Gowling WLG retains all 18 NQ solicitors

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All on permanent deals

Gowling WLG has posted its autumn 2020 trainee retention result.

The international law firm confirmed all 18 autumn qualifiers had opted to stay put, equating to a perfect score of 100%. Eight join the outfit’s London office, while ten start lawyer life in Birmingham. All are on permanent deals.

The new recruits qualify into departments including commercial, corporate, dispute resolution and real estate.

“We are delighted that in these unsettling times the firm has been able to retain all of its September 2020 qualifiers”, a spokesperson for the firm told Legal Cheek.

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Our 2020-21 Firms Most List shows Gowling’s new recruits start on a salary of £71,000 in London and £44,000 in Birmingham. It takes on around 15 trainees each year.

Charles Russell Speechlys recorded its own flawless result earlier this week, retaining all 19 rookies. Two, however, are on fixed-term deals.

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Top firm powerhouse. What kind of whack do they pay? Did they match the recent Cravath bonuses?


Recently left GWLG

What a joke. Many NQs havent got to qualify in their preferred roles. GWLG are treating some staff abhorrently to push them out of the door instead of offering redundancy. Reputation down the toilet!



They have 25 trainees each year – 10 in London (2 qualified early from this intake) and 15 in Birmingham. This and the firms most list is wrong.



They’ve only offered spots to half the amount of trainees this year due to COVID (same as Shoosmiths/most other firms) but it could still go back up to the normal 25.



Gowling- Never heard of them



Always enjoyable to learn these things from Legal Cheek comments and not internal communications. Do you know the London/Birmingham breakdown?



Not a clue, I just heard through the HR grapevine. Most other firms have done the same for the 2022 intake (reduced spaces/waiting game). We’re all waiting to see what the next year/cycle holds.


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