Invested in our Community
Having been an established Solicitors firm in Norwich since 1905 (find out more here), we have strong relationships within the community and take our corporate social responsibility very seriously. We have committed to support local charities and arts organisations for the longer term.
Through fundraising, sponsorship, promotion, legal advice and joint activity planning, we are working alongside charities where there is a connection with our legal services; helping those with acquired brain injuries, the bereaved and the disadvantaged. We offer our legal expertise as well as the time and energy of our Theatre Street workforce.
Proud to support the strong arts scene in the city, we are a long term season sponsor at our neighbours Norwich Theatre Royal, and have supported other arts projects including as associate sponsor of Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
‘Support from local businesses like Hatch Brenner Solicitors, including offering relevant legal advice to our members, is very much appreciated and will help us to continue to improve our services.’
Hatch Brenner is proud to have a strong relationship with our neighbours at Norwich Theatre; which has evolved over time; from Corporate club member, to Curtain sponsor, Drama Venue sponsor and now our ongoing Season Sponsorship. As a registered charity, the breadth and scope of their work is incredible and we feel very lucky to have the top performing arts organisation in the East of England on our doorstep.
Proudly Norfolk Food and Drink
As a sponsor of Proudly Norfolk Food & Drink, we are in the enviable position of helping to celebrate the amazingly diverse food and drink industry in Norfolk! Our ongoing support includes offering legal advice to Proudly Norfolk member businesses, and helping to facilitate their headline events including the Spring and Christmas Festivals.
Headway Norfolk and Waveney
We are a long-term supporter of local charity Headway Norfolk & Waveney who support people with acquired brain injury, their families and careers to regain confidence and overcome challenges. Through projects including the annual ‘Action for Brain Injury’ week every May, we aim to help raise the profile of their work and public understanding of the, often hidden, effects of acquired brain injury.
Age UK Norwich
We entered a new three year community partnership with Age UK Norwich in October 2020. Age UK Norwich, who have been working in the local community to help older people for more than 70 years, support over 55s includes offering free, independent information and advice, arranging activities and events to combat loneliness.
We entered a new community partnership with Nelson's journey in January 2021. Nelson’s Journey has supported children and young people in Norfolk who have experienced the death of a significant person by bringing back smiles since 1997. Providing a range of resources and services, they accept referrals from families and professionals for those who may need their support.
MAP Young People
MAP, the Mancroft Advice Project, supports young people aged 11-25 years, by offering independent information, advice, education and counselling. With their Norwich drop-in at The Risebrow Centre – very close by to our Theatre Street office, we have worked together in the longer term offering legal advice, profile raising, and ongoing support via Caroline Billings, the current MAP Chair of Trustees.
Cruse Bereavement Care Norwich
Norwich & Central Norfolk Cruse Bereavement Care are a local charity who support the bereaved via one to one support, their telephone enquiry line and weekly social group. We are proud to help raise the profile of their vital work in the community and have appeared alongside them at several events since 2017.
Norfolk and Norwich Festival
Hatch Brenner supported annual arts festival the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, as an Associate Sponsor, from 2018-2020. As well as a packed 17-day programme of outdoor events, music, theatre, circus and dance every May, the Festival organisation provide ongoing community engagement including through Festival Bridge which has a mandate to develop arts and cultural opportunities for children and young people in the East of England.
Cancer Research UK
Hatch Brenner is pleased to support the Cancer Research UK Free Will Service, which helps people to write or update their Will free of charge. It also gives guidance for people considering leaving a legacy gift to Cancer Research UK. The scheme was extended in 2019, and now covers anyone aged 18 years and over having previously only been available to people aged 55 and over, or cancer patients and survivors.
Hatch Brenner has participated in the nationwide Will Aid scheme four times since 2015 raising £22,703 for the nine UK and worldwide Will Aid charities. We draw up a simple will for clients without charging our usual fee. Instead, the client makes a voluntary donation to Will Aid at the suggested donation level of £100 for a basic single Will or £180 for basic mirror Wills.
We are proud to be a long term supporter of local employment organisation MINT, a provision set up by City College, Norwich which focuses on getting young people, aged 16 – 25 who have a barrier to work, into sustainable, paid employment.
The Voice Project
Thanks to the involvement of our Family Law Legal Executive Jo Mayes who is a keen participant, we are a long term supporter of local open-access singing project; The Voice Project.
MOCO, formed in 2016, is a company of all-male, local performers showcasing immersive theatre using a brave, relevant text at site-specific venues around the city. There is a personal link for us, with their patron Sam Clemmett being the son of our Family Secretary Bridgette; and our administrator Joe Darbyshire a current MOCO company member.
Blooms for Norwich
Blooms for Norwich, formerly know as Norwich in Bloom, is a Norwich horticulture scheme. We have been pleased to support the project over many years, with our current sponsorship including the display outside the Assembly House where the word 'Norwich' is proudly spelled out in box hedging.
The Eastern Legal Support Trust supports the provision of specialist legal advice through law centres, advice agencies and other free legal advice organisations. Our support of the ELST is ongoing and includes participating in the annual ‘Norwich Legal Walk’ as well as the ‘Great Legal Bake’.