South Africa: Candidate Attorney Programme

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Business Unusual

Ours is not your typical Candidate Attorney offer, because we are not your typical law firm.

At Spoor & Fisher, we are known for attracting lawyers, engineers, scientists, technical experts, IP professionals, and administrative and support staff who are distinctive, dynamic and forward-thinking.

After all, IP law is about protecting uniqueness, managing potential and enforcing fairness.

What We Offer

  • A clear career path
  • A comprehensive training programme
  • Well-structured induction courses
  • Hands-on mentorship by industry experts
  • Development and growth opportunities
  • Exposure to international blue-chip clients
  • An inclusive, engaging company culture
  • Integrated staff wellness programme
  • Competitive remuneration and benefits

What We Look For

  • Science and engineering graduates who have completed their degrees and would like to pursue a career in patent law
  • LLB graduates, wanting to build a future-focused legal career in trade mark, copyright and advertising law

If you’re one of these, and you believe that you have…

  • Consistently good academic results
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Diligence and drive
  • A hunger for success
  • An inquiring mind
  • Proven leadership qualities
  • Commitment to the welfare of others

We want to hear from you by email at articles@spoor.com

Programme Details and FAQs

  • Candidate Attorney Articles 2023 & 2024
What is the opening date for applications for articles at Spoor & Fisher?

There isn’t one. All applications are acknowledged and placed on our database for consideration, and a decision is made regarding each application in time for the appropriate year.

What are the closing dates for articles and the IP Info Session?
  • Closing date for Articles 2023: 31 May 2022
  • Closing date for Articles 2024: 31 August 2022
How to submit an application for articles

Email the following documents to articles@spoor.com.

  • Your CV
  • A copy of your latest academic record
  • A copy of your identity document
  • A copy of your Grade12/Matric certificate
  • A cover letter

What our past candidates say

Jonathan Whittaker is the Pretoria-based chair of the firm

Jonathan Whittaker is the Pretoria-based chair of the firm. He has a particularly well-established reputation for his patent work, with his extensive litigation experience being complemented by his advisory practice. He acts for clients in a range of areas including the mining and manufacturing sectors. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Hugh Moubray is one of the field’s most notable and most well-respected

Hugh Moubray is one of the field’s most notable and most well-respected practitioners. He has amassed a wealth of IP litigation experience in his career, and remains one of the most sought-out choices of counsel for opposition and infringement cases. He heads the firm’s patent litigation practice. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Herman Blignaut is a skilled attorney who is regularly engaged

Herman Blignaut is a skilled attorney who is regularly engaged on trade mark and copyright litigation and opposition. Clients commend him for being “very good with trade mark opposition and searches,” while other market commentators note his work on major mandates in the market. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Eben Van Wyk services a roster of notable clients in the sports

Eben Van Wyk services a roster of notable clients in the sports, consumer goods and retail industries. He is instructed for his counsel on trade mark opposition and infringement disputes, as well as trade mark filings and domain name registration. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Commentators laud Charles Webster as “one of the best IP attorneys in the country,”

Commentators laud Charles Webster as “one of the best IP attorneys in the country,” as well as an “expert and specialist litigator.” He is an accomplished trade mark and copyright litigation counsel with further experience of issues relating to competition law. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Carl Van Rooyen is a longstanding fixture in the market

Carl Van Rooyen is a longstanding fixture in the market, with a well-established reputation for his contentious IP representation. His practice focuses on both trade mark and copyright disputes, as well as unlawful competition. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Other interviewees praise the group as “fantastic,” while another asserted

Other interviewees praise the group as “fantastic,” while another asserted that it provides “good assistance and turnaround times,” concluding: “If we need quick support they are there.” – Chambers and Partners, 2021

A client reported that the firm provides “excellent service”

A client reported that the firm provides “excellent service,” adding: “They know our portfolio extremely well and have it all memorised. The service is always on time and they are always giving extra help.” – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Demonstrates proficiency acting for clients in areas including trade mark and patent

Demonstrates proficiency acting for clients in areas including trade mark and patent prosecution and enforcement, acting for both plaintiffs and defendants, with comprehensive accompanying registration and renewal capabilities. Additionally noted for its expertise in anti-counterfeiting. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Well regarded for its ability to service its prestigious client base in South Africa

Well regarded for its ability to service its prestigious client base in South Africa and throughout the continent, with clients derived from industry sectors such as healthcare, consumer goods and financial services. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Distinguished practice with renowned proficiency

Distinguished practice with renowned proficiency across a heterogeneous variety of IP-related commercial concerns. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Kay Rickelman, the “godmother of trademark law in Africa”

Kay Rickelman, the “godmother of trademark law in Africa”, whose approach demonstrates “an understanding of business concerns, while also being able to dip into her arsenal of skills to clear prosecution hurdles and win disputes.” – WTR1000, 2021

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