|Greenberg Traurig, LLP
|Wright Hassall LLP
|Crown Prosecution Service||90.1|
|TLT Solicitors LLP||89.3|
|Paul Hastings LLP
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
|SAS Daniels LLP
|Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP||86.9|
|Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP
|Kirkland & Ellis International LLP||86.5|
|Sullivan & Cromwell LLP||86.0|
|Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP||85.7|
|Osborne Clarke LLP||85.0|
|Hill Dickinson LLP||84.3|
|Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld||83.6|
The path to qualification is a long one. Having gone through rigorous academic training at law school and battling against the odds to secure a training contract, it can be difficult to see beyond the two-year training period. However, all that hard work will ultimately lead to qualification.
Whilst it is difficult to predict future trainee retention rates, they are an important factor to consider when applying for training contracts. But some firms have succeeded in making trainees feel confident that there will be a NQ job waiting for them at the end.
Encouragingly, trainees in the small intake at Greenberg Traurig are ‘encouraged to begin networking and organising meetings at an early stage’, making them feel very much part of the fabric of the firm from day one.
Similarly, Thrings ‘really takes an interest in its employees’.
‘Being offered a NQ position’ was one trainee’s favourite moment at Wright Hassall, and there is ‘good opportunity for development’ at the Crown Prosecution Service.
‘Everyone is one big team’ at Forbes Solicitors and recruits genuinely feel that their ‘input is valued’, whilst there is ‘real commitment shown to your personal development over the course of your career’ at TLT.
‘Rapidly expanding’ Paul Hastings has also made its trainee intake feel confident that they will be kept on.
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy offers trainees ‘the chance to collaborate and work directly with partners’, which makes them feel like an integral part of the team.
‘Growing business’ SAS Daniels also reassures recruits that they will be kept on, whilst trainees at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton feel ‘able to voice their opinion, even as the most junior member of the team’, preparing them for life as a NQ lawyer.