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Review of the Year: April to June
23 December 2016
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 A DLA Piper junior associate was struck off for forging court documents, fraudsters ripped off Burges Salmon's website and a trainee was forced to rip up her contract after working unsupervised for two years

Burges Salmon made the orange pages a second time in April when it sent opposing lawyers a picture of a cat. DWF threatened an ex-trainee with court unless he repayed his LPC fees, while a Squire Patton Boggs associate claimed sexism and crazy hours led her to quit her $400k job. The moneyed elites came under fire when Allen & Overy and Freshfields were found offering work experience to the highest bidders in a charity auction. And everyone got a bit sweaty as the Mossack Fonseca motherlode got dumped on the web.

In May, RollOnFriday was tipped off about a young lawyer dumped his girlfriend by pretending to be dead. He was rumbled by her mum who reported him to the SRA.

Freshfields' big pay hikes made for a popular story, as did the news that Slaughter and May's weren't big at all (by December it had had a rethink and announced another round of rises and more holiday).

Meanwhile, a controversial judge took a timely leave of absence after writing a "shocking" letter to barristers implying that he would do them over. And Addleshaw Goddard made an ironic error when it revealed the identities of clients to each other when it tried to promote a data protection event.

Boom! Summer saw Kirkland bringing New York salaries to London, putting its NQS on £125k, while CC left Slaughters further behind with its own, slightly less whopping increases

There was a public image disaster for Baker Small when it provoked outrage and was sacked by clients after it mocked the parents of disabled children on Twitter. A barrister and his real estate lawyer wife faced their own PR nightmare when his lover accused them of anal sex intimidation. And there were controversial sexy times at Taylor Wessing, too, when the Managing Partner offered kisses to his staff from the new COO.

Next: July to September


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