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Gordons LLP

4 vacancies
8 trainees
27 partners
175 staff

Commercial firm based in Leeds and Bradford valuing relationships above all. We believe in hard work and professionalism combined with a personal touch.

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More info

Applications for our 2024 summer vacation scheme and/or training contracts to commence September 2026 are made online via our firm website by the following deadlines:

Summer vacation scheme: 31 December 2023

Training contract only: 30 April 2024

Applications to

Ms Aviva Stockman

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Panel interview
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • Video interview

Gordons is a leading independent commercial law firm with offices in Leeds and Bradford. We are a modern, straight-talking, ambitious firm dedicated to delivering a range of legal services to clients from the individual entrepreneur and small family business to some of the UK's most successful companies and well-known brands. As a result of our strong reputation and recognised expertise in both corporate and private work our client base extends nationally and beyond.

Types of work

A full-service firm, areas of work include commercial property, construction, corporate/commercial, insolvency, commercial litigation, intellectual property, employment, personal injury, private client and residential property.

Who should apply

Academically our entry standard is a 2:1 degree, though we will take a broader view for those who just miss out. In recruiting trainees we are looking to select our solicitors, and indeed partners, of the future. We therefore look for committed and loyal trainees who are keen to build a successful career in the region and specifically with us. We offer a broad-based training which gives early and increasing responsibility to trainees in a supportive environment. Applicants must be willing to be challenged from week one.

The firm takes pride in its ability to build enduring working relationships with clients so we look for trainees that have the potential to be at ease with clients, relate well to them in both a business and social context, and most importantly inspire trust and confidence in the legal advice that they give. Interpersonal skills, a professional yet friendly manner and sound commercial awareness are key criteria we use to measure the suitability of applicants. 

We will be running a summer vacation scheme in June.  

The training contract consists of four six-month seats, which usually includes commercial property, corporate and a litigation-based department. During the second year of the training contract trainees are able to express their preference of department and we try to accomodate these requests where possible. Trainees are actively encouraged to get involved in marketing, networking, training and other events hosted by the firm and/or clients. The environment is supportive and friendly, with trainees allocated mentors to help settle them into firm life and regular meetings with their supervisors to ensure their progress.

The firm provides sponsorship towards future SQE studies.  

  • Commercial property
  • Corporate/commercial
  • Employment
  • Commercial litigation
  • Property litigation
  • Regulatory
  • Construction
  • Private client
  • Banking & insolvency
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

Riverside West, Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS1 4AW
Phone: 0333 987 5500
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 10
Minimum qualification: 2:1 degree
Start salary: £27,000
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
  • SQE
Turnover: £25,300,000 (2012)
Training programme applications: 150 (2023)
Partner diversity:
  • 70.0% male (2023)
  • 30.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 49.0% male (2023)
  • 51.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Media and TV organisations
  • Sporting bodies
  • Leeds
  • Bradford
  • Business in the Community
  • Ahead Partnership
  • BPP Legal Access Scheme
  • Legal Apprenticeships
  • Pathways to Law