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Shepherd & Wedderburn bombs with 50% trainee retention rate
21 April 2017
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RollOnFriday understands that Scottish firm Shepherd & Wedderburn is only retaining 50% of its qualifying trainees this Spring.

The firm refused to respond to multiple enquiries, much like Gide (0%). However sources within the firm were more forthcoming, describing how the firm has only eight jobs for sixteen qualifying trainees. Four of them are apparently "unpopular" property positions, while three are going into the "not particularly popular" pensions, private client and constructions departments. The last will practice corporate finance, but in Aberdeen, where no-one trained because Shepperd & Wedderburn doesn't have trainees there.

    Did you do it, Shepherd? Did you? 

Meanwhile, Stephenson Harwood is retaining four out of seven of its final seat trainees. One did not apply for a job at the firm. The small size of SH's intake means the three departures have an oversized impact on its retention rate, which is 57%. That's poorer than last September when it retained seven of nine (77%) and last Spring when it kept six of seven (86%). Neil Noble, partner and trainee principal, said the firm's approach to recruiting NQs "is rigorous," and that it was "committed to offering our exceptional young lawyers the very best start to their careers".  Good-o.



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anonymous user
21/04/2017 09:35
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Things not so good for Sheps! It's OK, Penelope and Stephen will be over from CMS to chat 'strategic partnership' in no time at all as there's nothing they like more than a merger no one understands.
anonymous user
21/04/2017 13:40
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From ShepWedd's website, "As one of the UK's leading law firms, we know how important it is to invest in talent at all levels in order to maintain the quality service that our clients have come to expect"

...unless you want an NQ job in corporate or banking in Glasgow, Edinburgh or London, it would seem.
anonymous user
21/04/2017 14:45
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I wonder how this compares to other large Scottish firms who are biding their time and are yet to release jobs at all...
anonymous user
22/04/2017 01:04
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Sheps aren't doing well at all with 50% but Gide (who?) at 0% is just embarrassing.
  

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