Retention round-up: autumn 2014

Here are all the firms that have published their autumn retention results so far.

Since it’s hardly fair to compare a firm with 50 qualifiers and a firm with only two, we’ve given firms with fewer than ten trainees their own table.

  • So far, 44 firms have reported results, with 833 out of 1,001 trainees staying on at the firm that trained them (83 per cent).
  • For comparision, in spring 2014, 24 firms reported results, with 454 out of 526 (86 per cent) retained.
  • Ten firms have kept on 100 per cent of their qualifiers
  • Of these, the best reported so far comes from RPC, which has kept all 15 of its trainees.
  • Linklaters kept on the largest number of trainees: 53. It was the only firm to retain more than 50.
  • CMS had the largest intake, with 61 on the books following its merger with Dundas & Wilson

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Intakes with more than 10 qualifiers Trainees retained Total number of  qualifiers Percentage retained
RPC 15 15 100
White & Case 14 14 100
Fieldfisher 11 11 100
Weil Gotshal & Manges 11 11 100
Clyde & Co 42 43 98
Slaughter and May 33 34 97
Travers Smith 16 17 94
Linklaters 53 57 93
Burges Salmon 20 22 91
Taylor Wessing 20 22 91
Latham & Watkins 16 18 89
Eversheds 45 51 88
Herbert Smith Freehills 41 47 87
Bond Dickinson 18 21 86
Macfarlanes 21 25 84
Mills & Reeve 16 19 84
Berwin Leighton Paisner 15 18 83
Allen & Overy 41 50 82
Freshfields 37 45 82
Addleshaw Goddard 23 28 82
DWF 39 48 81
Nabarro 13 16 81
Irwin Mitchell 36 45 80
Jones Day 8 10 80
Hogan Lovells 27 35 77
Norton Rose Fulbright 17 22 77
Clifford Chance 40 53 75
Shearman & Sterling 9 12 75
KWM SJ Berwin 16 22 73
CMS Cameron McKenna* 41 61 65
Trowers & Hamlins 7 11 64
Mayer Brown 10 18 55
Gateley 8 17 47
Intakes with fewer than 10 qualifiers Trainees retained Total number of  qualifiers Percentage retained
Cleary Gottlieb 9 9 100
Birketts 8 8 100
Michelmores 6 6 100
TLT 6 6 100
Collyer Bristow 5 5 100
Paul Hastings 2 2 100
SGH Martineau* 6 8 75
Osborne Clarke 6 9 66
McDermott Will & Emery 2 3 66
Morrison & Foerster 2 3 66
Muckle 2 4 50

* includes one on a six-month fixed term contract  

Retention 2014