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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