Gowling WLG posts 84% autumn retention result

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As national outfit Browne Jacobson scores 67%

International law firm Gowling WLG has posted a solid 84% autumn retention result.

From a qualifying cohort of 25, the outfit confirmed that 21 soon-to-be associates had put pen to paper on permanent deals. Gowling’s London HQ will gain 12 newly-qualified (NQ) lawyers, while its Birmingham branch will receive nine. None are on fixed term contracts.

As can be seen from our Most List, Gowling’s London NQs will earn a salary of £65,000. Trainee pay packets sit at £40,000, rising to £43,000 in year two. Birmingham trainee salaries currently sit at £27,500 and £30,500 respectively. Birmingham rookies will qualify on £41,500.

Today’s result is slightly higher than the firm’s 2016 autumn score. On that occasion, Gowling — which offers around 30 training contracts each year — kept hold of 18 of its 23 qualifying trainees (78%). However, it is worth noting on that occasion one newbie was on a fixed term deal.

Turning to Gowling’s performance in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey, the firm scored As in five categories: training, quality of work, peer support, partner approachability and office. It also bagged an A* for that all-important canteen.

Elsewhere, national law firm Browne Jacobson has secured the services of six of its nine autumn qualifiers (67%).

The outfit, which dishes out around 20 training contacts annually, confirmed that its new recruits will be spread across its Nottingham, Birmingham, Manchester and London offices. According to its website, NQs will be paid the “market rate”.

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I’ve never heard of Gowling WLG but the 84% is impressive indeed.



Previously Wragges



They definitely pay more than £59,000 in London and were doing so 3 years ago.



When will those delicious CMS retention rates arrive?



Shitttt firm



Are there policies and procedures on who can be retained and who must be excreted.



Gowling used to be Wragge right..?

£59k is not enough for this firm – should be upped to low-mid sixties.



The figures are not up to date, I don’t know why LC keeps papering them everywhere


LC Data Fan

Not sure what you mean, I have read the Most List and can confirm that an articled clerk at Wragge and Co can trouser 5 guineas per annum, with an annual Michaelmas bonus of 3 florins.



That’s nothing new, LC’s list is long outta date. Don’t take it at face value.


Gowling NQ

That’s the correct figure.


Gowling Trainee

The trainee figures are a few grand out, but I’ll take your word on the NQ


Damn right you will. Get me a sandwich.

Gowling Trainee

The last person who spoke to me like that got a knuckle sandwich.


Big words for such a little man.


Lol what are you still doing there you pitiful gimp?

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