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Monday’s news of Manchester United’s first law firm panel was the most popular story on The Lawyer.com this week.

It’s likely that the vast majority of readers weren’t fans of former arch rivals Leeds United. And Leeds fans would be best advised to avert their eyes from the site today because Wilberforce Chambers’ barristers have failed to get back the 15 points that the Football League docked it for going into administration. (1 May)

The whole sorry saga has caused the Football League to review its insolvency policies, Yorkshire’s sixth best team is left to fight in the playoffs and Doncaster Rovers fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

The legal team probably knew what was coming. According to a fly on the wall at the club’s Player of the Year Awards on Tuesday night, an insider was heard chanting:

Fifteen points, who gives a ****?
We’re Super Leeds and we’re going up!

(Not) From A&O with love

Dear Lawyer News Daily reader

I am Mr. DAVID MORLEY, the managerial president of respected law firm Allen & Overy.

I have an important business proposition for you for behalf of my Business associate Mr. CHRISTOPHER RUSHTON.

Mr. CHRISTOPHER RUSHTON’s retirement as banking managing partner at global law firm Allen & Overy’s, takes effect today (1 May), which has prompted him to create a donation fund of UK$ 419,000,000 for the benefit of all those bankers who may not be getting their bonuses this year.

Mr. DAVID MORLEY has selected you to be the beneficiary of a 25% share of this donation, due to your good business acumen and sense.

Please see story to find instructions on how to claim your share of the account by transferring UK$10,000 in inheritance legal fees to the bank account provided.

Yours faithfully,

PS. Did anyone see The Apprentice last night? What a bunch of….click here for our employment lawyers’ reaction on The Apprentice blog.

Partnership 2008: a done deal

TheLawyer.com has led the way in bringing you the latest news and analysis of partner promotions this year at all the top firms.

As well as breaking partnership news stories online, our Partnership 2008 blog has profiled both the new partners themselves and what their selections reveal about promotion priorities at their firms.

In this special Partnership 2008 Lawyer News Daily, we round up our promotions coverage with our final analysis of the season as a whole, providing a comprehensive overview of which firms, which practice areas and which locations are most likely to give their associates the green light.

Concluding our extended coverage both online and in print on partnership prospects for women, our first story today reveals that it is in the mid-tier, not the magic circle, that female associates are most likely to make the grade. See story.

Meanwhile in our other partnership story today, we reveal which firm is promoting the most in relation to its size. (It’s not who you’d think). See story.

And if that’s not enough to make you log on, check here for the commotion that Linklaters has caused with its Central and Eastern European review or click here to find out about Clifford Chance‘s latest attempts to salve its credit crunch wounds or click here to read about Herbies’ pay freeze.

The girls Den good
Most of the votes are in, they’re being counted and the winners are emerging. Yes, you’re right, the local elections aren’t until Thursday but the 2008 partnership round is coming to an end.

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, Denton Wilde Sapte and Watson Farley & Williams were the latest to announce their promotions following Cobbetts, Farrers, Mishcon de Reya and Norton Rose yesterday.

There’s only a few stragglers left, who still have not managed to count their partners votes. Something to do with bank holidays, apparently.

Dentons’ promotions tale is a beautiful microcosm of the market as a whole. See story.

Promotions were fairly low at Dentons, as with most firms other than those, such as Barlows, which could restock the partnership after a number of departures. Five out of Dentons’ 12 new partners are women. And the promotions have a real international flavour.

The record year for women is a fantastic surprise, and one which (to blow our own trumpet for a minute) we called after the first week of promotions back at the end of March. See story.

Dentons has taken both themes one step further with new female partners in Oman and Turkey. Dentons may be an unlikely trailblazer but that’s real progress. Hats off.

Panel-ty for United

The Battle of the Bridge is all over the papers today after the Chelsea-Manchester United game descended in to a 24-man brawl involving five United substitutes and the Chelsea groundstaff.

But not in The Lawyer. Oh no. In an exclusive The Sun et al would die for, we spoke to Manchester United head of legal Patrick Stewart, about…wait for it…the formation of the club’s very first legal panel. See story.

Admittedly, we may just be unwitting pawns in one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s famously cunning mind games. After all, who wants to talk about mass brawls, disputed penalties and Wayne Rooney’s dodgy hip, when we could talk about the fact that Pinsent Masons has been appointed to advise the club on data protection issues.

It may be galling losing to Chelski, but at least the legal panel’s sorted.