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Our Culture

Our culture is the bedrock that sustains us throughout the years and guides us through changes and development. It is defined by a commitment to excellence, professionalism and a strong work ethic.

The following core values guide us in all that we do:

Excellence

We value excellence in everything we do and we strive to be the best in everything we undertake. We work to surpass our clients' expectations. We are practical and solution-driven in our approach. We are innovative and creative, and we focus sharply and firmly on the issues we undertake. We are committed to what we do and work hard to achieve it. We persevere until our task is successfully completed.


Respect

We respect and show respect towards each other and all others with whom we deal. We appreciate the contributions of all members of our team and value each one as an individual. But we believe the result of teamwork is much more than adding up individuals. We recognise that our future depends on the encouragement, development and recognition of our people.

Ethics

An extremely ethical behavior and strict moral values are among our most cherished goals. Our concept of legal advice goes hand in hand with these principles, strongly preserved by our professionals. Besides an excellent academic background, we require each and every member of our staff to share our culture and understanding of the practice of law.

Honesty

We are honest and trustworthy in our dealings with each other, with our clients and with all others with whom we deal. We act with integrity at all times. Integrity in what we do and in what we say. Honesty does not admit a dual interpretation since we believe moral values are not subject to nuance. This is evidenced in our actions. We consider integrity and honesty to be of the essence of success.
We never lose sight of the integrity that drives us as lawyers

Professional Development

When we hire someone we let them know that we want them to be able to develop in our firm: personally, professionally and economically, in that order. With this purpose, we invest a lot of time and resources in presenting people how to navigate effectively through the Firm´s culture and through the challenges of the legal profession.

  • Development: we encourage and support professional development and networking in our lawyers.
  • Work-life balance: we prioritize that our professionals be able to achieve their own personal and professional balance. We offer flexibility and support to achieve this balance, to women especially.
  • Mentoring: we encourage people to feel free to choose the seniors and peers with whom they feel comfortable with and at ease in order to fit into the Firm´s culture and to seek professional advice. We want everybody to develop their legal and emotional skills.
  • Collaboration: we encourage our professionals to work together in harmony to achieve a common objective, and not compete with each other.
  • Surveys: internal satisfaction surveys are conducted every year to achieve a better place to work.
  • Healthy habits: we promote healthy eating habits by providing fresh fruit in the office every week.
  • Family: we think it is very important that children learn about the physical place where their parents work and share a time of real work at their desks. Every year we organize a special day and invite them to spend a day at the firm where they share lunch and games, and entertainment is performed.
  • Integration: we organize activities to promote interaction, integration and good relationships among all our employees.
We focus in developing people personally and professionally

Diversity

  • Diversity is a cornerstone of our firm´s philosophy; this fundamental principle rests on the true belief that different opinions, views and approaches, coming from diverse cultures and genders are enriching and necessary for the best quality of our services. These concepts are reflected in one of our four core values: Respect.
  • Diversity is present at every moment and in every activity we carry out. It means that we care for each individual, we value and respect each one´s characteristics and we enhance them because we appreciate and want different views, approaches and opinions to one situation. We like to look into each person’s personality, strengths and weaknesses, and help them improve. This helps people to be genuine, feel at ease and free in the workplace.
  • We are flexible and supportive in helping female lawyers finding balance in their personal and professional lives. We are keen in showing female lawyers that they have the same opportunities as men in their careers. We are proud of our record of recruiting, retaining and promoting talented women lawyers.
  • For five consecutive years H&H has been awarded the “Best Firm in Uruguay” award in the “Americas Women in Business Law Awards” (2016 Euromoney, Legal Media Group); the only firm in Uruguay having ever received this acknowledgment.