Dickinson Dees' retention rate plummets to 36 per cent

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  • Damning.

    In a recession, 64% of trainees at Dickinson Dees rejected the offer of a permanent role with the firm.

    To put this in context, this is the worst retention rate in the country. It is a full 20% behind the next worst firm.

    The statistics are unequivocal. Trainees are desperate to leave Dickinson Dees. If I was a Dickinson Dees partner I would be very concerned. Management consultants regard trainee retention as a very accurate measure of the health of an organisation. In law firms, trainees are uniquely well informed, spending two years experiencing departments across the business before making an assessment.

    In the case of Dickinson Dees, the trainees have voted with their feet. Dickinson Dees clearly wanted to keep all of them, but only 36% were willing to remain.

    Something is clearly very wrong. Why are so many trainees desperate to leave Dickinson Dees?

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  • I bet the partners are rubbing their sweaty hands together with glee.

    Awful trainee retention figures moves them closer to the dream of an all partner law firm in a dark
    castle overlooking Geordie-land.

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  • Disappointing? No, it's catastrophic!

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  • Dixon Dees is a firm that jettisons its NQs at the first sign of economic turbulence, pays badly and which has only made up 2 partners in nearly four years.

    The real question has to be "What on earth made those four trainees accept jobs with Dickinson Dees"?

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  • Plummets?

    Last year Dickinson Dees had the second worst trainee retention figure in the country (http://www.chambersstudent.co.uk/pdf/Trainee%20Retention%20Analysis%202010.pdf). Now it has the worst.

    Last year only 47% of trainees stayed. Now it is 36%.

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  • Mind numbingly bad - and their retention rate is poor too.

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  • So let's get this straight...

    2010 - Dickinson Dees had the 2nd worst trainee retention figures in the UK

    2011 - Dickinson Dees has the worst trainee retention figures in the UK

    ...and they're saying nothing is wrong!

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  • Such a dire story that it got downgraded from The Lawyer to Lawyer2b?

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  • You reap what you sow.

    Dickinson Dees treat the very few junior solicitors who still work there appallingly and protect the partnership at all costs.

    All the four newly qualifieds have to look forward to is a total lack of investment in succession planning and woeful partnership prospects given the gearing ratio.

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  • Far far too many partners compared to assistants.

    Time to cut the partnership down to 20-25.

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  • “This is disappointing but we understand the reasoning and we wish them well for the future. We have 17 trainees joining us in September which will take our total trainee headcount to 32.”

    How exactly is it relevant that 17 (unfortunate) trainees are joining in September?! The effect of barely any NQs is the same: no one is available to do work cheaply and relatively unsupervised, meaning that fees and/or write offs go up, and client satisfaction goes down. Not a very profitable position to be in.

    This statement yet again encapsulates the outstanding ability of Dickinson Dees' management and partners to utterly miss the point.

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  • Is 36% a record?

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