Mayer Brown keeps all its trainees while Trowers holds on to 11 out of 12

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By Alex Aldridge on

Retention off to a good start in 2017


Two City of London law firms have kicked off the new year with near perfect trainee retention rates.

The London office of global giant Mayer Brown keeps four out of four new qualifiers while UK and Middle East firm Trowers & Hamlins has held on to 93% of its trainees.

From the spring, two of the Mayer Brown quartet will take roles in banking & finance, with the remainder joining the firm’s litigation and insurance teams.

Trowers’ 11 newly-qualified solicitors will take up positions in practice areas including real estate, banking, corporate, projects and employment. Seven will be based in the firm’s London office, one in Manchester, one in Exeter and two in Bahrain.

Both firms recorded impressive scores in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey, with Mayer Brown bagging an A* for training and Trowers achieving the same grade for its quality of work, among other categories.

The training principals at both firms wished the rookies well. Mayer Brown’s Will Glassey noted that the 100% retention rate “builds on our solid retention results from 2016 and reflects our commitment to provide excellent training and long-term career opportunities at the firm”. Meanwhile his counterpart at Trowers, Tonia Secker, praised the hard work of “our outstanding trainees on becoming qualified solicitors”.

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