International firm Osborne Clarke is to retain 96% of its solicitors qualifying this autumn, and has adapted its training programme for a new cohort of graduates starting work in September.

Across the firm’s offices in London, Bristol and Reading, 22 out of 23 trainees will be staying on as newly qualified solicitors. The upbeat announcement is the latest in a strong retention season.

Ray Berg, UK managing partner, said: ‘Congratulations to our newly qualified solicitors. They have all worked exceptionally hard and I am thrilled so many have chosen to stay with us. We aim to keep as many of our trainees as possible and our high retention rates are a testament to the quality of our programme and the supportive and inclusive culture we offer at Osborne Clarke.’

Trainees starting in September will take part in a virtual induction week. From then on, there will be a mix of home and office working.

Catherine Wolfenden, partner and training principle, said: ‘Currently there is no obligation on anyone to work in the office, but we look forward to giving our trainees more opportunity to be in the office if they want to, as we work towards opening all our offices in a phased approach, following government guidance.’