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

FirmScore (/100)
Crown Prosecution Service 93.6
Capsticks LLP 93.3
Foot Anstey LLP 89.7
BTMK Solicitors 88.8
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP 88.0
Slaughter and May 86.9
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP 86.6
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 86.4
Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP 86.4
HFW 85.9
Mills & Reeve 85.2
Macfarlanes LLP 85.2
Bevan Brittan LLP 85.1
Birketts LLP 84.4
Woodfines LLP 84.3
Latham & Watkins 84.1
Cartmell Shepherd 84.1
Fieldfisher 84.1
Michelmores LLP 84.1
Blake Morgan LLP 83.8

The ultimate goal of a training contract is to qualify as a solicitor and, all things permitting, to stay on at the firm. Numerous factors can affect retention rates, from budget to departmental preferences to the wider legal market. But these Lex 100 winner firms have defied obstacles to give trainees the reassurance that they will be kept on following qualification. Foot Anstey ‘affords plenty of opportunities to grow and develop into a successful solicitor’. Trainees at Slaughter and May looked forward to becoming part of the team of ‘inherently reasonable and approachable associates’. Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy gives its recruits ‘better opportunities to take ownership of tasks’ from the outset, giving them a flavour of what life might be like as a NQ. Likewise, at Macfarlanes, trainees ‘even get to do associate level work’, whilst their peers at HFW laud the ‘level of responsibility’ afforded to them. That Cleary Gottlieb admits a ‘small trainee intake relative to the size of the firm’ is no accident, as this ensures that as many recruits as possible can be kept on at the end of their training. Trainees at Mills & Reeve also felt confident that they would stay on at the firm. Fee earners at Bevan Brittan ‘genuinely care about your development’, probably because they are planning your future at the firm, and staff at Birketts are ‘open to developing a relationship with you and learning about you’ for the same reason. Finally, one Fieldfisher trainee’s best moment was ‘being offered a NQ role in the department I wanted to qualify into’.