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Mayer Brown cuts trainee intake from 2016 as it retains 55 per cent of autumn qualifiers

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  • Abysmal trainee retention rates is the law firm early warning equivalent to the canary in the coal mine. No good news seems to be coming out of Mayer Brown these days.

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  • That's not true. There were a couple of years where Dickinson Dees had some of the lowest trainee retention rates in the UK. However it wasn't a sign of a crisis. Indeed PEP barely dipped in those years.

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  • I was on the 2014 vacation scheme this Easter and have to say that the way the firm has managed this has been disgusting. I turned down another VS offer to do the placement at Mayer Brown. Had I had know they were reducing their trainee intake I would never have accepted the place. Moreover the graduate team and whole office is so unorganised. Definately not a top 20 firm!!!

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  • what a bad firm

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  • @1.11 Pineapples being compared to leeks

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  • Hmm. So they're "recruiting four years ahead of demand" are they? Can't be expecting to be busy then.

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  • Ben | 25-Jul-2014 2:32 pm -- Looks like MB did not keep you because you DEFINITELY cannot spell. Just kidding...

    Seriously, this is a pattern at MB. This pales in comparison to their mistreatment and manipulation of trainees and associates back in late 2008 and 2009.

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  • Ben - I feel for you that you turned down a VS at another firm in order to do your scheme at MB...However, this 'news' has been fairly well-known for a couple of years now.

    I don't think reducing trainee is necessarily the sign of a firm in decline - MB have made a number of strong lateral hires over the past 12 months and continue to get some top level work.

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  • It wasn't a case of Mayer Brown not keeping on 8 out of the 18 trainees - the 8 trainees had all found jobs well before Mayer Brown even started the their recruitment process...

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