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The separation of law firm lawyers and in-house lawyers…is this the end of occupational pension funds?

In a very significant ruling for in-house lawyers, the Federal Social Court (Bundessozialgericht, BSG) ruled on April 3, 2014 that in-house lawyers cannot be exempted from compulsory membership of the statutory pension insurance scheme (sec 6 para 1 No. 1 of the Social Security Code VI, Sozialgesetzbuch, SGB VI), as they are dependent employees and …

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In-house Counsel – Barred From Private Pension Systems?

German employees are usually subject to the state pension insurance (“gesetzliche Rentenversicherung – GRV“). In contrast, professionals such as lawyers, physicians, tax consultants, vets or pharmacists may join special pension funds for their professional peer group (known as “Versorgungswerke“). As these special private pension funds are, generally, better funded than the state pension insurance, professionals …

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