Business operations roles


Our patent administrators are the backbone of our client-facing teams, offering vital specialist support.

The formalities teams work in close conjunction with attorneys, providing a deep knowledge and capability in international patent and trade mark administration. They optimise client services by carrying out a wide range of tasks connected with the administration, coordination and implementation of patent and trade mark work, ensuring that attorney caseloads are efficiently managed.



Our paralegals play a key role in supporting our solicitors and trade mark attorneys, whilst also getting an introduction to the legal profession. Whether they are doing research, putting together a costs schedule or helping to prepare court bundles we ensure they get as much exposure to the IP world as possible.

There have also been opportunities for secondments with some of our key clients to provide them with support and also enhance their own career development. A number of our paralegals have progressed to trainee solicitors and then qualified with us.

Professional Support

Our operations teams play a fundamental role in devising and delivering our business strategy. This contribution is crucial to the Firm’s success and as HLK continues to grow, new roles will arise across the following functions:

  • Finance
  • IT
  • Marketing
  • HR
  • Records and Renewals
  • Business Support

We offer a supportive and collaborative environment as well as competitive financial rewards and exciting development opportunities.

Among our support & formalities colleagues, 64% have 5+ years’ service and 33% have 10+ years’ service.



“It’s refreshing being part of a team and wider firm that takes a keen interest in the wellbeing of colleagues, is open to suggestions and improvements, and operates in a transparent and supportive way.” 

Natalie Owen, HR Advisor

With HLK you will receive…


  • Unrivalled support and training within our legal support teams, led by highly experienced experts
  • A collaborative team-based structure where your ideas and views are listened to
  • Clear career progression and development opportunities
  • Competitive salary and favourable bonus structures and
  • A culture that respects work/life balance and provides great wellbeing initiatives and activities