Azrights is looking for either a qualified solicitor or an experienced paralegal to join us. The work involves a large number of trade mark registration matters, both in the UK and EU and internationally, along with helping clients to identify, secure, exploit and enforce other rights in intangibles. We are also engaged to work on general commercial matters, such as drafting terms of business, licensing agreements, privacy and other documentation, and intend to expand our practice into franchising. Beyond client matters, we work hard to increase awareness of the importance of IP. For example, Azrights writes books and eBooks, contributes to articles, provides information and quote facilities on its websites, and maintains a number of blogs. So, in addition to legal work, you would be involved in producing and maintaining this content, which is an opportunity both to broaden your horizons and develop your personal profile. For this reason, and because your work will entail drafting regular letters, documentation and correspondence, excellent written communication is essential.
You must have a minimum of 2 years’ IP experience, preferably in the UK, and may be foreign qualified lawyer, a paralegal, or a qualified solicitor. You must be able to work independently with a minimum of assistance, and ideally have experience of using a range of IT systems including SharePoint, PLC, WordPress, SERION and Microsoft Office including Outlook. We are a paperless office and rely on technology for efficiency and to add value to our clients, so would expect you to exhibit enthusiasm for using technology in carrying out daily routines.
As a small firm, we have exacting standards. The contribution made by every individual is noticeable immediately, and makes a big difference, so we are seeking staff of exceptional ability and dedication. In return, working in a firm like Azrights means gaining exposure to a wide variety of IP matters, and the opportunity to learn and grow in both a personal and professional capacity. Without the cushion of certain support elements that might be available at a larger traditional firm you can expect to develop a real understanding of the business of law, and you will be required to take on responsibilities straight away. At Azrights there is scope to develop a career in line with your interests, and we are keen to promote our expertise in fields where you might have long term ambitions.
Candidates with work experience in any of the following would be at an advantage, however this is not essential as appropriate training will be available:
- Searching, registering and advising on trade marks, designs and patents in the UK, Europe and internationally.
- Drafting licences, terms of business (particularly for online businesses), terms of website use, privacy policies, assignments, confidentiality agreements, publishing agreements, joint venture agreements, advertising agreements, distribution agreements, employment, internship, outsourcing and other contracts.
- Domain names and domain disputes, social media, user generated content, social media monitoring.
- Copyright and rights in databases.
- Ecommerce and data protection regulation.
This role is a real opportunity to join an expanding firm who take a refreshingly different view of legal services. Being a part of Azrights means adopting a more commercial approach than you might expect from a traditional law firm. We look at the bigger picture, and take account of the context our clients find themselves in, helping them prioritise legal work based on their business plan, budget and the intrinsic importance of issues. The broad set of skills honed when working at a smaller firm are in demand in virtually every organisation, and are necessary to adapt to the changing legal landscape and become lawyers suited to where the market will be in future. A role at Azrights will suit you very well if you are tired of being a slave to timesheets, want to find out what a more commercially orientated approach to law is like, and are interested in doing more to add value to clients than advising on black letter law.
Every member of the team has access to a work computer, and a telephone linked to the office VoIP system to enable them to work from home as readily as the office. So, suitable candidates will be expected to be mature, self-motivated and able to manage their work effectively if faced by distractions while at home. In a global, connected society remote and flexible working is increasingly important, so we expect our team to be able to perform to a high standard wherever they may be working. For the right individuals, who are able to strike the necessary balance between competing interests, we are able to accommodate staff who might only wish to work part time due to their outside interests, or family responsibilities. We would welcome individuals who relish such an opportunity for greater autonomy, freedom and responsibility.
We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience, and would also be interested to talk to more senior candidates who might wish to explore a fee sharing consultancy role to fulfill this position.
Apply by Friday 5 July, by completing this form: Azrights.com/Apply