Kennedys offers 95 per cent of trainees NQ jobs

Kennedys has offered 18 of 19 of its September qualifiers newly-qualified (NQ) jobs with the firm.

This translates to a retention rate of 94.7 per cent for the top 30 firm. The offers were made across the insurance, liability and workplace divisions and in the Birmingham, Cambridge, Chelmsford, London, Manchester and Sheffield offices.

In March, the firm offered NQ jobs to both of its two qualifiers. This means that during 2013, the firm made offers to 95.2 per cent of its trainees. Last September the firm offered all 13 trainees an NQ job.

Rowena Bubb, graduate recruitment advisor, said: “We’ve now completed our training qualification process and we’re delighted to have offered 20 of 21 trainees work with the firm. We take on the right number of trainees for the business and we do hope to retain all of them.”

Last September, Kennedys began a legal apprenticeship scheme. The scheme allows school leavers to practice law without a degree and instead enroll on a three year programme. A total of 10 apprentices joined the firm’s offices in Chelmsford, London, Maidstone, Manchester and Sheffield as litigation legal administrators on salaries of £14,000 to £18,000, depending on their location (12 September 2013).

Between 2010/11 and 2011/12, staff numbers at Kennedys rose from 709 to 835. Firm turnover also broke the £100m barrier for the first time. It increased by 11 per cent from £93.6m to £103.9m. Of that, £78.3m came from the UK, £6.4m from Europe and £19.2m from elsewhere (25 February 2013).