Clifford Chance faces law suit from redundant German partners

Two former Clifford Chance Germany partners have accused the firm of unfair dismissal in the wake of its global partnership restructuring.

The Dusseldorf-based partners have filed claims of unfair dismissal against the magic circle firm. The claim centres on the fact that the duo were not equity partners.

The pair claim that as non-equity partners they are considered employees rather than shareholders of Clifford Chance, which would grant them additional protection under German employment laws.

A statement issued by the firm said: “The claim relates to two of our German salaried partners who were asked to leave the firm as a result of our partnership restructure. 

“We believe the case to have no merit whatsoever and will be defending our position accordingly.”

Earlier this year The Lawyer reported on Clifford Chance managing partner David Childs announcing a review of the firm’s partnership (4 February 2009).

The global restructuring has seen the partnership decrease in size by approximately 15 per cent.