Why did you want to become a patent attorney? Having spent time in both industry and academia I knew I wanted to pursue a career that meant I could gain exposure to science without confining myself to the lab. I had always considered entering the legal sector, but it wasn’t until I undertook work experience at an in-house IP department that I knew a career as a patent attorney was the right choice for me. What would your advice be to others looking to become a patent attorney? Gain experience if you can, but if that’s not possible then read as much about the profession as possible. There is a huge learning curve to reach qualification, with multiple examinations to prepare for whilst working full-time, so you need to be prepared to commit yourself. What aspect of the job do you enjoy the most? No day is the same and there will always be a new challenge to overcome. What do you hope to achieve over the next 12 months? I hope to have taken (and passed!) the first set of UK foundation examinations. What drives you? A love of learning. What’s the best bit of advice you’ve had? Work takes up most of your life, so find something you enjoy! If you could work in another country, which would it be? Germany, I loved the time I spent there as part of my degree. How do you relax? Most weekends you will find me at the sailing club. When I’m not on the water I can be found working in the garden or baking.