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Trainee retention: Norton Rose Fulbright publishes spring 2015 retention figures

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has announced an 81% retention rate for its March 2015 qualifying intake, down on the 92% the firm posted for the spring 2014 cohort but an improvement on autumn’s numbers.

Of the group of 26 trainees, two resigned from the process, with the firm then offering newly-qualified (NQ) positions to 21 of the remaining 24 individuals. All 21 offers were accepted.

This marked the firm’s second 100% acceptance rate in a row, as 17 out of 17 NQ offers were accepted from trainees in the 22-strong cohort which qualified in September 2014, though giving it a 77% rate overall. In its spring 2014 round the firm kept on 24 out of 26 trainees.

Commenting on the latest figures, NRF’s training principal Michael Black said: ‘We are pleased to confirm that 21 of our 26 qualifiers will be joining the practice and are delighted to have achieved a 100% acceptance rate.’

NRF offers its trainees six-month international secondment opportunities in a number of overseas offices. The firm has an extensive international presence, with offices across Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. Yesterday, the firm announced its further expansion into southern Africa, agreeing strategic alliances with firms in Uganda and Zimbabwe.

For the other retention rates published in this round, see here.

The story was first published on Legal Business’ sister publication The Lex 100.