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COVID-19 Our Communities

Since the beginning of the pandemic, our priorities have been to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff, to continue to deliver 'absolute client focus' to our clients and maintain our commitment to the communities in which we live and work -something which has been a priority throughout our 175 year history.

With offices in Cambridge, London, Northampton and Milton Keynes, we offer a wide range of services; adapting and integrating to meet the needs, demands and aspirations of our clients. We have developed expertise that is proven and renowned across all areas of our work.

In addition to its strong foothold in the UK market, the firm's international services are strengthened by the corporate team's involvement in LawExchange International, an association of 37 pre-eminent legal practices around, which was founded by Hewitsons.

Our Community

Our commitment to the community is at the very heart of the business. We show this by offering free legal advice to small charities, supporting our staff who take part in work for good causes, such as the team of people who have been sewing masks for NHS workers, and by raising money for good causes through our charitable trust. To learn more about our corporate social responsibility activities click here.

Pro Bono Advice and Help for Small Charities

  • As keen supporters of small charities, we offer free legal advice in many cases and often make grants.
  • We are an active member of ProHelp, a countywide network of businesses who provide professional and strategic support.
  • We also offer free advice via other initiatives.
  • Supporting small charities to overcome challenges and unlock their potential is all part of our commitment to ensuring we serve the charity sector and support our communities.

Hewitsons in the community

  • We encourage our staff volunteer for charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations and continue to do so during these challenging times.
  • As a firm, we also support fundraising for charities and together we have raised a significant sum over the years for much needed charitable projects.
  • In Cambridge, we have supported an initiative, the first of their kind in the UK, which aims to help end the cycle of homelessness through the provision of micro-homes. Created by homelessness charity Jimmy's, the Allia Future Business Centre and social enterprise New Meaning, five homes are being provided.

Hewitsons Charitable Trust

  • Through our dedicated charitable trust, we organise the annual Chariots of Fire event in Cambridge which raises over E50,000 every year for charities which are selected as the year's recipients.
  • Through this event, we have now raised over £1.48 million for a wide variety of worthwhile charities. https://www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk/previous-charities.
  • While the trustees of Hewitsons Charitable Trust made the difficult decision to cancel the event this year because of the pandemic, they are currently reviewing our charitable donations for 2020 to ensure that we are supporting areas of the local community that need it most.

Community Foundations

  • Hewitsons is a corporate supporter of each of the community foundations which are local to many of our offices, in Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire
  • We have also recently supported the Coronavirus Emergency Response and Recovery Fund and the Northamptonshire Community Foundation.
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