Slaughter and May records 97% retention

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).

Slaughter and May retention 2014

Autumn 2014 retention so far

 
  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
Cleary Gottlieb 9 9 100
Michelmores 6 6 100
TLT 6 6 100
Collyer Bristow 5 5 100
Paul Hastings 2 2 100
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
Berwin Leighton Paisner 15 18 83
Freshfields 37 45 82
Nabarro 13 16 81
Jones Day 8 10 80
KWM SJ Berwin 16 22 73
McDermott Will & Emery 2 3 66
CMS Cameron McKenna* 41 61 65
Trowers & Hamlins 7 11 64
Mayer Brown 10 18 55

* includes one on a six-month fixed term contract