National firm Pinsent Masons has offered jobs to 44 trainees who are due to qualify in September, six more than the year before.
The firm trained 32 of its newly qualified (NQ) solicitors but was forced to hire in 12 more from other firms to fill the holes.
HR and training manager Jonathan Bond said: Weve had some external hires so thats sorted out the gaps. Its a growing firm and were recruiting trainees a long way out. We dont always know what the numbers are going to be like four years hence.
The increase in NQ jobs has boosted the firms retention rate.
Last September the firm offered 38 jobs to 47 qualifiers, giving it a retention rate of 81 per cent when the market average was at 85 per cent.
This year the firm offered all of its 33 trainees a job at the firm, giving a 97 per cent retention rate as one qualifier declined.