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The biggest legal stories of 2017

The biggest legal stories of 2017

As we begin the New Year, Lawyers Weekly takes a look back at the legal stories which made the most sound over the past year.

The year just gone was arguably the most exciting and shocking for news in Australia’s legal profession, captivating readers until the very end.

Without further ado, here are the 10 stories that attracted the most reads in 2017.

10. Aus firms announce merger

Kicking off our top 10 was the story which announced HopgoodGanim would be merging with Perth-based resources and projects firm, Hunt & Humphry.

9. Finalists revealed for Australian Law Awards

Lawyers Weekly’s biggest annual awards ceremony recognised an enormous amount of talent within the legal fraternity. Readers displayed strong curiosity in finding out which of their peers nabbed finalist positions.

8. Lawyers caught in sticky situation

A story concerning a post-it note and a Jindabyne lawyer caught readers by surprise, consequently causing it to nab our number eight spot in the year’s most read.

7. Partners call it quits in wake of merger notice

The merger of Australian mid-tier stalwart Henry Davis York with global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright struck controversy in August with readers showing an avid interest as the story developed.

6. Partner of the Year finalists revealed

Readers were keen to see who made the cut across 23 hotly contested categories in the annual Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards.

5. Judgment in on Australia’s BigLaw partnership fracas

The courtroom showdown between White & Case and Herbert Smith Freehills sent readers in a spin for weeks, making it clear why the reveal of the decision gains a firm slot in the top 10 most read stories of 2017.

4. QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

The legal body’s endorsement of the imprisonment of a high-profile criminal lawyer gained the attention of many in the profession.

3. This year’s 30 Under 30 finalists revealed

A keen interest in the profession’s rising stars saw the story detailing the finalists in Lawyers Weekly’s 30 Under 30 Awards nab the third place spot for most reads.

2. Exclusive: 27 staff forced out of mid-tier in major cutbacks

When news broke that Henry Davis York had axed more than 20 personnel in May readers were glued to their screens to see what the cause was and whether it had anything to do with persistent rumours that the mid-tier would be merging with global giant Norton Rose Fulbright.

1. World’s best (and worst) lawyer jokes

Both surprising and unsurprising this story nabbed our number one spot, proving that despite their perceived serious nature even lawyers need some comedic relief.

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