20 July 2011
Nabarro has come top of this week's announcements of trainee retention figures, with 19 of its 20 trainees set to qualify with the firm in September. But other firms have not done so well.

In fact Nabarro made offers to all 20, with one trainee choosing to escape under the barbed wire for pastures new. BLP is at the top of the list as well, also retaining all but one of its 20 trainees. A super result for the firm which just goes to show that giving your future joiners a good bollocking when they're on the LPC can work wonders.

Only slightly further down the list are Kennedys (retaining 10 of 12) and CMS Cameron McKenna (24 out of 30), the latter improving strongly on disappointing March job season. Top Scots shop Dundas & Wilson are in the relegation spot with an underwhelming 70%, just pipped by a rapidly improving Hogan Lovells with 73% (up from 56% in March)

But as ever, there are some stinkers. A pint of driptray dregs goes to MacRoberts - of iPhone app fame - for a poor 56% (three trainees staying on in Edinburgh, and six in Glasgow - nine out of a total of 16 starters). However, if rumours in the market are correct, that could soon look respectable compared to the figure for a major national firm. Which is thought to be close to announcing a perfect egg. Zero per cent. Watch this space.

So how does September compare to previous job rounds, especially as the legal world announces the best financial results since 2008? RoF Scientists reckon the average retention rate so far is 79%. So pretty solid and 1% up from last year - but down from this March's figure.


 
  Average trainee retention for the past two years


This week's new additions to the full results table are:

  Trainees
NQs retained
%
Nabarro
20
19
95
BLP
20
19
95
Kennedys
12
10
83
Cameron McKenna
30
24
80
Hogan Lovells
33
24
73
Dundas & Wilson
20
14
70
MacRoberts
16
9
56

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