Orrick continues dismal retention run

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe will not keep its sole qualifying trainee in spring 2014, it has emerged.

The firm confirmed its retention figure but did respond to requests for further comment.

The news continues Orrick’s poor recent run of retention. In autumn 2013 the US-headquartered firm announced it would not be retaining any of its five qualifiers. In autumn 2012, it retained five of 11 qualifiers, a retention rate of 45 per cent.

The firm does not normally have a spring intake but due to deferrals has had March qualifiers in each of the past two years. In spring 2013, it kept on two of three qualifying trainees in its corporate and litigation departments.

Last year, Orrick training principal Simon Cockshutt told Lawyer 2B that its low retention was due to ongoing challenging market conditions and added that the firm would be recruiting smaller numbers of trainees in future, with intakes of four or five per year anticipated.

Orrick’s recent retention results

Spring 2014: 0 of 1 (0%)

Autumn 2013: 0 of 5 (0%)

Spring 2013: 2 of 3 (66%)

Autumn 2012: 5 of 11 (45%)

Spring 2012: No qualifiers

Autumn 2011: No qualifiers

Spring 2011: No qualifiers

Autumn 2010: 8 of 10 (80%)

Spring 2010: No qualifiers

Autumn 2009: 5 of 8 (62.5%)

Spring 2009: No qualifiers

Autumn 2008: 5 of 8 (62.5%)

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