Global law firm White & Case LLP will retain 84 percent of its London trainees who are due to qualify in September 2018, after 21 of 25 trainees were offered and accepted positions at the Firm.
The newly qualified lawyers join global practices including Antitrust/Competition, Banking, Capital Markets, Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, Mergers & Acquisitions and Project Finance. The retention rate during 2018 as a whole is 83 percent, with 34 of 41 trainees accepting positions at White & Case.
"We continue to see a growing business need for English law qualified lawyers in London and across our offices globally despite ongoing economic and political uncertainties, including Brexit," said partner Justin Benson, who heads the trainee solicitor programme in London.
Melissa Butler, White & Case Office Executive Partner in London, said: "The combination of a trainee programme that delivers consistently high retention rates, and a highly competitive salary and benefits package, ensures that White & Case is a compelling destination for talented, ambitious trainee lawyers. They join a firm that is known to support the development of its lawyers throughout their careers and has a strong track record of promoting its best associates to partner."
The Firm's commitment to developing the careers of its lawyers was demonstrated in the 2018 partner promotions. Two of the seven London associates promoted to partner – James Greene and James Johnson – joined White & Case in London as trainees. Alexander Malahias, who was promoted to partner in Abu Dhabi, also joined the Firm as a trainee in London.
The Firm retained 86 percent of its London trainees who qualified during 2017. The training programme has been established for 20 years, provides experience working on complex, cross-border matters and guarantees a six-month international secondment.
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