addition to providing a pro-active and person centered service to our existing client base

    Qualified Trade Mark Attorney

    Candidates can be newly qualified through to 3 years PQE  and ideally have experience of working within private practice. You should be enthusiastic and dynamic and prepared to get immediately involved in a very busy department, working with the whole Trade Mark team providing great service to our clients.

    Part Qualified trade Mark Attorney

    Trainee candidates will need to have a minimum 2:1 degree, preferably in Law or English and be part qualified.  Ideal candidates will have successfully completed the Queen Mary’s Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice or the Bournemouth University Post Graduate Certificate in IP law and ideally will have a couple of years relevant work experience. We would expect to see excellent organisational skills with the ability to work under pressure, a great attention to detail and very good communications skills.

    For the successful candidate, funding will be provided (subject to certain conditions) in order to undertake the Nottingham Law School full course.  Additionally a structured training programme will be provided and you will work directly with a qualified attorney as well as having exposure to other attorneys and support staff in order to gain full experience of the profession.

    We offer a comprehensive benefits package including competitive salary, dependent on experience, bonus, contributory pension, private medical insurance, life insurance, permanent health insurance and support with travel costs if required. While positions are based from our Birmingham office , we are also supporting partial homeworking.

    For any further information, or to apply, please contact our HR Department at: recruitment@barkerbrettell.co.uk.

  • Qualified/Part Qualified Patent Attorney - High Tech Birmingham See details
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    Job description

    We are seeking qualified/part qualified patent attorneys with high tech, physics, telecoms, electronics backgrounds to work with our Birmingham based attorney team. Mechanical engineering with software/electronics will also be considered.

    Successful candidates will work closely with the lead partner in the group and will work pro-actively to contribute towards the development of the group and of the business – an enthusiastic, dynamic and outgoing approach to work is therefore essential. The successful candidate will also have the ability to work independently and to work directly with small, medium and large industrial clients and universities in the UK and overseas, as well as universities and overseas firms of Attorneys. There is a good body of existing work and in addition to this the successful candidates will have the brief to grow their own portfolio of clients with a view to becoming independently busy over time.

    We offer a comprehensive benefits package including bonus, contributory pension, private medical insurance, life insurance, permanent health insurance, car parking and/or travel loan. Salary is dependent on experience.

    For any further information, or to apply, please contact our HR recruitment team at: recruitment@barkerbrettell.co.uk.

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We always aim to recruit capable, intelligent and enthusiastic team players who, by working effectively together, can provide exemplary client service – and at the same time, create a great place to grow. We recognise and reward effort and hard work because we know that retaining good people is essential to our present – and our future.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all our staff and welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates.