Burges Salmon unveils plans to grow trainee intake further as it announces autumn retention

Burges Salmon has announced that it is to grow its trainee intake over the next three years, at the same time as revealing its NQ retention for September, five full months before its second-years are due to qualify.

Last year, the firm announced plans to increase its trainee intake from 24 to 27 trainees, and it has now said that it plans to boost numbers further over the next three years. It hopes to have “up to 30 trainees” starting at the firm in 2017.

Meanwhile, the firm offered has newly-qualified (NQ) roles to all 24 of its second-year trainees, with all accepting. The dispute resolution and commercial departments will take the most NQs – six each. The real estate and corporate departments will both take four, the environment and energy team takes two, while the pension team and the construction and engineering team both take one.

Burges Salmon, which runs a ’six-seats of four months’ training contract, always makes its offers before trainees start their final seat so they can spend four months ‘settling in’ to their qualification department if they choose.  

Director of human resources Robert Halton said: “We are delighted with this 100 per cent retention figure as it reflects both the quality of our people and the training that they receive. It’s fantastic news for the firm and a credit to each and every one of the trainees including all those who have contributed to their development.”

Burges Salmon has a strong record for keeping on the majority of trainees, retaining more than 90 per cent of its qualifiers in each of the last four years.

The London offices of US firms Shearman & Sterling, K&L Gates and Sullivan & Cromwell are among other firms that have expanded their trainee intakes recently

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