Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is keeping 84 per cent of its spring 2017 qualifiers.

The firm offered newly-qualified (NQ) solicitor jobs to 31 of its 37 final-seat trainees, with all accepting. The 37-strong cohort is the firm’s smallest in many years.

Freshfields’ news means the only magic circle that has not yet reported its spring retention is Linklaters.

Allen & Overy kept on 82 per cent of its qualifiers – it too with its smallest intake in some time.

Clifford Chance retained a below-par 67 per cent, while Slaughter and May kept on all its qualifiers.

Freshfields retention 2017