Natasha Christian, Trainee Assistant

"There is a huge amount to learn, but there is a great environment in the office, with someone always available to help, no matter how silly you think your question is."

During my Master’s research project, I realised that continuing in academia wasn’t for me. I wanted a career which would be challenging, and at the forefront of technology in my field, but which would allow for diversity in my day-to-day work… Patent law provides just that. Not only does the technology which passes my desk vary, but the tasks do too.

Having only recently started in the profession, I am working towards becoming qualified as both a UK and European patent attorney. We work on real cases from day one, and the training that you receive from the partners and senior associates who supervise you on each case is invaluable. The firm also provides more structured training in the first year, including in-house tutorials, which cover a little of everything, from basic law and patent practice, to German lessons!

This support will continue throughout our training, which are supplemented with advanced tutorials.

There is a huge amount to learn, but there is a great environment in the office, with someone always available to help, no matter how silly you think your question is. The social side of Carpmaels is also a huge plus. If you don’t fancy joining one of the many sports teams, there are always formal and informal events, most notably the organisation of the annual Intellectual Property Ball, which is a great way to meet people at other firms and the infamous Carpmaels’ annual New Year and summer parties. On top of all of that, there’s always the option of a casual Friday night drink.