Trainee Retention Rates 2017

Here’s our ongoing table of trainee retention rates for spring 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 intake (spring 2017)Number of accepted NQ offersRetention percentage
Slaughter and May 25 25 100%
Trowers & Hamlins 12 11 93%
Mayer Brown 4 4 100%
White & Case 17 15 88%
Berwin Leighton Paisner 20 11 55%
Macfarlanes 6 6 100%
Hogan Lovells 29 23 79%
Simmons & Simmons 15 12 80%
Allen & Overy 38 31 82%
Osborne Clarke 6 6 100%
Norton Rose 24 20 83%
Baker McKenzie 16 13 81%
CMS Cameron McKenna/Nabarro/Olswang  45 38 84%
Eversheds Sutherland 12 12 100%
Linklaters 51 44 86%
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer  37 31 84%
Clifford Chance 46 31 67%
Herbert Smith Freehills 35 27 77%