Winners and losers

But last night the people that actually made it happen won a top prize for their efforts: the HR team of the year at The Lawyer HR Awards, fending off tough competition from those thoroughbreds at Pinsent Masons to take the top prize. For a full list of winners, click here.

Norton Rose’s Flex scheme had unlooked-for benefits: insiders talk of a cultural shift in thinking about flexible working (see story). (For detailed research on the reasons for female attrition, click here).

Norton Rose also won the top prize in talent management and retention. Just as well Dentons didn’t enter that category. As we report here, it has kept on just one trainee in its March batch; an unlucky six didn’t make the cut.

That’s a retention rate of 14 per cent. With most other City firms’ trainee retention rates hovering around 80 per cent (see story), Dentons reminds us that for some firms, the recovery may be a way off yet.

Morley’s head.


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