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Hatch Brenner Solicitors celebrates recognition in The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2021 rankings


Author: Colin Cook

Accidents and Injuries, Clinical Negligence, Disputes, Hatch Brenner News

Hatch Brenner Solicitors is a Legal 500 UK Leading Firm 2021

Hatch Brenner Solicitors is a Legal 500 UK Leading Firm 2021

The Hatch Brenner Dispute Resolution team is celebrating after gaining national recognition after being ranked in four practice areas with five specialists named as recommended in the Legal 500 UK 2021 edition which was released yesterday.

The Legal 500 rankings reflect the detailed analysis which the directory researchers undertake of law firm submissions and thousands of interviews with client referees, General Counsels and private practice lawyers.

In addition to ranking law firms and listing leading individuals by location and practice area to help in-house counsel make an informed choice, the guide also allows law firms to benchmark their own performance against their peers. Every firm ranked – and individual mentioned – in the UK Legal 500 UK Solicitors guide is ‘recommended’.

Hatch Brenner has been ranked for Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence, Professional Negligence, Mediation and Contested Trusts and Probate.

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

Head of Dispute Resolution and Partner Colin Cook is recommended for Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence: Claimant alongside Legal Executive Pasha Alnadaf:

“Hatch Brenner LLP is a long-established firm in Norwich that handles injury claims arising from road traffic accidents, assault, medical negligence or fatal accidents at work, in a public place or abroad. Litigation partner Colin Cook specialises in brain injuries, accident claims and medical negligence. He also has experience in dealing with Criminal Injury Compensation Authority claims. He is supported by litigation executive Pasha Alnadaf.”


‘I think Hatch Brenner Solicitors is unique because of the way it treats different aspects of the case. The in-house peers from secretaries to solicitors handle all aspects of the case very professionally.‘

‘My solicitor, Colin Cook, took over my case from another solicitor midway through my case and I found him professional in taking over the case. He and his secretary helped put my mind at ease during every stage.‘

‘In my experience, Hatch Brenner provides an excellent PI service. I find their dedication to detail, their breadth of experience and their commitment to the client far superior to many of their competitors.‘

Partner Sara Westwood and Chartered Legal Executive Simon Bransby are recognised for their specialist work at Morgan Jones Pett in Norwich:

“Handling work both from East Anglia and nationwide, the firm … handle every type of personal injury claim from low to high value, including head injuries, spinal injuries and industrial disease cases. Legal executive Simon Bransby is also recommended.”


‘They are a local firm who handle personal injury and clinical negligence cases with the skill of larger national firms. They appear to have excellent relationships with their clients, and provide a personal touch.‘

‘I have worked with Simon Bransby, who is a highly skilled individual. He is tactically astute and has a great relationship with his lay clients.‘

Work highlights

Represented several members of the family of seven-year-old Summer Grant who died in March 2016 when the bouncy castle she was playing on blew away because it wasn’t properly secured. This case received considerable national media attention.

Sara Westwood and Simon Bransby joined the Hatch Brenner team in October 2020.

Professional Negligence

Partner Mark Fitch is recommended for Professional Negligence:

“Hatch Brenner LLP joins the ranking this year due to its growing workload of claims against solicitors, accountants, surveyors or architects. Partner Mark Fitch has 25 years' litigation experience and has a long track record in claimant professional negligence work, including numerous successes in mediation.”

Work highlights

Successfully handled a claim against conveyancing solicitors who had erroneously reported that a property had title absolute when in fact it only had possessory title.


Mark Fitch is recommended for Mediation:

"Mark Fitch at Hatch Brenner LLP is ‘an excellent mediator who quickly understands the obvious points of conflict and aims to find common ground to settle as soon as possible‘. Fitch qualified as a commercial mediator in 2005 and has conducted over 75 mediations. His mediations have covered contested probate, employment matters, and property and commercial claims."

Contested Trusts and Probate

Mark Fitch is also recommend for Contentious Trusts and Probate:

“Hatch Brenner LLP joins the ranking this year. It acts for family members, beneficiaries, executors and trustees in will disputes arising from lack of capacity to make a will including due to dementia or other illness, claims for financial maintenance and other issues. The 'knowledgeable, approachable professional' Mark Fitch, who has 25 years' experience in litigation, has a strong track in complex matters including claims for undue influence and fraudulent calumny.”


‘This was the first time I have needed to engage the services of a solicitor. I approached Mark Fitch as he was recommended to me by a family member. I found him to be a knowledgeable and approachable professional. On occasions when I attended the office he was helpful and assisted with the contentious issue in a professional manner.‘

‘Mark Fitch was friendly and made me feel at ease in his company.‘

Work highlights

Acted for the main residuary beneficiary of the deceased’s Will, made before his son was born, in an action brought by the son under the 1975 Inheritance Act.

You can contact the Hatch Brenner Dispute Resolution team via 01603 660 811 or email info@hatchbrenner.co.uk. We would be delighted to discuss your specific circumstances and offer our support.

If you would like further information about any service, call us on 01603 214220