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Retention latest: HFW and Charles Russell Speechlys reveal September scores

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Results of 80% and 71%

HFW’s London office

London-headquarterd firms HFW and Charles Russell Speechlys have posted their autumn retention scores.

First up HFW, which revealed to Legal Cheek that eight of its ten trainees due to qualify this month have opted to stay put. This gives HFW, which was known as Holman Fenwick Willan prior to a rebrand earlier this summer, a strong 80% score. It confirmed to us that it had made eight offers.

Four of the firm’s London teams will gain one newly qualified lawyer (NQ) each: shipping, commodities, insurance, and energy. The four remaining rookies will join HFW’s Dubai, Hong Kong, Paris and Piraeus outposts. None are on fixed term contracts.

HFW’s newbies will start lawyer life on a recently improved salary of £62,000. HFW’s trainees earn £37,000 in year one, rising to £39,000 in year two.

Elsewhere in the City, Charles Russell Speechlys has confirmed 17 of its 24 autumn NQs have accepted associate positions at the firm. Having made 17 offers in total, this equates to a decent score of 71%. Among those heading for the exit is an NQ who is relocating abroad, and one who has set up their own business.

The new recruits will be split across nine of the firm’s practice areas, including corporate, commercial, banking, family, and construction. Charles Russell Speechlys’ London office will gain 13 NQs, while its Guildford hub will receive three. The remaining lawyer is Cheltenham bound.

Charles Russell Speechlys NQs in London will start on a salary of £64,000, while their Guildford and Cheltenham peers will earn £49,000 and £41,000 respectively.

Trainee autumn retention 2017

FirmScoreBreakdown
Burges Salmon100%28/28
Watson Farley & Williams100%15/15
Fieldfisher100%13/13
Blake Morgan100%9/9
Forsters100%8/8
Sullivan & Cromwell100%4/4
Latham & Watkins95%21/22
Ashurst95%19/20
Macfarlanes92%23/25 (two on FTC*)
Slaughter and May91%29/32
Travers Smith90%18/20
Ince & Co90%9/10
Stephenson Harwood90%9/10
Blake Morgan89%8/9
Reed Smith86%12/14
Allen & Overy85%40/47
Linklaters84%47/56
Gowling WLG84%21/25
Bird & Bird83%15/18
White & Case83%15/18
Covington & Burling83%5/6
Osborne Clarke82%14/17
RPC82%14/17
Clifford Chance81%42/52
Addleshaw Goddard81%38/47
Bond Dickinson81%22/27
Eversheds Sutherland80%44/55
Herbert Smith Freehills80%28/35
Hogan Lovells80%24/30
HFW80%8/10
Clyde & Co79%34/43 (one on FTC)
Mills & Reeve79%15/19 (one on FTC)
DLA Piper78%75/96
Simmons & Simmons78%21/27
Shearman & Sterling75%12/16
Pinsent Masons74%67/91
Mayer Brown73%8/11
Withers73%8/11
Charles Russell Speechlys71%17/24
Trowers & Hamlins70%7/10
Berwin Leighton Paisner67%16/24
Browne Jacobson67%6/9
Freshfields66%27/41
Dentons64%18/28
Mishcon de Reya64%9/14
Taylor Wessing62%16/26
Kirkland & Ellis56%5/9
Weil Gotshal50%5/10
Stewarts Law25%1/4

*Fixed term contract

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