Why did you want to become a patent attorney? What attracted you most to the profession? I wanted to be able to see the latest technological developments in a large number of different fields – without doing any hands-on research. What would your advice be to others looking to become a patent attorney? Make sure your soft skills get as much attention as your technical work. There is lots more to it than technical understanding, but that’s what makes it such an interesting career choice. What aspect of the job do you enjoy the most? The wide range of technology areas I am exposed to means I see something new and different almost every day. What do you hope to achieve over the next 12 months? I’d like to continue to build up my experience in working with patents, and start working towards the UK Foundation Certificate exams. How would you describe your approach to work? I look to be methodical, accurate, and efficient in all aspects of my work. Knowing that you’ve done good work others will value is always rewarding. How do you problem solve? I like to look at problems initially with the bigger picture in mind. I find this helps to focus on why things need doing in order to narrow back down to the key details. What is the key to being a great team member? Knowing when to take the lead and when to give support, along with getting to know how your other team members work best. What’s the best bit of advice you’ve had? Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad. How do you relax? With a game of rugby on a Saturday afternoon, whether that’s playing or watching.