Herbies faces court action from former associate in Paris

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  • Too right, the way firms treat associates here verges at times on the medieval and the whole 'self-employed' thing is just versimilitude to mask the fact that it is a lot more profitable for the firms to hire people this way as they are not submitted to employment law, able to deduct salaries from pre-tax income and do not need to pay 'employer' tax on their lawyers.

    Do not be fooled, people will try and sell the 'self-employed' deal as necessary to maintain the independence of the Bar: but the reality is that as a junior the only choice you get to make about your work is what type of take-out to order on the eve of your second all-nighter.

    I hope Herbies get taken to the cleaners.

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  • Well, even the employment status in the UK is astounding with the waiver of the 48-hour working week for "when business needs require", which is in effect permanently. Naive new joiners, being fresh in the study of the law, believe that the hours should still be reasonable. Reasonable? 80-odd hours a week? The two and more all-nighters in succession are in breach of all health and safety legislation. And this coming from law firms! Pull a sickie for stress, I say. For as long as you have your sickness leave covered - under your contract of employment.

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