Linklaters keeps 48 of 51 spring qualifying trainee solicitors

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By Emily Hinkley on


One further NQ on fixed term deal

Magic Circle law firm Linklaters will keep 48 of its 51 London trainees — or 94% — due to qualify this March. A further newly qualified (NQ) associate will remain at the firm on a fixed term deal.

The Legal Cheek Firms Most List 2023 shows Linklaters is the City’s second largest TC provider, recruiting around 100 trainees each year. Rookies earn a salary of £50,000 in year one, rising to £55,000 in year two. NQ pay currently sits at £107,500.

“We are committed to being the firm of choice for the brightest talent and are very pleased to have retained another high-performing and diverse group of talented junior lawyers,” said Chris Stevenson, trainee development partner at Linklaters.

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“We are looking forward to seeing their careers take off at Linklaters, with opportunities to work with market-leading clients and colleagues, whilst supported by an environment that empowers our people to succeed as a team,” he added.

The figures provide continuity with last spring, when the firm also recorded a retention score of 94%.

Other firms to publish their spring rates so far include Freshfields (97%) and White & Case (78%).

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