Jones Day will keep eight out of its ten trainees qualifying this autumn.
Three will take up newly-qualified (NQ) positions in the firm’s global disputes practice, two go into real estate, while the remaining three will join the corporate, banking and intellectual property departments. All stay on a permanent basis rather than on fixed-term contracts.
Of the two trainees that are not staying on, one is leaving to set up his own business, while the other chose to specialise early.
One trainee also qualified into the firm in March 2014, meaning that Jones Day’s total retention for 2014 is nine out of 11, or 82 per cent.
Retention has been good at Jones Day of late, with the firm keeping on at least 80 per cent of its (admittedly small) intake in each of the last four years.