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Hatch Brenner Solicitors celebrate recognition in multiple practice areas in The Legal 500 2022


Author: Dawn Parkes

Accidents and Injuries, Announcements, Brain Injury, Clinical Negligence, Disputes, Hatch Brenner News, Wills, Tax and Probate

Legal 500 Tier 2 Law Firm

The 2022 directory

The Legal 500 UK has been released with Norwich solicitors, Hatch Brenner, receiving national recognition in four practice areas and an increase to seven specialists named as “recommended” in the 2022 edition.

The leading legal directory uses independent research, feedback, and interviews with clients regarding the legal services they received to rank UK law firms and individual lawyers. Highlighting the practise area teams who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice, The Legal 500 helps individuals and in-house counsel to make an informed choice when instructing a firm.

In the latest edition, Hatch Brenner Solicitors, located in the heart of Norwich, has ranked for Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence, Professional Negligence, Contentious Trusts and Probate and Personal Tax Trusts and Probate.

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence: Claimant

Recommended - Head of Dispute Resolution and Partner, Colin Cook, Partner and Clinical Negligence Specialist, Sara Westwood, Personal Injury Litigation Executive, Pasha Alnadaf and Chartered Legal Executive, Simon Bransby.

Clients appreciate the 'care, empathy, professionalism and knowledge' of Hatch Brenner LLP in Norwich, which handles both personal injury and clinical negligence claims.

'Compassionate and personable' practice head Colin Cook, who recently secured a £400,000 settlement for an assault victim with a life-changing brain injury, specialises in brain injuries, accident claims and medical negligence issues.

Sara Westwood, who joined along with the entire medical negligence team from Morgan Jones Pett, is 'very shrewd and has an excellent nose for cases with merit'.


‘Hatch Brenner stood out from the other solicitors that I contacted at the beginning of my case initially because of the level of care, empathy, professionalism and knowledge of the area of head injury claims that they exhibited. This was maintained throughout the years that they worked with me. I was also impressed by the communication – they always kept me well informed about the progress of the case and the nuances within it.’

‘From the very beginning of my case, Colin Cook was compassionate and personable while maintaining a high level of professionalism. He was sensitive to the impacts of my head injury and I always felt comfortable during meetings with him. He handled the case with efficacy and transparency, keeping me updated with each step in the process. I was comforted and empowered by this, as the complexities of the case could otherwise have left me feeling confused and overwhelmed. I was also impressed by his knowledge of this specialist field, and by his choice in medico-legal experts. I was highly impressed by Colin’s handling of the case, his transparency, and by his demeanour throughout.’

Contentious Trusts and Probate

Recommended – Partner and Mediator, Mark Fitch and Head of Private Client and Partner, Caroline Billings.

Hatch Brenner LLP in Norwich handles a growing volume of contentious private client matters across Norfolk, particularly those involving contested probate, issues of incapacity, undue influence and claims under the Inheritance Act 1975. Head of private client Caroline Billings and 'very professional, courteous and responsive' litigator Mark Fitch frequently act for family members, beneficiaries, executors and trustees in complex matters.


‘I have had need to use Hatch Brenner on two separate occasions both of which were concluded favourably, very professional service and quick to respond to enquiries.’

‘Mark Fitch acted on my behalf – very professional, courteous and responsive. I would recommend this firm.’

Personal Tax Trusts and Probate: Norwich

Recommended - Head of Private Client and Partner, Caroline Billings and Managing Partner and Private Client Specialist, Dawn Parkes.

Hatch Brenner LLP is a long-established firm in Norwich that handles wills and probate matters for a large local client base. It also has particular expertise in arranging LPAs and tax planning. Practice head Caroline Billings is 'dedicated and very knowledgeable' about wills, probate, estate administration and matters of intestacy. Dawn Parkes has notable experience in deputyships, Court of Protection matters and estate administration; she 'breaks down complex issues and gives clear and dispassionate advice'.


‘I used Dawn Parkes for my will last year. Hatch Brenner are a small city firm, possibly a dying breed, but a very necessary part of the legal ecosystem. Being used to giving advice myself it was good to have someone who could break down some relatively complex issues and give me clear and dispassionate advice.’

"HB is in my view a high-quality local firm of solicitors, very well run and big enough to handle most areas of legal work to a high level.’

‘Very good customer service and a very thorough service.’"

Professional Negligence

Recommended – Partner and Mediator, Mark Fitch

Norwich firm Hatch Brenner LLP has a long track record in advising local clients on claims against solicitors, accountants, surveyors and architects. Lead partner Mark Fitch is a vastly experienced litigator with notable skills in mediation, and his recent work included an unusual case that required him to pursue solicitors who had missed a limitation date on a claim of negligence against other solicitors.

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