Culture & Core Values

Personal Commitments and Firm Guiding Principles


Each of us commits to:

  • Act always in accordance with the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
  • Engage directly with, and listen to, clients to understand their business and to help them achieve their objectives.
  • Provide uniformly excellent, pragmatic and cost effective legal services, guided by our clients’ needs, and with the aim of providing transformational advice.
  • Take initiative to build his or her career and our Firm.
  • Work hard and with intensity with each other and with our clients.
  • Treat others with respect and communicate with honesty and candor.
  • Work effectively in teams, sharing and taking responsibility.
  • Make optimum use of the Firm’s global resources to benefit our clients.
  • Work one-on-one with our people to develop their full range of skills, including expertise in the law, practical judgment, and the ability to act and advise decisively.
  • Enthusiastically support the Firm’s Guiding Principles.

Our Firm’s Guiding Principles:

  • Attract a mix of challenging engagements that will provide distinctive value to our clients.
  • Reward and promote our people based on contribution.
  • Build an inclusive Firm that reflects the diversity of the world in which we practice.
  • Manage the Firm in a way that is decisive and responsive to change yet always founded upon building consensus.
  • Encourage all our people to undertake service in the public interest.
  • Deliver superior economic performance.
  • Maintain and expand global reach with “one firm” economics.
  • Invest in the future – constantly strive to make the Firm better tomorrow than it is today.

Learn more about Dechert’s diversity and women’s initiatives.