Baker & McKenzie has retained 88 per cent of its qualifying trainees this autumn. The firm kept on 14 of the 15 trainees who applied for roles, out of a cohort of 16.

The disputes team welcomes three newly-qualified NQ solicitors, while employment, corporate, IT/commercial, tax and competition all take two. One trainee qualifies into and IP/IT/commercial role in the firm’s Dubai office.

Training Principal Arron Slocombe said: “Once again we have an accomplished set of trainees coming through as junior lawyers and we are delighted to retain such a high proportion. Investing in excellent talent from a diverse pool of trainees is central to our strategy.”

The firm kept on 15 of 16 trainees in the spring, though one was retained on a fixed-term contract. Baker & McKenzie retention 2016The result means that 44 firms have now reported retention results, with 723 of 885 trainees retained, or 81.7 per cent.

However, several firms with large trainee cohorts have still to announce their figures.