BLP caught manipulating trainee retention figures

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) falsified its trainee retention figure for this spring, it has emerged.

The firm originally announced a rate of 70 per cent on 13 February, saying, “The firm has offered roles to 15 of our 20 final-seat trainees with 14 accepting.”

The figure was widely reported in the legal press at the time, and was one of the lowest retention rates this season.

However, it has now emerged that the firm actually had 23 qualifying trainees, three of whom “dropped out of the process before the firm could make offers”, making the true retention figure 61 per cent.

Legal gossip site Roll on Friday was the first to report the updated figure when a reader, presumably one of the qualifying cohort, alerted it to the firm’s manipulation of figures.

BLP did not respond to requests for comment at the time of publication, and, at the time of the original story, would not confirm or deny if any of their trainees were on short-term contracts.

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