Commercial IP/IT Associate

PQE: 1-5
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Commercial IP/IT
Location: Oxford
Company background

Penningtons Manches Cooper is a leading UK and international law firm which provides high quality legal advice tailored to both businesses and individuals. We address the specific objectives of each client through our flair and technical expertise and offer a personal service founded on a strong team ethic.

Today, we have UK offices in the City of London, Basingstoke, BirminghamCambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading while our growing overseas network stretches from Asia to America through our presence in Singapore, Piraeus, Paris, Madrid, Sao Paulo and San Francisco. With 141 partners and over 850 people in total, our main areas of practice are dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, real estate, private client and family.

We have established a strong reputation in a variety of sectors, particularly private wealth, shipping, technology and property. Our lawyers are also recognised for their expertise in life sciences, education, retail, sports and entertainment and international trade. In these areas, we're acknowledged for our unparalleled market insight.

By joining forces with the partners and staff of Thomas Cooper in July 2019, we have added significant depth to our core practice. The move builds on the expansion of our litigation and arbitration offering and has introduced us to the maritime community in which Thomas Cooper has long been a key player.

Our continuing commitment to excellence is backed by a track record which dates back nearly 300 years. We pay great attention to matching your requirements with the right skills, delivered cost effectively and within the appropriate timescale.

Among our clients we count multi-national corporations, public companies, professional partnerships, banks and financial institutions as well as private individuals, owner managed businesses and start-ups. We are conscious that our culture and close working relationships are vital assets and we are determined to maintain these as we increase in size. 

Our broad international focus is supported by well-established links with law firms throughout the world. Penningtons Manches Cooper is a member of Multilaw and the European Law Group, networks with representatives in over 100 countries, and many of our lawyers play leading roles in various international bodies.

The department

We have an extensive transactional IP practice and advise on all types of agreements which focus on IP or have a strong IP element including patent, know how, trade mark and copyright licences (both in- and out- licensing), collaboration agreements (including framework collaboration agreements) and research and development agreements.  In addition, we handle large-scale acquisitions and disposals of IP assets.  Our clients range from small and medium sized businesses to larger plcs and include a number of public sector and charitable institutions, in each case across a broad range of industry sectors, such as IT, chemicals, manufacturing, publishing and retail..  

Our award winning life sciences practice provides extensive legal, scientific and industry specific insights  to its medical device, pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients

We have a substantial international trade mark practice, managing the portfolios of major brand owners from a global US aerospace company to entrepreneurs such as Levi Roots.

Our understanding of IT and telecommunications contracts goes significantly beyond the drafting and negotiation of legal terms and conditions. We offer many years of experience 'under the bonnet' of project negotiations and strategy, enabling us to act astutely and effectively. There are many reasons why we are ranked as a top tier practice in both The Legal 500 and Chambers UK

Summary of role
  • Our Commercial IP/IT practice is looking to hire an with 1-5 years PQE to handle an exciting caseload of non-contentious work to be based London, Oxford, or Reading office. 


Essential and desirable criteria
  • To deliver a high quality commercial legal service ensuring personal compliance with quality standards and professional ethics
  • To contribute to the team’s strategy by actively participating in marketing and business development activities.  
  • To provide a profitable contribution to the team.
  • To contribute to the successful development of the firm in line with the business plan and firms commonality of purpose
  • To be an ambassador for the firm at all times
  • Strong academics and experience of working in a well-regarded Commercial team is a must for this position which offers excellent training and career development in a supportive and collegiate environment.