Training Contract




Trainee Wanted

Anderson Law LLP, a boutique intellectual property and commercial law practice, is offering a training contract to start in February 2018.

Anderson Law are ranked in Chambers and Partners as a leading Intellectual Property Law firm (both nationally and regionally) and are ranked in IAM Patent 1000 as one of the top firms in the UK for IP transactional work.

Anderson Law’s clients are made up primarily of high-tech companies (including biotechnology, medical research, IT and engineering companies) and universities (including their technology transfer units).

We also write practitioner-based books and materials, for Oxford University Press, LexisNexis, Bloomsbury Professional Publishing and the Law Society. The topics covered have included intellectual property, technology law, transactions in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, contract drafting and commercial law.

The person we are looking for will have a good academic record, probably have a science or engineering background, and preferably have had some experience in industry/business (but this is not essential).

The position will be based at our offices in Oxfordshire, although a certain amount of travel will be involved, mainly to our clients’ offices in London and the South East. Own transport desirable.


The salary will be competitive, and will be in excess of the Law Society’s recommendations for trainees.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is Monday 11 December 2017 at 5pm.

Application requirements

To apply please send us:

  1. a one page covering letter explaining what in your background would make you suitable for Anderson Law LLP (no more than 250 words); and
  2. your CV (which must contain the Required information – see below);
  3. answers to the Research Exercise – see below.

How to submit your application

You can submit your application by:

  1. Email: send an email with one or more attachments to The attachments can be in the following formats: RTF (rich text format), Microsoft Word (any version), searchable PDF;
  2. Post: send the application to Mark Anderson, Anderson Law LLP, 76 Wallingford Road, Shillingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 7EU.

Our preference is that applications are made by email attachments. If you cannot make your application in one of the ways described above please contact Mark Anderson ( before the closing date.

How we will be dealing with applications

We expect first round interviews for short-listed candidates to take place in the week commencing  2 January 2018.

Second round interviews are likely to take place in the week commencing 8 January 2018.

Required information to include on your CV

Your CV must include the following information:

  1. Name (title, first name, last name).
  2. Permanent contact details (address, telephone number, mobile telephone number, email address).
  3. Term-time contact details (address, telephone number, email address—if relevant)
  4. References (one academic, one work (if you have worked) or other).
  5. LPC provider (provider, date started and completed, overall grade achieved, grades for individual subjects — if results known, if not known yet, please provide predicted grades and date when results will be known).
  6. GDL or law degree provider (provider, date started and completed, grade achieved, subjects studied and individual grades achieved).
  7. First degree provider (if different to 6. subject studied, date completed, grade achieved).
  8. Secondary education qualifications (number and grades, of GCSE/’O’/’A’ levels, school(s) attended.
  9. Work experience (organisation, dates of employment, job-title, duties).

Research Exercise

Rather than requiring applicants to answer questions like:

  • “why do you want to become a lawyer”; or
  • “describe a difficult or challenging situation which you have faced”;

we prefer that you provide answers to two practical questions. We believe this method of application will test your abilities better than answering these generic questions (although, we may want to ask you them at an interview!).

The questions may be the type of questions which a client asks or which arise from material we are preparing for a forthcoming publication. The exercise is typical of the type of note or verbal advice that you might be expected to produce when working with us.

Aim of the questions

The aim of the exercise is to demonstrate your ability:

  1. to find (relevant) material; and
  2. to answer specific questions in a short, logical and practical fashion.

You should expect to spend no longer than 3 to 5 hours in conducting your research and preparing your answer to each question. If you find you are spending much longer than this, you will probably be going into too much detail.

How to answer the questions (general points)

Please pay attention to the requirements as to the length of the answers (and how they should be presented). If you do not substantially comply with these requirements then we may decide that you have not provided a completed application.

Please do not quote from sources except where absolutely necessary.

You should aim to spend about the same amount of time on each question.


Question 1

Question 2

Answers to questions

We will publish answers to the two questions on this web-page in February 2018