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Freshfields pick of the law firms in latest Times 'Best Grad Employer' list

8-Oct-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is the highest-placed law firm in The Times’ annual list of ’Best Graduate Recruiters to Work For.’

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Magic circle signs up to contextual recruitment in new social mobility push

3-Sep-2015 | By Richard Simmons

The whole magic circle is among the latest batch of firms set to adopt the Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) in a bid to promote social mobility.

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Slaughters retains 89 per cent of autumn-qualifying trainees

16-Jul-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Slaughter and May is keeping 89 per cent of its qualifying trainees this autumn, a dip on the 97 per cent recorded last year. 

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Slaughter and May boosts NQ salaries to £70,000

30-Apr-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Slaughter and May has reviewed its salaries for 2015, with newly-qualified (NQ) solicitors to be paid £70,000, up by £5,000 on 2014.

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Slaughters turns to the Ivy League in search of talent

23-Feb-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Slaughter and May is visiting elite US law schools in a bid to assess talent after 10 years of staying away from the US recruitment fair market.

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Slaughters records 81 per cent retention

10-Feb-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Slaughter and May has revealed that it will retain 81 per cent of its spring 2015 qualifying trainees, keeping on 34 of 42 trainees.

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Oxford and BPP students reach final of World Debating Championships - but Sydney takes crown

28-Jan-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Students from two UK universities made the final of the 2015 World Universities Debating Championships in Malaysia.

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Freshfields leaps ahead in magic circle salary stakes

1-Dec-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has increased its associate pay by a greater proportion than its magic circle rivals since 2010, while Slaughter and May has fallen behind the pack, exclusive research by The Lawyer has revealed.

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Slaughter and May records 97% retention

8-Aug-2014 | By Richard Simmons

Slaughter and May is to keep on 97 per cent of its qualifying trainees this autumn.


City firms unite with in-house teams to launch social mobility placements

29-Jul-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Media and technology companies such as Yahoo and ITV have partnered with City firms to create legal work placements for students from underprivileged backgrounds.

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Slaughters bumps up NQ salary by more than 3 per cent to £65,000

30-Apr-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Slaughter and May has increased its trainee and associate remuneration for the second time in two years, with newly-qualified lawyers receiving a pay hike of up to 3.2 per cent.

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Law firms make up quarter of top graduate employers list

30-Apr-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Law firms account for nearly one quarter of the UK’s top 300 graduate employers, compiled by The Guardian, although none succeed in entering the top 30.


Slaughters scores 95 per cent retention, topping magic circle

7-Mar-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Slaughter and May has revealed a 95 per cent retention rate for its spring 2014 qualifiers, keeping 38 of 40 trainees.


City firms mull new graduate recruitment methods

23-Jan-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Ashurst, Clifford Chance, Freshfields and Hogan Lovells are assessing a new way of monitoring graduate candidates.


Nine law firms in top 100 graduate employers

18-Sep-2013 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Nine law firms feature in The Times’ rankings of the top 100 graduate employers, released today.


Slaughters maintains high retention, posting 88 per cent rate

29-Jul-2013 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Slaughter and May has revealed an 88 per cent retention rate, matching its performance last autumn.

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Slaughters hands NQ lawyers salary bump to £63,000

30-Apr-2013 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Slaughter and May has boosted trainee and associate pay for the first time since 2011, with junior lawyers getting a two per cent wage hike.

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300 state school students gain access to top firms

12-Mar-2013 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Over 300 students will benefit from meeting partners, trainees and graduate recruitment at top firms at an event aimed at former state school pupils later this month.


Slaughters and Freshfields reveal retention rates

24-Jan-2013 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Slaughter and May and Freshfields have announced their March retention rates.

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Focus on talent not diversity to increase female partner numbers, says 30% Club

13-Dec-2012 | By Sam Chadderton

Diversity programmes should be changed for “talent strategies” to increase women partner numbers, according to a group of law firms.

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Slaughters cuts annual bonuses amid market uncertainty

31-Oct-2012 | By Joshua Freedman

Slaughter and May has announced a cut to its bonuses for associates, trainees and support staff, citing market uncertainty for the decision.

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Branding a sweet spot for law firms, research finds

14-Sep-2012 | By Margaret Taylor

According to research into branding which has compared favourite chocolates with well-known law firms, Berwin Leighton Paisner was compared by a focus panel to Hotel Chocolat because of its high quality, creative image.

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Slaughter and May reveals 87.5 per cent NQ retention rate

9-Jul-2012 | By Christian Metcalfe

Slaughter and May has achieved an 87.5 per cent newly qualified (NQ) retention rate for September 2012.

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Slaughters freezes associate pay bands at 2011-12 levels

30-Apr-2012 | By Joshua Freedman

Slaughter and May has kept the majority of its associate pay bands steady at last year’s levels, with the magic circle firm announcing a slight increase in the pay taken home by associates with two years’ post-qualification experience (PQE).

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Slaughter and May, SNR Denton reveal NQ retention rates

23-Feb-2012 | By Laura Manning

Slaughter and May has revealed a 90 per cent newly qualified (NQ) retention rate for March 2012.

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Slaughters, Sidley report 100 per cent retention rates

29-Jun-2011 | By Laura Manning

Slaughter and May is to retain 100 per cent of its autumn 2011 qualifiers.

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Latest retention figures point to recovery in NQ jobs market

11-Jan-2011 | By Laura Manning

Slaughter and May’s retention rate for March 2011 qualifiers has offered a ray of hope for final seat trainees.

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Freshfields, Slaughters and Travers post positive retention rates

28-Jun-2010 | By Corinne McPartland

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has come forward as the latest magic circle firm to reveal its newly qualified (NQ) retention rate for September 2010.


A&O exceeds NQ retention rate expectations as Slaughters and Herbies also post results

8-Jan-2010 | By Corinne McPartland

Allen & Overy (A&O) has come forward as the first magic circle firm to confirm its newly qualified (NQ) retention rates for March 2010.

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Linklaters retains 80 per cent of September NQs

15-Jul-2009 | By Kit Chellel

Linklaters has offered jobs to nearly 80 per cent of its trainees, the highest retention rate in the magic circle.

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NQs face dole queue as retention rates drop

28-Jun-2009 | Updated: 29-Jun-2009 | By Corinne McPartland

Newly qualified (NQ) retention rates for September 2009 qualifiers at a number of leading law firms have plummeted as worsening economic conditions hit the employment market.

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Slaughters sets up US trainee secondment scheme


Slaughter and May has strengthened its transatlantic best friend ties by launching a trainee secondment scheme with two major US law firms.

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Is this the end of the ‘Magic Circle’ brand?


A leading UK-based law firm has suggested it would prefer not to be branded as a ‘Magic Circle’ firm, at least not in the US.