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Dentons' NQ retention rates plunges to 14 per cent, while Clifford Chance's also falls

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  • Good God. 14% is just ridiculous even overlooking the fact we’re talking about Real Estate. If DWS’s recruitment/training process is so poor that 86% of its end products must be released then they’ve got serious issues. If, as is more likely to be the case, they’ve got top quality young solicitors who are vying for places in a department which the recession has hit hardest, then they should try and accommodate them wherever possible, in a different department if necessary (I assume that many of those shown the door would have considered a job elsewhere). DWS are shedding potentially great lawyers for the future and posting statistics like this will also put off future quality applicants.

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  • Won't be bothering to apply to DWS then.

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  • Correct me if I'm wrong but the article title is very misleading.

    It suggests that fourteen percent of the firm's NQs are being retained then suggests that the figure only applies for their real estate department.

    A firmwide figure would make more sense.

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  • Seems I was wrong after all.

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  • I think "IHateBPP' should spend a little less time hating everyone and more time reading a story before he comments.

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  • I think that you're never going to get a very high retention rate when you're in a financial crisis. DWS has just come out of a major redundancy programme - How can you expect them to keep on NQs when there is not enough work for their own solicitors?

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  • Am I alone in being amazed that DWS has only 7 trainees qualifying. I would have expected them to have 40 trainees a year

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  • This is only the spring qualifiers I think, which would mean that they'll have more people qualifying later in the year.

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