UK trainee retention figures a mixed bag

July 11, 2011 Trainee retention figures are finding their way out into the light of day, and some of the results are less than pretty.

Slaughter and May has offered a job to all of its 59 trainees – a retention rate of 100 per cent. US firms Sidley Austin and Kirkland & Ellis also retained 100 per cent of trainees, though these firms took on considerably fewer green lawyers – 7 and 6 trainees respectively.

At Pinsent Masons the numbers are not so healthy, with 45 trainees competing for 32 newly qualified positions – an offer rate of just 71 per cent. Allen & Overy isn’t doing much better, offering positions to 72 per cent of trainees – or 38 out of 53. Worse still are the figures at SNR Denton, where 56 per cent of trainees – or 13 out of 23 – have been offered a job.

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