Trainee Retention

7.3 / 10

(based on 22 ratings in 2017)

2017

"Retention rates have been good but there is some talk of uncertainty in the near future."
First year trainee, London
"This very much depends on the area of law you want to qualify into. If you want banking or corporate you should be fine but litigation or arbitration are more difficult (though still possible). The upside is that A&O always offers a lot of qualification options at our overseas offices and many trainees use those opportunities. For example, if there is no space in our arbitration department, you can qualify into Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris or Dubai. Corporate juniors often qualify into Australia or Asia. Banking lawyers can qualify into the Middle East or Europe."
Second year trainee, London but currently on an international secondment
"Retention is around 80-90% for now but may change if there is the expected cyclical dip in the next few years."
First year trainee, London
"I felt quite confident that I would be kept on. The question was more whether it would be my top choice department or office. I do think that, had I not got what I most wanted, the firm would have provided me with alternative positions in the firm."
Second year trainee, London, but on currently on secondment to Singapore.

2016

"They seem very high."
First year trainee, London
"The retention rates at the firm are usually really good but it's not clear how Brexit will impact qualification opportunities in a few years' time."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates are pretty good but a lot will depend on post-Brexit fallout and which seats are popular in any given intake. International opportunities for qualification also increase the variety of the offering."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is keen to keep the retention rates quite high (80%+) but the market has changed, especially in light of Brexit, so as trainees we are more concerned about qualification positions in the future."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates have been historically very strong (between 80–90%). The qualification process tends to depend on whether the departments you sat in are hiring."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates have generally been high but competition for new qualifier positions feel intense in my intake. Plus, we are all worried about how the firm will react to Brexit when it comes to hiring next time."
Second year trainee, London
"The retention system is transparent and retention rates are consistently high."
First year trainee, London
"They are historically very high and, if you work hard and are good at what you do, there has never been an issue."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The department I want to qualify in is small and popular, so I know my chances of retention are lower than others. But generally, the firm has good retention rates."
First year trainee, London
"Retention is good in more general departments, however specialist departments are harder to qualify into."
Second year trainee, London
"Given that the niche areas appeal to me more, I'd have to say it's touch and go whether I'll be kept on. But for those interested in the more general banking and corporate roles I think confidence should be high."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates are generally good and most people can stay if they want to."
Second year trainee, London
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