Our history is as varied as our employees, and we like it that way. Starting all the way back in 1844 when our first office was set up in Bradford, we have gone from strength to strength through partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions.
The years between 1844 and 1999 were incredibly busy for us, and after mergers and steady growth, we opened three offices in the Bradford district. Our first presence in Leeds established with the merger of Gordons Wright and Wright, and Cranswick Watson, creating Gordons Cranswick.
In 2003, we decided we wanted a change, and we dropped the name Cranswick to become, simply, Gordons. 2004 to 2006 was another big period for the firm. We merged with Nelson & Co, which strengthened our position in Leeds, we introduced a large personal-law offering, we won Niche firm of the year and were short-listed for Regional Law Firm of the year in 2004, and, in 2006, we were awarded top Yorkshire performer in The Lawyer’s “Fast rising 50” survey.
In 2007 we completed the acquisition of David Yablon, and in 2008, Gordons LLP became one of the UK’s top 100 law firms for the first time by being ranked by the leading industry publication, The Lawyer.
In 2009, an independent market research project undertaken with clients and intermediaries showed that 100% of clients surveyed would use us again, and in 2010 we celebrated our 10 year anniversary in Leeds. In a decade which saw turnover grow by £22m, we also opened a London office in response to the increasing number of national and international clients instructing the firm. This office closed in March 2015.
In 2011, Gordons LLP launched GAP, the first apprenticeship scheme in the legal profession. The annual programme would later go on to recruit and train a fresh intake of five 17-18 year olds who wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity to embark on a legal career.
In 2012, we launched our new corporate brand and our excellence was recognised by winning five awards including the prestigious Business of the Year award (£10 to £50m category) at the Yorkshire Post Excellence Awards 2012. We also welcomed our second intake of apprentices and hosted a high-profile event inspired by the scheme, at which the Rt Hon Alan Milburn, Chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission spoke and commented that “Gordons is leading the way on social mobility”.
That’s our story so far; here’s to the next 169 years of Gordons LLP.