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White & Case Announces London Qualifying Trainee Retention Rate for 2021

Global law firm White & Case LLP will retain 80 percent of its London trainees for 2021, after 82 percent of trainees who qualified in March and 78 percent of trainees due to qualify in September 2021 were offered and accepted positions at the Firm.

The White & Case trainee solicitor programme has been established for 23 years and over the past five years has had an average retention rate of 82 percent. It provides experience working on complex, cross-border matters and provides an opportunity to work in an overseas office for six months.

"The comprehensive and high quality training our London trainees receive and the unique experience they gain through our international seats equips them with the skills and experience to succeed in the global practices they join," said partner Inigo Esteve, who heads the trainee solicitor programme in London. "Together with our highly competitive salary and benefits package, this makes White & Case a compelling proposition for talented and ambitious trainee lawyers."

The newly qualified lawyers join global practices including Capital Markets, Commercial Litigation, Debt Finance, International Arbitration, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Project Development and Finance. Two trainees are joining the Firm's offices in Abu Dhabi and Paris, reflecting the importance of English law expertise, globally, at White & Case.

Melissa Butler, White & Case Office Executive Partner in London, said: "On the 50th anniversary of White & Case's London office, this latest cohort of qualifying trainees join the many lawyers who have launched highly successful careers through our London trainee programme. Our English law capabilities continue to be in high demand worldwide as we advise leading global clients on their most important, complex, cross-border matters."

In March 2021, 14 of 17 trainees were offered and accepted positions at the Firm. In September 2021, 18 of 23 trainees were offered and accepted positions.

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