Tom Hailes

Trainee Patent Attorney

Experience and Expertise

Tom is currently training with Beck Greener to qualify as a European Patent Attorney and UK Chartered Patent Attorney.  He works primarily in the chemical sector, with particular emphasis on materials chemistry, polymers and formulations, catalysts, chemical engineering and spectroscopy. Tom recently achieved a distinction in the course examinations leading to his Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary, University of London.

Before joining the profession, Tom graduated from the University of Manchester in 2017 with an MChem (Chemistry) degree. His Master’s thesis focused on the development and characterization of novel hybrid organic-inorganic transition metal [3]-rotaxanes, which have potential applications as diamagnetic hosts for quantum processing. Tom also has industrial experience working for an SME analysing the commercial applicability of novel fluorescent organic polymers in the field of security features, organic-LEDs, horticulture, polymer additives and formulations.

A keen advocate for broadening access to the legal profession, Tom is involved with IP Inclusive, a cross-sector organisation working to promote and improve equality, diversity and inclusion within the IP professions.  Tom is part of the “Careers in Ideas” initiative and a founder member of the “IP Futures” community, which seeks to provide support for early stage career professionals working in Intellectual Property. Tom also does regular volunteer work with LGBT charities.

Academic Qualifications

MChem Chemistry with Honours, University of Manchester 2017
Cert IP Law, Queen Mary University of London 2020