Gordons welcomes new trainees and another apprentice joins award-winning scheme

Monday 10th October 2016

Gordons has welcomed a new crop of talented young people to the firm, with the appointment of four outstanding graduates and a promising teenager, all of whom have taken major steps towards careers as lawyers.

Christabel Clappison, Harry Hobson, Andrew Moore and Sophie Wilson have started two-year training contracts, while Daniel Western has joined Gordons’ multiple-award winning apprenticeship scheme, which is now in its sixth year.

The trainees will now undertake four six-month seats in various Gordons departments. During these periods, they will be supervised closely and work in tandem with seasoned, expert lawyers. They will also benefit from thorough training and support, delivered by colleagues across the organisation.

Daniel joins the eight other young people currently participating in Gordons’ apprenticeship scheme, which was the first of its kind in the sector when launched. Under the scheme, Gordons admits intelligent, determined 18-year-old school leavers, eager to enter the legal profession via an alternative route to university.

As an apprentice, Daniel will train as a chartered legal executive lawyer over five years, through on-the-job experience and academic study. The firm will pay his salary and course fees, so he incurs no student debt. Gordons’ scheme allows young people to gain entry to the legal profession while avoiding the time and expense of university, previously a pre-requisite for entry to the profession.

Welcoming the new trainees and apprentice, Gordons managing partner Paul Ayre said: “Competition for training contracts and apprenticeships at Gordons is always fierce.  We look forward to helping these youngsters start their careers in the Law and teaching them about the importance of building trusted relationships with clients and colleagues.”