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Trainee Retention

6.7 / 10

(based on 15 ratings in 2017)


"All second-year trainees in the Scotland offices have been offered jobs recently."
First year trainee, Edinburgh / Glasgow
"From an objective standpoint, the firm has a retention rate that could definitely be higher but, with many trainees applying for the same seats, there are always bound to be people who miss out."
First year trainee, London
"A few trainees did not stay on this year due to a lack of qualification seats in the areas that were of interest to them. The seat list is also sometimes released later than at other firms."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Retention has been dipped for the past few years and it's unclear if this will change."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Retention rates haven't been great in recent years with a lack of 'popular' seat choices for qualifiers, particularly in London. The transparency regarding qualification seats has left much to be desired."
First year trainee, London
"They are generally good but some teams and offices are more competitive than others to get a job in."
Second year trainee, London


"A lack of transparency in respect of where roles are going to be available is frustrating, particularly when the new qualified legal market appears very healthy. While there will almost certainly be a job with the firm, it might not be a job you want."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Broadly speaking, retention rates are good and jobs are available for trainees. However, specific qualification seats in specific locations are variable dependent on team budgets. Not always guaranteed to get the newly qualified (NQ) seat you want in the exact location you want if there are numerous trainees in that location that want the same NQ seat."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Retention chances are very good if you are the right person for that department and have shown value during your seat time."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I am fairly confident that I will be kept on as a new qualifier. The retention rates are slightly higher than other similar firms. However, this depends on the availability of jobs and my preferred choice of department."
First year trainee, Manchester
"There will be a new qualifier job available for everyone, but not necessarily in the area they wish to qualify."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"They could be better but in comparison to other local firms they are good."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"Retention rates are usually quite high."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Our retention rates are usually really good and there are normally enough jobs for the number of trainees. However, sometimes the jobs are not in the areas trainees wish to qualify into."
Second year trainee, Manchester


"Retention rates are high, I find, and most people are kept on as NQs. There are usually enough NQ jobs for everyone, it just depends if there is a job in the area that you want to qualify into."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Retention rates appear to be quite high and most NQ positions are filled from within which is positive."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The retention rates are pretty good and the firm seems to make it known throughout your training contract that they aim to keep you on post-qualification."
First year trainee, Leeds
"There are great retention rates here. The six seat training contract helps to get the right people into the right seats for NQ jobs."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I have been kept on as an NQ at DWF. There is generally an NQ job for everyone at DWF but, as with other firms, it is not always in the area that people wish to qualify as their first choice."
Second year trainee, Newcastle


"We have been told that our office is expanding so retention will be good in years to come."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates should be good given the firm is expanding with new partners are joining."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates are generally good, however, at the end of the day it depends on where the jobs are."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Last year we had an excellent retention rate. In my office this year there is a 100% retention rate, which is very encouraging for me as a first year trainee! The firm pumps a lot of money and effort into their training contracts and want to keep on as many people as they can."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"DWF seeks to retain as many trainees as possible, provided there is business need for their roles and this has been evident in the recent NQ selection process."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Trainee retention has been very strong at DWF historically. The firm works hard to keep everyone on."
Second year trainee, London


"These have been very strong over the last few years and this is encouraging for current trainees."
First year trainee, London
"I am confident that I will be kept on because I am working hard and have received very positive feedback. I am also undertaking lots of activities to raise my profile and develop my self as a lawyer. However, I am concerned about the effect of the Cobbetts merger."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I don't have any expectations about being kept on, given the market. I obviously would love to stay, but I have to be realistic."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"Historically DWF have offered nearly all trainees an NQ job. This is dependent on the legal market of course, but they really push to get the most NQ jobs they can in as many departments as possible."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"Good so far - personally I don't think the merger with Cobbetts/Fishburns will change that."
First year trainee, London
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