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Trainee Retention

7.4 / 10

(based on 14 ratings in 2016)

2016

"They are fairly good. I think that the firm would like to retain more newly qualified (NQ) people but due to the un-competitive nature of the NQ salary they often lose internal NQs to firms paying a higher rate."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Some departments are more likely to recruit than others so it depends where you want to qualify. I looked into this before I applied and the practice areas I am interested in are growth areas for the firm, so consider this early. Most departments that have a trainee seat will be recruiting, but it also depends what your peers want as some departments will only have one job."
First year trainee, Exeter
"I think there will be newly qualified positions for all the current trainees as the firm is growing year on year."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Retention is completely dependent on whether the department you would like to qualify into requires an NQ. Not all departments do."
First year trainee, Bristol
"It all depends on where you want to qualify. I was approached for a newly qualified (NQ) position in one area nearly a year before qualification."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"Retention rates are strong at the firm, but there is some concern that a seat may not be available in the departments I might like to qualify into."
First year trainee, Exeter
"They vary year to year, but I get the feeling that the firm wants to retain its trainees. The firm is not in total control of its retention rates, eg some trainees may want to leave or relocate."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"The past couple of years have been really good and the firm still seems to be increasing trainee intake."
First year trainee, Taunton - Somerset
"The firms retention rates are very good."
First year trainee, Taunton
"The firm is growing and I am confident that there will be an NQ position for me."
First year trainee, Exeter

2015

"Like all firms, retention rates are market dependent. Ashfords is experiencing strong growth at the moment and a competitive employment market for recruiting junior solicitors. I am therefore confident about retention. I think Ashfords is aware of the benefits of recruiting from trainees, and the inefficiency of not doing so."
First year trainee, Exeter
"The firm is expanding which is very encouraging. All trainees qualifying this year were given positions, except those who chose to take positions elsewhere."
First year trainee, Exeter
"The retention rates are generally good, however there is always the concern that there will be no NQ opportunity in the department you want to qualify in to."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Retention rates are excellent now, and have seen great improvement on what they used to be."
Second year trainee, Exeter

2014

"The firm's retention rates are on the increase and the firm has a general view to recruit from its own trainees before recruiting externally."
First year trainee, Exeter
"The firm's retention rates are generally good."
First year trainee, Exeter and Plymouth
"Generally there is a reasonable chance of being retained - the issue is whether there is an opportunity in the area you want to qualify into at the right time."
Second year trainee, Taunton
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