Linklaters and Simmons & Simmons have revealed their trainee retention figures for the spring

Simmons & Simmons has kept on 10 of its 12 final seat trainees in newly-qualified roles, or 83 per cent. The firm made 11 offers, with one trainee declining the offered position.

Graduate recruitment partner Matthew Hooton said: “Obtaining an associate position at Simmons & Simmons is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our trainees over the last two years. I wish this cohort all the best as they enter the new stage of their careers and continued success at the firm.”

Meanwhile, Linklaters has retained 43 of 51 qualifiers, or 84 per cent. The firm did not release any further details.

Training partner Richard Hodgson said: “Following several years of consistently strong retention rates we are pleased to once again retain a high number of quality lawyers from our March qualifiers. At 84 per cent, our retention rate demonstrates our continuing ability to offer our trainees exciting qualification opportunities.”

Simmons has had historically patchy retention results, regularly losing large chunks of its intake on qualification, though it has shown improvement on this front in recent years.

Simmons retention 2018

Linklaters’ figures have been considerably more stable. This spring’s result matches the firm’s retention last autumn, when the magic circle firm also kept on 84 per cent of its qualifiers.

Linklaters retention 2018