A coveted training contract is something that every aspiring solicitor wants, but realistically knows very little about. The process is competitive and tough. Current trainees here at Higgs & Sons have put together an article that sheds some light on the application process and what happens next…

The application

The application for Higgs & Sons requires not only your academic history but also asks questions aimed at learning more about you as an individual and your suitability to the position. Successful candidates are invited to an assessment day involving group and individual tasks, and an interview.

The recruitment process is honest and transparent throughout. The biggest tip we can give prospective trainees is to be fully prepared but to allow your personality to shine through. If you have made it to through to interview, you have already impressed on paper so now is the time to show the firm who you really are. Similarly, this is the time ask any questions you may have.

Securing a training contract

Once you have secured a training contract, you will receive your contract in the post. The contract pack will include all of the information you need, including pension, healthcare benefits and salary. You will be put into contact with your ‘trainee buddy’ - a trainee already working in the firm – which gives you a point of contact.

You may get the opportunity to attend one of the many annual firm-wide events prior to your start date, offering the chance to meet colleagues and your fellow future trainees in a more relaxed environment.

A member of the HR team will be in touch to discuss your seat preferences and schedule for your first week.

The Contract

The first week at work will include a number of training and informative sessions. You will already have been notified of your first seat and will be introduced to the team and supervisor. This is a great time to ask questions and get to know your peers better, and it is recommended that you make the very most of it! Specific training sessions will continue throughout the contract, and you will be invited to many different sessions and classes to help improve your legal and professional skills.

Once in your allotted seat you will work closely with your supervisor and members of the team to ensure that you receive the best possible training. You will also be assigned another member of the firm as a mentor, who will act as a point of contact for any issues or questions you may have.

Each department functions differently and you will have the opportunity to experience each department fully. Higgs is a hands-on teaching firm which ensures you receive a high level of client contact and responsibility. This approach ensures that you will be given the best possible training and make the most out of each of your seats. Higgs & Sons operates on a four seat rotation of four months followed by an eight month preferred seat, offering real insight into the different areas of practice you are looking to specialise in.

Out and about

As a trainee you become a member of the BTSS and JLD, societies that link young professional lawyers for a number of academic and social events. This allows you to meet like-minded individuals, build a network and have some fun with your colleagues. Many Higgs trainees are and have been committee members for both societies and you are free to get as involved as you like.

Trainees also get involved with the charity committee at Higgs and tend to run events independently within the firm. This is a fun way of helping a great cause and getting to know colleagues in the firm you may not necessarily get to work with otherwise. There are also various sports teams and events to participate in.

Conclusion

Securing a training contract at Higgs & Sons is difficult yet rewarding. But if you be yourself and stand out from the crowd you will find success in both your applications and during the training contract. You will find much more information here on on our Graduates page 

Insight into a Higgs training contract

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