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Slaughter and May keeps 34 out of 35 spring qualifying trainees

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Impressive 97%

Slaughter and May’s London office

Slaughter and May has confirmed a spring retention score of 97%. Of the 35 trainees due to qualify in March, 34 have committed their futures to the magic circle player and will be taking up newly qualified (NQ) associate positions.

Commenting on today’s impressive result, a spokesperson for the Bunhill Row outfit said: “Our overall retention rate remains in line with previous years and we would like to congratulate all of our newly qualified associates.”

Slaughters is one of the City’s more consistent retention performers. Last year, the firm, which offers around 85 trainees annually, posted spring and autumn results of 95% (35 out of 37) and 86% (32 out of 37), respectively.

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News of Slaughters’ latest retention scores comes just a month after it upped the salaries of its junior lawyers. NQs at the four-office outfit now earn a base salary of £83,000, which at the time equated to a modest rise of £3,000 or 4%. Legal Cheek‘s 2019 Firms Most List shows the firm’s trainees currently earn £45,000 in year one, rising to £51,000 in year two.

Turning to the firm’s performance in our Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey, it scored As for training, quality of work, perks and office. However, Slaughters could only muster Bs for peer support, tech, canteen and social life.

Slaughters isn’t the only firm to release its 2019 spring score, with Mayer Brown posting a perfect 100% result (albeit from a qualifying cohort of just four) before Christmas.

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56 Comments

Anonymous

Oh to be that one trainee…

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Anonymous

Wrong to assume he/she was given the boot. More often than not, trainees just choose to move on.

Binning NQs is a massive waste of a firm’s time and investment. Firms want to retain people wherever possible.

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Anonymous

Or he/she was shy*e.

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Anonymous

Plenty of shyte Tarquins and Henriettas at Slaughters. Met some absolute retards during my time there

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Anon

All trainees are sh*t. You don’t really have a clue what you are doing until at least 2 years post qualified.

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Anonymous

Keir is that you?

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Anonymous

Sorry but if it took you 4 years of working before you felt you’d moved beyond clueless: you’re crap.

The best NQs and 1PQEs are highly competent and would even make you think they are 3/4 PQE. I know because I’ve worked with them.

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Anonymous

all by myself, DON’T WANNA BE ALL BY MYSELF

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Anonymous

That trainee went to qualify at latham so the jokes on the rest

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Anonymous

Any word on Freshfields? 66% again?

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Anonymous

LOL.

The fact that you apparently believe most people here wish they were at a two-bit west coast firm shows that you weren’t right for us at all.

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Anonymous

‘Two-bit west coast firm’ lmao. A ridiculous pay increase, quicker and far more lucrative partnership track, more global opportunities and all for a firm with greater worldwide recognition and prestige. Yeah I’m sure that NQ is gutted

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Anonymous

He will be shooting blood out of his cock within a week of joining the Latham boiler room though

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Anonymous

Sure but not exactly like his cock was gonna be blood free whilst at Slaughters. Worst comes to worst you collect the ridiculous salary and bonus for 3 odd years and move on again.

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Anonymous

Yeah exactly – why does the person above seem to think that life would have been so much easier at Slaughter’s ? Like everyone goes around skipping and whistling tunes there. You crack me up..

House-shared with someone from Slaughter’s aeons ago. Total bulb if ever there was one – the sort that thinks drinking G&T and swearing like a docker makes him seem manly and hard. Prick.

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Anonymous

Hours at Latham will be very similar to those at Slaughters/the Magic circle.

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Anonymous

Which is better to train at?

Anonymous

Do you have offers from both? If not, don’t worry

Anonymous

Yep!

Anonymous

Obviously the NQ isn’t gutted lol. I think the suggestion was just that their ex-colleagues are unlikely to care they’ve gone.

More cash, agreed. More prestigious, very debatable. You don’t have to have dozens of offices across the world to be recognised as elite. Wachtell, for instance, is indisputably more prestigious than Latham.

Quicker partnership track – if that’s the reason anybody moves from any UK shop to Latham, they will be extremely disappointed.

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Anonymous

Latham is a Vault 5 firm. Hardly lacking in prestige.

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C.R.E.A.M.

You cant buy champagne showers with prestige and this whole notion of MC prestige means nothing to anyone outside the law. However, money is the universal language. Money talks.

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Anonymous

But that presumes that prestige and money equate to the same thing. They don’t. If you want to make real money, join an offshore law firm, but you would rightly be considered a professional failure.

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Anonymous

No, you wouldn’t. You would just be seen as off the radar. There are some very reputable offshore firms in litigation/tax. Exiting the City to make bank in Bermuda is 1000x better than going in-house at some random company (which is what most people do).

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Anonymous

Offshore lawyers are, by definition, failures.

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MCNQ

I’m sure that while the offshore lawyers are earning excellent salaries, working civilised hours, paying little tax, and living in a beautiful place, they spend their days wishing they could be commuting on the Tube in a stranger’s armpit to spend 16 hours a day at a depressing desk in the City, pursuing a partnership they probably won’t even get.

Yeah, that’s how it goes, right?

Anonymous

Something has to compensate them for never being taken seriously by anyone who matters.

Anonymous

“Two-bit west coast firm”: LOL. Double salary, same hours, worldwide prestige (not just amongst Oxbridge alumni like Slaughters). The one person that moved has basically won the lottery.

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Anonymous

The US fanboys need to calm down. It’s not even remotely akin to a lottery win.

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Lathams survivors ltd.

It is akin to the lottery, if you think pissing and shitting blood, taking cat naps in the toilet cubicles, constantly wiping sweat out of your eyes and not seeing your girlfriend/mates for weeks on end that is

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Anonymous

Only one escaped then. Hell recreated on earth working for those big London firms.

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Anonymous

Slaughters less so, Freshies definitely. The arbitration team is so notoriously sweaty you can see liquid dripping from the ceilings and misting up the windows.

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Anonymous

And how many have been kept on FTC?

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Anonymous

With Brexit round the corner, I would recommend staying in the job! Cause life is unpredictable shame they’ll be on less than American firms. But hey they’ll work the same hours for half the pay 💰

Yippee!

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Anonymous

Slaughters doesn’t work people into the ground. What makes slaughters unbearable is the culture and unpleasantness, not the hours.

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S&M HR

Care to elaborate?

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Anonymous

No

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SM_NQ

More like 11.45 am if you want to catch him.

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Anonymous

*SandM

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Anonymous

Suck my gonads.

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Anonymous

Are we supposed to find that piece of driftwood impressive?

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Anonymous

Understand the motive to stay on at your training firm for a couple of years before making your money move, but tbh I’d rather be that one escapee.

Slaughters as a remuneration OR prestige proposition is going downhill massively quickly.

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Anonymous

All you university freshers are going to get a massive shock when you touch down in the real world. Talking smack about a firm you’d give your left bollock to join a couple of years from now.

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Anonymous

I’m no student, I’m a 3 PQ associate and I wouldn’t join slaughters even if pay were better than my firm (WHICH IT AINT).

They’re not rated in my area. Maybe for M&A they’re attractive – idk.

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Anonymous

LMAOOO ok fresher, just make sure you read all notes in time for tomorrow’s Admin Law tutorial ye?

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Anonymous

Once again, the oneupmanship and shagging off begins.

Poster 1: [Insert firm name and generic story].

Poster 2: That firm is shit.

Poster 3: My firm is better and I get paid more.

Poster 4: [off topic bullshit about Jeremy Corbyn].

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Anonymous

Thanks Jon

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Kirkland 1PQE

that one lad must have realised that

YOU CAN’T BUY BOTTLES WITH PRESTIGE
YOU CAAAN’T BUY BOTTLES WITH PRESTIGE
YOU CAN’T BUY BOTTLES-
YOU CAN’T BUY BOTTLES-
YOU CAN’T BUY BOTTLES WITH PRESTIGE ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬

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Anonymous

Lmao how’s sleeping in the office cupboard?

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pedant.

“offers around 85 trainees annually”

ffs legal cheek

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JDP

That’s standard at our firm.

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Angry Trainee

I can’t wait to qualify so that I can f*** off and do something else

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Anonymous

But you’re not qualified to do anything else.

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Anonymous

Lol how many jobs require specialised exams? Very few. And if you want to do one of those jobs, what’s stopping you re-training?

Trainees are recent graduates, they have barely started a career. Nothing stops you leaving except your mindset.

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Angry trainee

But once you qualify you have a much more enhanced CV. Your brain, use it.

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Anonymous

34 of them had YouTube channels, oh that unlucky one bastit

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