Spring retention results out at Berwin Leighton Paisner and Orrick

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) will keep on 70 per cent of its trainees qualifying this spring.

It offered newly-qualifed (NQ) roles to 15 of its 20 final-seat trainees, with 14 accepting. The real estate department has taken the largest number of qualifiers. The firm did not comment on whther any were on fixed-term contracts. 

Training principal Anthony Lennox said: “At BLP we are rigorous in only recruiting the very best – the ambition and energy displayed by these individuals heralds an exciting future for both them and the firm.”

BLP has recorded mixed retention results over recent years, keeping on 95 per cent of qualifiers in both 2011 retention rounds, but less than 70 per cent in spring 2009 and spring 2013.

Meanwhile, Orrick has kept on all four of its spring qualifiers, marking an end to a poor run of retention dating back three years. Two go into the corporate business unit, while the other two join the real estate and litigation groups.

To date, 14 firms have reported their spring 2014 retention results. Across those firms, a total of 312 out of 356 trainees (87.6 per cent) are staying on at the firm that trained them. So far, White & Case has performed best, keeping on all 13 of its qualifying cohort. 

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