James Partridge, A&O partner and training principal, says: “Our trainee retention rate for September 2015 is 86%, this is another pleasing result which demonstrates the consistently high standard of the trainees here at A&O, as well as our commitment to supporting their long term careers with us.”
Meanwhile, Linklaters kept on 46 out of its 55 (84%) initial intake with all of those being made offers choosing to accept them. In London, the capital markets practice benefitted the most with eight qualifiers set to join the team in September while banking and corporate received six and five respectively and litigation took seven. Two will join international offices with Singapore and Paris both taking a newly qualified.
A&O’s score is higher than the 82% it achieved last autumn, but is down slightly from its performance this spring, which saw it retain 93% of qualifiers.
Compared to its Magic Circle peers, A&O and Linklaters' retention rates are marginally higher than Freshfields has achieved for autumn 2015, with the latter having kept on 40 of its 48 trainees (83%).
Elsewhere, Slaughter and May retained 89% of their 37-strong intake – a low number by their usual standards but still higher than A&O and Freshfields have achieved.
Clifford Chance has thus far set the Magic Circle pace with an impressive retention rate of 96%. 45 of the cohort of 47 were offered places, and all of them accepted.