Linklaters has become the last of the magic circle firms to reveal its retention results.

The firm has kept on 46 of its 53 qualifying trainees. All are on permanent contracts with the exception of one who has chosen to work in the pro bono practice which, due to the nature of the pro bono project they are on, is on a fixed-term contract.

Training partner Richard Hodgson said: “We are delighted to once again retain a high number of quality lawyers from our September qualifiers. This figure demonstrates our ongoing commitment to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse group of talented people and we look forward to seeing their careers progress at our global firm.”

Elsewhere, Burges Salmon has retained 29 out of 30 qualifiers, all on permanent contracts. Managing partner Roger Bull said: “It is with great pleasure we announce another year of high trainee retention rates. We consider our trainee programme to be market leading and it is great to see this reflected in the continued exceptional retention rates. Many congratulations to our qualifying solicitors of 2020.”

A total of 32 firms have now released their retention figures for the autumn with a total of 721 out of 830 (86.9 per cent) retained.