Gordons, a leading Yorkshire law firm, is having a party for the two most recent graduates of its groundbreaking law apprenticeship programme.
Eleanor Tordoff and Lauren Wurzal are both chartered legal executives in the firm. Eleanor works in property litigation, and Lauren works in corporate law.
Gordons was the first law firm to offer an apprenticeship programme, which started in September 2011 and gave its chartered legal executive lawyers the equivalent of an honours degree.
Gordons made its multiple-award-winning law apprenticeship to help people move up in society by giving high school graduates an alternative way to get into the field without going to college. Since the company began, it has hired 30 apprentices right out of school.
Eleanor and Lauren worked as apprentices for Gordons for five years. During that time, they got to learn on the job and in the classroom, and Gordons paid their salaries and course fees.
Victoria Davey, a partner at Gordons and a member of the company’s executive board, said, “Eleanor and Lauren should be very proud of what they’ve done, and we’re having a lot of fun celebrating their success. We’re so happy for them because they’re both great coworkers and great people.
“Our clients like Eleanor and Lauren just as much as they like Eleanor and Lauren, and now they both have the chance to grow their careers with Gordons.”
“We’re still committed to our law apprenticeship programme because it’s a big part of what makes the firm stand out. It shows that we are still committed to helping people move up in the legal field and that we think attitude is more important than background. Our clients tell us that they admire it.”
Gordons has offices in both Leeds and Bradford, where 170 people work. AO, B&M, Heron Foods, Iceland Foods, Morrisons, Ocado Retail, Whole Foods Market, and Wren Kitchens are all clients of the company.
Gordons works with a wide range of clients, from retailers to makers of construction and high-performance materials like Saint Gobain and international brewers like Molson Coors.