Case Study

Partnership is the Key to Knowledge

4th January 2016

Partnership is the Key to Knowledge

Higgs & Sons’ Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Aston Business School that began in 2011 was in part a response to a changing legal landscape in which greater competition was encouraged by empowering alternative business structures to offer legal services.

The first phase of Higgs’ KTP reached its conclusion in 2014. It delivered a successful, innovative programme which helped to transform the culture and operations of the firm and to redefine its brand as an early innovator and a role model within the UK and beyond.

The findings and principles of KTP have been presented to over 1600 people in 27 countries and have received accolades from institutions around the world.
However that is far from the end of the story.

In 2015 Higgs & Sons launched a second KTP project. Based on the principle of Workforce Intelligence Planning, the initiative will help the firm to equip its people to adapt to the changing legal market and to continue to exceed clients’ expectations.

“KTP allowed us to fundamentally change the way we approach structure and pricing. This has been of significant benefit to our client relationships,” comments Partner Glyn Morris.

“The success and recognition we received for the programme has been beyond what we could have ever imagined and we are looking forward to continuing our strong relationship with Aston Business School."

Dame Julia King, Vice Chancellor at Aston University believes the benefits of the partnership are far reaching:

“Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programmes such as the one between Aston University and Higgs & Sons are key initiatives aimed at helping organisations improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of knowledge, skills and technology.

“Our partnership with Higgs & Sons evidences our desire to pursue innovative business practice across all sectors within the UK economy. We were thrilled the collaboration was shortlisted by Innovate UK in their Best of The Best Awards in the Best Partnership category.

“Aston University is world renowned for excellence in applied business research. The outstanding results that have come out of this KTP have been recognised throughout the international business community and are testament to the skills and dedication of all those involved, both here at Aston and at Higgs & Sons.”


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