"We must continue to challenge the assumption that you cannot be out and successful in business. It is so important that global law firms like Herbert Smith Freehills, and the wider business community, continue to pave the way for real change around the world. I am delighted that we are working with myGwork. We will continue to connect and create role models that will inspire the next generation of business leaders to drive forward LGBT+ inclusion."
Justin D'Agostino, CEO, Herbert Smith Freehills
Herbert Smith Freehills – The future of law is here.
We’re a leading, full-service, global law firm working on some of the world’s biggest cases and deals at the forefront of the world’s most exciting sectors. With an award-winning depth of expertise across a wide variety of sectors, geographies and legal specialisms, we’re the firm where you can build your future in law.
By combining perspectives and potential from diverse backgrounds, we can offer our clients pioneering solutions. With our innovative and inclusive culture, we’re building a law firm ready to lead the future. Our progressive approach allows us to continually break new ground; whether it’s a complex international dispute or a billion-pound, cross-border deal. You’ll add your insight and expertise from day one.
Our work is incredibly varied. We provide top-quality tailored legal advice to major corporations, governments and financial institutions as well as various commercial organisations. We operate at the forefront of many exciting sectors and no other firm has more Chambers rankings. Our dispute resolution practice is widely recognised as number one globally and this includes both our leading international arbitration practice and award-winning in-house advocacy unit. We can therefore offer a complete litigation service and a realistic alternative career to the Bar. We also specialise in finance, competition, regulation and trade, intellectual property, real estate and more. As a truly global law firm, we do this by attracting the brightest minds across the world to collaborate on work which has an international impact.
Leading for Inclusion
At Herbert Smith Freehills, we believe it’s important to embrace the differences that make us unique and for our business to reflect the diversity of our clients and the communities we work with. Our culture of inclusion enables us to attract and retain the best talent, who can bring their whole selves to work, unlock diverse perspectives and continue to do the pioneering work that offers our clients the most considered and effective advice.
Our IRIS (LGBT+) network
Our global IRIS (LGBT+) network aims to promote and advocate for LGBT+ diversity and inclusion within and beyond the firm to enhance our culture, client relationships and the communities in which we operate.
The network has several local and regional chapters and is open to LGBT+ people and their Allies across the firm. The network is sponsored by Justin D’Agostino, CEO.
The overarching objective of the network is to support and connect LGBT+ people and Allies across our international offices. In addition to the programmes led by regional and local IRIS networks, the global network aims to promote role-modelling, awareness, communication and support, inter-network and client collaboration and LGBT+ advocacy.
We are signatories to the UN Standards of Conduct for LGBTI Inclusion and recently sponsored the launch of Stonewall’s first global LGBT business advocacy guide at the UN Forum for Business and Human Rights in Geneva.
In addition, the network has supported:
- Re-launching our Trans and Non-Binary Guidelines, with a focus on non-binary inclusion and enhancing the support available to individuals, including by offering 1:1 coaching;
- The decriminalisation of homosexuality and LGBT+ rights across the world, through our pro bono work;
- A global mobility project looking into the experiences of LGBT+ people who travel/relocate with business and the support needed;
- Work to ensure that our medical providers are fully LGBT+ inclusive;
- A legal battle to win the right to spousal visa for same-sex couples in Hong Kong; and
- Open Doors in Australia to deliver services to LGBT+ young people with a range of needs including, homelessness, mental health, alcohol and drug counselling and suicide prevention.
Working at HSF
Our Difference: A truly global law firm is built on a diverse culture, reflective of the societies in which we live and work. That’s why inclusivity is key to our success. Here, you’ll be part of an open working environment where you’ll be valued for what makes you different and accepted for who you are.
Innovation: We are defined by our inclusivity and our commitment to innovation. We pioneer both in the work we do and the way we do it. That means more than just a statement. We give our people time off to find innovative solutions, our lawyers are involved in ground-breaking developments and the cases we work on shape the future of law. All our lawyers are able to apply for up to ten days per year to work on initiatives that drive innovation and create lasting benefits for the firm and our clients under our Innovation10 programme. They often involve teams of people including lawyers and technologists to create pioneering solutions that help us provide a better solution for clients.
Meeting the needs of our clients through the quality of our connections and experience across the globe.
Working together to deliver the best commercial results for our clients.
Shaping the experience of our clients and the quality of our culture through our personal actions.
Striving for excellence in everything