At Hanne & Co, we like to employ people who care, not just about their work but also about the wider world…
We’re always impressed by the breadth of interests that our colleagues pursue in their own time, but especially when working to better the lives of others or to further a worthy cause. It’s not in the job description but it’s no coincidence that we have a lot of very caring people here at Hanne & Co.
While many of our colleagues pursue charitable goals of their own, our main firm wide offering is an active Charity Committee who organise events and raise funds for our firm’s charity of the year.
In the past we have supported Back Up Trust, Trinity Hospice, Ace of Clubs and Wandsworth & Westminster mind, raising tens of thousands of pounds through events organised by our superb committee. The charity of the year is chosen by our staff, though a process of nominations and then a firm wide vote. The Charity Committee is made up of staff members, who work during office hours and often in their own time to support the nominated charity.
Hanne & Co’s charity of the year for 2016 – 2017 is Age UK Wandsworth. Age UK Wandsworth was set up in 1963 and is the principal voluntary sector organisation working with people in the London Borough of Wandsworth aged over 60. The charity provides an array of services focused on improving the quality of life for its service-users, such services taking place in their central offices as well as in people’s homes. They offer information and advice on matters such as benefits and housing, and host social events and meetings. The Charity Committee are very excited to work with Age UK Wandsworth and the elder community within the borough.
From the Rights of Women advice line to the Central Family Court duty solicitor scheme, solicitors with Hanne & Co offer their free time and some firm time to assist people who need help and cannot access it through any other means.
They also raise awareness by giving free presentations to Wandsworth Mencap and Generate to highlight the importance of wills and discretionary trusts to parents with disabled children.
One of our consultants was recently appointed to be a lifetime honorary vice president of the Association of Lawyers for Children’s Executive Committee (ALC).
It’s in the way we are made – our lawyers care…
We are committed to offering opportunities through the National Apprenticeship Scheme. Over the past 2 years we have employed apprentices undertaking the Business and Administration Qualification and have enjoyed giving these worthy candidates the practical experience needed to help start their brilliant careers. Only recently we took on our lovely apprentice as a full time administrative assistant.
We believe that Legal Aid is a necessary tool to allow access to justice for all. While Legal Aid funding has diminished enormously over the last few years, we are proud to still be undertaking this vital work in discrete areas such as Criminal Law, Child Care and Private family law disputes where there is domestic violence.
Free Wills campaign
Hanne & Co is proud to have supported the Free Wills campaign for many years, offering the service of our solicitors free, in exchange for a donation from the client to Will Aid charities, such as the NSPCC, Help the Aged and the British Red Cross.
And sometimes it’s the little things…
At Hanne & Co we are always looking for ways to improve the world, whether big or small. Our confidential waste is all recycled to become recycled toilet paper (the irony is not lost on us) and we only buy fairly traded tea and coffee (and we get through a lot of it!). We also have a Bike to Work Scheme which allows employees to purchase bikes tax free to help them on their way, as well as yoga in the office to help our staff find their inner zen..