Shearman & Sterling keeps 13 out of 15 trainees

Their pay will now more than DOUBLE from £50k to £105k

Kerching! It’s trainee retention rate season once again, as the nation’s leading law firms decide who they’ll keep (and pay massive real lawyer salaries) and who they’ll eject into perma-paralegal purgatory.

With newly qualified solicitor salary inflation at record levels, the retention decision has become an ever more make or break moment for the profession’s young.

Today it’s Shearman & Sterling’s turn to reveal its hand — and 13 out of the firm’s 15 qualifying trainees will be staying on. That equates to 87%; not bad by any means, but not as good as the 100% retention rate the firm managed in 2016 and 2015.

Although the retention rates announced so far have ranged from a respectable eight out of 11 at Mayer Brown to an excellent 28 out of 28 at Burges Salmon, there is chatter throughout the City that some firms may be set to let go of an unusually high number of trainees this autumn. Legal Cheek understands that magic circle firm Freshfields could be one to watch in this respect. But it surely won’t be alone.

There are all sorts of rumours flying around at other firms, with lots of different theories about why the numbers could be lower than usual.

Anyway, back to Shearman — which all things considered may be rather pleased with its high 80s score. The lucky retained 13 will see their pay double overnight from £50,000 to £105,000 as they are sprinkled across the firm’s M&A, finance, projects and competition practices. They should expect to continue to enjoy demanding hours (Shearman’s average arrival time is 9:28am and average leave time is 7:47pm) and A* quality of work. Three of them will jet off to Brussels, Abu Dhabi and Singapore to do international secondments.

Shearman’s London training principal, John Adams, said:

We are excited to be welcoming the next generation of Shearman & Sterling lawyers into the fold and wish them the best of success as they progress within the firm.

UPDATE 11/8/17 at 1:30pm:

Shearman & Sterling has now issued a revised autumn 2017 retention figure of 75%.

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25 Comments

Anonymous

‘…perma-paralegal purgatory…’

Wait… So is that what happens if you don’t get kept on after your TC?

Omg

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Anonymous

Of course. If you don’t get an NQ job you just paralegal for the rest of your life. Duh.

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Anonymous

“perma-paralegal purgatory”

Except for the fact they are qualified?

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12 Years a DWF Employee

The partners are seriously thinking about allowing us to work only six hours this Christmas.

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US Firm Junior Associate

I’m allowed 2 hours off for my Christmas dinner, so long as I check the Blackberry between bites and sending holding responses to urgent emails during the meal.

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12 Years a DWF Employee

I’m sure you earn more than an assistant manager at ALDI, though.

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Anonymous

“who they’ll keep and who they’ll eject into perma-paralegal purgatory.”

Congratulations Alex, you’ve just gone full retard.

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Anonymous

Does Alex actually know anything about working as a lawyer? Why the f*ck would you write such an inane thing in the first place?

C U Next Tuesday Alex.

(1)(0)
Trainee

Why? They said they planned to keep as many as possible post-merger.

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Anonymous

“Never believe the birds perched up on the top roost, for they sit there purely to shit down on you.”

Sun Tzu

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Anonymous

When there is a flat, non-hierarchical structure no one is on the top roost.

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Anonymous

A structure like the pyramid scheme battery farm known as CMS?

(3)(0)
Anonymous

Wait for the FBD retention rate this year. Consistent internal rumours herald a considerable drop.

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Anonymous

I wonder where the 55% will go…

You think you’ve won, once you bag the TC. But really it’s just the beginning

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Anonymous

£60k last time I checked mate. Definitely lowest of the US firms in the City.

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