Further trainee retention rates being released…

You may remember that last week I wrote about Nabarro retaining 100% of its trainees, well since then further firms have released their figures.

This post will mainly focus on Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) who announced this week that they will retain 89% of their spring 2014 qualifiers. BLP offered 17 of their 18 trainees, NQ positions at their firm, and 16 of those accepted.

Antony Lennox, (BLP’s training principal) was quoted saying “I am delighted we have achieved such a high retention rate, which reinforces the fact that the calibre of trainees BLP has is fantastic and shows their commitment to the firm, and ours to them.  Our trainees are the future of the firm; they are our future partners.  The strong growth in several areas of the business, both in the UK and internationally, is reflected in our desire to seek and recruit the best people”.

Despite the recession , BLP has managed to retain relatively high numbers of its trainees on qualification, and it has kept on at least 80% of its qualifiers in each of the last eight qualifications (except spring 2013 – when it only managed to retain 64% – 14 of 22).

So it appears that things are on the up.. or they are for the 6 firms that have released their figures – let’s hope this is a sign of things to come for both solicitors and barristers.  I will continue to keep you updated on this!

rebecca x

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