Macfarlanes has kept on all six of its qualifiers this spring.

The firm also retained all of its qualifiers last autumn, though two were on fixed-term contracts.

Partner and head of graduate recruitment Sean Lavin said: “We are delighted to have achieved 100% retention of our trainees for the third consecutive qualification round. This is consistent with our aim to offer long term careers to as many of our trainees as possible. We regard our trainees as the future talent of the firm and retaining them on qualifying is an important objective for us.”

Meanwhile, White & Case will retain 81 percent of its qualifiers after 13 of 16 final-seat trainees were offered and accepted positions at the firm.

Eleven of the 13 NQs will work in London while two are joining the firm’s Dubai office.

Partner Justin Benson said: “Our demand for English law qualified lawyers continues to grow in London and across our offices globally, and is an ongoing business need.”

White & Case retention
Spring 2018 retention so far Trainees retained Trainees left Total number of qualifiers Percentage retained
Macfarlanes 6 0 6 100
Mayer Brown 4 0 4 100
Slaughter and May 35 2 37 95
Clifford Chance 44 4 48 92
Trowers & Hamlins 6 1 7 86
White & Case 13 3 16 81
Allen & Overy 32 8 40 80