Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has restored salaries for newly qualified (NQ) solicitors to £80,000, after reducing pay by 2.5 per cent in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The firm has also released its retention figures for spring 2020. It offered NQ positions to all 16 of its qualifiers, with 14 accepting. Two are on fixed-term contracts.
Nine of the NQs will join BCLP’s corporate and financial transactions department, with four going to the litigation and investigations department and one to real estate. One of the litigation NQs will join the firm’s Abu Dhabi outpost.
Senior graduate recruitment and development manager Chloe Muir said: “We are delighted that our retention rate has increased by 12 per cent from last autumn and that we were able to extend an NQ offer to all of our qualifiers. We are incredibly proud of our spring 2021 qualifiers and their ability to thrive in a new working environment. We look forward to seeing our qualifiers continue to excel in their new positions.”
Meanwhile, Trowers & Hamlins is keeping all 11 of its March qualifiers, including one on a fixed-term contract. Six will be based in the firm’s London office, one in Bahrain, three in Manchester and one in Birmingham.
Training partner Lucy James said: “We are delighted to have achieved a 100 per cent pass rate for our newly qualified solicitors. This is a true testament to the considerable amount of work they have all put in throughout their training contracts and we now look forward to watching them prosper in their new roles.”
Finally, Mayer Brown is keeping four of five qualifiers in March, all on permanent contracts. Two join the banking and finance team, with the others going to litigation and corporate.