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Trainee Retention Update: figures looking good
28 January 2011
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More trainee retention results have been emerging this week and overall the figures are looking pretty positive. Here's the updated results table:

Firm Number of trainees
NQs retained
Stephenson Harwood 5 5 100
Weil Gotshal
2 100
Osborne Clarke
 5  5 100
Travers Smith
 7  7 100
Slaughter and May
Berwin Leighton Paisner  21  20 95
Reed Smith
 16  15 94
White & Case 13 12 92
Norton Rose
26 87
 7  6 86
11 85
Allen & Overy
54 84
Simmons & Simmons 15 12 80
Pinsent Masons 14 11 79
Wragge & Co
5 71
CMS Cameron McKenna
19 63
Bircham Dyson Bell
 7  4 57

It's champagne all round for Osborne Clarke and Travers Smith, both of which managed impressive 100% retention rates. Osborne Clarke kept on all of its five trainees whilst Travers has retained its entire intake of seven. And that's despite Travers' trainees moaning about the "exceptionally rude" partners and associates and standard of canteen food "slipping slightly" (click here for more Firm of the Year feedback).

Impressive results too from Berwin Leighton Paisner and Reed Smith, both firms keeping on all but one of their trainees. But it's a glass of lukewarm Vimto to Bircham Dyson Bell, which is currently propping up the table with a retention rate of only 57% - handing out jobs to only four of its seven trainees. Depressingly this is an exact repeat of the firm's 2010 performance. The firm declined to make a comment.

There are still plenty of firms yet to reveal the numbers of NQ jobs they'll be doling out - but initial results are certainly looking positive. To have at least four firms boasting 100% retention rates is not bad going.

Keep sending in your firm's retention rates - anonymously - here.



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