Mewburn Ellis

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Mewburn Ellis Reviews

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  1.  

    Fantastic company to work for, industry leaders

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trainee Patent Attorney
    Current Employee - Trainee Patent Attorney

    I have been working at Mewburn Ellis full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Real commitment to training and welfare of staff, great atmosphere. Fantastic career opportunities.

    Cons

    No cons I can think of having worked here for a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    A great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mewburn Ellis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - A good starting salary which increases approximately every 6 months and with each stage of qualification.
    - A structured and in-depth approach to training with regular tutorials and detailed feedback. Mewburn-trained attorneys are viewed as some of the best in the business.
    - Real prospects of partnership 3-5 years post-qualification.
    - Paperless office environment with and incredibly efficient IT support team.
    -Yearly IP retreat with a chance to meet up with the whole firm.
    -The usual benefits: cycle to work scheme, good pension etc

    Cons

    - Trainees are expected to work in 2-3 of Mewburn's four offices. However, this is made clear at interview! Financial support is given with moving costs.
    - Hard work is expected from day 1 (as with any legal career). Reviews are held every 6 months and the firm are clear that a consistent failure to meet expectations will ultimately lead to dismissal.
    - If Mewburn do not view you as future partnership material it is unlikely they will keep you. The feeing of being 'disliked' can be upsetting, as can be seen from reviews by ex-employees. However due to the quality of training all ex-Mewburn trainees quickly find positions in other firms and the benefits of being 'liked' are considerable.

    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Miserable Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney Trainee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Attorney Trainee in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at Mewburn Ellis

    Pros

    • Fairly well respected firm in the industry.
    • Reasonable pay.
    • Big firm; covers a wide range of technologies.

    Cons

    • Rotation system means being transferred between several of the firm's offices, potentially every 6 months for 2-3 years.
    • Contradictory teaching from successive supervisors.
    • Low trainee morale.
    • High trainee attrition rate. I think something like 50% of trainees are fired.
    • Unofficial expectations of working many hours as a trainee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In my opinion, you make very little commitment to training and feel far too quick to fire trainees who do not work out how to do the job for themselves, rather than actually investing any time or energy to actually teach or explain. I think this is particularly poor when you consider that trainees are there to learn, not to guess as to how the job might be done through trial and error.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Great if you're already good at the job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mewburn Ellis

    Pros

    Starting pay is good for graduate level
    Basic office hours are reasonable but all trainees significantly exceed these.
    Company is very organised

    Cons

    Very high expectations from the first day
    Absolutely ruthless reviews of your work and skills, even while training
    High "drop out" rate of trainees
    Very quick to tell you what you do wrong, not very quick to offer advice or help you fix things
    Stressful survivor-like work environment

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Great place to work, if they like you

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patent Attorney in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Patent Attorney in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Mewburn Ellis

    Pros

    Excellent career prospects
    Good pay (average in the industry to begin with, but excellent if get to higher levels of partnership)
    Very fair minded people
    Good company spirit and direction
    Generally well managed
    Pressure to bill is not excessive
    Excellent training as a trainee - best in the business
    Hard work, but reasonable hours (9-5 or 9-6)
    3 month placement abroad after 4-5 years if you do well.
    Very very organised. Way ahead of the curve for a patent agency.
    Big company so you have room to contribute in many ways, depending on your talents.

    Cons

    Can be very inflexible and dogmatic in terms of the way things are done
    They either like you or they don't - if not you won't feel comfortable
    High expectations - you often feel on the spot
    Very hard work ethic (you have to work very hard to fit in)
    Not a relaxed place for the above reasons...although people are very civilized and professional
    Hard place to train - lots of support, but also scathing reviews of your abilities, it is either sink or swim
    Trainees have to move offices between different cities in first three years - can be disruptive to social life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!
    A little more transparency from the partnership would be a good thing.
    Keep up the high standards, but be a little more open minded to new opportunities and ways of doing things.

    Recommends

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