Irwin Mitchell retains 47 out of 52 autumn NQ solicitors

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Strong 90% score follows firm’s decision to delay start dates of future trainees

Irwin Mitchell’s office in London

Irwin Mitchell has posted a solid autumn 2020 trainee retention score of 90%.

Of the 52 final-seat trainees due to qualify next month, 47 have opted to stay on as newly-qualified (NQ) associates. None are on fixed-term contracts.

The national giant — which takes on around 50 trainees each year — confirmed that 24 NQs will qualify into its personal injury court of protection and public law teams, 16 join the business legal services division, and a further seven start lawyer life in private wealth.

Marissa Sanders, head of early careers at Irwin Mitchell, said:

“We’re really pleased to be able to retain 90% of our trainees during what is clearly a strange time for all businesses. The calibre of our trainees the training and support they receive is excellent and we look forward to them working with them.”

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Sanders added: “With many of our partners having started their careers with us as trainees, we wish our latest NQ solicitors similar success in the years to come.”

Legal Cheek‘s Firm’s Most List shows IM’s new recruits in London start on a salary of £50,000, while rookies in the regions will receive between £36,500 and £41,500.

The strong retention round comes after Legal Cheek revealed in April that the firm had postponed the start dates of its future trainees in response to the pandemic.

Trainees due to commence their TCs with the firm in September will now join in February 2021, six months later than originally planned. A number of firms have since taken similar steps, including HFW, DWF, Womble Bond Dickinson and DLA Piper.

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Who were the lucky 5?


I laughed at this.




Sick of the snobbish/deluded commenters on this website. I suspect ‘Kirkland Lambo Dude’ and the others would in reality be delighted to get a training contract at Irwin Mitchell and then be retained at a time of a global pandemic and huge recession.


Nobody said anything? There hasn’t been a negative comment up until yours.

Smells like insecurity


Are you blind?? Look up the thread. Idiot.


People who up voted this crap need a serious look at themselves!!


I’m not qualified and i earn more than their region’s lawyers. Every Tom, Dick and Harry out of school seems to be on that kind of salary.


And you probably pay £1000/month for a room in a shared house in Tower Hamlets.


You’re right. But given the career progression and salary ranks in London, they’ll have to suffer a few years in these London flat-shares but they’ll have enough Savings and six figure salaries in their 30s to buy a big detached 5+ bed on the London outskirts or Kent/Surrey areas.


I pay £1,200 for the privilege but, as Tom points out, I am putting away £3k/month towards a deposit. I am quite humble and am just eyeing up a 3 bed terraced house with a garden near Wandsworth Common. I’ll probably buy a second home near my hometown in Devon at some point. I certainly couldn’t do anything like that if I was on an impoverished regional salary.


Doubt that you’re putting £3k a month away unless you’re earning more than £80k as a trainee

Head for heights

Can confirm I’d rather be at Kirkland. Can’t beat the transactional buzz. Then again if you don’t like transactional work fully understand why you’d go elsewhere. Just means I can get out earlier with some cash (assuming the stress doesn’t kill me first).


Apparently it’s part-time…

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