Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
|Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP|
|Headquarters||65 Fleet Street
London, United Kingdom
|No. of offices||27|
|No. of lawyers||
Partners: 427Associates: 1,611
|No. of employees||Approx. 4,859|
|Major practice areas||Banking & finance
Projects & Energy
|Key people||Will Lawes
|Revenue||£1.232 billion (2013/14)|
|Profit per equity partner||£1.48 million (2013/14)|
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (informally Freshfields) is a multinational law firm headquartered in London and a member of the Magic Circle of elite British law firms. Freshfields was founded in 1743.
Freshfields is the oldest firm within the Magic Circle.
It is reported to be the most profitable firm amongst its peer group, with the highest reported profit margin amongst the five Magic Circle firms.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was created in 2000 when U.K.-based Freshfields merged with two law firms: Germany-based Deringer, Tessin, Herrmann, & Sedemund and Germany-Austria-based Bruckhaus, Westrick, Heller, Löber.
Freshfields traces its British origins to 1743, when partner Samuel Dodd was appointed solicitor to the Bank of England. Freshfields have been the Bank's legal adviser ever since. Historic clients of the firm include: William Gladstone, Sir Robert Peel and Nathan Meyer Rothschild.
The firm changed its name as different partners joined or left the firm until James William Freshfield (1775–1864) was elected partner. James Freshfield, his sons and grandsons worked at the firm until the last Freshfield retired in 1918.
In 2007, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer restructured its business, changing its partners' pension scheme and reducing the number of equity partnerships. In 2008 the firm converted to a limited liability partnership (LLP).
"Global Law Firm of the Year" (Who's Who Legal Awards 2013, 2014 ); "Most Highly Regarded M&A Law Firm in the World" (Who's Who Legal 2012, 2013 and 2014); "European M&A Legal Adviser of the Year" (Mergermarket European Awards 2014); "M&A Team of the Year Asia" (Asia Legal Awards 2015); "M&A Team of the Year" (British Legal Awards 2014); "M&A team of the year" (IFLR European Awards 2010); "M&A team of the year" (British Legal Awards 2009 and 2008); "Germany law firm of the year"; "UK law firm of the year" (Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2009); "Most innovative law firm" (Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards 2009); "Law firm of the year" (The Lawyer Awards 2008); "International law firm of the year" (PLC Which Lawyer? Awards 2008).
Freshfields has been the top ranked firm in the world for expertise in Antitrust and Competition Law in the Global Competition Law "Global Elite Law Firms Index" for a number of years.
Freshfields was named Legal Business CSR Firm of the Year 2007 for being the first international law firm to produce an externally audited corporate social responsibility report under the Global Reporting Initiative's sustainability reporting framework. In 2009, the firm yet again won the CSR Programme of the Year award by Legal Business.
Freshfields runs a number of programmes designed to attract applicants from non-traditional backgrounds, including TARGETchances City law, Pure Potential and the Sutton Trust's Pathways to Law initiative.
The Freshfields Angel
James William Freshfield, the firm's founder, adopted the crest of John Freshfield of Norwich as his own, having seen it as a boy. It was later used as the firm's mark. The emblem represents St Michael who is depicted as an angel with a spear.
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