Top 10 stories – 19 September – 25 September 2014

Our online analysis pieces dominated the most popular stories of last week, headed by continued interest in the move of the bulk of Bingham McCutchen’s London office to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. The top story last week looked at the reasons behind the decision of a handful of partners not to join Akin Gump with their colleagues.

But Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s continued efforts to bulk up its US office also drew in the readers as we asked how much the magic circle firm can tinker with its lockstep to attract more New York hires. Freshfields featured in no fewer than four of last week’s top stories, with the analysis of its absence from the Alibaba IPO also popular. 

The firm was also drafted in by Tesco on its investigation into overstated profits, and continues to do well in UK M&A rankings.

Employment stories always pick up hits online, and last week was no exception. We revealed that Pinsent Masons is facing three separate unfair dismissal claims from former lawyers. In better news, US litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan decided that its ‘work on a beach’ scheme for associates has been so successful that it will continue.

Meanwhile payday loans company Wonga bade farewell to its first-ever general counsel Lucy Vernall, and Clifford Chance’s chief operating officer Amanda Burton announced she is standing down at the end of the year.

1. The Akin deal is done, but what of the five Bingham refuseniks?

2. How much can Freshfields tinker with its lockstep to lure New York partners?

3. Why Alibaba’s switch to a New York listing left Freshfields out in the cold

4. Tesco calls in Freshfields to investigate overstated first-half profits

5. Revealed: Pinsents faces three sets of unfair dismissal claims from former lawyers

6. Quinn Emanuel makes ‘work on a beach’ associate scheme permanent

7. Freshfields tops UK rankings as global M&A soars by 55 per cent in first nine months of 2014

8. Wonga’s first-ever GC leaves for internet crowd-funder Funding Circle

9. Morgan Lewis misses out as Akin Gump scores Bingham’s entire London office

10. Clifford Chance COO stands down