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Trainees admire Gordons’ ‘strong regional presence’. The firm, which has offices in Leeds and Bradford, has a ‘strong reputation for commercial work’, and trainees say its ‘client list is impressive for the size of firm’. Rookies carry out ‘good-quality work’ in a ‘supportive environment with very close partner contact’. Senior-level staff have ‘a real desire to train you rather than utilise you as a billing option’, which is encouraging. Also highly praised is the feedback partners give to trainees on their work – it is ‘detailed and valuable analysis that helps trainees make progress’. That there is a ‘broad range of people at the firm’ pleased new recruits, they feel ‘it contributes to the friendly and open atmosphere’. Engaging in hobbies outside of work is possible thanks to the firm’s ‘realistic working hours’. Gordons’ trainees assert that they have a ‘good work/life balance compared to contemporaries at similar-sized firms’. However, newcomers complained that ‘the Bradford office is quite dated and a bit dingy’. ‘Being in the office late and on my own the night before I went on holiday’ was a difficult moment for one respondent, but luckily such occurrences are rare. Secondment opportunities at Gordons are few and far between, but for individuals lucky enough to go on a placement, the experience provides ‘excellent insight into the client’s business’. In terms of corporate social responsibility, we’re told that ‘charity work is a big part of the firm’s culture’. There are ‘various opportunities to get involved with the firm’s charity of the year’ and participating in fundraising is ‘very rewarding’. If you’d like ‘good levels of exposure to clients and hands-on experience in running files’, Gordons matches these criteria.