Mayer Brown retains two of five qualifiers

Mayer Brown has retained just two of its five spring 2014 qualifying trainees, while placing a third on a fixed term six-month contract.

The Chicago-headquartered firm said in a statement: “Our primary goal is to provide our trainees with the opportunity to build long term careers with Mayer Brown and we do this by matching their preferred qualifying department with the current requirements of the business. 

“Four of our five trainees applied; however the reality is that we are recruiting four years ahead of demand and haven’t been able to offer all our trainees a position in the departments they chose. We have secured positions for three of our qualifiers.”

Mayer Brown was one of the firms last year discovered by The Lawyer to be giving short-term contracts to qualifying trainees (11 March 2013).

The firm’s rate contrasts with fellow US giant Baker & McKenzie, which retained 15 of 17 spring 2014 qualifiers.

Spring 2014 retention so far Trainees retained Total number of  qualifiers %
Nabarro 8 8 100
Olswang 8 8 100
Osborne Clarke 6 6 100
Trowers & Hamlins 6 6 100
Ashurst 23 24 96
Clifford Chance 45 48 94
Herbert Smith Freehills 38 42 90
Berwin Leighton Paisner 16 18 89
Baker & McKenzie 15 17 88
Linklaters 50 58 86
Berrymans Lace Mawer 6 7 86
Allen & Overy 41 49 84
Freshfields 35 44 80
CMS Cameron McKenna 22 28 79
Hogan Lovells 25 32 78
Wragge & Co 6 8 75
Mayer Brown 2* 5 40
Orrick 0 1 0
* plus one on six-month contract