Welcome from RT Hon Lord Smith - Chairman

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the role of lay member on the Joint Disciplinary Panel for the IPReg. I hope this candidate brief gives you all the information you might need regarding the requirements of this role. You can also find more information about us on our website: https://ipreg.org.uk/.

Lawyers who are a “Patent Attorney’, “Patent Agent” or a “Registered Trade Mark Attorney” are specifically qualified to advise on intellectual property law and subject to regulation by IPReg. Intellectual property law deals with the ownership and protection of ideas; key areas are: patents, trade marks and designs.

The Joint Disciplinary Panel (“JDP) comprises a pool of lay and professional members from whose number the Disciplinary Board will be formed. The Disciplinary Board hears complaints alleging breaches of IPReg’s Rules of Conduct  and other regulatory arrangements. Allegations may be made against registered attorneys and other regulated persons including registered and licensed bodies and their managers and employees.

We are looking to appoint 5-6 Lay Members to the Joint Disciplinary Panel (“JDP”).

If this is a role that interests you, we would very much like to receive your application. You can find all the details on how to apply further along in this brief.

For a confidential conversation with Thewlis Graham Associates, who are supporting us with this recruitment, please contact Sarah Thewlis, Managing Director on 0207 850 4781 or email: applications@thewlisgraham.com. Sarah will be happy to discuss this opportunity with you.

Yours faithfully


RT Hon Lord Smith