Travers Smith will keep on 17 of its 19 qualifiers this autumn, a retention rate of 89.5 per cent.

Five of the 17 will take up newly-qualified (NQ) roles in the dispute resolution team. Two will join the funds team and another two will go to corporate M&A. The final eight have secured roles in commercial; derivatives; employment; finance; financial services; private equity; pensions; and real estate.

All 17 are on permanent, rather than fixed-term, contracts.

Travers is the fourth firm to reveal its trainee retention figures for the autumn, after Sidley Austin, Mills & Reeve and CMS.

Autumn 2020 retention so far Trainees retained Fixed term contract Trainees left Total number of qualifiers Percentage retained
Sidley Austin 10 1 0 11 100.0
Travers Smith 17 0 2 19 89.5
Mills & Reeve 15 1 2 18 88.9
CMS 44 0 17 61 72.1