Allen & Overy keeps 91% of spring 2016 qualifiers

Allen & Overy has kept on 91 per cent of its spring 2016 newly-qualified solicitors.

The magic circle firm made offers to 39 of the 41 final-seat trainees who applied for NQ positions, out of a total cohort of 43, with all 39 accepting.

Training principal James Partridge said: “It’s a strong result which we are very pleased with and testament to the continuing quality of our trainees.”

It is a rise on last autumn, when A&O posted a retention rate of 86 per cent, keeping on 38 of 44 qualifying trainees.

As the chart below shows, the 43 spring qualifiers represent A&O’s smallest trainee cohort in many years.

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Clifford Chance, Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have yet to release their spring retention.