At GJE, all our trainees and qualified attorneys are exposed to a broad range of work. You can expect to be working extensively with some of our many direct clients, who range from start-ups to multinationals. As well as managing and prosecuting global portfolios, you will be involved extensively in the drafting of new patent applications. You will be encouraged to forge your own relationships with clients and we will help you to develop the client care skills and commercial understanding which are essential to the way we do things here at GJE. Many of our clients are regularly attacking or defending patents before the EPO and we often deal with local infringement matters, so there are also plenty of opportunities for you to get directly involved in contentious matters.
What else can I expect to be doing?
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in internal projects; be it working on operational projects, getting involved with our social committee, or helping out with recruitment. We also encourage all of our trainees and attorneys to get involved in business development; there are plenty of opportunities to represent the firm at events and conferences at home and abroad, write articles on the latest developments in IP, as well as work on specific projects.
Who will I be working with?
You will be assigned a partner as a line manager. They will support you in your career development as well as with day to day supervision. You will receive work from partners across your practice group, meaning that you will gain the benefit of input from multiple perspectives and you will also have every opportunity to raise your profile within the firm. We have a strong reputation as a training firm and what better way to get a balanced view of the profession than by working with a range of people. As you gain in experience, you will be given the opportunity to pass your knowledge and experience on to your more junior colleagues.
How about the social side?
We have a social committee which organise events throughout the year; be it bowling on Brick Lane, treasure hunts around Shoreditch, or the classic party in the lounge, we try to get the whole firm together as often as possible. There are always people willing to go for a hard-earned drink on a Friday and there is, of course, the longstanding TA curry night. We also have a hectic inter-firm softball schedule each summer.