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Apply for a training contract at Gordons LLP online via our firm website by 30 June 2020 to begin September 2022. Applicants who have completed their LPC may also be considered for an earlier start date.
How to applywww.gordonsllp.com/careers/trainee-solicitors/
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Ms Aviva Stockman
Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Panel interview
Gordons is a leading independent Yorkshire 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. Whilst we aim to be the law firm of choice in our region, providing a genuine alternative to the national firms, as a result of our strong reputation and recognised expertise in both corporate and private work our client base extends far beyond the Yorkshire region.
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 require 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 therefore be willing to be challenged from week one.
The firm takes pride in its ability to build enduring working relationships with clients. It is therefore essential that our trainees have the potential to be at ease with clients, able to 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. So interpersonal skills, a professional yet friendly manner and sound commercial awareness are criteria we use to measure the suitability of applicants.
We do not run a vacation placement scheme.
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 spend time at both Leeds and Bradford offices, and 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 having regular meetings with their supervisors to ensure their progress.
The firm provides sponsorship towards LPC course fees.
- Commercial property
- Commercial litigation
- Property litigation
- Private client
- Corporate & Commercial
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Criminal solicitors advise and appear in court on behalf of both accused persons and the prosecution.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
|Profit per partner:||£976,000 (2012)|
|Training contract applications:||200 (2018)|
|Retention rate:||100% (2019)|
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