More firms have published their trainee retention figures for the autumn.

Mayer Brown is holding on to eight of its 10 qualifying trainees, including one on a fixed-term contract. Four take up newly-qualified jobs in litigation, two go to the corporate team and the other two join the intellectual property and banking and finance departments  

Training partner Stuart Pickford said: “We are delighted that we will once again retain the majority of our trainees, who have each performed outstandingly well. The past 17 months have been incredibly challenging for us all and I am particularly proud of the way our trainees have adapted to working during the pandemic. We wish all our qualifiers the very best as they embark on the next stage of their career.”

Elsewhere, Travers Smith has retained 16 of 19 trainees on permanent contracts, giving it a retention rate of 84 per cent.

And Ropes & Gray is keeping all three of its qualifiers on permanent contracts. They join the litigation, finance and tax teams.