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MATTHEW PENNINGTON, MPhys
Associate in our Electronics, Computing & Physics group

Withers & Rogers wasted no time getting me acquainted with my new career – on my very first day I was given the opportunity to attend a meeting with a prospective client; discussing the technicalities and patentability of his latest invention. Following this, I quickly became integrated into the team, working on important cases with real responsibility.

I was given a two-week induction, which involved spending time in each of our UK offices and receiving informal training sessions from a range of attorneys. It was also a great opportunity to meet other trainees. Everyone was extremely welcoming and this experience really made me realise how much Withers & Rogers values its new trainees.

Since then I have been predominantly trained by two supervisors, but I regularly receive work from other attorneys. This gives me exposure to a wide variety of clients, technology and even writing styles. I am mainly involved in the prosecution of pending patent applications, but have also drafted patent applications, worked on an opposition case, and been involved in marketing.

But it’s not all work here – Withers & Rogers actively encourages a good work/life balance, with regular social events being organised and a strong trainee community.  Needless to say, I’m delighted with the choice I’ve made.