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Associate / Senior Associate

Company Gowling WLG Location Birmingham
Contract Permanent Position Salary Competitive
Sector(s) Legal

Job Description

We have more than 1,400 legal professionals working around the world. Our offices span across 19 cities in Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East. There's strength in our global presence – we embrace our differing cultures and work together as one team. We also understand the importance of investing in relationships that build knowledge and trust, while we provide legal advice that's tailored to our clients' world.

'Our people and distinct culture are what makes us different. We know this through client and employee feedback and this drives everything we do''

 Chris Oglethorpe, HR Director.

There are great opportunities for all our people to flourish. Through training and personal development they can grow in their role. Our people are the cornerstone of our success, across legal, business support and early talent. We care about their happiness and believe in the power of teamwork. We want them to feel empowered and recognise that by supporting, respecting and embracing everyone's different contributions we achieve more.

Working flexibly, working fairly

Agile working offers people more freedom and flexibility in where, when, and how they work. As technology advances and our workforce becomes more diverse – and with clients often working to a 24/7 rhythm – having extra flexibility is key to helping us balance work and other commitments sensibly and productively.

By supporting people to choose where and when they get their work done, we help them to make a full and fair contribution to their team – while maintaining that all important work-life balance.

Where possible and depending on business needs, we will consider all flexible working options such as part-time working, job sharing, working from home and staggered hours. If in considering a role with Gowling WLG you favour flexibility in your working arrangements, please discuss this with the recruitment team in the early stages of the application process.

About the Team

If you want an intellectual property law (IP) team that knows how to win anywhere in the world, puts your profitability at the top of its priorities and takes a shoulder-to-shoulder approach to client relationships, then Gowling WLG should be your first choice. Chambers refers to the team as "a quality operation ... there is no doubt that they are leading the field."

From multi-million pound disputes and billion pound deals to cost-capped litigation for SMEs in the IP courts, our starting point is looking at what you want to achieve and then setting out a strategy to find the best solution. A large experienced team taking a holistic, commercial approach guarantees a perfectly tailored solution for every client.

Sometimes a settlement will secure what you want. But, if necessary, this team will go all the way to achieve the right result. Our team has won cases in the ECJ (02 v 3G), Supreme Court (Zodiac v Virgin), the High Court (British Telecommunications plc (BT) for Californian client ASSIA,) and IPEC (Cobra UK in a dispute with BOS GmbH & Co. KG.)

Technical excellence

 - Academic attainments and earlier careers in biochemistry, physics, engineering, IT and microbiology means this team is more than a match for specialist technicians on the other side. Take Dr Luke Kempton who is commended for his "scientific understanding" in Legal 500. Four of India's fastest growing technology businesses have chosen this team as their lead adviser

Global coverage

 - Multi-jurisdictional coverage, with contacts around the world, means clients can be certain of a speedy and cost-effective approach. Global giants such as Aston Martin, Dyson, Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline, Lundbeck and Hasbro turn to the team for expert advice on clearance, exploitation and enforcement of their IP rights. Members of the team are known for their thought leadership presentations at international conferences

A competitive edge

 - Whatever the challenge or opportunity, they have the experience and resource to offer the very best legal advice. As acknowledged by Legal 500 2014, this team "provides outstanding service at all times". Regular legal updates keep our clients and contacts at the forefront of intellectual property law developments.
Key skills and experience

We are looking for an Associate / Senior Associate (1 – 5 PQE) who is currently working in IP or who has spent at least one 6 month seat in IP during their training contract, with a strong academic and training background.  A scientific qualification would be an advantage but is not essential.  An aptitude to work with technical subject matter and, also, an interest in doing so is required.

Equal Opportunities

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment.  The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity.  This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

At Gowling WLG we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work.  Our aim is to fulfil everyone's potential and together to achieve personal and business goals.


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