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3.1 Ethics and professional standards
Clifford Chance is committed to the highest ethical and professional standards. These apply to all our people, regardless of role, and to all our offices. Clifford Chance people are required to act professionally and in compliance with relevant laws, regulations and Bar rules.
These ethical and professional standards include:
- acting with integrity, professionalism and fairness
- acting in the best interests of each client, including providing a proper standard of service to our clients
- upholding the rule of law and the proper administration of justice
- behaving in a way that maintains the trust the public has in the provision of legal services
- maintaining our independence
The Firm has internal policies intended to help its people comply with these standards and with relevant laws and regulations.
3.2 Anti-Corruption statement
Clifford Chance has a zero tolerance policy towards bribery and corruption. We are committed to:
- conducting business in a manner that complies with applicable laws and is consistent with the highest ethical standards including, among other things, standards intended to prevent bribery and corruption, and
- using our best endeavours to ensure that those who perform services for and on behalf of Clifford Chance – including employees, contractors, foreign counsel and agents – are aware of and share our commitment to conducting business ethically.
The Firm is subject to the UK Bribery Act 2010 and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in respect of its activities throughout the world and has adopted an Anti-Corruption Policy, which has been endorsed by its senior management. The policy is based on an assessment by Clifford Chance of the external and internal bribery risks that face us, and reflects fundamental standards that Clifford Chance expects those who perform services for us and on our behalf to abide by when acting on our behalf.
Clifford Chance will not use third parties or intermediaries to engage on its behalf in unethical practices that would be prohibited under any applicable laws if undertaken by Clifford Chance. Clifford Chance expects that all third parties and intermediaries that it engages will conduct themselves accordingly when acting on behalf or for the benefit of Clifford Chance. Clifford Chance is committed to transparency on its ethical standards and anti-bribery initiatives and has established procedures that are described in our Anti-Corruption Policy to encourage employees to report instances or allegations of policy violations. In addition, the Firm has signed up to the World Economic Forum's Partnering Against Corruption Initiative and the UN Global Compact.
For more detailed information about our policies and procedures, please contact us.
3.3 Human Rights
The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights which were unanimously endorsed by the Human Rights Council in 2011 state that all business enterprises have a responsibility to respect human rights. As a firm we have agreed to support and respect internationally recognised human rights, both as part of our commitment to the UN Global Compact and consistent with the UN Guiding Principles.
Clifford Chance takes data privacy seriously. We have a global policy, that we follow worldwide, which is based on EU data protection principles. For more information see our privacy statement.
Our anti-money laundering (AML) policies are generally based on the highest standards that are required in the jurisdictions where we operate, and apply in relation to all of our business in all of our offices all over the world. The Firm conducts client due diligence enquiries on each new client and persons connected with them and conducts ongoing monitoring of existing clients. These enquiries are based on the FATF Recommendations, and the EU Third Money Laundering Directive, although if additional information is required by the local rules of any country where we are being asked to work, that information will also be obtained. Where necessary for these purposes, we seek relevant information from third party data suppliers. Where individuals have supplied personal data for this purpose we will only use it for that purpose and will keep it only as long as the relevant AML and data protection legislation requires.
The Firm also has internal procedures to ensure that any suspicions of money laundering are reported to the appropriate authorities where there is an obligation to do so. Lawyers and other relevant staff are provided with training on these issues.
Clifford Chance is committed to providing its clients with commercially focused legal advice of the highest quality. Any client who is unhappy about the advice and assistance that it receives from the Firm, including any concerns about a bill, is entitled to complain. A copy of the Firm's complaints procedure can be obtained from the Firm's General Counsel, Chris Perrin or the Firm's Director of Global Insurances, Jenny Cassidy. Any client who is not satisfied with the Firm's handling of complaints may be entitled to ask the Legal Ombudsman of England and Wales to consider the complaint. A client may also be entitled to apply for an assessment of a bill sent by the Firm under Part III of the Solicitors Act 1974. For further information see our UK regulatory page.
All Clifford Chance entities worldwide have professional indemnity insurance cover which is in excess of any local compulsory requirements. Further details can be obtained from the Firm's Director of Global Insurances, Jenny Cassidy.
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The statement on the home page "International Law Firm of the Year" is accredited to:
- IFLR Europe Awards 2014
- Chambers Global Awards 2013