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Osborne Clarke has posted an excellent retention score of 96%. 

The firm is keeping 22 out of its 23 qualifying trainees, split across its London, Bristol and Reading offices. It marks a repeat of last autumn's score 96%. 

"Widely regarded as having one of the best law firm cultures, Osborne Clarke is known for being friendly, supportive and for the last five years, the firm has ranked in the top 10 of RollOnFriday's happiest firms in the UK," Osborne Clarke said in a statement, with a nod to the legal market's favourite survey*. 

Charles Russell Speechlys also scored 96%. The firm is keeping on 25 of its its 26 qualifying trainees. The result is an improvement on the firm's score of 65% last autumn. 

"We are delighted to have these 25 newly qualified lawyers join our firm. The last year has, more than ever, drawn on their ability to adapt to client needs, show technical skill and emotional intelligence, and a desire to deliver exceptionally high levels of service," said the firm's COO Lesley O’Leary. "This makes them a vital part of our future Firm."

CMS has also recorded an impressive retention score of 90%, with 47 out of its 51 newly qualified lawyers, accepting permanent positions (plus one fixed-term position). The firm posted a retention score of 72% last autumn.

Baker McKenzie is retaining 17 out of its cohort of 19 qualifying trainees this autumn - an admirable score of 89%. The firm scored 89% in the spring (plus one fixed term contract role) and 82% last autumn. 

Hogan Lovells has obtained a decent retention score of 88%, with 23 out of 26 of its qualifying trainees securing permanent roles (plus a fixed term position). The firm posted a retention score of 71% in the spring, and 62% in autumn 2020 (not including fixed term roles). 

Womble Bond Dickinson matched Hogan Lovells' retention score of 88%, with 23 out of 26 qualifying trainees being kept on by the firm.  

Burges Salmon has also fared well with a score of 85%. 22 out of 26 qualifying trainees will be kept on by the firm. Another good result following the firm's score of 97% last autumn.

Gowling WLG will be keeping on 20 out of its 25 NQs, a solid retention score of 80%. The firm posted a perfect retention score of 100% last autumn. 

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