Burges Salmon posts perfect 100% retention score

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By Thomas Connelly on

All 28 newbies have committed their future to the Bristol-based outfit

Some of Burges Salmon’s new lawyers

Burges Salmon has unveiled a perfect 100% retention score.

The Bristol-headquartered outfit today confirmed that all 28 trainees due to qualify this September had, despite still being over four months away from qualifying, put pen to paper on solicitor contracts.

The newly-qualified (NQ) associates will be spread across a range of key practice areas including real estate, disputes and litigation, employment, construction and engineering, commercial, corporate, and pensions.

As can be seen in Legal Cheek’s Most List, the firm’s NQs will have billing targets of 1,450 hours each year to aim for and will pocket a £47,000 salary for their efforts.

Today’s result gives the outfit an impressive retention average of 92% over the last three years — a solid 91% in 2014 (20/22), 100% in 2015 (24/24) and 85% in 2016 (23/27). Unlike other large firms, Burges Salmon, which offers up to 30 training contacts annually, has just one trainee intake each year.

Commenting on this year’s result, chief people officer at Burges Salmon Robert Halton said:

It’s wonderful news that all of our trainees will be staying with us when they qualify in September. This reflects their hard work and commitment during their training and the support of so many other members of the firm. Our trainees and apprentices are important contributors to the continued success of Burges Salmon

Burges Salmon was one of the standout performers in Legal Cheek’s 2016 Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey. Bagging a plethora of A*s, the firm won the ‘Trainee and Junior Lawyer Firm of the Year 2017’ gong at our glitzy awards ceremony last month.

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