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Join us as an IP Litigator

We are looking for a 1 year PQE UK qualified solicitor with a particular interest in contentious Intellectual Property work to join Hansel Henson.

Who we are

Hansel Henson is a leading specialist IP and media law firm based in Central London with four partners and a growing team. We focus on soft intellectual property, media and technology law, for which we are ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

We undertake contentious and non-contentious work and have a particularly strong digital media practice, dealing with all forms of new media and digital technology, as well as other IP rich fields including audio-visual content, software, licensing, sponsorship and merchandising. We also deal with the protection, exploitation and enforcement of all intellectual property rights, particularly trade marks.

The firm’s litigation department specialises in soft IP dispute work in the High Court and IPEC as well as tribunal matters at the UKIPO.  It works closely with the trade mark team but also deals with disputes in relation to designs, copyright and passing off as well as commercial contract disputes. The department has a wide variety of work at various stages on interesting subjects.

Our clients operate across a wide range of sectors including fashion, retail, sport, gaming, TV, film and entertainment. We work for household names such as Subway, the Science Museum Group, the Blue Group, Scribbler, Crystal Head Vodka, Trade Nation, Hungry Shark and Calvin Harris’ production company as well as smaller businesses and start-ups.

What you’ll do

  • Deal with soft IP disputes.
  • Work as part of a team on larger court matters.
  • Assist our litigation associate on smaller matters.
  • Assist our trade mark department on contentious tribunal work.
  • Research and draft first drafts of cease and desist letters and undertakings.
  • First drafts of claim forms, statement of grounds in tribunal matters, court and tribunal forms and orders as well as review of particulars of claims and defences.
  • First drafts of instructions to counsel and attend conferences with counsel.
  • Collect, review and organise evidence and disclosure.
  • Assist in the taking and production of witness statements.
  • Research and assist in advising clients of their prospects and options on a matter.
  • Assist in the drafting of settlement agreements and co-existence agreements.
  • Be responsible for producing bundles in physical and electronic format.
  • Be responsible for the deadline diary.

What you’ll bring

  • 1 year’s post qualification experience (although we will consider candidates outside this PQE if you can demonstrate the necessary skills and experience) in a leading UK firm.
  • Experience in litigation in relation to soft IP and/or commercial disputes.
  • Knowledge of the CPR rules, court rules, working on contentious matters and preferably trade mark, design and copyright law.
  • Experience in domain disputes desirable.
  • Strong academics.
  • Commercial awareness.
  • Strong organisational skills with effective time management to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Good computer skills (including good working knowledge of Microsoft 365).
  • Ability to work autonomously and in a team.
  • Great communication skills.
  • A positive and proactive attitude.
  • A thirst for knowledge and desire to progress.
  • Aspirations to develop relationships with existing and new clients.

What we offer

  • A fun, friendly, supportive and collaborative environment.
  • Flexibility to work from our offices in Bloomsbury as many days a week as you like and to work from home 2 days per week.
  • Excellent training from experienced colleagues.
  • High quality work and exposure to a diverse range of clients.
  • Career progression and input into the firm’s development.
  • Freedom to build your own client base (with bonuses paid on work brought in).
  • Encouragement to have a life outside of work and be involved in the wider community.
  • Company pension scheme, private medical insurance, group income protection plan and other benefits.

What to send our way

  • Your CV and a covering email to recruitment@hanselhenson.com