Burges Salmon has become the first firm to announce its autumn 2017 retention figures.

Always one of the earliest to announce, the Bristol-based firm is keeping all of the 28 trainees due to qualify in September.

The projects team will welcome the most newly-qualified solicitors – six, with the corporate team and the disputes team both taking four.

Real estate and pensions will take three NQs each. Banking will take two, as will company commercial. Finally, the construction, employment, tax and planning teams will all take one NQ.

Burges Salmon chief people officer Robert Halton, said: “It’s wonderful news that all of our trainees will be staying with us when they qualify in September. This reflects their hard work and commitment during their training and the support of so many other members of the firm. Our trainees and apprentices are important contributors to the continued success of Burges Salmon.”

Meanwhile, Eversheds has kept on all 12 of its spring 2017 qualifiers. Five newly qualified solicitors join the company commercial team, three go to litigation, two to human resource and two to real estate.

Four will be working in the firm’s London office while two apiece will be based in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham.