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The Lawyer's Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week's blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web Week's Christmas holidays have been dominated by reading about the best albums, books and films of 2006 and the best diets of 2007. So the first Web Week of 2007 is going to look back at the most popular news stories of 2006.
The 10 stories are ranked by the number of hits received on www.thelawyer.com. They paint a revealing picture of your tastes and will be studied in depth by PRs and partners alike.
Money, money money
First on your list of priorities is cash. (And we thought that you just loved the law.) Your top three stories are all about Mammon. Indeed, half of the stories in the top 10 are about cash. With this in mind, the reasons behind The Lawyer's inaugural 'Money Issue' last August are clear.
The front page story from that issue was the tenth most popular story of the year on the website. That the highest-earning lawyer of the last year, Andrew Nulty of Avalon, was also involved in the hugely controversial miners' compensation scheme and was facing the possibility of being struck off for his role in it made it one of the juicier stories The Lawyer ran last year.
TOP TEN STORIES ON THELAWYER.COM IN 2006
1. Slaughters pay rises: the full details
2. Magic circle leads the way in record year for UK firms
3. A&O associates to get 15 per cent salary hike in massive pay shake-up
4. Silks: the full list of new QCs
5. Newly-qualifieds given huge boost in latest salary hikes
6. Top City firms win 'gay-friendly' status
7. Revealed: A&O's merger approach to Freshfields
8. The top trials of 2005 and 2006
9. A&O loses 170,000 files in warehouse inferno
10. UK's richest lawyer faces Law Society ban
Ranked by number of hits on www.thelawyer.com, week ending 31 December 2006
Web vs print
The Nulty saga was one of three front page stories to feature in the top 10. For stories that have already appeared in print to make it into the top 10 web stories is unusual. The others included the biggest story of the year, Allen & Overy's (A&O) merger approach to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (which, like the Nulty story, was picked up by the nationals), and A&O's warehouse fire.
Even a feature from The Lawyer made it into the top 10: The top trials of 2005 and 2006. And you can read its sequel 'The top trials of 2006 and 2007' on 15 January.
Botox, gays and Slaughter and May
The most hit-upon story of the year was Slaughter and May's payrises. The story was much anticipated. Rumours started to fly as soon as the first associates were informed what would be put in their revised pay packets. It was left for The Lawyer to reveal the full details and within hours it was obvious that this would be one of the most popular stories of the year.
The Lawyer's daily email service Lawyer News Daily pumped out the Slaughters news on Halloween with the headline 'Botox, gays and Slaughter and May'. The snappy headline dragged another story into the top 10.
The accompanying news of City firms going 'gay-friendly' made Halloween a record day for www.thelawyer.com, with the Botox patent dispute also coming close to the top 10.