The cover versions get worse and worse.
BLM is retaining just 37% of its qualifying trainees.
RollOnFriday was prompted to make enquiries after a source advised that the firm's retention rate was "horrendous". BLM confirmed the details, to its credit, and said that out of the 19 trainees who qualified this Autumn, only seven were staying on at the firm.
The trainees had a stressful wait. For much of the summer, said sources, the firm would not tell them whether or not there would be NQ jobs available in the autumn. Now they know why. The remaining seven are, at least, all joining the firm on permanent contracts.
Elsewhere, BCLP has posted a 76% rate after finding permanent roles for 16 out of 21 of its qualifying trainees. “Congratulations to our 2020 autumn cohort who overcame a tumultuous final few months", said Chloe Muir, BCLP's Senior Graduate Recruitment & Development Manager.
Best of all, Gowling WLG has kept on all 18 of its qualifying trainees, and in permanent positions. "We are delighted that in these unsettling times the Firm has been able to retain all of its September 2020 qualifiers", said a spokesperson. Go to the top of the table, Gowling.