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To apply for a trainee position, please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would like to join Boult Wade Tennant to recruitment@boult.com.  Although we have a particular emphasis on recruitment in the autumn, we accept applications all year.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview and those that are successful will be sent an offer letter.

One thing to remember is that we believe the interview process is a two-way affair. It’s about us finding the right person to join our team but equally, it’s about you finding somewhere where you can flourish and where your career as a patent or trade mark attorney can grow.

Voluntary vacation scheme

The intention of the vacation scheme is to give you the opportunity to gain some work experience as an attorney and to see what it is like to work at our firm. The 2024 scheme begins in July and lasts around one week.

The hybrid scheme means candidates will have the choice of participating in-person at the London office or online. Monday to Wednesday will be conducted either remotely, with participants dialling into discussion groups and presentations, or at our London office. The choice will be yours. During the scheme you will work on real cases with attorneys and observe a trade-mark or patent moot. You will meet people across the firm and see first-hand how we work. At the end of the week you will be invited to attend a social event at the London office.

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on our training programme you will need at least:

  • a 2:1 undergraduate degree (obtained or predicted). Those with a patent interest must have, or be studying for, a technical degree (science and/or engineering).
  • 136 UCAS point (AAB) at A level.
    For international students, we will expect the equivalent national qualifications.

Application process

The application process for 2024’s scheme is now open and will close on April 5 2024. Please send a covering letter and CV to vacationscheme@boult.com when applying. The scheme will take place in July and the exact date will be confirmed shortly.

Open day

Our virtual Open Day is aimed at both university students and recent graduates and is ideal for those still researching their career options, as well as for those who have already decided on the patent or trade mark attorney profession.

You will have the chance to ask us questions and learn more about the IP profession as well as get a clearer understanding of what it is like to be a trainee at this firm. The interactive sessions provide a fantastic opportunity to network with Boult staff. During the day you will hear from a range of experts across patents and trade marks. You will be introduced to our core practice areas and given an overview of our place in the IP market. You will have an opportunity in small groups to ask your questions of our trainees and early career attorneys. The sessions will equip you to write stronger applications for positions in the IP profession.

The next Open Day will take place on 13 September 2023. Applications are now open and will close on Wednesday 6 September 2023.  To apply, please send a covering letter and CV to openday@boult.com.

Candidates are welcome to apply to one or more of our schemes (trainee scheme, vacation scheme and/or open day). We are a disabilities inclusive employer.

Trainee salary and benefits

Recognition and reward is part of a good working life. We offer a competitive salary that increases as you progress through your training and you are offered a bonus when you successfully qualify as an attorney.

Key benefits

  • Initially 23 days annual leave, rising to 25 days after 2 years service, with the option to annually buy or sell (up to 5 days) leave
  • Up to 6% (minimum 4.5% to meet auto enrolment requirements) firm contribution to pension
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Life assurance (x3 salary, and option to self fund higher multiples)
  • Private medical insurance (personal and option to self fund family members)
  • Health cash plan (personal, and option to self fund family members)

Wellness benefits

  • Confidential Employee Assistance Programme
  • Optional Dental insurance
  • Wellness and Mental health support
  • Optional Critical Illness Cover

Lifestyle benefits

  • Flexible working
  • Access to a range of special offers and shopping discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Payroll giving for tax-free donations to charity
  • Matched funding for individual fundraisers and charity committee
  • Social and sporting events
  • An inclusion and diversity committee
  • A social mobility committee

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