Covington & Burling is to send trainees on secondment to Brussels for the first time.

EU, Belgium

A trainee will spend six months in the Belgian capital, working on EU and competition law, from this autumn. Hilary Prescott, the firm’s London’s training principal said: “We are excited to be constantly evolving the trainee programme, to keep up with the growth of our business in London and globally.”

Covington also revealed that it has kept on five out of six final-seat trainees in newly-qualified roles this September, or 83 per cent.

One is joining the life sciences regulation team, three go to corporate, while project finance takes its first ever dedicated trainee.

Last year, as well the year before that, Covington kept on all seven of its qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Clifford Chance has also revealed its retention figures for the autumn.

The firm will keep 81 per cent of its qualifiers after making 42 offers to the 51 final-seat trainees who applied for newly-qualified (NQ) roles, out of a total cohort of 52. All 42 accepted.

It is a marked improvement on Clifford Chance’s spring result of 67 per cent.