Addleshaw Goddard is keeping on 22 of 27 qualifiers this autumn, a retention rate of 81 per cent.

In addition the the four of six trainees who stayed on in the spring, that gives the firm overall retention for 2016 of 79 per cent.

A firm spokesperson said: “We have seen a slight decrease in our trainee retention rate this summer, due to the changing personal circumstances of the handful who left the firm. Despite this our retention rate remains strong and reflects a genuine commitment to attracting, retaining and developing great people.” Addleshaws retention

Addleshaws’ result means that 30 firms have reported their autumn 2016 retention so far, with 560 of 671 trainees (83 per cent) retained at the firm that trained them.

Shearman & Sterling, which kept on all 14 of its qualifiers, is the best performer to date.

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