Brabners recovers trainee retention rates

North West firm Brabners Chaffe Street has witnessed a dramatic improvement in its trainee retention rate.

The firm’s retention rate has increased from a woeful 50 per cent last September to 80 per cent for trainees who are due to qualify this autumn.

Managing partner Michael Brabner said the attraction of London pay rates was a major factor in last year’s well below average retention rate.

“Also, two to three trainees wanted to work in the employment practice, but we only had one slot, it was definitely oversubscribed,” he added.

Of the ten trainees due to qualify in the autumn, eight will remain at Brabners post qualification. All eight were offered newly-qualified (NQ) roles in their first choice of department. Brabner said he wanted one more to stay on in the corporate practice, but that it has become increasingly difficult to recruit into the practice during the past three years.

“There are a lot of people out there recruiting for corporate and its difficult to attract people because of the big demand,” he said. Brabners hired two NQ lawyers into its corporate practice last year.

The firm will also be increasing its trainee intake to 12 next year.