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|
|White & Case||14||14||100|
|Shearman & Sterling||13||13||100|
|Covington & Burling||7||7||100|
|Sullivan & Cromwell||4||4||100|
|Latham & Watkins||20||21||95|
|Herbert Smith Freehills||34||37||92|
|Slaughter and May||33||37||89|
|Mills & Reeve||14||16||88|
|Allen & Overy||38||44||86|
|Bird & Bird||15||18||83|
|Norton Rose Fulbright||24||31||77|
|Berwin Leighton Paisner||17||24||71|
|Trowers & Hamlins||5||7||71|
|Simmons & Simmons||18||28||64|
|Ince & Co||9||15||60|