• Brachers has been recognised for its work with the community by Kent Law Society. The firm, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, received the Community Award at the Kent Law Society Awards 2020, which recognises charitable giving and community support.

    The judges said Brachers stood out as a leader in its commitment to the community.

    “Impressively this culture pervades the whole firm and all members of staff and is manifested in many ways, ranging from fundraising to provision of pro-bono advice to deserving causes,” the judges said.

    Joanna Worby, Brachers Managing Partner, said the win is proof of the firm’s dedication to the community.

    “This win is testament to all our staff’s hard work and commitment to the community. Charitable giving has always played an important part of Brachers’ culture and staff are encouraged to give back through donation of time or money.”

    “Over the years, the firm has raised more than £40,000 for local charities and individuals give up a lot of their spare time to support them. This win reflects our commitment to helping the community in which we have been a part of for 125 years.”

    The law firm was shortlisted in all three categories of the awards. As well as the Community Award category, Partner Mary Rimmer was shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution, and Solicitor Alistair Wickham for Junior Lawyer of the Year.

    Every two years Brachers chooses a local charity to support with donations of time and money, and aims to raise the charity’s profile. Over the past four years, Brachers’ staff have raised over £40,000 for Kent charities, including Macmillan KentHeart of Kent HospiceHeadway West KentBlackthorn TrustDemelza House, Five Acre Wood School, as well as its 2019-2020 charity, Spadework.

    Alongside fundraising efforts, the firm’s charitable arm – Brachers Charitable Trust – has donated money to various community causes since 1990 – this year marking its 30th anniversary.

    Around 30 Brachers staff also act as trustees for various local charities and schools. This work is purely voluntary and carried out in their own time, by providing legal expertise to the charity.

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