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Trowers & Hamlins manages just 57% autumn trainee retention as six rookies exit firm

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Disappointing

Corporate law firm Trowers & Hamlins has released one of the lowest trainee retention rates of the year.

Just 57% of Trowers’ qualifying trainees will remain with the firm, it has emerged. This means that out of an autumn qualifying round of 14 only eight will move into newly qualified (NQ) solicitor jobs with the mid-sized outfit. Six head off into the sunset — after the firm footed the bill for their education and training.

The disappointing result contrasts with a spring trainee retention result of 86%.

Trowers, which has UK offices in Manchester, Birmingham and Exeter as well as London, has declined to comment on the news.

The eight trainees who have managed to stay with the firm will move onto NQ salaries of between £40,000 and £66,000, depending on where they are based.

Alongside its UK presence, Trowers is big in the Middle East, where it has five offices. In 2016/17 firm revenue was up 12% to £97 million while profit per equity partner rose marginally to £312,000. Trowers hasn’t yet released more up to date financials but is expected to publish them towards the end of the year.

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35 Comments

Anonymous

Any idea where did those six NQs go?

Anonymous

Dow

Anonymous

Down?

Anonymous

Who’s Dow?

Anonymous

Perfect city lad

Anonymous

ROFL, nope

Anonymous

Anything but

Trowers Associate

They went to Kirkland, HSF, Linklaters, CC, and Latham

Dow

Lmao y u lie?

Anonymous

only if they had a ‘chinese’ version of these outfits! (if you know what i mean).

Anonymous

No I don’t

Anonymous

that’s because you are a slob.

Anonymous

That’s only five though, where did the sixth one go to? REALLY worried about my qualification prospects.

Anonymous

You know that more than 1 person can go to 1 firm, right?

Anonymous

That isn’t true

Anonymous

High street firms where they belonged. There is a reason why only a select few were kept on.

Anon

Or to better firms because Trowers is doing so badly in places it has no prospects for good trainees…..

Anonymous

Surprised to see this. Trowers is a good place with trainees who usually get on and watch each others’ backs.

Trower’s Geezer

Literally everything you said is crap.

Anonymous

Why?

Anonymous

I had my worst ever interview here, back when I was utterly appalling at interviews.

They asked if I would do a seat in Manchester. I practically laughed at them. Rejection came a couple of days later.

Anonymous

I had an interview with them too. They asked me what I thought my worst quality was. I answered ‘Honesty’. They told me that they regarded honesty as a virtue, not a vice. I told them I couldn’t give a toss what they thought.

anon

Comments criticizing Alex, his awful event or his fragile ego will be deleted without a trace. This has been a public safety announcement.

Anonymous

I had sex with a Trowers associate once. It was superb.

Bones Bay Partner

Top bantz, tell us more.

Anonymous

Only once? You must’ve been crap.

Anonymous

No, your mum had a broken leg 10 minutes in!

Anonymous

Zero bantz.

Anonymous

As someone who did a VC there, it’s not surprising at all considering their graduate recruitment head is such an arrogant two-hat and is known throughout the firm for being one. At least their actual lawyers are decent at best

Harry Thotter

Any difference between London / Regionals fleeing, or was this firmwide?

Anonymous

I can’t believe that Trowers’ lawyers have to walk past Slaughters on their way to Moorgate station. Poor sods must want to end it.

Anonymous

It’s brutal isnt it

Anonymous

Worry not if you’re currently at Trowers; even the Titanic had lifeboats.

I heard HSF London recently poached one of Trowers’ UAE secondees; there’s still hope!

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