Norton Rose Fulbright records 77% retention

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) is to keep 24 of 31 of its qualifying trainees this autumn.

Of the 31 final-seat trainees, 27 applied for jobs and the firm made offers to 26, with 24 accepting. The result is one of NRF’s more disappointing ones, as typically it manages to hold on to more than 80 per cent of its trainees. However, the qualifying cohort of 31 is the firm’s largest in more than five years.

Earlier this year, NRF kept on 21 of 26 qualifiers, giving the firm 79 per cent retention for the 2015 calendar year.

With 34 firms reporting their retention so far this autumn, 661 trainees out of 776 have been kept on at the firm that trained them, or 85 per cent. Bristol’s Burges Salmon, which kept on all 24 of its qualifiers, is the best performer to date.

Autumn 2015 retention Trainees retained Total number of qualifiers Percentage retained
Burges Salmon 24 24 100
Jones Day 15 15 100
White & Case 14 14 100
Shearman & Sterling 13 13 100
DAC Beachcroft 11 11 100
Weil Gotshal 9 9 100
Cripps 8 8 100
Covington & Burling 7 7 100
Sullivan & Cromwell 4 4 100
Clifford Chance 45 47 96
Latham & Watkins 20 21 95
Travers Smith 17 18 94
Walker Morris 13 14 93
Herbert Smith Freehills 34 37 92
Slaughter and May 33 37 89
Mills & Reeve 14 16 88
Taylor Wessing 20 23 87
Allen & Overy 38 44 86
Ashurst 18 21 86
Linklaters 46 55 84
Freshfields 40 48 83
Bird & Bird  15 18 83
Foot Anstey 5 6 83
Eversheds 37 45 82
Hogan Lovells 23 29 79
Norton Rose Fulbright 24 31 77
Fieldfisher 10 13 77
Nabarro 10 13 77
CMS 38 50 76
Berwin Leighton Paisner 17 24 71
Trowers & Hamlins 5 7 71
Simmons & Simmons 18 28 64
Ince & Co 9 15 60
Mayer Brown* 7 11 55
NRF retention