Develop your career at Wilson Gunn

We are always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our team

Life as a trainee

Becoming a patent or trade mark attorney offers an interesting and rewarding career in a niche sector of the law. For patent attorneys, the role offers those with a scientific background a unique opportunity to apply their knowledge in a legal setting; whilst trade mark attorneys will learn how to help businesses protect one of their most valuable assets.

When recruiting, we look for applicants with a strong academic background and excellent communication skills who are prepared to undertake the years of on-the-job training and professional examinations necessary to qualify.

To help you decide whether this could be the right career for you, take a look at these profiles from our current trainees.

Trainee Patent Attorney – Henry Shine

Our roles

Patent and trade mark attorney jobs


We have no current vacancies however we are happy to receive speculative CVs to


We have no current vacancies however we are happy to receive speculative CVs to

Support roles


Please see our current vacancies below. To apply for this position, please send your CV together with a covering letter/email to


Unfortunately, we do not currently have any vacancies.

Current Vacancies 1 Position

Legal Secretary (Patent & Trade Mark) – Manchester

We are looking for a Legal Secretary to join our head office in Manchester on a permanent, full-time basis, working 35 hours a week.

The Benefits

  • Competitive salary DOE (increasing after probation period)
  • Christmas bonus
  • Auto enrolment pension scheme (after three months)
  • The opportunity to become a qualified IP Paralegal – 25 days’ holiday, increasing to 30 with service
  • Holiday buy/sell scheme (after 12 months)
  • Full support and training
  • Ride2work scheme (after probation period)

If you are a Legal Secretary looking to advance your career in one of the country’s leading IP firms, we want to hear from you.

Championing learning and development, we give our employees the support they need to fulfil their potential. We pride ourselves on our track record of delivering results for our clients, and you will be pivotal in that process, offering support to our team of attorneys whilst developing and growing your skill-set.

We work flexibly and offer a mix of home and office-based working.

The Role

As a Legal Secretary, you will provide administrative support to our patent and trade mark attorneys.

Focusing on completing tasks to a high standard within set deadlines, you will:

  • Prepare, file and process new patent, trade mark and design applications
  • Manage fee earners’ diaries to help maximise their efficiency
  • Prepare correspondence and invoices to clients
  • Review official correspondence and prepare reports to clients
  • Review incoming emails, saving to electronic files and noting any instructions and/or deadlines
  • Produce documents, including standard documentation, typing up copy and transcribing audio
  • Assist other secretaries when required

About You

To join us as a Legal Secretary, you will need:

  • At least one year’s experience as a Legal Secretary
  • Experience of typing up copy and audio, and ideally a typing speed of 50+ wpm
  • A high level of IT literacy, including MS Office
  • At a minimum, GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4-5/C or above in English and Maths
  • An outstanding eye for detail and the ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • The ability to use your initiative and work independently to assist the fee earning team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • A willingness to learn

To apply for this position, please send your CV together with a covering letter/email to

Wilson Gunn