Field Fisher reveals retention of 71 per cent and places NQs on fixed-term contracts

Field Fisher Waterhouse will retain 71 per cent of its trainees in newly-qualified (NQ) positions, of which nearly half are on fixed-term contracts.

The top 50 firm is giving 12 of 17 of its September qualifiers NQ roles at the firm but has given five of its 12 new NQs 12-month contracts.

A spokesperson for the firm said: “Five of these positions have been structured as, initially, for a 12-month fixed term. None of the fixed-term positions is for a paralegal role being dressed up as a NQ role. We are confident that all of these will ultimately result in permanent positions.”

The 12 NQs will be based in a variety of departments and all will be based in the London office. One NQ will work in competition, another will be placed in corporate, one will work in dispute resolution and a further two will work in finance. The IP litigation department will take on one NQ, as will the life sciences department. One NQ is going to personal injury and medical negligence while a further four will work for the technology, outsourcing and data security department.

The firm has also revealed that it has three unfilled NQ positions in the corporate, financial servies and funds and personal injury and medical negligence departments, for which it is currently recruiting.

A spokesperson explained that the three unfilled roles were due to its five leaving NQs wishing to qualify in areas other than the departments offered. He added that four out of five of the NQs not staying on have already been recruited by other firms.