Berwin Leighton Paisner announces 89 per cent retention

Berwin Leighton Paisner will retain 89 per cent of its spring 2014 qualifiers.

The firm offered newly qualified (NQ) roles to 17 of its 18 final-seat trainees, and 16 accepted.

BLP’s training principal Antony Lennox said: “I am delighted we have achieved such a high retention rate, which reinforces the fact that the calibre of trainees BLP has is fantastic and shows their commitment to the firm, and ours to them. Our trainees are the future of the firm; they are our future partners. The strong growth in several areas of the business, both in the UK and internationally, is reflected in our desire to seek and recruit the best people.”

BLP has retained relatively high numbers of its trainees on qualification over the past three years. It has kept on at least 80 per cent of its qualifiers in each of the last eight qualification rounds, barring spring 2013, when it only managed to retain 14 of 22 (64 per cent).

The spring 2014 retention season has been a positive one so far. Of the six firms that have announced their results, every one has posted retention in excess of 80 per cent, with Nabarro, Olswang and Osborne Clarke all managing to keep on their full complement of qualifiers.

BLP’s recent retention rates

Spring 2014: 16 of 18 (89 per cent)

Autumn 2013: 18 of 21 (86 per cent)

Spring 2013: 14 of 22 (64 per cent)

Autumn 2012: 16 of 20 (80 per cent)

Spring 2012: 15 of 17 (88 per cent) 

Autumn 2011: 19 of 20 (95 per cent)

Spring 2011: 19 of 20 (95 per cent)

Autumn 2010: 18 of 20 (90 per cent)

Spring 2010: 12 of 16 (75 per cent)

Autumn 2009: 15 of 22 (68 per cent)