Eversheds Sutherland has published its trainee retention figures for the autumn.

The firm is keeping on 38 of 43 UK qualifying trainees, giving it a retention rate of 88 per cent. All have been retained on permanent contracts. Additionally, it is retaining five qualifiers who completed a Hong Kong training contract. Overall, the firm’s global retention rate is 86 per cent.

Seventeen of the UK qualifiers will join the corporate commercial practice group. Another 14 will take up roles in disputes, five go to the human resources practice group with the final two becoming real estate solicitors. In Hong Kong, four trainees will go to corporate commercial and one to disputes.

There are an additional four UK NQs currently without a role and Eversheds says it working to secure a role for them within the firm where possible. One trainee did not apply for a newly-qualified as they have secured a position in-house with an Eversheds Sutherland client.

HR director Lorraine Kilborn said: “This is a clear message to other trainees and the wider legal market that we are still investing in the growth of the firm despite the challenges that Covid-19 has presented, as we secure the long-term future of the firm by continuing to commit to a strong pool of junior talent.”

Elsewhere, Trowers & Hamlins has kept on 11 of its 13 qualifiers.