Linklaters has become the first magic circle firm to reveal its trainee retention figures for spring 2022, keeping 49 of 52 (94 per cent) of its qualifiers. All are on permanent contracts and one will be based in Dubai.

Elsewhere, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) and Simmons & Simmons have also published their figures. BCLP keeps 13 of 18 qualifiers (72 per cent) and Simmons four of seven (57 per cent).

A host of firms with smaller intakes have released figures, too, with Royds Withy King, Russell-Cooke, Shoosmiths and Akin Gump all holding on to all of their qualifying trainees.

Spring 2022 retention so far Trainees retained (permanent) Fixed term contract Trainees left Total number of qualifiers Percentage retained (permanent) Percentage retained (perm + FT)
Royds Withy King 4 0 0 4 100.0 100.0
Russell-Cooke 2 1 0 3 66.7 100.0
Shoosmiths 7 0 0 7 100.0 100.0
Shakespeare Martineau 2 0 0 2 100.0 100.0
Akin Gump 5 0 0 5 100.0 100.0
Linklaters 49 0 3 52 94.2 94.2
BCLP 13 0 5 18 72.2 72.2
Simmons & Simmons 4 0 3 7 57.1 57.1