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Woman sues lawyers for not advising that divorce would end her marriage
28 March 2014
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A woman has sued her lawyers on the grounds that they failed to advise her that getting divorced would mean ending her marriage.

Jane Mulcahy, who sued her lawyers on a number of counts, is a committed Catholic. She claimed that her lawyers should have known this, and should have advised her that a divorce would mean terminating her marriage. Apparently this hadn't occurred to her.

    If I only had a brain

Lord Justice Briggs described her inevitably unsuccessful claim as "striking".

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anonymous user
20/06/2014 10:09
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Always pleasing to see exceptionally hard work rewarded. 90hrs a week, a small pay-rise is justified in my eyes.
anonymous user
20/06/2014 13:34
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90 hour weeks. Yeah...Hours are essentially the same as at an MC firm.
anonymous user
20/06/2014 14:12
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Those salaries do sound rather large but if broken down per hour worked, which pays better:

1. US law firm;
2. McDonalds;
3. Greggs;
4. Poundland?

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anonymous user
20/06/2014 14:44
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And (again) from the story last week: " Allen & Overy has said that it will not be raising salaries this year."

Nice one fellas.
anonymous user
20/06/2014 15:30
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10:09, thoroughly agreed.
anonymous user
20/06/2014 15:33
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It never seems to be mentioned (possibly because people don't realise) but note that, although it is reasonably uncommon, certain US firms pay COLA of up to $100k to all their associates, irrespective of whether they are from the US or not! Also, at least one US firm pays UK associates at a year group above their level of experience (i.e. if you are an NQ you get the PQE1 rate). It is therefore possible for an English qualified NQ at the London office of a US firm to be paid up to the £ equivalent of $260,000 + bonus!
anonymous user
20/06/2014 15:38
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13:34, "essentially".
anonymous user
21/06/2014 16:24
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The increase by Cleary is just under 4%. Not anything major in reality.

Truth is the MC do great deals but some US firms are regularly on the other side so the work isn't that much different. The hours in many US firms aren't any different to the MC. I work at one of the firms mentioned here and I work less than my MC peers. It's a great environment and money is exceptional. Seems like a no brainer to me.
anonymous user
21/06/2014 19:48
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figures for other 4 firms grossly outdated... more like 98-100 NQ, 105-108 1PQE, 112-115 2 PQE and 125-130 3 PQE base
anonymous user
22/06/2014 17:22
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The figures for Skadden and Debevoise are about 18 months out of date. £98,500 are their current NQ salaries, whilst the other levels are 5-10k higher. This information can easily be found on their website so come on ROF get the basics right.
anonymous user
23/06/2014 09:58
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The hourly rate may make the £/h rate less impressive but given hours at MC firms are the same and (depending on department) in cases worse, I know which I'd prefer...
anonymous user
24/06/2014 09:16
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Interesting that this has leaked when the recent spate of departures has not. Anyone would think they were hiring.
  

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