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.”
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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