Allen & Overy matches Freshfields, retaining 82 per cent of trainees

Allen & Overy (A&O) will keep on 82 per cent of its autumn 2014 qualifying trainees, matching Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s rate but failing to top the high retention at Linklaters.

The firm will keep on 41 of its 50 trainees. Of those 50, 46 applied for a position and 43 offers were made.

A&O’s retention has been typically been the lowest of all of the magic circle, with the firm keeping on an average of just 79.3 per cent of its cohort since spring 2010. However, this autumn it was third best, with Clifford Chance keeping on only 75 per cent of its trainees.

It is the last magic circle firm to announce its retention this autumn.

Magic circle retention since 2010

 Allen & Overy recent retention rates

 
Date  Percentage retained  Total trainees 
Spring 2010 83 55 of 66 
Autumn 2010 81 50 of 62 
Spring 2011 84 54 of 64 
Autumn 2011 72 38 of 53 
Spring 2012 89 51 of 57 
Autumn 2012 79 46 of 58 
Spring 2013 70 37 of 53 
Autumn 2013 72 39 of 54 
Spring 2014 84 41 of 49 
Autumn 2014 82 41 of 50