Freshfields have embedded ‘access to justice and access to opportunity’ as part of their Responsible Business strategy, and the LGBTQ+ community is one of six priority groups within their vast pro bono commitments. The dedication of Freshfields to support some of the most marginalised and vulnerable LGBTQ+ people across the world has had significant impact on both individual lives and communities. Some examples of their work include:
Advising on the case of two Jamaican citizens who were forced to flee the country after experiencing severe violence and discrimination as a result of their sexual orientation. As the first-ever decision of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to find that laws criminalising LGBTQ+ people violate international law, this is now a landmark LGBTQ+ human rights decision for the entire Caribbean region. Learn more about the decision.
Providing legal and strategic support in a high-profile ruling where the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that a parent-child relationship established in one Member State shall be recognised in all other Member States without exceptions, and most importantly, regardless of the Member State’s stance on same-sex marriage. Learn more about this decision.
By recognising their areas of strength and influence, and partnering with local organisations, Freshfields have been able to make a tangible difference to the lives of LGBTQ+ people and create new precedents for how they are treated within the legal system.