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Trainee Retention

8.1 / 10

(based on 24 ratings in 2016)

2016

"If you want a place upon qualification, you are extremely likely to get one."
First year trainee, London
"From what I have seen, they try to ensure that you are kept on as a new qualifier."
First year trainee, London
"The retention rate is high and there is plenty of support. It makes me feel as though, if I make an effort and work hard, I'll be fine to stay."
First year trainee, London
"They seem to have been good in recent years."
First year trainee, London
"We have had really high retention rates over the past few years so I am optimistic and hope that things stay the same."
First year trainee, London
"They haven't yet dropped below 76% as far as I know."
First year trainee, London
"Very high. There's space for everyone but it depends on what you want to qualify into, as more specialist departments often have less space."
First year trainee, London
"High retention rates. I get the impression that you will only not be kept on if you don't want to stay or if there is no space in the group you want to qualify into."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Retention rates are very high these days."
Second year trainee, London
"Retention rates are very high and, by this stage, you have worked hard to get here so you are very likely to do a good job and be kept on."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates were excellent in my intake."
Second year trainee, London
"Recent retention rates are good, but they depend on how corporate/disputes heavy each intake is, so it's not worth predicting."
Second year trainee, London
"Retention rates are among the highest in the City."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Trainee retention is usually good, particularly good in the Corporate Department."
First year trainee, London
"The retention rates are strong and the qualification process is very clear."
Second year trainee, London
"I think retention rates are very high which is encouraging."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates seem to be excellent, normally trainees choose to leave for different experience/to get a different office/department rather than not being retained."
First year trainee, London
"It will depend how competitive the department you apply for is. Retention rates are high but it is unclear how many people are 'settling' for less desirable departments."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates are high, around 85-90% and I have been performing well so far so I am quite hopeful about being kept on."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Many have to be flexible about the department they qualify into."
First year trainee, London
"Approximately 85% at last count I believe. I understand some other competitor firms are better, but they seem good enough here."
First year trainee, London
"They seem to be in line with other firms at this level - however it always seems a bit of a lottery!"
First year trainee, London
"Retention in the last couple of rounds seems to have been down on historical trends."
Second year trainee, London
"Not as great as they once were - which is a bit worrying."
First year trainee, Abu Dhabi
"I think qualification is very competitive and if you are going for one of the most competitive groups then you should be prepared for the worst! The retention rates are about the same each year."
Second year trainee, London
"Those who want to stay, and who are prepared to work hard, stay. Leavers are either those who didn't get into their preferred group, and are unwilling to go elsewhere, or those who decide that being a City lawyer isn't for them."
First year trainee, London
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