With more than 1,400 legal professionals split across 19 cities in Canada, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America, Gowling WLG is a global firm with a strong focus on four key sectors: advanced manufacturing; energy and natural resources; technology; and life sciences.
A merger of Gowlings and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, Gowling WLG is home to one of the world’s premier IP practices and offers a full suite of business law and litigation services. Building on over 100 years of excellence, the firm’s IP legal professionals provide clients with broad international reach for IP services including trademarks, brands, copyrights, anti-counterfeiting, patents and industrial designs.
Gowling WLG has made a strategic commitment to deepening its presence in Continental Europe and specifically in Munich. In particular, the firm is keen to add considerable strength in patent litigation activities. This is thus an exceptional opportunity for a leading individual to leverage the firm’s reputation in IP and expand its existing expertise.
The successful hire will be tasked with developing this strategically important practice for Gowling WLG in Germany. The individual (or team) will have autonomy and operational responsibility for developing the practice but will have the full and continued support of the London headquarters. The candidate will be afforded the opportunity to develop and implement their own strategy for building and growing the practice from day one, through marketing, business development and working closely with the wider international IP practice, as well as other practice areas, to leverage opportunities. It is therefore expected that the appointee will have experience of leading a team and/or demonstrate personal attributes to inspire, mentor and lead a team. Given Gowling WLG’s ambitious growth objectives, it is important that the new hire shares this drive and can demonstrate an appetite for business development and teamwork.
The successful candidates will be lawyers who are considered leaders within the IP field, known and respected for their technical expertise, the quality and breadth of their client-base and their business development and client skills.
In summary, prospective candidates will be:
- Bar-qualified in Germany;
- Partners within reputable law firms (either international or IP boutiques);
- Specialist Intellectual Property Litigation practitioners with experience in providing litigation, arbitration and mediation advice and in co-ordination of (and strategy for) international litigation, particularly within patents;
- Experience in a broad range of sectors and industry areas including life sciences, medical technology, telecommunications, automotive, aerospace, financial services, mechanical and software, med tech and diagnostics, healthcare and foods;
- Ability to build a practice or ideally has a practice already and is a recognised name in the market.
- Adept in conducting business development and marketing activities, which includes writing and attending/speaking at conferences or events;
- Highly credible, with good business judgement and thought processes, supported by a diplomatic approach and sound decision-making skills;
- IP strategist, able to advise clients as to the importance of their IP from a business perspective, formulating defensive and enforcement strategies;
- Exceptional verbal and written communicators;
- Highly motivated and achievement-oriented, able to work autonomously and ready to assume significant responsibility;
- Capable of building relationships internally and externally;
- Keen to work in a firm where IP is considered a key practice area, to enable and facilitate the development of the practice;
- Strong ‘team players’, comfortable in and supportive of a collegiate rather than ‘one for all’ environment, and happy to lead from the front. Gowling WLG places much emphasis on cultural ‘fit’ when hiring new lawyers.