Top 10 stories, 1 August – 7 August 2014

Take a look at the most-read stories on TheLawyer.com this week and share your views.

Just as we thought the mudslinging over the salaries paid to marketing chiefs at City firms was dying down, one communications director added fuel to the fire.

Pinsent Masons’ director of communications and business development strategy Andy Peat added his twopence worth to the debate, insisting that “great BD arms partners to sell like superheroes”.

But of course last week’s news wasn’t all about marketing. The Lawyer also unearthed the news that California-based technology firm Cooley is looking to establish its own office in London on 1 October 2014. And in no small way. It’s thought that the firm is looking to grow to 50 lawyers within its first six months in the City.

It is soon likely to emerge whether the bulk of these hires come from Edwards Wildman – just one firm at which Cooley is understood to be targeting partners – or elsewhere in the market.

Outside of the City, Trowers & Hamlins set up a new document production centre in its Birmingham office. The move followed a restructuring of the firm’s secretarial and document review team, resulting in 34 secretaries losing their jobs as a result of a redundancy consultation.

Meanwhile, The Lawyer has looked into its crystal ball to identify the trends scoring out the future of the bar. Last week’s cover feature outlined how the bar is set to split into three parts – the commercial bar fuelled by litigation, the mid-market which will suffer blows in the personal injury and employment sectors, and the criminal bar which will continue to suffer from the impact of legal aid cuts.

At the upper end of that spectrum would fall the fraud battle currently brewing between Hewlett Packard and the former managers of Autonomy. Now that court documents have been filed in California, it looks as if Clifford Chance and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz may well end up squaring off in the High Court.

Also don’t miss our latest blogs – including Motive Legal’s Mark Brandon’s discussion of the cultural costs of sky-high partner salaries, an interview with Addleshaw Goddard’s new managing partner John Joyce, and an analysis of Shearman’s Yukos case and its $1,065 per hour lawyers.

Click on the links below to access The Lawyer Top 10 stories for the last seven days. Your views are always welcome.

1. £477,000? Maybe we’re worth it

2. Marketing chiefs at City law firms pocket salaries of up to £477,000

3. Cooley closes in on 1 October London with 50-lawyer office pencilled in

4. Addleshaw Goddard’s John Joyce: “I’m happy with conflict”

5. Mark Brandon: The cultural costs of those sky-high salaries

6. Magic circle sets dominate commercial bar with solid revenue growth in 2013/14

7. The bar 2020: Divide and rule

8. Trowers launches Birmingham document production hub as 34 secretaries exit

9. Shearman’s Yukos case and the $1,065 per hour lawyers

10. Wachtell and Clifford Chance set to…d-to-head in HP Autonomy war