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Summer vacation scheme: 31 December 2023
Training contract only: 30 April 2024
How to applywww.gordonsllp.com
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Ms Aviva Stockman
Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Panel interview
- Partner interview
- 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
- Commercial litigation
- Property litigation
- Private client
- Banking & insolvency
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. 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.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP. 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.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Sponsored by Kennedys. Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Professional negligence occurs when a professional fails to carry out their responsibilities to the required standard, or they breach a duty of care.
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