Fully-qualified patent attorney – Biotechnology

London calling. Bring your talents to our Biotechnology / Chemistry team

Fully-qualified patent attorney – Biotechnology

Based in: Abel & Imray’s new London office, Holborn
Salary: Competitive, based on qualifications and experience

Our London office is ready to welcome a new attorney. This is an opportunity to work with an inspiring range of clients in innovative sectors as part of our Chemistry/Biotechnology team.


We are looking for an attorney with excellent biotech knowledge, and experience in protecting cutting-edge inventions in areas such as antibody therapeutics and genetic testing. While you’ll be a new recruit, you’ll also quickly become involved in building our firm’s future – helping to shape our client portfolio and seek out new business opportunities.

What you'll be doing

Although there's no such thing as a 'typical day' as an Abel & Imray attorney, your position will involve:

  • Dealing directly with clients, daily - whether it's a laboratory-based scientist or the CEO of a global corporation.  That means you'll swiftly get to grips with research and development currently making waves in the life sciences area.  You'll speak your clients' language - no matter how technical.  And you'll build enduring partnerships along the way.
  • Drafting and prosecuting successful patent applications will make up a huge part of your role, drawing on both your legal expertise and technical knowledge.
  • Preparing Opinions to guide our clients in the development of their important business ventures.  These will draw on your technical and legal expertise as well as making use of your commercial and pragmatic approach.
  • Working closely with a number of partners.  We're truly collaborative here at Abel & Imray and teamwork involves everyone from new starters to long-established partners.

Put simply, a diverse workload and a mandate to protect some of the field's most pioneering ideas will keep you on your toes.  Plus, we'll put plenty of opportunities to help direct the future of our firm your way.

Where you'll work - and what we offer

We'll expect a lot from you, but we will offer a lot in return.  As well as day-to-day support, we'll make sure your working environment is dynamic and inclusive - one where your career can really blossom.

In fact, you'll be joining our steadily growing firm at an exciting time, after our recent move to our brand new, purpose-built offices in Holborn.  You'll also get to visit our Bath and Cardiff bases as our team work collaboratively across each office.

Alongside a competitive salary, you'll have a generous holiday entitlement to play with.  And you can also choose from a host of other lifestyle benefits, including private healthcare, a pension and season ticket loans.

More about us

From the ideas we protect, to the way we run our business, everything we do is about looking to the future.  Right now, we're proud to partner with many of the world's ground-breakers in the antibody, small molecule and peptide therapeutics areas as well as specialist chemical manufacturers.  We also work for smaller high-growth companies and some of the world's leading academic institutions.  At the same time, you'll be joining a firm with a prestigious history and reputation.

We're also proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities employer and members if IP Inclusive.  That means treating everyone at Abel & Imray fairly, as well as respecting each employee's personal goals and ambitions.  However yours line up, we'll champion them.

How to apply

If the above sounds like you - and you like the sound of us - please get in touch.

Express interest in this job

We very much welcome direct applicants for this role and may be able to offer a joining bonus if you approach us directly, rather than via an agency.

We don't currently have a closing date for applications, but expecting to be holding interviews soon.  If you have any questions about the roles, please contact Paul Brady for a confidential chat.