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 45 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! 

Trainee Trade Mark Attorney vacancy - Coming soon!

Who we look for

If you possess a curious, enquiring mind, a strong academic background and excellent communication skills, especially in writing that’s a great start. General commercial awareness is also valuable and no prior knowledge of Trade Mark law is needed. 


Apply for our Trainee TM Attorney role

From mid-late Spring 2023 we will be open to applications from candidates to our new trainee role, these will typically commence in September 2023. Details of our step by step process will be made available when we re-open our doors. Watch this space!

A new approach

We are proud to be using Rare Recruitment's Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) which allows us to consider your achievements in the context in which they were gained. We understand that not every candidate’s achievements look the same on paper – and we want to recruit the best people, from every background. So after sending through your application, we will send you a link to complete a short questionnaire (less than 5 minutes) so you can provide the context for your achievements

What to do next?

Research and preparation! Make sure the profession is for you take some time to look at our brochureShould you decide to apply we wish you the best of luck!

Our Gradcracker Videos

Coinciding with 'Careers In Ideas' week 2020, we teamed up with Gradcracker for a live webinar to discuss life as an attorney at Mewburn Ellis. See below for a few useful excerpts.

What do you need to become a patent attorney?

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Application process – hints and tips!

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To see the full webinar visit our dedicated Mewburn Ellis Gradcracker page here.

Our Timelines

Typically our recruitment process takes 6-7 weeks but this can fluctuate depending on volumes.


Offers of training places are sent out as soon as suitable candidates emerge. As the number of training places are limited, applications should be submitted as soon as the vacancy becomes ‘live’ we will typically advertise for one month starting early-mid May. Each year, new trainees (in both Patents and Trade Marks) generally start work in mid-September.



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.

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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.



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