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

Retention rates are important to consider when deciding where to apply for a training contract. In an ideal scenario, should you wish to do so, you would be able pursue a long and fruitful career at a firm post qualification. Sometimes it is simply not possible for firms to keep on all qualifying trainees but it is good to know that the intention is there from the outset. Crown Prosecution Service trainees were impressed by the ‘investment in people’, something which made them feel confident there would be a job for them after qualification. Recruits at Kirkland & Ellis appreciate the ‘opportunity for accelerated career development and the ability to drive your career in the direction you want’ from an early stage. Similarly, at Burges Salmon, ‘the culture of teaching allows trainees to gain the most knowledge and improvement from matters’ and Stephens Scown is ‘good at really involving trainees in the work that is undertaken’. Being part of a small intake can also increase the chances of being kept on following your training contract; this was certainly one of the reasons trainees had applied to Covington & Burling, Debevoise & Plimpton and Latham & Watkins, where ‘the high level of responsibility is beneficial to our development and eases the transition to qualifying as an associate’. ‘The retention rate’ was one of the many reasons trainees applied to Forbes Solicitors. ‘Getting offered a qualification spot in my first choice department’ was a highlight for a Macfarlanes recruit and, impressively, ‘being offered a job in each department I have sat in so far’ was one Hugh James trainee’s best moment!

Firm Score
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) 98.6
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP 93.6
Burges Salmon 91.7
Covington & Burling LLP 89.3
Latham & Watkins 89.3
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 89.2
Forbes Solicitors 88.1
Stephens Scown 87.1
Macfarlanes LLP 86.9
Hugh James 85.8
Slaughter and May 85.7
Baker McKenzie 84.2
Osborne Clarke LLP 83.8
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP 83.6
Capsticks LLP 83.5
Birketts LLP 83.3
Maples Teesdale LLP 83.1
Roythornes Solicitors 82.9
Fieldfisher 82.9
Russell-Cooke 82.4
Coffin Mew LLP 82.0
Wright Hassall LLP 81.9