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

The reward for slogging away at your training contract for two years (or thereabouts) is that at the end you will qualify as a solicitor. Law firms will usually try to retain as many trainees as possible post qualification, after all they will have invested a great deal of time and money in training you up to be a lawyer. Sometimes, however, it just isn’t possible for firms to keep all qualifying trainees because of budget or capacity reasons. Equally, sometimes a trainee will feel that they want to move to a different firm upon qualification. Either way, it’s good to know that a firm’s intention to retain is there from the very beginning. At the Crown Prosecution Service, trainees can rest easy that there is a ‘guaranteed job post training’ – it doesn’t get much better than that! At Burges Salmon, there is an ‘attitude of hire to retain’, whilst ‘excellent career prospects and a very high retention rate’ attracted recruits to Sidley Austin. Kirkland & Ellis ‘actively promotes trainees’ marketing efforts’, from blogs to meeting with contacts and attending seminars’; a sure sign that the firm is preparing trainees for life as newly-qualified solicitors. The relatively small cohort at Mayer Brown increases the possibility of being kept on and the same is true of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. ‘Everyone is interested in learning about you’ at Womble Bond Dickinson, presumably because they foresee a long and fruitful working relationship. And at Slaughter and May there were several reports of trainees ‘being treated like an associate’ and ‘being given a distinct NQ role on a matter’. Proof that the firm is in it for the long haul.

Firm Score
Crown Prosecution Service 99.2
Burges Salmon LLP 92.1
Kirkland & Ellis LLP 90.3
Forbes Solicitors 90.2
Mayer Brown International LLP 89.9
Sidley Austin 89.5
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 89.2
EY Riverview Law 88.9
Womble Bond Dickinson 87.6
Slaughter and May 87.5
Michelmores LLP 87.3
Macfarlanes LLP 86.9
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP 86.4
Norton Rose Fulbright 86.3
Gateley 86.2
Roythornes Limited 85.9
Osborne Clarke LLP 85.6
BTMK Solicitors 85.6
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 85.4
Latham & Watkins 85.3