Sidley Austin retains 100% of trainees

August 3, 2013 Roll On Friday has collected trainee retention figures for UK law firms, reporting that Sidley Austin has retained 100% of its trainees, offering positions to nine out of nine newly qualified lawyers.

Of the magic circle firms, Slaughter and May has the strongest retention figures, keeping 46 of its 51 trainees, or 90%. Linklaters is keeping 87% of trainees, while Freshfields keeps 83% and Clifford Chance holds on to 80%. Allen & Overy has not yet released its figures.

White & Case is at the bottom of the list of firms that have already reported, keeping 79% of newly qualified lawyers, but those figures are still far better than the retention rates posted by some major firms last year, like Simmons & Simmons who kept just 25%.

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