Andrew studied for the Bar Professional Training Course at City, University of London, and graduated in 2014.
Andrew’s career started in Chemistry.
“I had always been fascinated with understanding how the properties of molecules impact on their function,” he says. “My research focused on understanding why certain metabolic changes take place in cancer cells and attempting to design drugs to exploit these changes.”
While Andrew enjoyed the intellectual side, the reality of being a scientist involved months of labour-intensive experimentation that often yielded no results. Ready for a change,he noticed that many intellectual property barristers had scientific backgrounds which helped them understand technically complex patent. With that in mind (and fancying the idea of being argumentative for a living) he decided to give the Bar a go.
I was attracted to the Graduate Diploma in Law at City by its rigour: regularly assessed work, small group tutorials and lectures from leading legal academics all contribute to its deserved reputation.”
Having also completed the Bar Professional Training Course at City, Andrew now specialises in intellectual property law as a tenant at One Essex Court, a leading set of chambers. “I love what I do,” he says, “as I get to work with incredibly bright people on cases involving the most innovative and exciting inventions, creations and brands. The great thing about this job is that every day is different. And that’s hugely exciting.”
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