White & Case keeps 13 out of 16 spring NQs

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Demand for English-qualified lawyers continues to grow, says US titan

The London office of White & Case has announced a solid spring 2018 retention score of 81%.

From a March-qualifying cohort of 16, the New York-headquartered behemoth confirmed 13 rookies were offered and had accepted permanent positions at the firm. White & Case’s newest recruits will be spread across several of the firm’s practice areas including: banking, capital markets, commercial litigation, international arbitration, and mergers & acquisitions. Two soon-to-be associates will join the firm’s Dubai office.

Justin Benson, head of White & Case’s trainee solicitor programme in London, said:

“Our demand for English law qualified lawyers continues to grow in London and across our offices globally and is an ongoing business need.”

White & Case, a 43-office outfit, is traditionally a strong retention performer. Last year it posted results of 83% (15 out of 18) and 88% (15 out of 17).

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Legal Cheek’s Firms Most List shows newly qualified (NQ) lawyers at White & Case receive magic circle-busting salaries of £105,000. Trainee remuneration currently stands at £46,000, rising to £50,000 in year two.

Cold hard cash aside, the firm — which offers around 50 London-based training contracts annually — performed well in our Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey. It bagged an A* for perks, as well as As for training, quality of work, office and social life.

Returning to retention rates and yesterday Macfarlanes revealed a perfect spring retention score of 100%. The firm — which is part of a band of top firms known as the ‘silver circle’ — confirmed that all six of its rookies had put pen to paper on permanent deals.

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Not bad wedge despite having signed a faustian pact.



Why do people choose to live like this? I’d rather my children were bus drivers than solicitors at a US law firm.


Corbyn. Symphathiser

And what’s wrong with being a bus driver, you bourgeois pig?


Future trainee

Of course a lot of these US firms will have high retention rates. After beasting it for 2 years on the same pay as the rest of the city you can finally cash out on your 6 figures and get the pay that you deserve correlative to your hours.

The more interesting stat would be US NQ’s who move after 2PQE, finally realising that money isn’t the be-all-end-all of the profession.



Hear hear.

1PQE+ appears to be a crunch-point for lateral movements in and out of these shops.



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US law firms are ruthless , as others have said you don’t get such a high salary for nothing . If you don’t come up to scratch they will be the first to say “ clear your desk “ .



Heard a great story about a partner in the London office after the billable hours spreadsheet for all fee earners got leaked (a few candidates for leaking it, I’m sure) to the rest of the firm.

He had time dumped to such an extent that they worked out he would have had to have done over 12 hours billable every single day, including the days he had taken as holiday, to reach those figures. Still, if your clients are paying their bills, who cares – right?



Great story, any plans to release the film rights?



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Jones Day Partner

My pecker is so THICC.



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