Bond Dickinson has kept on 18 of 23 trainees as newly-qualified (NQ) solicitors this autumn.
Newcastle, the former heartland of legacy firm Dickinson Dees, has taken on the most second-year trainees as NQs – six. Four have qualified in Bristol, four in Southampton, two in Leeds, one in Aberdeen and one in London. None are on fixed term contracts.
Twelve of the qualifiers join the firm’s company and commercial practice, three go to dispute resolution; two to private wealth and one to real estate.
Training partner Simon Hughes said: “We were delighted to have 30 positions available for this year’s qualifiers, reflecting growth in a number of key areas across the business. While naturally disappointed that we were unable to retain all our trainees we are confident that our 18 NQs have great opportunities ahead of them.”
Bond Dickinson’s result is a drop on the firm’s retention last year. Eighteen qualifiers also stayed on in 2014, but the firm only had 21 qualifiers that year, giving it retention of 86 per cent.