2017 was an exciting year for Farrer & Co. In May it appointed its first female senior partner, Anne-Marie Piper, who brings three decades of industry experience, strong leadership and a determination that Farrer & Co should continue to flourish as an increasingly flexible and diverse workplace.
Founded some 300 years ago, the firm has a deeply rooted culture of integrity, excellence and partnership, which it uses as a strong base from which to innovate. Farrer & Co is one of the few leading law firms which has remained entirely independent and retains a clear sense of identity and collegiality. It prides itself on the trust it has built with its clients, who know that they can rely on Farrer & Co to be utterly discreet while offering expert advice.
‘The role we play with many of our clients is that of trusted adviser. And that’s about judgment,’ says Anne-Marie, who understands implicitly that lawyers are often called up on at times of great stress, in personal or business life.
The 400 people in the firm today, including approximately 250 fee earners and 80 partners, are the firm’s greatest asset; a dynamic community of talented individuals, united in its ambition to deliver the highest quality of service to its clients.The firm is known for its thoughtful, sophisticated and intelligent approach – the place people want to come when they have a really complicated, important, life-affecting issue to solve.
Well-known for acting for high-net worth individuals, the firm also offers a comprehensive range of legal services to its commercial clients, on issues ranging from corporate transactions, financial services, data protection, disputes, employment and reputation management. It advises on innovative corporate deals, such as the sale of the Duchy Originals brand to Waitrose and is adept at navigating complex commercial cross-border disputes, some of which have recently resulted in the formation of new law by the Supreme Court. 2017 also saw Farrer & Co adapt to reflect client demands and the changing economic market by creating a dedicated Brexit response team and expand into the areas of immigration and Fintech.
Farrer & Co has been in the heart of London’s legal district since 1790, working from its iconic office, a former home of Prime Minister Thomas Pelham-Holles and the location for the sealing of the charter of the Bank of England.
Illustrious clients through the centuries have included Charles Dickens and Captain Scott, for whom the firm acted while he prepared for his expeditions to the Antarctic. The firm’s prestigious reputation and its knowledge and understanding of the luxury sector have earned the firm a strong standing in acting for luxury businesses, often with a global reach, as well as guiding its wealthier clients when making major investments in such companies. ‘Our heritage is terribly important and our ethos is one of stewardship, leaving the business in better shape than you found it,’ says Anne-Marie. Notwithstanding its distinguished past, adapting to its clients’ ever-changing needs has ensured Farrer & Co’s reputation as one of London’s most versatile contemporary law firms.
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