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Help: I’m not being 
retained by my firm

Don't take not being kept on as a reflection on your abilities. But what happens next, asks Jonathan Smith

8 December 2015

When you finally get the news you’ve been waiting for, that you’re being offered that elusive training contract, you think, ‘That’s it, I did it! No more lengthy applications, no more rejection letters or online assessments.’ You can finally take a deep breath and relax. It’s a nice feeling – and one that will last. At least until you start your training contract.

It doesn’t take long before the pressures of securing a training contract are replaced by the equally burdensome question: ‘Will I be retained at the end of my training contract?’ Of course, a firm’s decision not to retain a trainee may have nothing to do with their ability as a lawyer. ?It could be that the firm is not ?in a financial position to find a further newly qualified (NQ) salary, or perhaps there simply isn’t enough work. It may be entirely out of your control. ?But there are some things that you can do to try to alleviate ?the press...

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