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October 17, 2012
LONDON, 17 October, 2012 — Covington & Burling’s London office has been awarded a Lex Medal for “Confidence in being kept on” in the 2012/13 Lex 100 trainee survey. The Lex 100 is an online comparative guide to leading law firms aimed at those considering a career in law, based on the views of the trainees of the firms.
Covington also scored especially highly in the categories “friendly firm,” “good vacation scheme,” and “high quality of work.” Trainees note the best aspects of the firm’s training programme include: “client base,” “amount of client contact,” “unusual niche areas of law,” and “small size means trainees know most if not all the associates and partners in the office.”
“We hire our junior lawyers for the long term, in the hope that they will stay with the firm and develop into the partners of the future,” said Grant Castle, training principal in Covington’s London office responsible for the firm’s recruitment and training in the UK. “With that in mind, we try to make sure that those who join us are a good fit for the firm and also that we are right for them. Many of us therefore devote a lot of time and focus to graduate recruitment. We think our retention rates reflect the effort and care we invest in the process.”
Graduate recruitment managers at 141 of the UK’s leading law firms agreed to take part in the 2012 survey, distributing the survey questionnaire to their trainees. Over 3,400 completed questionnaires were returned, which makes this the biggest survey of trainee views to date.
For further information, please visit http://www.lex100.com/.