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Ince & Co keeps nine out of ten NQs

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As London litigation specialist Stewarts Law retains just one

City middleweight Ince & Co has revealed a solid 2017 autumn retention rate of 90%.

Out of the ten final seat trainees qualifying this September, nine have committed their future to the shipping specialist and will be taking up newly qualified (NQ) associate roles. The outfit’s London rookies will earn an annual salary of £63,250, an uplift of £21,450 on the firm’s year two trainee pay (£41,800).

The firm’s new associates will be qualifying into departments including shipping, energy, insurance, aviation and corporate. It’s worth noting that two of Ince & Co’s NQs have qualified overseas (Monaco and Dubai).

Andrew Jameson, director of human resources, said:

The success of our graduate trainee programme is testament to the open and inclusive culture at the firm. Trainees are encouraged to make a real contribution and get involved in all aspects of our practice areas with the support of our experienced partners and solicitors. Our flexible seat rotation enables trainees to gain the maximum experience and they are encouraged from day one to seek out opportunities, build strong relationships and take control of their own career.

Legal Cheek’s Most List shows that the firm has 12 offices in eight countries and offers around ten training contracts annually. This time last year, it posted an 89% retention result.

Elsewhere, London litigation specialist Stewarts Law has confirmed a retention score of just 25% (one out of four). This is the lowest result announced by any firm so far this year.

Legal Cheek understands that the soon-to-be associate will be based at the firm’s Leeds outpost. According to Stewarts Law’s website, it offers around four training contracts each year and currently recruits exclusively from its “pool of paralegals.”

Earlier this week City outfit Macfarlanes revealed an impressive 92% autumn score (23 out of 25). The remaining two are on fixed term deals.

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