Norton Rose Fulbright posts 95% spring retention score

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Global firm keeps 19 out of 20 qualifying trainees

📸 Norton Rose Fulbright’s London office

The London office of Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has retained 19 of its 20 trainees due to qualify this month or 95%. The global player, which takes on around 45 rookie solicitors each year, made 19 offers, all of which were accepted.

The Legal Cheek Firms Most List shows that NRF’s spring qualifying cohort will start on a salary of £77,000, putting them on a cash par with their counterparts at Baker McKenzie and DLA Piper. Trainees currently earn £45,000 in year one and £49,000 in year two.

The 59-office-firm, which recently launched a new innovation-focused two-year graduate scheme, scored well in our latest Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey, securing A*s for its training and plush Thames-side office space. It also notched up A ratings for quality of work, peer support, partner approachability and social life.

Digging through our retention records, NRF posted an equally impressive 90% result last autumn, with 28 out of 31 rookies staying put. Prior to this, it secured scores of 75% (18 out of 24 (two on fixed-term deals)), 62% (16 out of 26) and 83% (20 out of 24).

The 2019 Legal Cheek Firms Most List



How can a firm of this size really justify not making an offer to one trainee out of twenty – seems absurd and unfair.



Trolling. Don’t bite.



You sound like my trainee.



Rumors that 19/20 just simply couldn’t find the door are yet to be confirmed



Lol if you’re not doing your TC at JAFLAS.


Is it

The firm is full of mongz anyway.

When I was at Irwin Mitchell I had mega run ins with these guys.

Im glad im at Plexus now – doing MEGA high value work.



Lol shit firm



NRF has been heading down the trap for a while now. Associates are expected to pump out US firm hours at mid-market firm pay. Partner underestimated bill for client and had to write off hours you billed? Too bad, that’s coming out of your bonus. Awful firm, avoid


Cut the nonsense

I hate when people get on here and talk complete nonsense. Hours at NRF are by far better than most firms. I’m in a disputed seat right now and leave latest at 8. That’s nothing compared to my peers at US and MC and even HSF. Who are getting paid the exact same trainee pay.


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