White & Case and Osborne Clarke reveal spring retention

US firm White & Case is to keep all 13 of its trainees due to qualify in March this year.

They will join a range of practices including corporate; disputes; banking; and energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance (EIPAF).

Training principal Justin Benson said: “The calibre of trainees which our trainee programme attracts is outstanding and I’m pleased that all 13 graduates have chosen to continue to develop their careers at White & Case.”

White & Case is typically one of the City’s stronger performers for NQ retention, although it has relatively small intakes. It regularly posts retention in excess of 90 per cent and it is the second time in three retention rounds that the firm has kept all of its qualifiers. Its worst result in the 11 rounds since 2010 was autumn 2013, when it lost three of its 14 qualifiers.

Meanwhile Osborne Clarke will keep 89 per cent of its spring qualifiers, with eight out of nine of trainees staying on.

Three in take up NQ positions in Bristol, three more will be based in London while the final two will work in the firm’s Thames Valley office in Reading. 

Three of the eight join the commercial team, two go into corporate, with the remaining three filling role in property litigation, funds and projects. The majority of Osborne Clarke’s qualifiers in the last three retention rounds have gone into transactional practices, possibly signifying the increased health of that sector as the UK’s economy slowly recovers.

Trainee partner Catherine Wolfenden said: “We look forward to continuing the journey with these newly qualified lawyers on the next stage of their careers at Osborne Clarke.”

Trowers and Hamlins was the first firm to release its results for spring 2015, revealing 86 per cent retention last week.

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