Qualified patent attorney – Chemistry

Based in our Bath office

Bath time? Bring your talents to our Chemistry/Biotechnology team

Qualified patent attorney – Chemistry

Based in: Abel & Imray’s central Bath office 

Salary: Competitive, based on qualifications and experience

Our Bath office is ready to welcome a new attorney. This is an opportunity for a chemist/chemical engineer 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 chemical knowledge, and experience in protecting cutting-edge inventions in industrial chemistry. 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 chemical 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 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, in our modern offices in beautiful Bath – the Georgian city with everything going for it in 2019: a vibrant arts and food scene, exceptional local schools, a compact centre with everything in walking distance, easy transport links to London and in the midst of Cotswolds countryside. You’ll also get to visit our London and Cardiff bases as our team works 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 and a pension.


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 some of the world’s largest chemical companies 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 are also proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities and flexible employer, and members of IP Inclusive and WISE. 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 send a covering email enclosing your CV to: recruit11@abelimray.com 

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 are expecting to be holding interviews soon.  If you have any questions about the roles, please contact Jim Denness or Matthew Fletcher for a confidential chat.