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Our purpose and values

Moving in the same direction

Having a shared purpose and set of values gives us a common sense of identity. It sets a collective direction as we navigate the future for our clients and our people and ensures we continue to be a sustainable and responsible business.

Our purpose:

Empowering tomorrow 

We enable our clients to succeed by navigating their most complex legal challenges and creating opportunity where others see barriers.  We seek to create a better future for our clients, our people and the communities in which we live and work.

Our client work

Our values

We are committed to delivering exceptional experiences for both our people and our clients, and this is what makes working with Freshfields unique. This difference is shaped by our three core values. These are what drive our success and are at the heart of how we approach our work and relationships.

Embracing challenge

We seize challenges as opportunities to grow. We share a common mindset that, working together as one team, we can overcome obstacles and deliver great outcomes. It is why people join us and clients choose us.

Valuing collaboration

We offer an unparalleled service and experience through our collegiality and by proactively bringing together our global and diverse talent. It is what makes working with us special.

Redefining excellence

We seek to push the boundaries of what excellence means in everything we do. It is a journey not a destination and one we support each other on. It is what gives us our cutting edge.

Our global team

With more than 4,000 people in the world’s major business hubs, serving clients in over 150 countries, we know what it takes to operate across borders, legal systems and commercial cultures. Over decades we have built ties with the leading national advisers in every market so we can support our clients wherever they need us.

Our history

Responsible business

We are united in our determination to observe the highest personal, ethical and professional standards in everything we do. As a people business, we are committed to inclusion and recognise that original thinking requires diversity of experience.

We strive to make a positive difference to the communities in which we operate through our client work, our community investment programmes, our pro bono advice and our sustainability goals. Freshfields was the first international firm to sign the UN Global Compact and is driving the creation of more sustainable markets and economies.

We are also working to change our industry through initiatives such as our Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme, which provides a route into commercial law for black men from less socially mobile backgrounds.

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Innovation

When our clients are doing something for the first time, they turn to us. We excel in matters that require legal innovation.

We are also transforming the way law firms work through the Freshfields Hub and Freshfields Lab, which combine people, processes and technology to offer our clients enhanced insights, improved efficiencies and closer collaboration. 

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