Editor’s weekly: Future’s bright for trainees

Trainee solicitors at Denton Wilde Sapte must be relieved. After posting a pathetic 14 per cent retention rate for its Spring 2010 qualifiers prospects for those who are due to complete their training contracts in the Autumn are looking much rosier.

As we reported earlier this week Dentons is hoping that its newly qualified (NQ) retention rate for Autumn 2010 will hit 80 per cent. The top 25 law firm has confirmed that it has 25 NQ vacancies available in its UK and Middle East offices for 31 of its soon-to-be NQs (read article).

Elsewhere, Eversheds added to the optimism after announcing that it is looking to double the number of overseas seats on offer to its trainees. Historically the firm offered around five international seats to Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai. But now it wants to double that number to 10 and include secondments, lasting between three and six months, to its offices in the Middle East and South Africa (read more). That’s one hell of a change from a year ago when the firm decided to axe its graduate recruitment programme in response to the recession.

Maybe, just maybe things are looking up after all.