Sidley Austin retains 100 per cent of London trainees

Sidley Austin will keep all nine of its current autumn-qualifying trainees on in newly-qualified (NQ) positions this year.

The US firm said all nine of the trainees had been offered a position within their first-choice practice area.While one NQ lawyer will head to Brussels the remaining eight will be based in London.

It is the second year running tha t the firm has kept on all its trainees, with nine lawyers offered positions a year ago. In 2011, seven of nine trainees were offered permanent roles.

London managing partner Drew Scott said: ”The combination of the high quality of our trainee class, together with a positive outlook for growth in London, has enabled us to offer positions to all of our trainees this year.”

Other firms to announce their retention rates for autumn 2013 have included Linklaters and Trowers & Hamlins. The magic circle firm retained 87 per cent of its trainee intake while Trowers kept on 85 per cent of trainees in NQ roles.