Engima machine on show as Hewitsons holds annual reception at Fitzwilliam Museum

PUBLISHED: 21:26 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 21:52 12 February 2018

Colin Jones, managing partner at Hewitsons, at the annual reception at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

Colin Jones, managing partner at Hewitsons, at the annual reception at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

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More than 350 clients and contacts helps Cambridge law firm mark its 185th year

Hewitsons' annual reception at the Fitzwilliam Museum marked the Cambridge law firm's 185th anniversary. Picture: Keith HeppellHewitsons' annual reception at the Fitzwilliam Museum marked the Cambridge law firm's 185th anniversary. Picture: Keith Heppell

The challenge of how to hold an engaging annual reception was cracked by Hewitsons, when it returned to the Fitzwilliam Museum.

More than 350 clients and contacts helped the Cambridge law firm mark its 185th year and enjoyed a chance to browse the Codebreakers and Groundbreakers exhibition before it closed. Showcasing the achievements of two separate groups of British codebreakers during the Second World War, the exhibition featured an Enigma machine – loaned by GCHQ – from a German U-boat.

Guests, representing sectors from charities and education to technology, construction and real estate, heard how Hewitsons enjoyed growth in 2017, adding 23 members to the team.

The firm now employs 249 in London, Milton Keynes, Northampton and at Shakespeare House in Newmarket Road, Cambridge – the firm’s largest office, which has just undergone a major refurbishment.

Colin Jones, managing partner at Hewitsons, said: “The past few years have been extremely exciting for Hewitsons, and we’re now looking forward to another fantastic year.

“On behalf of the firm, I’d like to thank all those who marked the start of 2018 by joining us at our annual reception. It is always great to see so many of our clients and contacts, from such a wide range of industries and sectors, together in one place.

“We will continue to work hard to provide the absolute client focus we aspire to achieve with all our services. By helping such a varied range of businesses, charities and other organisations in Cambridge, as well as our private clients, we are proud to be serving the city and its communities.”

Andrew Priest, a partner and head of technology at Hewitsons, said: “It’s been wonderful to see so many of our valued clients and contacts here together, including many leaders from Cambridge’s thriving technology sector.

“The Fitzwilliam Museum’s pioneering Codebreakers and Groundbreakers exhibition is a remarkable setting and a wonderful reminder of some of the incredible achievements this country – and, indeed, this city – has made in the field of technology advancements.

“We are proud to be helping many Cambridge-based businesses to continue this legacy today through their work on all things technology-related, from driverless vehicles, artificial intelligence and robotics to medical diagnostics, mobile payments and cleantech innovations.

“I believe that Alan Turing, Bill Tutte and the other codebreakers would be suitably impressed.”

The annual reception was held on Thursday February 1.

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