Overview of freshfields
The world’s biggest international organisations rely on us to help them make the right decisions in a fast-changing world.
We combine the knowledge, experience and energy of the whole firm to solve our clients’ most complex challenges, wherever and whenever they arise.
Whether it’s entering new markets, defending corporate reputation or managing multi-jurisdictional regulation we are renowned for breaking new legal ground to help our clients go further.
Set out below is our statement of who we are. It embodies our ambition to be exceptional, our culture and our absolute determination that all of us will work with each other, our clients and our other stakeholders, day in day out, in the way we describe to help our clients go further.
Our people make our firm
We strive to be exceptional and meet the highest standards
We enjoy our work and are determined to do an outstanding job, whatever our role in the firm. We observe the highest personal, ethical and professional standards in everything we do and operate with integrity at all times. We recognise that the reputation of our firm is vital to our success and we all have a duty to preserve and grow it for the long term.
We value people and treat them with respect, consideration and courtesy
We are a people business. We see diversity as strength and value the fresh perspectives, creative ideas and connections that flow from bringing together people with different backgrounds. We want to create a welcoming, supportive environment in which all can flourish. No matter how challenging a matter or heavy our workload, in our daily interaction we must never lose sight of the essential human qualities that we prize.
We deliver best when working in teams
We know we deliver best when working as a team rather than as individuals operating alone. Being a great colleague and working efficiently and effectively with our clients and other stakeholders around the world to achieve the right outcome is crucial to our success. We welcome feedback from others on how we are doing.
We think and work globally
We are one partnership
We are one partnership across the world, sharing the risk and rewards of our business and with an overriding duty to bequeath the firm in better shape than we inherited it.
We have a ‘one-firm’ mindset
We don’t just say we are one firm; we act like one firm right across the world. We bring together the knowledge, experience and energy of the whole firm to help our clients. We encourage, support and share in the success of all our colleagues.
We work seamlessly across borders
We work wherever our clients need us. This is how we define ourselves, not by reference to where we have offices. Cross border work isn’t just what we do, it is what we excel at. We understand what it really takes to work across different legal systems and commercial environments and to bridge language and cultural gaps.
We aim to add value in everything we do
We want our clients to succeed
We are passionate about helping our clients achieve their goals, however ambitious and no matter how many obstacles they face. Our clients’ challenges are our challenges and we’ll do whatever it takes to help them in the right way to achieve the best possible outcome.
We are creative and innovative and enjoy finding the best way to do things
We use our knowledge, intellectual rigour and experience to help clients make judgements and achieve their aims. We have the creativity to find innovative solutions to difficult challenges and explain them simply. We have a long history but are a modern business, open to new ways of working, so that we give clients an ever more efficient and effective service.
We aim to make a positive contribution to the communities in which we work
Through our work for our clients, the value we contribute every day by our pro bono work and volunteering and our ethical and responsible business practices, we seek to make a real and positive difference to the world around us.
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Legal Business (blog)
Freshfields advises as Tesco agrees £129m fine for overstating profits
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Kingsley Napley are advising Tesco as it reaches an agreement with the Serious Fraud Office to pay a £129m fine to avoid prosecution for overstating its profits in 2014. Tesco and the SFO confirmed today that the pair ...
'It could still fall apart': Freshfields client Tesco takes DPA after two year SFO investigation