Headline-grabbing cases caught the attention of our readers last week, with four of the top 10 stories on TheLawyer.com related to contentious issues.

The most-read story of the week was our leadership interview with the founders of arbitration boutique Three Crowns, in which they talked about the successes of their first year and their expectations for growth in the future.

It was followed on the top 10 list by three big cases. Five years after the collapse of Halliwells, litigation is still ongoing affecting former partners. This week saw former Halliwells partner Michael McCarthy face a £120,000 claim from RBS in Manchester in connection to a loan paid before the firm’s administration.

There was better news for former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray, who was awarded his £108,000 costs after the West London Magistrates’ Court dismissed a private prosecution brought against him by former Leeds United director David Haigh.

As the Volkswagen emissions scandal rumbles on, we revealed that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been instructed to defend potential claims against the car manufacturer in the UK and France – in addition to its previous instruction to act for the company on its recall of vehicles in Germany.

Away from litigation, US promotions season has begun and White & Case unveiled its list of new partners this week. The firm has made up eight partners in London amid 31 globally, slightly down on last year’s total of 37.

LGBT professional network OUTstanding compiled a power list of business leaders of the future last week, which was topped by K&L Gates associate Aritha Wickramasinghe. A number of lawyers featured in the various sections of the list, including leading LGBT executives and leading allies.

In the in-house world, RBS has almost finalised its panel review and the names of some of the firms to win places, such as Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Clifford Chance, Linklaters and Simmons & Simmons, are emerging.

Meanwhile our cover story, a focus on the innovative work of Vodafone general counsel Rosemary Martin, attracted a lot of interest both on our site and on social media.

The top 10 was completed this week with the news that Ince & Co is dramatically reducing the size of its London office with a move to Aldgate Tower, while Pinsent Masons senior partner Richard Foley spoke about the firm’s need to have a presence in the US within five to 10 years.

The top 10 stories in full:

1. Three Crowns’ founding partners: “We’re suffering from an embarrassment of riches”

2. Ex-Halliwells partner faces £120,000 claim from RBS over loan payment

3. Ex-Gibson Dunn partner Gray awarded £100k costs in David Haigh “human trafficking” claim

4. VW instructs Freshfields to defend emissions scandal claims in UK and France

5. White & Case ups London partner promotions in reduced global round

6. Pupil barrister among lawyers making LGBT power list

7. RBS selects top panel firms as review nears completion

8. Ince downsizes London office with move to Aldgate Tower

9. Panel pioneer: Vodafone GC Rosemary Martin

10. Pinsents’ Foley: we need to have a US presence in the next five years