Clifford Chance is facing an employment dispute in Germany as two former salaried partners accuse the firm of unfair dismissal related to its recent partnership restructuring.

The former partners left the Magic Circle law firm’s Düsseldorf arm as part of its partnership restructuring, which was launched this spring. The duo have filed claims for unfair dismissal in the local labor courts claiming that, as non-equity partners, they were employees rather than shareholders, which would grant them additional protection under local law.

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