Slaughter and May is to keep on 97 per cent of its qualifying trainees this autumn.
The firm made job offers to all 34 of its final-seat trainees, and 33 accepted. Training partner Robert Byk said: “We’re always recruiting with the long term in mind, so we’re delighted to have kept on so many of our trainees this round.
Slaughters typically posts extremely high retention figures. In the spring it kept on 95 per cent of its qualifiers and in the 11 retention rounds since autumn 2009 has kept on at least 86 per cent of its trainees on every occasion.
Earlier this week, Freshfields posted 82 per cent retention, keeping on 37 of 45 qualifiers, while Linklaters is to retain 93 per cent, or 53 of 57. Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy are yet to release their results.
Slaughters is the 23rd firm to announce its results. Nine firms have kept on 100 per cent of their qualifying trainees (see table, below).
Autumn 2014 retention so far
|Trainees retained||Total number of qualifiers||Percentage retained|
|White & Case||14||14||100|
|Weil Gotshal & Manges||11||11||100|
|Slaughter and May||33||34||97|
|Berwin Leighton Paisner||15||18||83|
|KWM SJ Berwin||16||22||73|
|McDermott Will & Emery||2||3||66|
|CMS Cameron McKenna*||41||61||65|
|Trowers & Hamlins||7||11||64|
* includes one on a six-month fixed term contract