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Since 1983, our lawyers have represented the interests of talented individuals and innovative businesses across the media, technology and creative industries.

Whatever the issue, we are inventive, pragmatic, connected, great to work with and you can be assured that we know your industry as well as you do.

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Our lawyers are exemplary: exceptionally knowledgeable and attuned to the realities of our clients’ lives and businesses – an attribute that make them highly valued and trusted advisors.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our teams and we welcome and encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and across the legal profession.

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Lee & Thompson is currently looking for a lawyer of 2-4 years PQE, with experience in film/television development and production work, to join our Film, TV & Games Department.

The successful candidate will join the department primarily assisting our Partners in film and television development and production.

Interested in applying?

Please email your CV to Lorraine Hanson at recruitment@leeandthompson.com and head your application FTV&G 2-4 PQE.

Applicants should apply direct and not via recruitment agents. Any applications accepted from recruitment agents will be subject to a cap on the recruitment agents’ commission.

We’re looking for a skilled and enthusiastic aspiring trade mark attorney, preferably with 1-3 years’ trade mark prosecution focussed paralegal experience, to support our exciting and fast-growing trade marks team.  We are responsible for the brands of many high-profile clients in the media, entertainment and technology sectors.  The successful candidate for this exciting role will form a crucial part of the brand protection team and enable it to continue its growth.

Key responsibilities:

  • Advising clients in relation to brand protection and filing strategies and preparing draft specifications.
  • Conducting availability and clearance searches (including registered and unregistered searches, and title searches) and providing advice to clients, including risk mitigation strategies.
  • Prosecuting trade mark applications in the UK, EU and globally, including preparing observations and evidence in response to absolute grounds objections.
  • Managing and monitoring watching services, preparing regular watching reports, and providing appropriate advice in relation to potential disputes.
  • Advising clients in relation to design and related soft IP protection and filing strategies, and enforcement.
  • Advising and acting for clients in relation to brand disputes, including oppositions, invalidities and revocations.
  • Negotiating and concluding settlements, and drafting settlement and coexistence agreements.
  • Preparing pre-action correspondence and third-party platform take-down requests to enforce our clients’ trade mark, design and related soft IP
  • Preparing and drafting agreements including assignments and licences.
  • Managing and preparing recordals with relevant registries and local counsel.
  • Acting in relation to domain disputes, and the procurement of domains for clients.
  • Conducting legal research.
  • Monitoring deadlines, updating and maintaining trade mark portfolio databases, and ensuring that they are met in good time.
  • Checking and processing incoming correspondence, including relevant deadlines and actions.
  • Preparing forms for submission with various registries.
  • Supporting the Brand Protection team with the monthly billing process.
  • Assisting with the transfer of trade mark portfolios into our practice.
  • Developing strong relationships with other members of the department and more widely within the firm.
  • Working and liaising directly with clients.
  • Participating in department business development and learning and development activities.

About you:

You will be organised, proactive, have strong attention to detail, and be able to work efficiently and independently. You will also be a good communicator. You will be a team player and enjoy working with others. You will have a real interest in our firm’s core sectors.

You will also have:

  • 1-3 years’ experience as a paralegal in a trade marks practice.
  • A passion for trade marks and soft IP.
  • Strong academic/educational background to at least undergraduate degree level.
  • Some understanding and working experience of UK and EU trade mark, design and related soft IP law.
  • Some working knowledge of UKIPO, EUIPO and WIPO trade mark and design procedure.
  • Familiarity with online trade mark databases/portals.
  • Experience with legal resources including searching and research providers (including Corsearch) and online legal resources including Westlaw, Practical Law and Darts IP, or similar.
  • A positive attitude and methodical work process.
  • A desire and strong ability to learn, develop and take on feedback.

Interested in applying?

To apply for this role, please email your CV, quoting “Trainee Trade Mark Attorney” in the subject line, to vickispena@leeandthompson.com. Applicants should apply directly and not via recruitment agents. Any applications accepted from recruitment agents will be subject to a cap on the recruitment agent’s commission.

We are looking for an experienced UK Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, with at least 7 years’ post-qualification experience to join our busy and exciting trade marks team.  We are responsible for the brands of many high profile clients in the media, entertainment and technology sectors.   This is an exciting opportunity for someone with strong technical skills and a real desire to be an integral part of the growth and development of an ambitious, dynamic and enthusiastic team.

Key responsibilities:

  • Advising clients on all aspects of the protection and enforcement of their trade marks, designs and copyright, unregistered trade mark rights, custom seizure matters, filing strategies and related commercial matters, including:
  • Advising clients in relation to brand protection and filing strategies.
  • Advising clients in relation to design and related soft IP protection and filing strategies, and enforcement.
  • Conducting availability and clearance searches (including registered and unregistered searches, and title searches) and providing advice to clients, including risk mitigation strategies.
  • Prosecuting trade mark applications in the UK, EU and globally, including preparing observations and evidence in response to absolute grounds objections.
  • Managing and monitoring watching services, and providing appropriate advice in relation to potential disputes.
  • Advising and acting for clients in relation to brand disputes, including oppositions, invalidities and revocations.
  • Negotiating and concluding settlements, and drafting settlement and coexistence agreements.
  • Enforcing our clients’ trade mark, design and related soft IP rights, including preparing pre-action correspondence and third party platform take down requests.
  • Preparing and drafting agreements including assignments and licences.
  • Acting in relation to domain disputes, and the procurement of domains for clients.
  • Conducting and supervising legal research.
  • Monitoring deadlines and ensuring that they are met in good time.
  • Supervision, delegation of work to, and management of more junior team members including in relation to the above activities.
  • Playing a key management and supervisory role within the team – including billing, client relationship and matter management processes, appropriate matter allocation and providing mentoring, training and career development support to more junior members of the team.
  • Engaging in department growth, strategy and direction.
  • Playing a key role in business development and marketing activities, attending industry events on behalf of the firm
  • Developing strong relationships with other members of the department and more widely within the firm.
  • Working and liaising directly with clients.

About you:

You are an accomplished and experienced attorney.  You are organised, proactive, engaging and work efficiently and independently.  You are a good communicator.  You are a team player and enjoy working with and managing others.  You are a real interest and enthusiasm for our firm’s core sectors.

You will also have:

  • 7+  years’ experience as a qualified UK Trade Mark Attorney.
  • Strong academic/educational background to at least undergraduate degree level.
  • Expert knowledge, understanding and working experience of UK and EU trade mark, design and related soft IP law.
  • Strong working knowledge of UKIPO, EUIPO and WIPO trade mark and design procedure.
  • Experience managing and organising others, and running and implementing department work processes.
  • A positive attitude and engaging working style.
  • A desire to learn, develop and build a team.

Interested in applying?

To apply for this role, please email your CV, quoting “Senior Trade Mark Attorney” in the subject line, to vickispena@leeandthompson.com. Applicants should apply directly and not via recruitment agents.  Any applications accepted from recruitment agents will be subject to a cap on the recruitment agent’s commission.

We are looking for a skilled and enthusiastic specialist Advertising, Digital or Talent Lawyer to join our growing Commercial Team.  You should have 4-7 years of post-qualification experience in private practice.  You will be working with our enviable portfolio of high-profile clients in the media, entertainment and creative industries, including advertisers and agencies, production companies, retail and leisure brands, start-ups, online publishers, media owners, interactive entertainment businesses, digital platforms, technology companies, artists and talent.  You will be expected to be confident in running your own matters under supervision and thrive on being an important part of a dynamic and growing Commercial Team.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our teams and we welcome and encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and across the legal profession.

Interested in applying?

If you would like to be considered for the role, please email your CV and covering letter to recruitment@leeandthompson.com stating “Advertising, Digital, Talent (4-7 PQE)” in the subject line.

Due to an increase in workload, we are looking to recruit up to two solicitors (between 1 and 7 years PQE) to join our Corporate team.  Candidates should have solid experience of advising on private company corporate transactions and in particular, experience of advising on M&A and investment / shareholder agreements. Candidates will also have received high quality training at a reputable firm.

Interested in applying?

To apply for this role, please email your CV to recruitment@leeandthompson.com.

Applicants should apply directly and not via recruitment agents.  Any applications accepted from recruitment agents will be subject to a cap on the recruitment agent’s commission.

Additional Opportunities

Want to know more about applying for a training contract, vacation scheme, our paralegal opportunities or our work experience policy?
Please click below.

Applications for Training Contracts will only be considered from those who have worked at Lee & Thompson as a Paralegal for at least six months.

Training Contracts are not guaranteed for Paralegals; these are offered where the firm considers the Paralegal has proved they merit a Training Contract with the firm. We do not hold applications on file for future vacancies.

We are now open to applications for our 2023 Vacation Scheme taking place in early July 2023. Check out our dedicated Vacation Scheme 2023 webpage below for details including dates, application criteria and deadlines:

 

We launched the week-long summer Vacation Scheme for aspiring media lawyers in 2019 and have since recruited a number of Paralegals from the programme.  Read about our 2022 Vacation Scheme here.

Aside from our Vacation Scheme (details of which are above) we do not currently offer work experience at Lee & Thompson.

Please be reminded that Training Contracts will only be offered to individuals who have worked at Lee & Thompson as a Paralegal for at least six months.

Paralegals are usually appointed from amongst those who have attended our Vacation Scheme which is held every August, with applications open mid-February to late March.