White & Case's London office has managed a very sound trainee retention rate of 89%.
The US firm offered NQ positions to 16 out of its 18 qualifying trainees, with all offers accepted.
White & Case NQs will start on a salary of £105,000 a year (not including bonus), a larger wedge than at most City firms including the Magic Circle. However, the pay is not at the stratospheric levels of some US firms such as Debevoise & Plimpton, Latham & Watkins and Kirkland & Ellis who spray their NQs with salaries of over £140,000 (and that's not counting the bonus). Pay aside, White & Case NQs can also look forward to casual/not-casual coffee dates with the partners.
A White & Case NQ could finally complete their Pokemon set, with a year's net salary
White & Case's retention score this autumn continues a good run. The firm posted 75% earlier this spring, 84% in autumn last year, and 81% in spring last year.
“Our London trainee programme has delivered consistently high retention rates over many years" said Melissa Butler, White & Case's London Executive Partner, adding "with a salary and benefits package that is highly competitive in the City market, White & Case is a compelling proposition for talented, ambitious trainee lawyers.”
In other retention news, all of the Magic Circle firms have now posted their scores for the autumn, with all achieving good results. Slaughter and May (37 out of 40 trainees) and Freshfields (38 out of 41) both reached a high retention rate of 93%. Linklaters scored 91% (49 out of 54), Allen & Overy posted 89% (39 out of 44) and Clifford Chance attained 87% (41 out of 47).