Feuds of the year: Withers v Forsters; Nixon Peabody v Taylor Wessing; sponsor v lender lawyers on debt buybacks; Ian Rosenblatt v opera star Erwin Schrott; DLA v Kennedys; former Hammonds partners v Hammonds; Paul Dacre v Eady J.
Walkouts of the year: Allen and Goetz from White & Case; Audley and co from Faegre & Benson; Pierre Tercier from the International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration; O’Melveny partners from London.
Management muscularity trophy: Eversheds red-carding its partners; Clifford Chance putting a stop to taxis and its obsession with offshoring to India.
Firms wanting a better 2009: Bevan Brittan; Cadwalader; Halliwells; Hammonds (again); Howard Kennedy.
Stories we wished were true: Eversheds’ sheep on the roof; A&O and Shearman; Norton Rose and Garrigues.
Reprimand of the year: Peter Smith J for his non-recusal.
Scottish law firms telling us they’re not actually Scottish: Dundas; Maclays; McGrigors; Shepherd and Wedderburn.