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Gorrissen Federspiel

AXELTORV 2, 1609 COPENHAGEN V, DENMARK
Tel:
Work +45 33 41 41 41
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Fax +45 33 41 41 33
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Web:
www.gorrissenfederspiel.com
Aarhus, Copenhagen

Gorrissen Federspiel’s diversity initiatives

At Gorrissen Federspiel, we are aware that diversity and equal opportunities for everyone are essential to our continued success. We assess future employees exclusively on the basis of their qualifications and do not take culture, gender, ethnicity, religion, age, social background, skin colour or sexual orientation into consideration.

We welcome laywers with foreign qualifications as well. In our Shipping practice area, for instance, our team includes common law solicitors owing to the frequent use of English law in the sector.

The Diversity Council

Not only do we promote diversity in our workplace, we also work to promote diversity in society. In 2017, Gorrissen Federspiel joined, as a founding partner, a new strategic initiative, called The Danish Diversity Council – now The Diversity Council (DC).

The aim of this initiative is to boost the number of female talents at the top level of management in Danish companies. We decided to join this partnership as one of our focus areas is how we can get better at motivating and maintaining talents of both genders. Within the DC context, we have chosen three strategic focus areas: 1) Securing a talent pipeline, 2) Inclusive management and 3) The preferred workplace of the future.

#leadthefuture

In spring 2018, DC and the former Danish Minister for Gender Equality, Karen Ellemann, launched the campaign “Lead the Future” which focuses on role models for young women at Danish higher education institutions. Like our fellow partner companies, we selected three female role models from our firm: partner Camilla C. Collet, partner Charlotte Louise Thorsen and attorney Gitte Dehn Lansner. On the campaign’s website, www.leadthefuture.dk, all three of them have shared their personal stories about their choice of career and their views on work-life balance. These stories aim to serve as inspiration for young women.

Debate on gender diversity

In November 2018, Gorrissen Federspiel hosted a packed debate on gender diversity in top-level management, attended by, among others, Minister for Gender Equality, Eva Kjer Hansen.

Tailor-made professional expertise

At Gorrissen Federspiel, we recognise that our employees are talents who may not share the same career dreams and ambitions. Accordingly, the aim is that each employee receives bespoke career development.

There are many paths to a good and exciting work life and we want it to be possible for all employees – depending on life situation – to plan the career path that is best suited for them.

We wish to create a culture where each employee and his or her manager have a trusting relationship and where there is an instinctive focus on job satisfaction, development and career, not only in the annual appraisals but also in quarterly check-ins.

Gorrissen Federspiel’s pro bono initiatives

Children and youth are the foundation of our future society. Gorrissen Federspiel puts accordingly great focus on contributing to the education and development of young pe¬ople in Denmark and broad. We also focus on securing the rule of law and contributing to access to justice. We are involved in pro bono work in many different contexts and encourage our lawyers to play an active role in pro bono projects.

Human Practice Foundation

In 2016, Gorrissen Federspiel partnered up with the Human Practice Foundation to build a new school in Dumkot, a small mountain town in the Dolakha province in north-east Nepal. Nepal is one of the world’s poorest countries, where access to education is not guaranteed. The catastrophic earthquake in 2015 only worsened the situation.

The Human Practice Foundation is a visionary charitable organisation foun¬ded by Pernille Kruse Madsen, who qualified as an attorney at our law firm. The foundation primarily works with school and entrepreneurial projects, aiming to enable the local community to make its way out of poverty.

As part of our partnership, our employees are able to apply for leave to travel to Nepal to teach English or to assist in other ways.

Grieving Children, Teens and Young Adults

We cooperate with the Danish Counselling and Research Centre for Grieving Children, Teens and Young Adults to support individuals who are affected by the serious illness or death of an immediate family member. The cooperation involves a free telephone service on legal advice for the organisation’s users and their families. The advice relates to issues of family law, such as probate and related areas.

Legal aid organisations

Several of our law students and assistant attorneys work as volunteers at legal aid organisations, where they provide oral advice and write letters on behalf of clients. They contribute to providing everyone with information on rights and obligations as well as on fair legal treatment.

Rule of law

As lawyers, we have a particular role and duty in a society ruled by law. Accordingly, it is important that we are involved in society as a whole while focusing on areas where lawyers have an influence or play a role. To this end, Gorrissen Federspiel focuses on collaborative work locally and nationally through the Danish Bar and Law Society, the Association of Danish Law Firms, and local bar associations in Copenhagen and Aarhus, and internatio¬nally through the International Bar Association and other similar organisati¬ons, as well as by assisting various legal aid organisations.

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