Ashurst has retained 85 per cent of its March 2017 qualifiers.

Out of an intake of 20, a total of 18 applied for newly-qualified positions, with 17 eventually taking up roles with the firm. Nine went into the firm’s corporate division, five to finance and two to dispute resolution, with one taking up a job in the firm’s Singapore office.

The result is an improvement on Ashurst’s autumn 2016 retention figure, when 14 of of 20 trainees were kept on as NQs, a retention rate of 70 per cent.

Ashurst’s results bring the spring 2017 retention round to a close, with a total of 339 out of 413 trainees (82 per cent) kept on across 18 firms that reported results – a figure broadly in line with other recent retention rounds.