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Penningtons Manches LLP

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Trainee Retention

6.6 / 10

(based on 11 ratings in 2017)


"I think retention rates are fairly high here."
"Retention rates are generally good and all but one of the London trainees was kept on last year. However, it very much depends on how many trainees want to qualify in any particular area of law."
"This varies year on year so it's hard to say. It's more competitive in London than in regional offices due to the smaller regional intakes."
"Retention rates are good but, like most firms, there is no guarantee of a place in your chosen field."
"The retention rates have been good for the last few years."


"There are good opportunities to stay if there is an opening."
First year trainee, Oxford
"Retention rates are generally pretty good but it totally depends on whether trainees are going for the same spots as there is usually only one position per department."
First year trainee, London
"The retention rates are around 80%, which I think is very good."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"They seem to vary from year to year."
First year trainee, Guildford
"It is often a question of whether there is space in the department you want to qualify into. There is a good chance that a few trainees could be competing for one space in a particular department, leading to fewer trainees being kept on."
First year trainee, London
"Records suggest good retention rates."
First year trainee, Guildford
"While I feel confident that I could be kept on, securing a new qualifier job in an office that you did not train in may not be so easy. Regional offices seem to have better retention than the London office."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Retention rates at the firm are generally very good."
First year trainee, Oxford


"The firm has good retention rates, but naturally they do depend on what jobs are available."
First year trainee, Surrey
"If there is a place in the department's budget for an NQ they will always try to take you on."
First year trainee, London
"We recently had a merger, and the result was more trainees than usual. Whilst I am sure they will try and retain me in my role, I am not so confident that it will necessarily be in my first choice of practice area."
First year trainee, Guildford


"The impression here is that if there is a position available then you will get it."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"The retention rate has dropped recently (due to our recent merger), however, I am sure this will balance out very soon now that the merger has settled."
Second year trainee, Basingstoke


"Trainee retention is generally good."
First year trainee, Guildford
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