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Hatch Brenner announces long term community investment plans


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Hatch Brenner LLP, the Theatre Street-based Solicitors, has outlined details of their community investment plans for the next three years. The firm will be working in partnership with three local charities which all have a connection with the legal services they offer. The charities are:

  • Headway Norfolk and Waveney – helping those with traumatic and acquired brain injury and their families and carers
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Norwich and Central Norfolk – supporting the bereaved
  • MAP – the Mancroft Advice Project – helping young people find their way

Dawn Parkes, Hatch Brenner Managing Partner commented: “As an independent business based in central Norwich, we take our corporate social responsibility seriously. Working with a range of local charities allows us to develop an ongoing calendar of activity offering different opportunities for staff to be involved in fundraising activity as well as events and awareness projects. In addition to the time and energy of our Norwich workforce, we are happy to offer our legal services in brain injury, private client and family law – as well as the knowledge of our broader practice including regarding property, employment law and litigation. As we build relationships with each of the charities over time, we hope to be able to discover lots of opportunities where we can support them in their important work.”

Headway Norfolk and Waveney

  • Supporting those with acquired brain injury plus their families and carers to access rehabilitation and support
  • Increasing awareness and understanding of acquired brain injury in the community
  • Centres in Norwich, Gorleston and Kings Lynn
  • 5,000 new acquired brain injuries per year in the region

Laura Jones, Headway Norfolk and Waveney Chief Executive commented: “We are delighted that Hatch Brenner has chosen to support us on an ongoing basis. We have strong links already – Hatch Brenner Partner Colin Cook is a Trustee, and our Head of Finance Ian Johnson also works at Hatch Brenner for part of his week so we know each other well. I am sure our partnership will lead to lots of opportunities to help raise both the profile of brain injury work in the community as well as much needed funds for our work.”

Colin Cook, Head of Dispute Resolution at Hatch Brenner and Brain Injury expert added: “Having worked with Headway for a long time now, I have seen first-hand the vital work they do with those affected by brain injury as well as their families and support network. Brain injury can turn someone’s world upside down, and Headway provide the support needed after initial treatment to allow their clients to learn to live again and move forward. It really is very inspiring.” 

Headway Norfolk and Waveney and Hatch Brenner are currently hosting a joint Art Exhibition event at the Castle Mall from 1 May as part of national ABI (‘Action for Brain Injury’) week. Also in May, Hatch Brenner Personal Assistant Ali Masterson is running the London 10k raising funds for Headway Norfolk and Waveney.

Cruse Bereavement Care Norwich and Central Norfolk

  • Offering sympathetic, compassionate and confidential support to the bereaved by selected, highly trained volunteers
  • As well as an enquiry phone line and outreach, the charity has an office on St Augustine’s Street in the city from where they provide one to one support

Caroline Morton, Cruse Fundraiser commented: “It is such a support to us that Hatch Brenner has elected to work in partnership with Cruse Norwich and Central Norfolk for the next three years. We rely on our dedicated and hard working volunteers to provide our services to bereaved adults in the city and beyond. The support of local businesses is a huge boost allowing us to continue our work but also to build the profile of our charity so we can offer assistance to those who may not have heard about our services.”

Dawn Parkes, Hatch Brenner Managing Partner and Head of the Private Client team added: “Having attended many Cruse events in the past, I am thrilled that we will be working more closely together. Many of our probate clients are families going through difficult times of loss, and the service provided by Cruse offers people somewhere to turn.”

Hatch Brenner will be supporting Cruse Norwich and Central Norfolk in their upcoming events including Disappearing Dining experiences in September, a Business Breakfast in October – as well as the ongoing Cruse Cuppa challenge – encouraging people to donate the money they may have spent on a takeaway hot drink to the charity.


  • Norfolk youth charity offering independent information, advice and advocacy; youth work, informal education and counselling for young people aged 11-25 years
  • Supporting over 4,000 young people every year, particularly those who are disengaged from their local community, disadvantaged by their background or deemed to be at risk in their current circumstances
  • Operating through drop in centres in Norwich and Great Yarmouth as well as in schools, community venues and through outreach activities across Norfolk

Robert Lancaster, MAP Advice Team Manager commented: “On behalf of MAP, I’d like to offer our thanks to Hatch Brenner for their pledge of support. It means a great deal to us and I hope it will be a rewarding and positive experience for the Hatch Brenner staff too. There are interesting parallels in the way both MAP and Hatch Brenner help people through their life challenges so I am sure there will be opportunities for sharing good practice and experiences.”

Caroline Billings, Hatch Brenner Partner and Private Client expert added: “I have recently become a Trustee for MAP, and am in awe of the work MAP do directly benefitting so many young people who feel they have nowhere else to turn. The support workers have a vast knowledge and experience to help with a wide range of issues including housing, tenancy, relationships, family matters, disputes and employment – and we are pleased to act as a point of contact for the more complex and unusual cases when they arise. MAP workers’ empathy and patience is inspiring, and we are pleased to be able to offer support and help where we can.”

As well as offering legal advice and support, and encouraging staff to undertake personal challenges and fundraise for MAP, Hatch Brenner will be working with MAP to support the Norwich and St Edmunds Rotary Club Christmas Tree Festival later on in the year.

Hatch Brenner announces Norwich charity support

Caroline Billings (Hatch Brenner), Caroline Morton (Cruse), Robert Lancaster (MAP) and Laura Jones (Headway)

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