Graduate training is core to our firm

Mewburn Ellis is one of Europe’s leading IP firms, ranked top tier we are a firm synonymous with quality and technical excellence. Graduate training is at the heart of our firm and something we have invested a lot of time and energy into. We are renowned for our patent and trade mark training programme and offer a professional education in conjunction with hands-on practical experience.  This includes the opportunity to work with diverse and exciting clients at the forefront of innovation in a supportive and relaxed environment.

We currently have more than 40 trainees at the firm and this number is growing as the firm gears up to meet our ambitious growth strategy.

We are always looking for people with an active mind and a desire to develop new skills so if you’re ambitious, committed, forward-looking and enjoy a challenge, join us on our mission to be recognised as the premium full-service European IP firm. In exchange we promise you a stimulating and rewarding career, cutting edge work and a chance to be part of our growth story.

Download our graduate recruitment brochure to get an idea of what it's like to work as a Patent or Trade Mark Attorney at Mewburn Ellis.  We've tried to give a feel for what the day-to-day work involves – including both the good bits and the bad bits! 

Find out more about our unique training programme


Making an application

We look for individuals with a curious enquiring mind, a strong academic background and excellent communication skills, especially in writing. General commercial awareness is valuable but no prior knowledge of patent law is needed. A STEM degree is essential.

From Autumn 2021 we will be open to applications from candidates across all our new trainee roles, these will commence in September 2022. Candidates wishing to apply for a graduate vacancy should complete our application form and provide a CV, covering letter along with some written work. Details of our step by step process will be made available when we re-open our doors. Watch this space!

For now though, if you’re looking for more detail on the programme itself, what life is like at Mewburn Ellis or hints and tips for applying please download our brochure or take a look at our video.

Gradcracker Webinar


Coinciding with CareersInIdeas week (16–22 Nov 2020), we discussed graduate training, life as an attorney and career progression at Mewburn Ellis in a Gradcracker webinar (above).

Why train with Mewburn Ellis

Considering IP is at the cutting edge of innovation, IP firms can often be slow-moving and internally focussed. Mewburn Ellis isn’t that way, we are and always have been a foward looking. We recently celebrated our 150th anniversary, and when you look back over that time you will see that we have a history of embracing change, thinking ahead and anticipating challenges and opportunities both for our clients and for our own business.

We work hard to maintain a collaborative atmosphere and friendly feel that is often only found in smaller firms. We are team players and respect each other’s opinions and are professional but relaxed. We expect you to work hard and perform, but not without encouragement and investment from us.

We promote a flexible, cross-office approach to working, so we’re one firm where everyone knows everyone else. This is further cemented by our commitment to the training and development of our people. Many of the partners trained here and most have worked in all our offices. This has created a supportive, informal environment and a true sense that everyone works together and can contribute to the success of the firm.

We are keen to attract, train and retain the best people. So Mewburn Ellis supports diversity throughout the business and makes every effort to create and maintain an inclusive culture. We also recognise that we have a responsibility to ensure our business has a positive impact on the people, communities and environment around us. We are currently developing our  ‘Forward Community Programme’ which reflects our core values and is an integral part of our firm.

Mewburn Graduate recruitment

Download our graduate recruitment brochure

Our guide is intended to give you an idea of what it is like to work as a Patent or Trade Mark Attorney at Mewburn Ellis.  We have tried to give a feel for what the day-to-day work involves – including both the good bits and the bad bits! We are sure you would prefer the real picture before  you invest your time and energy in applying for a career in which you will probably spend many years. Read further and you will realise that this is both a stimulating and rewarding profession, ideally suiting someone with an active mind and a desire to develop new skills.



We work with the organisations building the brands & technologies that will define tomorrow...

Our Chemistry Team

Whether the subject matter is dyes, drugs, catalysts, composites, polymers or pesticides, we have the winning...

Our Engineering Team

 Our expertise spans the full engineering, electronics, computing and materials fields.  From aeronautical and marine...

Our Life Sciences Team

From therapeutics to medical devices, genetic engineering to diagnostics, we cover every aspect.  We have been working...