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Mayer Brown posts 82% trainee solicitor retention rate

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Nine out of 11 rookies secure full time positions

The London office of international law firm Mayer Brown has chalked up an autumn retention score of 82%.

Of the 11 trainees due to qualify this September, nine will be staying on as newly qualified (NQ) associates. Mayer Brown confirmed it received ten applications and made nine offers. None are on fixed-term contracts.

The firm’s finance and litigation teams will receive three rookies apiece, two will join corporate, and one will start lawyer life in employment.

Legal Cheek’s Firms Most List shows that Mayer Brown’s new recruits will start NQ life on a salary of £78,000, while trainees receive £44,000 in year one, rising to £49,000 in year two.

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Commenting on the autumn result, Stuart Pickford, training principal at Mayer Brown, said:

“It gives us huge pleasure to once again retain the majority of our autumn qualifiers. We are incredibly proud of our strong record for attracting and training talented people for a career in law, which reflects our ongoing commitment to excellence across our practice. Many congratulations to all our September qualifiers; I wish them the very best for the future.”

In the past four retention rounds, the firm has posted results of 100% (4 out of 4), 80% (8 out of 10), 100% (4 out of 4) and 73% (8 out of 11).

As for its performance in our latest Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey, Mayer Brown scored A*s for training and peer support, as well as As for quality of work, partner approachability and perks. It offers around 15 training contracts each year.

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