Last Monday saw the release of the top 100 segment of this year’s UK 200, focusing on the growth of the UK’s biggest firms.
Our summary of the key findings – namely that UK-headquartered firms are less global than they think – was easily the most-read story of the week. It was followed up by a look at some of the ‘new model’ firms, including the Big Four accountants and their efforts to break into the UK legal market.
Latham’s annual promotion round featured in the most-read list too. The firm made up four partners in London amid 25 promotions worldwide, increasing its numbers from last year.
A key trend in the market at the moment is the adoption of artificial intelligence and an interview with Berwin Leighton Paisner’s head of legal risk consultancy Matthew Whalley about how the firm is adopting the technology proved extremely popular with readers both on the website and through social media shares.
Data and technology has been in the headlines this week with a number of household names having security issues. Morrisons is facing a data breach claim by 2,000 of its employees, and DWF has picked up the mandate to represent the supermarket chain with Manchester firm JMW on the other side.
In other litigation news several major banks settled forex rigging claims with regulators last week, but a number of firms are gearing up to bring claims on behalf of victims.
Last week’s leadership interview with Debevoise & Plimpton’s London co-heads Peter Goldsmith QC and Richard Ward also pulled in the readers, as did the news that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has signed a £2.6m lease for a permanent base in Manchester.
The top 10 in full: