Bond Dickinson has recorded 81 per cent trainee retention for this September, with 22 of 27 qualifiers being kept on as NQs

The firm made 24 offers, including to three who qualified six months early in March.

Eleven join the corporate/commercial group, five go to real estate and another five to dispute resolution, with the final trainee joining the private wealth group’s charities team. The new NQs will work across the firm’s Aberdeen, Bristol, Leeds, Southampton, London and Newcastle offices.

Managing partner Jonathan Blair said: “We are thrilled to be in a position to offer roles to our newly qualified solicitors and are really pleased with our retention rate which endorses our reputation as a strong and reputable firm to work for.”

Bond Dickinson is set to merge with Washington DC-headquartered Womble Carlyle on 1 October, becoming Womble Bond Dickinson.