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German lawyers urged to claim for 'overtime'

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  • Although the Germans are hard workers their culture takes a very dim view of employees being treated badly purely to boost profits. It will be interesting to see how this develops.

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  • Indeed, interesting. And there are in fact cases already were big firms concluded settlement agreements with squeezed-out ex associates - of course kept in quiet and after several intense discussions with other law firms how to deal with this. This development may destroy the whole business model of big law firms in Germany.

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  • As a German I can say that everybody who got this letter thought it was a joke...

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  • If Dr Jürgens & Dr Selenkewitsch's encouragement/advertisement is successful, and hundreds of German associates decide to use that firm to bring the relevant claims, what a coup that would be for Dr Jürgens & Dr Selenkewitsch! I imagine they would want their lawyers to work around the clock on handling such claims.

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  • Hmmm, imagine what may happen should junior lawyers in England & Wales seek to be paid for the actual time they provide to their employer.

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  • It is all about profit - Mr Selenkewitsch´s profit.

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  • maybe this would be a profit for Mr. Selenkewitsch but a hugh loss for the big firms?!

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  • the profit goes to the compliance with the german employment law - the letter should encourage the big firms to respect the working time rules of their employees...

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  • @ Anonymous 3 July 7:30pm - Hmm, imagine what may happen should law firms in England and Wales set junior base salaries on a 9-5 day

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  • I think comrade Selenkewitsch should go back to the country he hailed from and enforce labor laws there.

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  • Remember, most are not "real" lawyers in the traditional sense. I am talking about "Volljuristen", die die Befähigung zum Richteramt haben. In english, those who have interned and passed both Federal State Exams, equivalent to what we all have here in London as standard. And, nobody in Germany works a 48 hour week, they might swipe a card through a card reader that says that, but we all know the real deal.

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  • Dr. Selenkewitsch is a genius in the field of labour law. His letter is provocative, but the point is right. We shall see how this develops...

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