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

The ultimate goal of a training contract is to qualify as a solicitor. A firm should endeavour to keep as many of its trainees as possible once they have qualified, especially after spending thousands of pounds training them up in a specific way. For reasons such as budget or departmental constraints, a 100% retention score is not always possible. When researching firms you would be wise to keep an eye on the last few years’ retention rates. At these Lex 100 Winner firms some trainees will have already been offered NQ positions whilst others are confident that a job offer is coming their way. Click on a firm name to read their Lex 100 profile and see how they scored in other categories.

FirmScore
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP86.3
Crown Prosecution Service86.0
Osborne Clarke85.8
Mayer Brown International LLP85.5
Slaughter and May83.6
Travers Smith LLP83.4
Ashurst82.9
TLT LLP82.0
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP81.4
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP80.6
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP80.3
Stephens Scown LLP79.9
Burges Salmon LLP79.7
Addleshaw Goddard77.5
Maples Teesdale LLP77.4
Clyde & Co76.7
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP76.5
Macfarlanes LLP76.0
CMS75.9
Latham & Watkins75.8