Eversheds Sutherland keeps all 12 spring NQs

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By Thomas Connelly on

As international outfit unveils post-merger partner promotions

Eversheds Sutherland has today confirmed that all of its 12 trainee solicitors have opted to stick around post-qualification.

Boasting a perfect spring retention score of 100%, the firm revealed that four newly-qualified associates (NQs) will be based in London, while its Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham outposts will each receive two. Eversheds Sutherland has confirmed five newbies will join its company commercial team, three are litigation bound, two are heading to real estate and two to human resources.

As can be seen in Legal Cheek’s Most List, associates based in London will start on £64,000, while those outside the City will pocket £41,500.

This is not the firm’s first perfect retention rate; it posted a 100% retention score this time last year (eight out of eight). The outfit — which offers around 50 training contracts each year — performed well in Legal Cheek’s 2016 Trainee & Junior Lawyer Survey. It racked up As for training, quality of work, peer support, partner approachability and (perhaps most importantly) its canteen.

Today’s retention news comes on the same day Eversheds Sutherland revealed its latest round of partner promotions. Twenty lawyers in total have been given the nod this year, six of whom are women (30%). Commenting on this year’s promotions, Eversheds Sutherland’s managing partner Lee Ranson said:

We continue to increase our overall proportion of female partners and that remains an ongoing aspiration. In the past week, we were recognised by The Times as a Top 50 Employer for Women for the sixth consecutive year.

Earlier this year UK-based international outfit Eversheds officially merged with US law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Punting for the somewhat unimaginative name Eversheds Sutherland, the brand new transatlantic firm boasts revenues in excess of £600 million and has over 2,300 lawyers in 29 countries.

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