Working in Leeds

Insights from Chris Wragg, a solicitor working in the insurance team in our Leeds office:

Chris Wragg, trainee solicitor at Mills & Reeve LLP

How would you describe the culture of your office?

Despite our growing in numbers over the past year, the Leeds office remains a friendly and “close” place to work. Everybody here is approachable, relaxed and sociable.

What kind of hours do you work?

The core hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm, as with the other offices, although generally there are people here early and working late. On occasions where it is necessary to work longer hours, the work does not go unrecognised and there is a good level of support available.

How long does it take you to get into work?

I actually live just around the corner from the office, which means that it generally takes me five minutes door to door. For those who live further afield, public transport is very accessible from the office.

What kind of social life do you enjoy with your colleagues?

There are regular Leeds office outings, which generally include lunches or after work drinks. Everybody here gets on really well and we do genuinely enjoy getting together outside work where possible.

What is the best thing about working in Leeds?

The best thing about working in Leeds for me is without a doubt the city itself. With Leeds you get the benefit of a vibrant city with plenty going on, but at the same time, nothing is far away.

What local bars and restaurants do you recommend?

There is a fantastic range of restaurants within very close walking distance of the office, which cater for all tastes. Some of my personal favourites include Chaophraya, Sous Le Nez, River Plate and San Carlos.

We are also spoilt for choice in terms of the local bars, ranging from places to have a quiet drink after work (Restaurant Bar and Grill, Epernay, Browns) to the slightly more lively weekend venues (Maven, Mojo, Smokestack, Neon Cactus).

What else is there to do in Leeds?

Leeds offers a number of great places to shop, including the stylish Victoria Quarter. For those who want to take in some culture, there is the Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House, the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Leeds Art Gallery.

For sporting fans, there is a fantastic stadium in Headingley, which plays home to both test match cricket and top flight rugby league. For those who like to escape the city, the Yorkshire Dales offer hundreds of square miles of unspoilt countryside.

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