Trainee Retention Rates 2017

Here’s our ongoing table of trainee retention rates for autumn 2017

If you are applying for training contracts you should keep an eye on law firm trainee retention rates as they are published. After all, a training contract is a means to the end of being a newly qualified (NQ) lawyer, and a firm's retention rate may play a role in your decision where to apply. 

The trainee retention rate is the percentage of qualifying trainees who have accepted the offer of NQ positions at the firm. These figures refer to those qualifying in spring 2017.

FirmNumber of trainees in qualifying intakeNumber of accepted NQ offersRetention percentage
Mayer Brown 11 8 73%
Shearman & Sterling 15 13 87%
Burges Salmon 28 28 100%
Ashurst 20 19 95%
Slaughter and May 32 29 91%
Stephenson Harwood 10 9 90%
Fieldfisher 13 13 100%
Watson Farley & Williams 15 15 100%
Mishcon de Reya 14 9 64%
RPC 17 14 82%
Kirkland & Ellis 9 5 56%
Ashurst 20 19 95%
Allen & Overy 47 40 85%
Forsters 4 4 100%
Dentons 28 19 68%
Taylor Wessing 26 16 62%
Ince & Co 10 9 90%
Macfarlanes 25 25 100%
Bird & Bird 18 15 83%
Covington & Burling 6 5 83%
White & Case 18 15 83%
Osborne Clarke 17 14 82%
Addleshaw Goddard 47 38 81%
Clifford Chance 52 42 81%
Travers Smith 20 18 90%
Hogan Lovells 30 24 80%
Squire Patton Boggs undisclosed undisclosed 65%
Berwin Leighton Paisner 24 16 67%
Charles Russell Speechlys 24 17 71%
Shearman & Sterling 16 12 75%
Simmons & Simmons 27 21 78%
Mills & Reeve 19 15 79%
Baker McKenzie 16 15 94%
HFW 10 8 80%