Sidley keeps 10 out of 12 London NQs

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New recruits start on £159,500

US law firm Sidley Austin has recored a UK trainee retention score of 83%.

From a qualifying cohort of 12, 10 accepted permanent roles within the firm’s London office. The new recruits join key practice areas including litigation, life sciences, banking, data privacy, tax and employment.

The Legal Cheek Firms Most List 2023 show those sticking around will see their salary more than double from a year two trainee rate of £60,000 to a newly qualified one of £159,500. It recruits around 16 UK trainees each year.

News of the retention score comes just months after the firm increased financial support for future trainees taking the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), from £11,000 to £13,000.

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Not bad. Any insight on what happened w the other two? I heard on the grape vine one went to K&E, but unsure how true.



One to Akin the other K&E


Sidley 7PQE

I can confirm this is not true.


Kirkland NQ

Not sure, but I saw someone in a bright green lambo driving past Sidley’s office the other day with a model in the passenger seat, laughing his head off.



Something something Lambo Moet peasant-bashing


Kirkland NQ

Vintage Krug, actually. Moët is for losers and bidets.



Any word on Shearman’s retention rate this year?



Probably 0% in that sweatshop



Anyone know Goodwin’s retention rate this year?





WebMD User

Anyone know water’s retention rate this year?



Kirkland NQ would beg to have content on this level


Legal newbie

What are Goodwin, Weil and Milbank’s retention rates? Considering these firms. Thx


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