Massive global law firm will wave good-bye to six of its 18 qualifying former trainees as it continues poor retention rate run
Sino-Australian-English law firm giant King & Wood Mallesons — which offers 30 training contracts a year — will keep just 12 out of 18, or 66% of its qualifying lawyers this spring. Fifteen applied for newly-qualified (NQ) roles at the firm with 12 getting the nod.
The 12 will join several of the firm’s key practice areas, including corporate, finance, financial markets, employment, investment funds, intellectual property, real estate and litigation.
The international powerhouse — formed through the merger of Chinese market leader King & Wood, Australian giant Mallesons and the City of London’s SJ Berwin — has failed to break the 80% NQ retention mark since 2012, when it posted an uncharacteristic 100% rate.
Since then the firm has languished around the 70% mark posting 73% last autumn and 70% last spring.
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