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.
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.