What is DFK?

What does DFK stand for?

    Direct Free Kick? No.
    Dance Floor Killer? No.
    Deep French Kissing? Definitely Not.

What DFK stands for is a Dedication to providing the best possible services to our members and their clients, Fairness in our dealings with everyone, and Kindness in how we treat people.  And doing so in a sustainable, community-focused way.

We fight back against the faceless, impersonal nature of large networks and focus on building relationships. Our members are both colleagues and friends.  Not only are members ready to help their colleagues with business needs, but if a DFK family member needs help in another country, assistance is only a phone call or email away. Our founders, who each had intimate experiences of the tragedy of war, had a vision of creating a global association of like-minded professionals committed to building peace through friendly international relationships. That spirit is alive and well in DFK today. Against all odds, we have managed to get not just cooperation, but genuine friendship between accounting, tax, legal, and business advisory professionals!

We ourselves don’t practice accountancy or law or any of those serious bits, we leave that to our members who are the experts in these areas. We are the body that unites and connects them, doing the fun stuff like conferences, meetings, or arranging a global online happy-hour that actually lasted 20 hours from 5 pm in Auckland to 6 pm in San Francisco. We are not out to make money from these activities – we are a non-profit and member-centred organisation, so we invest any surplus straight into services. It all comes back to our dedication to providing for our members.

So what does it take to be a member of DFK?

Each member is an independent legal entity in its own country, often owner-managed, and always people that it's great to do business with. Our members are all aligned to our values of respect – for clients, colleagues, and communities. We all work for equality, diversity, and inclusion, promoting a culture that celebrates difference, challenges prejudice, and ensures fairness.

Some other things our members have in common are:

    Fully understanding their clients’ objective and helping them achieve it
    Providing personal and timely services through experienced advisers
    Complying with professional and ethical standards

So what does DFK really stand for?  Our founder firms included Douglass in Australia, F M Richard in Paris and Kidsons in London, but these days we like to think that DFK stands for:

    Digitally enabled
    Future focussed

Technically, we are a private company limited by guarantee that is registered in England and Wales with Company Number 09306225, with a registered office at Temple Chambers, Suite 120, 3-7 Temple Avenue, London, EC4Y 0DA, but we know there is more to us than that.