Thomas Hoolaghan

Trainee Patent Attorney

"I consider myself very lucky to have formed close friendships with my colleagues thanks to the HLK Academy."

As a new trainee patent attorney at HLK, I immediately began participating in the HLK Academy, a fantastic learning scheme which I attended every week in my first semester at the firm.

The academy allowed me to build my knowledge of intellectual property by tackling different topics within the industry each week. Consequently, my understanding of patents and IP grew rapidly through the academy, and with each session I was given new knowledge to bolster my confidence and ability. The Academy sessions are led by senior attorneys and professionals from within the firm, meaning I had the benefit of drawing from a deep pool of expertise.

The Academy also offered insight into the different areas of the firm, from different technical teams to the formalities, finance and marketing teams, providing me with a comprehensive understanding of the invaluable and varied contributions necessary to the successful operation of the firm.

Finally, but my no means least, the Academy helped me form friendships with my fellow trainees. I consider myself very lucky to have formed close friendships with my colleagues thanks to the HLK Academy. The friendships formed have been of immeasurable benefit to me in completing my first year at HLK and no doubt will continue to be in the years to come.

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