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Linklaters keeps 41 out of 51 qualifying trainee solicitors

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City’s top TC provider posts spring score of 80%

The London office of magic circle player Linklaters has confirmed a spring 2019 retention result of 80%. From a March qualifying cohort of 51, the 30-office-firm confirmed that 41 had put pen to paper on permanent deals.

Those opting to stick around will start on a recently improved newly qualified (NQ) base rate salary of £83,000, while trainee pay currently sits at £47,000 in year one, rising to £52,500 in year two. The firm, which offers roughly 100 training contracts each year, more than any other City outfit, says remuneration for NQs can reach as much as £90,000 with performance-related bonuses.

Commenting on today’s result, Linklaters’ trainee solicitor partner, Richard Hodgson, said:

“We are pleased to once again retain a high number of quality lawyers from our March qualifiers. I look forward to seeing their careers progress as they embark on their roles as associates in a best in class and globally minded firm.”

Historically, Linklaters is a solid retention performer, especially given the size of its annual rookie intake. In recent rounds the Silk Street outfit has posted scores of 73% (43 out of 59), 84% (43 out of 51), 84% (47 out of 56) and 86% (44 out of 51).

But how does today’s 80% result stack up against its magic circle rivals’? Clifford Chance revealed an impressive spring score of 90% (46 out of 51) earlier this month, while Allen & Overy and Slaughter and May confirmed results of 83% (39 out of 47) and 97% (34 out of 35), respectively. Freshfields is the only remaining member of the elite fivesome yet to reveal its spring 2019 score.

Turning to life at Linklaters, it scored A*s for training, peer support, perks and canteen, in our Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey, as well as As for quality of work, tech, office and social life. Its impressive performance sees it shortlisted in no less than six categories at the Legal Cheek Awards, held later this month at London’s iconic Cheesegrater building.

The 2019 Legal Cheek Firms Most List

54 Comments

Linklaters NQ

Genuine question here.

I am looking to treat myself to a new suit. I was thinking of spending £800-£1000 but looking at the market I’m facing £1,200+ for something decent, or there are loads of options for £500 or less off the shelf. Does anybody know or recommend any middle ground options?

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Linklaters NQ

I’ll bear this in mind when I host my own quiz show night

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Anonymirk

Hawes & Curtis have some pretty decent suits for GBP 200-290. If you get the timing right you might be able to take advantage of discounts too!

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Linklaters NQ

I do have a CT suit, but I am looking for something better than CH/CT/TM this time (albeit I think the selection, fit options and quality have got better the past 3/4 years)

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Pascal

Mate, nobody in a Hawes suit gets their baps buttered LOL

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Anonymous

Honestly? Go to a Lanieri atelier next time you’re in Milan or Paris. Then, you can order the suits from London.

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Linklaters NQ

Worth a trip for the purpose of buying a suit? I have a quiet April coming up

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Anonymous

YES

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Anonymous

Suitsupply is great

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Linklaters NQ

Thanks – I had one of their suits before, but I’ll admit I have turned into a bit of a fatty and they don’t let you mix/match trouser and jacket sizes. If only trousers could be let out 4 inches.

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Anonymous

Edit Suits is a tailor based in London – depending on the fabric you choose, you can get a suit made for £600 upwards. Speaking from experience, they’re very good quality for the price.

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Linklaters NQ

Thanks – sounds the right price point. I’ll look them up.

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Paul

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Linklaters NQ

Thanks, a few good suggestions on there and some comments on recommendations made in this thread.

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Anonymous

cad and the dandy, dress2kill

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Anonymyrr

I pass by the shop sometimes while heading to work.

How is it price/quality wise?

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Anonymous

Good quality. £500-750. Depends on half or full canvas too.

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Linklaters NQ

Thank you – those prices are Dress2Kill I guess? Cad prices on their website seem to begin at £1k

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Anonymous

Suitsupply is great. Not sure C&D is the best for the price they charge, had some questionable service (and quality didn’t seem the best)

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Linklaters NQ

I read about similar issues on the link that Paul posted, thank you. It is a shame Suitsupply don’t do mix/match jacket/trousers sizes. One size does not fit all! Also, I assume that means you cannot buy an extra pair of trousers?

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Anon

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Linklaters NQ

Thanks – do you know roughly how much for a two piece suit?

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A Dapper Chap

Ede & Ravenscroft, I purchased my latest suit from them. It’s superb.

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Linklaters NQ

Surely that would be far above my price range?

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Anonymous

Hackett?

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Linklaters NQ

Made to measure starts at £1,900 so way over my budget unfortunately

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LL Associate

Given your starting salary, (lack of) bonus and the likely number of times you’ll ever need to wear it in your first couple of years (we have a casual dress code, remember?), I honestly would not bother.

Might as well put the same amount of money on red…

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Anonymous

Edit Suits are quite good: https://www.editsuits.com. I used them last year.

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Anonymous

HARDY AIMES!

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Anonymous

Apparently Greenberg Glusk’s spring retention rate is 108% this year.

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Anonymous

Is Greenberg Glusk a top firm? I keep hearing it mentioned on here but can’t find out how to apply. What do they pay on NQ?

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Nobody gives a donkey where you buy your suit from

Can we rename this post to – “Let’s help Linklaters NQ buy a wardrobe?”

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Anonymous

I actually found it all quite helpful (2PQE)

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Linklaters NQ

Clearly they do… I think at least half of the comments have been on the topic

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Anonymous

Apart from the mandatory greenberg glusker joke and some muppet wanting fashion tips, this thread is barren.

Shows how irrelevant Links has become in many people’s eyes, nobody can even be bothered to comment on retention or the firm in general. Perhaps this why they’ve resorted to hiring social media influencers. Got to be noticed somehow. ‘Best in class’ lol. Cheap and tacky!

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Future Trainee

Agreed. Bit embarrassing for links as I’m pretty sure they pay LC good money to publish frequent articles about them. But none of the readers care, apparently.

Say what you want about Slaughters, but at least the article on our retention rate got lots of angry comments about US salaries. This hasn’t even got that.

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Anonymous

Lol you’re not even a trainee yet and you think anyone cares about your view on which firms people care about.

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Anonymous

^Logically fallacious. In what way does my commenting suggest I think people care what I think? It doesn’t suggest this any more so than any comment made by anybody. I could just as well say to you:

“lol you’re not even non-anonymous and you think anyone cares about your view on my view on which firms people care about?”

I simply made an objective, evidence-based assessment of how much people care about Links (not very much at all, and evidently less than Slaughters).

You aren’t very bright, which is no surprise bearing in mind you probably work for Linklaters. You’ve no doubt got lots of Insta followers though, which is apparently suffice to get a job there nowadays.

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Anonymous

Well if you were worried about people believing you had a Slaughters training contract, this display of long winded pomposity which completely misses the point proves it beyond any doubt.

Point is you don’t even have a job yet mate. But you’re talking about ‘our retention rate’ as if you have anything to do with it. It’s a bit sad to be honest. Nothing 2 years of shining shoes for old wannabe aristocrats won’t cure though.

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Anonymous

The only one who has missed the point is you. I never claimed I had anything to do with the retention rate, ‘our’ was simply shorter than writing out ‘slaughter and may’. The point was, people cared enough to comment on the article.

Dunno why you’re jumping down my throat because I haven’t started work. OK, pretend I’m an associate if you prefer. Bears no relevance to the objective observation I made.

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Linklaters NQ

I think this is a bit unfair, perhaps excluding me being a bit of a muppet using this platform to ask for fashion tips.

I have obviously only been with the firm for two years, but I have had good experiences so far. The work is decsnt quality and you are surrounded by intelligent people. Perhaps we are not headline grabbing, but it is still a good place to work. You can’t blame the firm for putting a bit of cash into attracting applicants – I understand it is relatively low cost.

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Wes Gibbons

HOW MANY JUMPED SHIP TO U.$ firms (and which firms did they jump to)????????

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Anonymous

Half a dozen went to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and another half to K&E

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Anonymous

About treefiddy

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jennifer

Can someone recommend a retailer who specialises in women’s suits!! Its international women’s day, show us some love!! We too need to dress smart

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Anonymous

LK Bennett – I hear there are some special offers on at the moment

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Latham4Life

That’s nice but my life as a senior associate at Latham is so much better

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Anonymous

Latham doesn’t have seniors, in case it was actually necessary to refute this idiocy.

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Anonymous

Can’t believe it took so long for somebody to mention latham. Obsessed

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Anonymous

tbh Latham does tick all the boxes…

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Trainee

Is Latham a top firm? I am currently a trainee solicitor at QualitySolicitors Howlett Clarke but may move on qualification. I have completed a company and corporate seat.

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Linklaters NQ

Could you un-hide/delete all of the fashion advice posts? I bookmarked this and need to refer back to the helpful advice that was provided.

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Linklaters NQ

Thank you

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