Next South West Regional Event: Cardiff – Friday 1 July 2016

I am delighted to announce that Rhys Williams and Edward Nation of Abel & Imray have kindly agreed to host the next Informals workshop session, entitled “Dealing with the Lay Client”:

“It is likely that your client list includes large IP savvy firms that understand what makes an invention patentable, and the application and prosecution process. But what about a regular Joe from the street? Or a start-up about to enter the world of IP? Have you ever been caught off guard in a client meeting?  This informal seminar aims to prepare Informals for these situations through fun and interactive scenarios based on the personal experiences of attorneys at Abel & Imray.”

Times and Locations:

12:00 (TBC) – Meet at A&I’s Cardiff office (3rd Floor, 3 Assembly Square, Britannia Quay, Cardiff, CF10 4PL)

12:30 to 14:00 – Lunch in Cardiff bay (location TBC)

14:00 to 17:00 – Workshop by Rhys Williams and Edward Nation (held in the Wales Life Sciences Hub)

17:00 onwards – Food and drinks in Cardiff (location TBC)

The meeting room can hold up to about 20 people, so places on the workshop will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Please send an email to to confirm your place as soon as possible. If you are unable to make the workshop but would like to meet up with us for drinks afterwards, please send me an email and I will forward you details of where we are going closer to the time.

Simon Carobene

CIPA Informals Regional Secretary for the South West and Wales


South West Social: 15 November

The first event for the South West will be taking place on Saturday 15 November at Goldbrick House on Park Street in Bristol. I propose we meet for drinks in the cocktail bar from 7pm onwards and see where the night takes us!

I will also be organising socials in Cardiff and Bath at some point throughout the year, so don’t worry if you don’t live near Bristol.
For more details, or to confirm that you will be attending, please email me: SimonCarobene @

More events across the UK

You may recall that last month we announced we were looking for volunteers to form the 2014-15 Informals Committee. A number of trainees from across the UK have recently let us know that they would like to see more Informals events take place outside of London. The Informals Regional Secretaries already organise social events in a number of regions/cities outside of London already (i.e. in Cambridge, Birmingham, Oxford and “The North”).  However, we realise that as the profession has moved away from being primarily London-based, so too should the Informals increase their presence across the UK.

This week, the current Informals Committee met up to discuss (among other things) better representing trainees from all over the UK.  We are pleased to announce the creation of new Regional Secretary roles in:

  • Scotland (covering at least Glasgow and Edinburgh) – taken on by Michael Ford;
  • the Midlands (covering Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire) – taken on by Sara Holland;
  • the South West (covering Bristol, Bath and even S. Wales) – taken on by Simon Carobene.

We hope that trainees, part-qualified and newly-qualified attorneys (both in private practice and in-house) will attend the events run by the new Reg. Secs., particularly since free drinks may be on offer!  If there are any other areas in the UK where we could organise social events, please get in touch.