Intellectual Property Office

Standing Counsel for the Comptroller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks


The Attorney General appoints a member of the intellectual property Bar or a solicitor advocate to provide the Comptroller of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks with advice when required and to act for him in proceedings before the higher courts.  The Attorney General is launching a recruitment exercise to fill two existing vacancies with the following practice:

  • Appointments will be for an initial period of three years, with the possibility of an extension up to a further three years at the discretion of the Attorney General;
  • Advocates will be invited to apply for appointment in an open competition.


Eligibility criteria can be found in the ‘application pack’ (see details below).


All applicants must complete a standard application form and provide references. A Selection Board appointed by the Attorney General will consider applications. The Attorney General will appoint the advocates who appear to him best qualified regardless of disability, race, colour, nationality, ethic or national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital status, religion/belief or political affiliation. Women, members of ethnic minorities and those with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply. Although most of the work is based in London and Newport, South Wales, applications from outside of these areas will be considered.

An application pack may be obtained by emailing or by downloading it from  Completed application forms must be returned by 17.00 on Tuesday 30 April 2019.