4 January 2022
CB1 welcomes HCR Hewitsons to 50–60 Station Road
Inger Anson, Partner and Head of Cambridge Office at Top 70 UK law firm HCR Hewitsons, spotted a need for a different approach to law in the area and suggested setting up the regional office.
With 120 staff now working in Cambridge, she spoke to us about how the firm is finding its feet in Cambridge and why CB1 is the right place to be.
Tell us what HCR Hewitsons is about.
We’re a full-service law firm, which means that we support people in both their business lives and their personal lives. Our focus is very much on our clients and on our own people; we encourage an entrepreneurial approach and we’re always ready to hear new ideas from our colleagues. Just as my idea for a new office got a positive response, we always want to support the kind of initiatives that will benefit clients.
What inspired you to open an office in Cambridge?
Clients wanted a higher level of service, so I proposed setting up the office and the firm made that commitment. I could see a need here for the kind of approach we have, which combines an understanding and appreciation of enterprise and innovation and a corresponding flexibility.
What are your ambitions for the new Cambridge office?
We are the third largest office in the firm – we want to be the largest! We are broadening the range of skills on offer here; that happened when we [Harrison Clark Rickerbys] merged with Hewitsons, of course, but we are continuing that. In fact, we’re recruiting right now.
Why did you choose CB1?
We wanted to be really central in the city and being right across from the station is a real advantage, as is being in the heart of the professional services community. Being here helps us to attract talent; it’s an excellent location in which to grow.
What projects will the Cambridge office be involved in?
We’re already very involved in the community. The Chariots of Fire event is a real fixture in the city’s calendar and we’re keen to see it flourish further. We’re also a sponsor of two sets of business awards in the city – the Cambridge Independent’s SME Awards and Cambridgeshire Live’s Business Awards.
What are the most exciting challenges for your industry?
Keeping ahead of the tech curve; tech is absolutely central to our business – especially after the last 18 months – and to our clients, some of whom are creating the innovations which we all see in that arena.
What is something about your job that people might be surprised to know?
Apart from the large amount of box-shifting we’ve done? I think people would be surprised to know how well we know our clients. Law is not an impersonal, arms-length business – the better you know your clients, the better you can help them.
What were you most excited to see/do in Cambridge post-lockdown?
Open the new office and bring the whole team together – that was brilliant!
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