Another week, another set of trainee retention numbers ranging from the impressive to the appalling.

Racing into last place this year is Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees, which has only managed to keep four of its 11 trainees. That's a miserable 36%. The firm said that it offered places to ten of the 11, but six decided to leave the firm of their own free will, which doesn't really improve things to be honest. A spokesman said that those leaving had "chosen to relocate primarily for personal domestic reasons. This is disappointing but we understand the reasoning and we wish them well for the future".

Meanwhile, Travers Smith has done much better, having kept on 13 of its 17 trainees. That's 76% which is not too shabby - and one trainee left the legal profession altogether for the cut-and-thrust of a career in politics.

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And finally there were pretty solid results at Baker & McKenzie which has managed to find room for 16 of its 20. OK, so 80% is not as impressive as last year's bumper 95%, but is a good result nonetheless.

You can see all this year's results by clicking here. And make sure you send yours in - anonymously - here.
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