Community

Community Days

Meaningful engagement in our local communities is vitally important to the firm and its staff – old and young, from the senior partner down to our newest recruits.  Therefore – in addition to our usual fundraising activities and community support – all members of staff are given one Community Day a year where they can use their time to raise funds for, work for or engage with a charity or good cause of their choice – and still be paid.

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:

  • Children With Cancer Fund (Polegate), funding a trip to the Pantomine and a Christmas Party for the children and their families.
  • 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 foundation@gabyhardwicke.co.uk.

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

Local Good Causes

For many years the firm has supported both local and national charities and other good causes, and encourages partners and staff to take part in fundraising activities. In recent years charities benefitting from the firm’s support have included:

  • St Wilfrid’s Hospice
  • St Michael’s Hospice
  • The Sara Lee Trust
  • The Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings branches of the Dementia Action Alliance
  • Teenage Cancer Trust
  • The Conquest Hospital MRI Scanner Appeal

For 2024, the firm’s Charity of the Year is Cancer Research UK.

In December 2021 we were (pictured) recognised by St Wilfrid’s Hospice as a long-term supporter.

SWH Award

Firm Facts

  • Founded in 1889
  • 65 solicitors and executives
  • 15 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

Accreditations

  • 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 Law Panel
  • The Law Society – Personal Injury Panel
  • The Law Society – Conveyancing Quality Scheme
  • ISO 9001:2015