Regional retention: strong results at Foot Anstey, Cripps and Walker Morris

Three regional firms have revealed high retention rates, with one posting a 100 per cent rate.

West Country firm Foot Anstey is keeping on five of six autumn 2015 qualifying trainees, giving it a retention rate of 83 per cent.

Two of the five newly qualified (NQ) lawyers will work in the firm’s Bristol office while the remaining three will be based in Exeter. Two are qualifying into the real estate department while the commercial, corporate and private wealth teams will take one NQ apiece. None of the five NQs are on short term contracts.

Meanwhile, Kent’s Cripps is retaining all eight of its trainees as NQs, in addition to two newly hired NQs who transferred from Thomson Snell & Passmore and Zyda Law to finish their training contracts with the firm.

The ten will work across a variety of departments with two NQs working in the development and family departments and one NQ each heading to the commercial, commercial disputes, private client, real estate and residential property teams.

In Leeds, Walker Morris retained 13 of 14 NQs, translating to a 93 per cent retention rate. The NQs will take up positions in all of the firm’s primary departments including corporate, finance, litigation, real estate and regulatory.

The results mean that with 18 firms having announced their retention so far, the total number of trainees kept on at their firms exceeds 90 per cent. However, the firms with the largest trainee intakes are yet to announce their results.

  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
Weil Gotshal 9 9 100
Cripps 8 8 100
Sullivan & Cromwell 4 4 100
Covington & Burling 4 4 100
Latham & Watkins 20 21 95
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
Foot Anstey 5 6 83
Hogan Lovells 23 29 79
Nabarro 10 13 77
Trowers & Hamlins 5 7 71