A PARTNERSHIP OF OUTSTANDING PERSONALITIES
A blend of a feeling for quality, an enthusiasm for innovation, a supreme level of performance, a sense of belonging together, and tradition is what sets the culture of Gleiss Lutz apart. For decades we have been unwavering in our commitment to our values of excellence, individuality, partnership, and internationality.
The pursuit of outstanding quality is an integral part of the Gleiss Lutz culture.
Gleiss Lutz’s lawyers are always counted among the best in their field. And the firm focussed on specialisation from the very beginning, seeing this as a necessary condition for delivering supreme quality.
For us, however, excellent legal advice is not just a matter of supreme specialist ability and academic brilliance. Understanding the client and his challenges, reliability, accessibility, pragmatism, efficiency, and flexibility – our maxim is to breathe life into these words in our day-to-day dealings with our clients.
The legal profession is a people business. Gleiss Lutz gives first-class lawyers the freedom to increase their individual strengths and constantly work on their individual development. We are not looking for streamlined, to-the-line lawyers, rather for strong personalities who will not only give our clients excellent legal advice but will also stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them and support through all the challenges of constantly shifting circumstances.
Gleiss Lutz is a partnership. For us this is more than merely an issue of our legal form. The success of our firm is due in great part to the trusting manner in which our lawyers deal with one another. The partnership principle is for us, however, not just a matter of establishing an equal footing for everyone within our firm: we strive also to establish long-term partnerships with our clients, built on respect and mutual trust.
From its very beginnings Gleiss Lutz has had an international outlook. For decades our firm has maintained close ties with leading independent law firms around the world, advising on major international transactions even in its earliest history. Every day our lawyers work on cross-border mandates, with internationality playing an integral role in their working lives.
Gleiss Lutz’s success is rooted in passionate commitment to our clients, as well as to providing excellent legal advice and service. To achieve these goals we need a workplace environment where everyone can contribute their full innovative potential. We are convinced that this works best in an organisational setup that values appreciation, acceptance and mutual trust, and in which open-mindedness, diversity and inclusion are not merely buzzwords, but part of our DNA.
As a result, we have not only adopted a binding Diversity and Anti-Discrimination Policy for all employees at Gleiss Lutz, but wish to actively promote diversity and inclusion both within and beyond our firm. To this end we are, for example, part of Germany's largest corporate diversity network, “Charta der Vielfalt” (Diversity Charter).
Even though open-mindedness and respect have always been part of our corporate culture, diversity is an ongoing challenge and opportunity. As a result it’s a never-ending process that requires sustained commitment and a lot of stamina. As a law firm we therefore want to become more diverse and inclusive, and firmly believe that our employees’ diversity – regardless of nationality, origin, age, gender, sexual orientation and identity – and their diverse perspectives and working styles will have a profound and positive impact on Gleiss Lutz and form the basis for our future success.
We have adopted a comprehensive management approach for the advancement of women in business. Gleiss Lutz has long recognised that a person’s career should not have to suffer from their desire to have children. In 2001, we were the first major German law firm to introduce a part-time partner track. Several years ago we also launched our “Women in Business” initiative. It follows a three-pillar approach and is aimed at female law students, female lawyers already at Gleiss Lutz and female clients. This initiative includes unique offers such as roundtables with female partners, joint ladies’ lunches or targeted training activities. In 2014, 2017 and 2018 we received the European Women in Business Law Award from Euromoney Legal Media Group for our “Women in Business” initiative as "Country Winner Germany".