Holman Fenwick Willan posts 100 per cent retention

Holman Fenwick Willan has announced that it will be keeping on all 15 of its September 2013 qualifiers.

The firm has also revealed that six of the 15 will qualify into overseas offices, including Hong Kong, Dubai, Geneva, Singapore and Piraeus.

Training principal Toby Stephens said: “This is only the second group of trainees to have all had the chance of spending a six month seat abroad and been able to experience for themselves the exciting opportunities available throughout our international network. The firm continues to experience considerable international growth and we will continue to broaden the international opportunities for our trainee solicitors in the future”.

HFW has an extensive overseas network despite its relatively small size due to its heavy focus on shipping and international commerce. According to The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150, its is ranked as the 20th largest international firm in that region, with a total of 108 lawyers, including 37 partners, in six offices. 

Watson Farley & Williams, another firm with an overseas network founded on marine and international finance, has announced that it offered 12 of its 14 second-year trainees newly qualified positions. All 12 have elected to stay. A spokesperson for WFW stated: “We are pleased to be able to retain a very high number of our trainees with this year’s rate of 86 per cent in line with what we expect given the strong pool of talented individuals at the firm.”