Mayer Brown reveals 73% autumn retention score

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By Thomas Connelly on

Global outfit keeps eight of its 11 NQs

Mayer Brown has posted a solid, but not spectacular, retention score of 73%

Of the 11 final seat trainees due to qualify this autumn, eight will be staying on as newly-qualified (NQ) associates. The international firm, which offers around 15 City training contacts annually, confirmed that it had received 10 applications, made nine offers, with eight accepting. Equating to a 2017 autumn retention score of 73%, Mayer Brown confirmed that none of the NQs are on fixed-term contracts.

Mayer Brown’s litigation team gains two NQs, while the firm’s employment, real estate, banking and finance, corporate, pensions, IP will receive one new associate each.

Legal Cheek’s Most List shows that Mayer Brown’s new recruits will start lawyer-life on a salary of £71,500. Commenting on today’s retention result, William Glassey, training principal at Mayer Brown, said:

I want to congratulate our September qualifiers; they have all done extremely well. We are also delighted that eight of our trainees will be staying on in permanent positions within our practices. They represent our investment in the future of the firm and we look forward to watching their continuing development as they build their careers.

The firm, which recently re-vamped its pioneering ‘articled route to qualification as a solicitor’ programme, posted a perfect 100% spring retention score back in February. However, it’s worth noting that this was from a much smaller qualifying cohort of just four.

Mayer Brown was one of the standout performers in Legal Cheek’s Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey. Bagging an A* for its training, the firm racked up As for, among other things, quality of work, peer support and work/life balance.

The firm has also just appointed its first London female senior partner, Sally Davies, who started life there as a trainee back in 1992.

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