Farrer & Co is synonymous with the highest quality legal advice and service.
We advise individuals, families, businesses, financial services, educational and not-for-profit organisations on every aspect of the law, wherever the need arises. From our offices in London we work with trusted professionals around the world to deliver a seamless international service.
Our clients present us with complex and varied challenges. Whether that's a complicated family trust issue, a multinational corporate transaction, or an emerging threat to their reputation, they need clear thinkers who can advise on the best solutions, fast thinkers when speed is of the essence and agile thinkers who can produce a fresh approach to get the job done. That's why they choose us.
Our clients value our in-depth knowledge, technical excellence and diversity of disciplines. But what really binds our long-standing relationships with them is our approach: pragmatic, plain speaking and always steadfast in our values, which we hold dear. Values which mean we gain our clients' trust, always strive to do the right thing, and aim for the best results for them.
Superb client service sits at the heart of everything we do. We are modern lawyers with timeless values.
Farrer & Co is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in relation to its members, clients and the community. We believe that every person in the firm has a responsibility to ensure inclusion and dignity at work.
We recognise the importance of creating an inclusive environment in which people can progress and fulfil their potential. We are committed to ensuring that all our people are employed, trained, compensated and promoted solely on the strength of their ability, qualifications, experience and merit.
We value the wellbeing of our people and pride ourselves on being a supportive employer, taking reasonable and practical steps to help them to balance their careers with other aspects of their lives. We think this is reflected in the fact that we have an exceptionally low staff turnover.
Diversity and inclusion enriches the culture of the firm and means that we are better positioned to continue to provide a first-class service to our clients.
Internal Diversity initiatives
Our Head of Diversity and our Diversity & Inclusion Manager work with our Diversity Forum (made up of members from across the firm) to share ideas and work on projects and initiatives to improve the diversity of the talent we attract and retain and to support an inclusive environment.
We recognise the benefits flexible working can provide to our people, our clients and our business. We work to ensure that flexible and smart working is an integral part of our culture.
Working Parents Network
We have an active Working Parents network which meets regularly to share experiences and ideas.
We are founding members of this network of mid-size law firms focused on support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. This inclusive group is open to anyone at the firm, both LGBT and allies.
Lunch and Learn programme
We have a varied programme of lunch time sessions focusing on topics which affect our members' lives, including parenting and wellbeing.
External diversity initiatives and associations
Aspiring Solicitors works to increase diversity in the legal profession across all underrepresented groups. The partnership is a part of the firm's ongoing commitment to increase diversity amongst solicitors at the firm.
Law Society Diversity & Inclusion Charter
Participation in the annual charter report helps us to identify areas for improvement as well as providing an opportunity to share, and learn from, examples of best practice with other firms.
We are a member of PRIME, an alliance of law firms committed to improving access to the legal profession through work experience.
Each year, we run a work experience programme for a group of Year 13 IntoUniversity students. The scheme provides underrepresented pupils with an insight into the legal profession and working life.
The RARE contextual recruitment system
We use the RARE contextual recruitment system. This is a ground-breaking, data-driven graduate recruitment system to help improve social mobility. It is believed to be the first tech-based tool that helps firms to calibrate and measure the social mobility characteristics of individuals and graduate intakes.
We are an employer partner of the Change100 Programme with Leonard Cheshire, a charity supporting disabled people to fulfil their potential. Change100 is an award-winning programme of paid summer work placements and mentoring for disabled students and recent graduates.
The firm has corporate membership of Cityparents, which is a group of over 10,000 members in London representing legal, banking/finance, management consultancy, human resources and accountancy organisations.
"For us, corporate responsibility is a true reflection of our personal values and appreciation of our place within society."
We take seriously our responsibilities for our staff, our local environment and the communities in which we live and work. Active corporate responsibility is integral to the welfare and ethos of the firm, making it the kind of place we all wish to work for and represent. To achieve this we encourage charitable and pro bono activity by
- encouraging pro bono work, including through our partnership with the Mary Ward free legal advice centre
- supporting volunteering through events and challenges, encouraging staff to use their annual volunteering day and by regular firm donations through the firm's charitable trust to charities
- hosting and participating in charitable activities, from bake sales to hosting an evening on behalf of JUSTICE on the challenges to the legal system in the 21st century
- actively taking steps to reduce our environmental footprint - we were one of the first firms to be ESOS compliant, and
- being a signatory to The Law Society's Pro Bono Charter.
Reflecting our culture and business, most of our external corporate responsibility projects are created and maintained through personal initiatives and relationships. From trainee solicitors all the way up to the senior partner, every member of staff is encouraged to get involved in projects that have a positive impact for the benefit of charities in our local community and in their own.
Our local community
"It really is hugely encouraging for the team to know that you have chosen to continue to support us over such a long period of time and that enthusiasm amongst your colleagues continues to grow. The gifts that you bring are not only the presents themselves, but thought and care they demonstrate shows our clients that they are held in mind as people deserving of your kindness."
Janet Martin, Project Manager, St Mungo's
We also support our people who are active in their own local communities. Some of our recent activities include
- donations of gift boxes to St Mungo’s shelter for the homeless in Holborn at Christmas, Easter gifts to the patients of Barts at Easter and a harvest collection in Autumn for Food for All
- improving the literacy of children by reading with pupils at local schools since 2008 as a corporate sponsor of the reading scheme charity, Beanstalk
- volunteering at a number of local food banks, charity shops, older people's lunch clubs and employability centres
- fundraising by completing the London Legal Walk, marathons, Three Peaks Challenge and Race the Sun events, and
- providing support at free legal advice clinics and training others in our community to do the same.
We are committed to looking at ways in which we can reduce the adverse impacts of our business on the environment. We monitor levels of use of finite resources, and aim to reduce these, year on year. We have identified a number of areas in which we believe we can gradually improve or lessen our impact on the environment including
- waste management – our target is to reduce waste through increasing reuse and recycling
- energy consumption – our target is to reduce energy consumption through our purchasing choices and our power saving systems for lighting, heating and IT usage, and travel policies
- sourcing and supply chain – we seek out suppliers who are locally based where possible and who operate environmentally friendly policies, and
- health and safety - ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our clients, visitors, suppliers, employees and others who might be affected by our activities.
Our staff retention rate continues to be amongst the best in the legal sector - the consequence being a smaller alumni community than some other firms, but a solid and growing one nonetheless.
We take great pride that many of our staff remain with us for many years, and that those that move on choose to continue their relationship with us through our alumni initiative.
Our annual networking event and social gatherings aim to complement the activities of the firm and those of our alumni, and help maintain our relationships within the wider Farrers' community.
Any role you have held at Farrers is valued, and we would love to hear from you. Please call on 020 3375 7000 or email Henry Sainty or Paul Jones for more information. You can also join our LinkedIn group here.
The firm was refurbished in 2016, and has invested in several established contemporary artists including Arthur Madderson and William Tillyer, along with emerging artists such as Philip Mount and Ptolemy Mann. Each of the artists display their own areas of skills and perspective, yet collectively exhibit a cohesive personality and focus, much like the people here at Farrers.
The art collection has been carefully chosen with the advice of expert Philip Herriott, Director of Art Search Limited, to reflect the culture and individualism of our brand. The unique selection of art mediums, ranging between drawings, paintings, patchwork and photography, all echo the ongoing creative ethos of Farrers and we are happy to feature it on our website.
The Farrers Timeline
The journey begins
We trace our origins back to a practice started by Tempest Slinger Snr and Tempest Slinger Jnr who set up an office at 5 New Square.
The Farrers get on board
James Farrer, who practises in West Yorkshire, sends a number of cases to the firm. His son, Oliver Farrer, aged 17, joins the firm to serve the last two years of his articles.
Keeping it in the family
With the arrival of a second brother, James, the name of the firm now includes Farrer.
School for Scandal
The firm is instructed to sue well-known playwright Richard Brindsley Sheridan, resulting in the repossession of the Opera House.
In the papers
We are instructed by the Duke of York to sue The Times newspaper for an article suggesting some of the Royal Princes were less than happy at the recovery of George lll. The editor was imprisoned for a year.
We purchase the southern half of 66 Lincoln’s Inn Fields from the son of Attorney General James Wallace after it was restored by Sir Christopher Wren.
The Iron Duke
Advice was provided to the Duke of Wellington relating to the insurance of his paintings.
Charles Dickens asks the firm to handle his purchase of a house at Gads Hill in Kent. Further advice is provided on Dickens’ business contracts, libel cases and a copyright dispute in New Zealand.
Following advice from Farrers, work starts on a groundbreaking cancer research institute in London, later to become the world famous Institute of Cancer Research.
The firm advises the Royal Family and the Royal Estates in a number of capacities. In the 1930s, this includes sensitive negotiations over the abdication of Edward VIII (later the Duke of Windsor).
The relationship with the British Olympic Association (BOA) commences with instructions on the London Olympic Games. Partner Emrys Lloyd was an Olympian competing in the fencing tournament.
The firm moves into number 65 Lincoln’s Inn Fields which had been the home of William Marsden, with whom Farrers had had a very cordial relationship. Farrers had been instrumental in the two hospitals which he founded: the Royal Free and the Royal Marsden Hospital.
The firm expands and adds to its accommodation in the newly refurbished Imperial Buildings.
Farrers converts to a limited liability partnership (LLP).
We provide legal advice to the BOA for the successful London 2012 bid. Staff raise funds for Paralympian sailors, Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell, to buy a boat, called “Tempest Slinger”, which they used to win Bronze. We also launch an exhibition on the 1948 Olympics in London to celebrate our ongoing involvement with the Games, as mentioned in The Times.
We were named ‘Best Managed Workplace’ at the 2014 Managing Partner Forum Awards for Management Excellence in recognition of the firm’s solid performance and revenue growth in challenging economic times.
Farrers continues as a leading law firm with an ongoing commitment to innovation and embracing technology to help us help our clients. We were one of the first firms in the UK to implement a cloud based electronic file solution for managing documents and emails – increasing efficiencies and providing quicker access to client files.