Howard Kennedy

Careers at Howard Kennedy

People are the key to our success, so it's important that we can attract and retain the very best. As well as being driven to deliver the very best client experience, you'll also need to be someone who lives our values. We want you to help us shape our future.

Howard Kennedy

Associate, Corporate - Intellectual Property (IP) & Commercial

The role

Our IP & Commercial team works across a range of industries to provide bespoke advice and assistance to clients on a broad range of intellectual property, data protection and commercial matters.

We are looking for an experienced Associate to join the team on a permanent basis. You will ideally have at least 3 years relevant post qualification experience

Role responsibility

  • Advising on intellectual property across a wide range of industry sectors which rely on the creation, protection, development and exploitation of IP including art, retail, technology and sport.
  • Advising organisations on commercial issues such as advertising, promotions and consumer protection.
  • Drafting and negotiating licences, assignments, agency and distribution agreements, franchises and other commercial agreements.
  • Advising on data protection.
  • Assisting the wider corporate department with IP and data protection due diligence, IP and data protection warranties, and disclosure on corporate transactions.
  • Willingness and aptitude for business development activity both with other members of the team and an ability to build your own practice.

About you

Ideally you will be able to demonstrate;

  • Experience advising on data protection matters including GDPR compliance for clients based in the UK and abroad;
  • Non-contentious and contentious IP (drafting agreements for the exploitation of IP, resolving disputes at pre-action stages and assisting litigators on IP aspects of cases); and drafting and negotiating complex commercial contracts. 
  • The ability to provide advice to clients at all levels of seniority in a clear and confident manner.
  • The ability to approach issues creatively and collaboratively.
  • A commercial, pragmatic, and proactive approach.
  • The ability to work independently and manage your own workload, particularly in the face of competing client demands.
  • The ability to create and maintain excellent client relationships, developing credibility with clients in order to become a trusted advisor and a first point of call.
  • A willingness to work as part of a team assisting colleagues when necessary in order to provide the highest levels of client service. 
  • Excellent attention to detail


  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days annual holiday
  • Permanent Health Insurance
  • Life Assurance
  • Interest free Season Ticket Loan
  • Private Healthcare
  • Pension Scheme
  • Staff Introductory Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

About us

We are a London based, full-service law firm, specialising in providing straightforward advice to entrepreneurial businesses and individuals on domestic and international matters.

We have grown substantially in recent years, including two mergers and an office move. We’ve also matured in terms of our approach to providing advice to our clients, seeking to simplify and improve the experience of working with a modern, independent law firm.

We’re proud of our journey. Without losing sight of where we’ve come from, we are focused on where we’re going. We are evolving and growing every day. And just like our clients, we are ambitious and moving forward. Many of our clients are entrepreneurial, ambitious enterprises who are often privately or family owned, or private equity backed. We are one of the only London based law firms with a large private wealth offering alongside significant business law capability.

The firm also advises major corporates on particular specialist legal matters who find our straightforward approach a compelling alternative to larger, less personal firms.



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