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Freshfields retains 38 out of 41 autumn qualifying trainee solicitors

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93% result

Anglo-German giant Freshfields has posted an autumn retention score of 93%, confirming 38 of its 41 soon-to-be associates were staying put post-qualification.

Craig Montgomery, trainee development partner at the firm, said:

“We are very pleased to be keeping on a high proportion of our August 2019 qualifying intake, reflecting the firm’s continued commitment to recruiting, developing and retaining top talent.”

The firm, which takes on around 80 trainees annually, posted a spring 2019 score of 78% (32 out of 41) and an autumn 2018 result of 83% (34 out of 41).

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On matters of money, Legal Cheek’s Firms Most List shows the firm’s latest recruits will start on a recently improved salary of £100,000. Trainees receive £45,000 in their first year, rising to £51,000 in year two.

Clifford Chance confirmed last month it had retained 41 of its 47 qualifying trainees or 87%, while Slaughter and May revealed an impressive 93% result (37 out of 40). Linklaters posted a score of 91% (49 out of 54). Allen & Overy is the only member of the magic yet to reveal its autumn score.

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