Herbert Smith Freehills keeps 92 per cent of qualifiers in strong retention round

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has revealed a 92 per cent retention rate for its autumn 2015 qualifying trainees, with 34 of 37 trainees staying on at the firm.

The newly qualified (NQ) lawyers will work across the firm’s London, Paris and Dubai offices. In London, 15 trainees will head to the disputes team while nine will be based in corporate. Four will work in real estate and two in finance with one each going to the competition and employment departments.

Of the 36 NQs, 34 will work in London; one will be based in Paris and another in Dubai. None of the 34 is on a short-term contract.

This rate nearly matches Herbies’ spring result of 93 per cent and comes on the tail of excellent retention results in its last four rounds. Since the firm decreased its intake size, its retention has generally been higher and more consistent.

Fifteen firms have now announced their autumn retention figures, with Burges Salmon the best performer so far, keeping on all 24 of its trainees.

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