How confident are you that you will be kept on at the end of your training contract?

FirmScore (/100)
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
93.7
Thrings LLP 92.3
Wright Hassall LLP
91.5
Crown Prosecution Service 90.1
Forbes Solicitors 89.3
TLT Solicitors LLP 89.3
Paul Hastings LLP
88.0

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

87.7
SAS Daniels LLP
87.0
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 86.9
Cripps LLP 86.8
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP
86.7
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP 86.5
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 86.0
Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP 85.7
Michelmores LLP 85.4
Macfarlanes LLP 85.1
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.