The partners and staff of Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors have a long tradition of advising and supporting charities, particularly those with an East Sussex connection. Our 2018 Local Cause of the Year is the Dementia Action Alliance and the firm is supporting the local branches of the alliance in Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings. In addition, the firm established the Gaby Hardwicke Foundation for the benefit of the communities in the towns in which we practise.

Local Cause of the Year

After many years of supporting various local organisations we have decided to focus our fundraising efforts on a designated Charity or Local Cause of the Year. Our Local Cause of the Year for 2018 is the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA). The firm will support the DAA’s local branches in Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings. We’ll be organising and supporting various events and initiatives throughout the year to raise awareness of the DAA.

To help our team members better understand dementia and the work of the DAAs we organised learning sessions with representatives from the DAAs in each of our towns. We also offered all our staff the opportunity to undertake ‘Dementia Friends’ training with Dementia Friends UK. The training sessions were about recognising and dealing with dementia through work, family and the local community. They also offered participants a greater insight into how those living with dementia are affected.

Dementia Friends training at our Eastbourne office
Dementia Friends training at our Eastbourne office

Gaby Hardwicke Foundation

Each year, the partners of Gaby Hardwicke donate part of their annual profits to the Gaby Hardwicke Foundation, a registered charity whose trustees use the funds to support and assist worthy local causes.

Some examples of recent beneficiaries of donations from the Gaby Hardwicke Foundation include:

  • Northease Manor (Special School) for sports equipment.
  • The local cardiac screening unit.
  • A charitable project that works with local vulnerable residents.
  • Castledown Primary School, Hastings, for equipment for their youth club.
  • Embrace East Sussex to purchase equipment for children with special needs.
  • Transport was provided for 24 local disabled athletes to the Special Olympics in Bath.
  • 1st Sidley Brownies.
  • Local carers and those who they care for were treated to cream teas.

In addition, donations have been made to individuals who have particular and often unique and challenging needs. By working with those individuals closely the foundation has provided funds or devices that have greatly enhanced both their day to day lives and those of their carers and families.

It is the policy of the trustees to direct the funds to deserving causes within our local area to fulfil a specific need for which assistance is not available from any other source.

There are no limits on the applications they will consider but their focus tends to be on children, the elderly and the disabled, nor are there are any formal requirements or application forms. Requests for assistance should be emailed to the trustees’ chairman, Peter Taylor, at

The Gaby Hardwicke Foundation donation to Northease School
The Gaby Hardwicke Foundation’s donation to Northease School

Highly commended in the Law Society’s 2018 Excellence Awards.

Firm Facts

  • Founded in 1889
  • 70 solicitors and executives
  • 17 partners
  • ISO registered

Practice areas

  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Company and commercial law
  • Conveyancing
  • Corporate finance
  • Employment law
  • Family law
  • Intellectual property
  • Lasting powers of attorney
  • Personal Injury
  • Property law
  • Trusts
  • Wills and probate


  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Headway – The Brain Injury Association
  • Resolution – First for Family Law
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)
  • The Law Society – Family & Advanced Family Panel
  • The Law Society – Personal Injury Panel
  • The Law Society – Conveyancing Quality Scheme
  • ISO 9001:2015