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Off to a flyer - a first month that was far from cliched

  I can’t quite believe that I am writing this already a month in to my first seat. I know this will sound extremely clichéd, but the time really has flown by! The first few weeks at Higgs have been a blur of new faces, training sessions and getting to grips with all manner of things, from whose turn it is to order Friday...

Springing into action in seat two

With the first year trainee’s seat number two running from January to May, the change in season has seen a host of social, charity and work events to keep us trainees entertained! As always, the annual Higgs & Sons ball signalled the beginning of a new year. This year’s ball was held at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham which...

Variety is the spice of (Trainee) life

I am currently mid-way through the third seat of my training contract and I am in the Commercial Property department. Commercial Property is one of the busiest teams in the firm and has sub-teams which focus on a variety of specialisms. This means that I have benefitted from dealing with a variety of work, assisting with several matters and have...

Dispelling the myths... a seat in Corporate

The second seat of my training contract was spent in the Corporate department and ended just over a month ago. I thought now would therefore be a good opportunity to explore some common myths associated with this practice area and give a trainee insight of the Corporate department at a large firm such as Higgs & Sons. Myth 1: The work is...

Easing my first seat nerves

I have only just begun my first seat within the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence department and, despite being an anxious first-seater, I have already been given plenty of opportunities to get involved in quality pieces of work. The team here are lovely - they really have done their best to help ease my first seat nerves, and I have found...

A Trainee Summer at Higgs

With seat number three running from May through to September, it has been an incredibly busy Summer for us trainees here at Higgs. I have just finished a four month seat within the Private Client team and cannot quite believe how much I have managed to squeeze in during that time. Private Client is one of the biggest teams within the firm, and...

We bake, we bat, we sing - and now we howl too!

By now you may have noticed that Higgs' trainees and staff are involved in a huge variety of events. Recently, a team of 12 took part in the epic Wolf Run at the beautiful Stanford Hall in Leicestershire. Some were nervous, some were raring to go and some seemed confused as to how they had ended up there. I may have been somewhat selective with...

Business in the Community - Woodside Project

On Friday 27th May, Higgs & Sons was invited to Woodside Community Primary School in Dudley to help clear its large outdoor area and create an engaging space for their pupils to plant seeds and grow their own vegetables. The allotment area on site had become very overgrown and in need of some serious tidying up. We were invited to get...

Out and about - time to network

Continuous learning and development is central to any legal career and such aspects of trainee life can often be incorporated in conjunction with the all important need to network. During my private client seat and in particular, in relation to my work in charitable structuring, I had the opportunity to attend the Smith and Williamston Annual...

A Garden of Fun

The life of a trainee isn't always just piles of paper and networking events - we like to give back to the community too, and that's just what we did in February when a group of us from Higgs went to help out at Hawbush Community Gardens. As part of our 'Business in the Community' strategy, we got in touch with a community garden near to the...

Building on my experience in Commercial Property

I'm now almost halfway through my second seat in the Commercial Property department...time flies when you're buried in old maps and reams of paper! I'm still waiting for the day when not everything that crosses my desk raises a host of questions. I am however assured by a recently qualified trainee in the team that such feelings are normal, and...

Down with the Danes!

January and February tend to go by quickly in a whirl of rain, wind and darkness. What better way to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring, than a well deserved weekend away with your fellow junior lawyers? That's what happens at the end of February each year during the BTSS annual trip abroad. Previous destinations have included Amsterdam...

All Change!

This year January brought with it not only the usual post-Christmas blues, but also a whole new challenge for us first year trainees - the first seat change! For me this meant my time in Private Client had come to an end and my time with Dispute Resolution had begun. I had moved all my belongings to my new desk before Christmas so I knew where I...

Higgs & Sons Winter Ball 2016: Through the decades

  On Friday 15th January, the Higgs & Sons Annual Winter Ball took place. We made our way to the WV1 Suite at the Molineux Stadium, in order to celebrate the beginning of what promises to be another successful and prosperous year ahead for Higgs. The ball was themed 'through the decades', and we were prompted to don our finest fancy...

The BTSS Annual Winter Ball - a night to remember

One of the highlights of being a trainee at Higgs is the involvement in the BTSS- the Birmingham Trainee Solicitors Society. Within my first week I had already attended an event! It's a great way to meet other young lawyers; trainees, paralegals and newly qualified lawyers all attend from around the Birmingham area. The highlight of any BTSS...

Contracts and caffeine

It's 7:50am and still dark outside! I arrive at my desk to see several files, each with a post-it note attached requiring the completion of a particular task. Having read each task, I swiftly approached the kitchen and made a very strong cup of coffee to see me through the morning.  My first task is to draft a non disclosure agreement on an...

Training for family fun is all part of the Higgs experience

Despite being in the early stages of my training contract I have already had the opportunity to get involved with several events. Most recently, the first year trainees helped with the annual 'Higgs Family Fun Day', an event organised by the second year trainees. We arrived fairly early at Stourbridge Football Club to set up and after wrestling...

A day out at the Royal Courts of Justice

Commercial Property has proven to be a very varied seat, the climax of which saw me attend an appeal hearing on a planning matter at the Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ)! I had assisted the solicitor in charge of the case with the preparation for the hearing, which involved preparing the bundles, liaising with the solicitor representing the council...

With great power comes great responsibility - The final hurdle

As my training contract draws to a close, I have been reflecting on the memorable journey that I have endured for the last two years. I often find myself wondering how I have managed to cram so much into such a short period of time and feel naturally nervous, yet excited, to embark on the next stage of my career. Qualification or ‘the big...

My first contentious seat

I am now coming to the end of the third seat of my training contract in the Family Department.  Prior to joining Higgs & Sons, I had previously undertaken a work experience placement with a firm specialising in public family law.  I was therefore particularly keen to experience private family law work in an award-winning team. This...

Day seven and my suitcase is already packed!

Imagine this: day seven of my training contract with the Family team and I am on my own on a train to London with a suitcase practically the size of me, waiting to meet a client ahead of a significant financial hearing… Yes, I was just slightly outside my comfort zone! Two trains, and two tubes later I had arrived at...

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