Bakers, Burges and Simmons reveal autumn trainee retention rates

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89%, 85% and 80%

More leading law firms have confirmed their autumn trainee retention scores.

Baker McKenzie is keeping 17 of its 19 newly qualified (NQ) lawyers, or 89%, with four joining banking and finance, three into corporate and a further three into EU/competition. Employment and tax gain two NQs apiece and the final three will join disputes, IP/tech and pensions.

The Legal Cheek Firms Most List shows the new recruits will start on salary of £90,000, up from a year two trainee rate of £52,000. The firm dishes out around 33 TCs each year.

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Elsewhere, Burges Salmon has retained 22 of its 26 qualifiers on permanent deals — or 85%. The firm made 25 offers, all of which were for roles in Bristol. Burges Salmon said it had seen a higher number of NQs than usual choose to relocate on qualification this year — a result of many returning home during lockdowns over the past 18 months.

Finally, Simmons & Simmons has chalked up a rate of 80%, with 16 of 20 trainees putting pen to paper on permanent deals. The firm, which aims to have 30% ethnic minority rookies by 2025, provides around 24 training spots annually.

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Please stop using phrases like “dishes out around 33 training contracts”.

For many of us who are struggling to get training contracts after multiple cycles of applying, we know how hard it is to secure a training contract. Nothing is “dished out”.

Stop treating this profession like a tabloid subject.

For thousands of us, securing a TC, is seeming like a life goal, when it should be the start of one’s professional life, not the end of it.

Please don’t filter my comment as I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way.

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Hahahah! Triggered by the phrase ‘dishes out’

What on earth

this is a very sad comment how are you offended by this


LC is literally a tabloid. Without any of the things that make a tabloid fun to read.


Perhaps we could replace ‘dishes out’ with ‘carefully offers’. Would that make you happy?

You could do something outside of law, perhaps. Barista, or a fruit picker perhaps.

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Please, this was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Legal Cheek has been continuously treating this profession like some version of Monopoly/Game of Life.

The non-stop barrage of stomach twisting articles that this website puts out is horrendous.


The Burges Salmon info on the Most List is out of date. £42,000 is currently the first year trainee salary, not £36,000.


You say potayto, I say potarto. Does it matter lad?


What is their current NQ rate now – did they raise it to meet OC’s increase?


Yes it is now 60k to match OC. Simmons likely to follow

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