Senior Partner William Lawes
Managing Partner David Aitman
Executive Partner Stephan Eilers
Office Managing Partner, London Julian Long
Number of partners 429
Number of lawyers 2700
The firm Freshfields is a commercially savvy, innovative law firm that will help clients navigate the most complex issues, wherever they want to do business.
Clients say that Freshfields has five main strengths that mark it out from other firms:
■ Unparalleled international delivery
■ A winning track-record for when it matters most
■ Business-relevant judgement and know-how
■ Great people understanding
■ Absolute client commitment
Freshfields is one of the world’s ten largest law firms, with over 2,700 lawyers worldwide.
Areas of practice Freshfields has a particularly strong international focus. It has advised on a greater value of cross-border deals than any other firm since 2010. In 2013, the firm worked on over 230 deals, with a combined value of US$214 billion. In the last four years Freshfields has guided clients in over half of all the in-depth merger investigations by the European Commission. The firm also advises on some of the most high-value arbitrations in the world. The value of its current claims portfolio is over US$90 billion.
Sector Experience Freshfields’ lawyers tailor their advice for particular sectors. These include private equity, consumer and healthcare, energy and natural resources, insurance and financial institutions. The firm also focuses on the industrial, infrastructure and transport sectors, leisure, real estate, and telecoms, media and technology.
Services for Clients Freshfields is a market leader in M&A and capital markets, competition, finance, regulatory work, disputes, restructuring and insolvency, tax, employment, real estate and intellectual property. It advises leading corporates and financial institutions on legal considerations behind strategies to grow, strengthen and defend their businesses. Often this involves teams from across different legal disciplines coming together. For example, Freshfields has a leading global investigations practice, and has advised companies on high-profile crisis management.
Clients Freshfields advises corporations, financial institutions and governments around the world. Clients include AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, BP, Deloitte, Pearson and Tesco. It has advised its oldest client, the Bank of England, for over 250 years.
International Freshfields works with clients who do business all over the world. It works in some of the world’s most challenging legal environments. In the last three years Freshfields has helped clients in over 150 jurisdictions. The firm has experienced ‘country teams’ and ‘country partners’, who focus on markets that are important for clients. The teams also develop relationships with leading law firms and regulators, so they’re ready at short notice to give clients the best advice anywhere in the world.
Recruitment Freshfields has a strong diversity policy – ability and talent drive progression, not background, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age or impairment. The firm encourages lawyers to go on client secondments and trains staff to build specific industry knowledge and skills so they can adapt to clients’ and markets’ changing needs.
Other offices: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bahrain, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Vienna and Washington, DC.
- Antitrust, Competition & Trade Simon Priddis
- Corporate Simon Marchant
- Dispute Resolution Christopher Pugh
- Employment, Pensions & Benefits Caroline Stroud
- Finance Ken Baird
- Real Estate Emma Kendall
- Tax David Haworth