Allen & Overy records 80% retention for spring 2018

Allen & Overy will retain 80 per cent of its final-seat trainees in newly-qualified solicitor roles this spring.

The magic circle firm had 40 trainees approaching qualification, and 37 applied for NQ jobs. Of those, A&O offered jobs to 33, with 32 accepting.

While 80 per cent retention is about average for the market as a whole, it is A&O’s lowest figure in five years. In autumn 2013, the firm kept on 72 per cent of its 54 qualifiers.

Allen & Overy retention 2018

Training partner James Partridge said: “We’re pleased that we continue to retain the fantastic talent that we attract here at A&O.”

Allen & Overy becomes the fifth firm to release its retention figures for the spring, after Mayer Brown, Slaughter and May, Clifford Chance and Trowers & Hamlins. 

  Trainees retained Trainees left Total number of qualifiers Percentage retained
Mayer Brown 4 0 4 100
Slaughter and May 35 2 37 95
Clifford Chance 44 4 48 92
Trowers & Hamlins 6 1 7 86
Allen & Overy 32 8 40 80