White & Case unveils 88% spring retention score

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By Thomas Connelly on

US titan’s London office confirms it has taken on a second KWM trainee


New York-based megafirm White & Case has unveiled a London spring retention figure of 88%.

The firm — which offers around 50 training contracts annually — has revealed that of its 17 spring qualifiers, 15 have committed their future to the firm.

Equating to a spring retention result of 88%, today’s news marks a notable improvement on the outfit’s disappointing 75% autumn score, when it retained just 15 of its 20 newly qualifying (NQ) lawyers.

The US titan’s London office performed well in Legal Cheek’s Trainee & Junior Lawyer Survey. Scoring As for training, quality of work and perks, it is perhaps unsurprising so many of its young lawyers decided to stick around. It probably also has something to do with the fact these new associates will start on a very respectable £90,000 a year.

Commenting on today’s solid result, White & Case training partner Justin Benson said:

The demand for English law qualified lawyers continues to grow in London and across our offices globally, and consistently high retention rates in London reflect the quality of our trainee programme and our success in recruiting, retaining and nurturing the very best young lawyers.

The firm has also confirmed that it has taken on a second trainee from the now defunct UK, Europe & the Middle East (EUME) arm of King & Wood Mallesons Global (KWM).

Having officially entered into administration on 17 January, Legal Cheek reported yesterday that all of the firm’s stranded trainees have now landed training positions at other firms.

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