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Applications for the training contract are accepted via our online application form only.This can be found on the website. Please see the website for deadline details. We currently recruit up to one year in advance.
How to applywww.higgsllp.co.uk
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Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Numeracy tests
- Panel interview
- Video interview
Our vision is to be the independent regional law firm of choice, recognised for having a positive long-term impact upon its people, its clients, its business partners and its community.
When it comes to our people, the team is everything at Higgs LLP – an environment of sharing and collaboration, and a real sense of loyalty to each other and the firm. That is coupled with a desire for everyone to learn and develop. We are always striving to be better. We enjoy what we do. We are genuinely interested in our clients and want them to feel a part of the firm too.
Our approach to our people draws on enjoyment, health and wellbeing, developing talent, technical excellence, training, reward and recognition.
We offer students the opportunity to take part in our vacation scheme, giving them the chance to work alongside our lawyers and central teams.
We hope you will gain:
- a better understanding of our practices areas and work types;
- the chance to experience our unique culture; and
- an insight into life at Higgs including our people, our clients and our way of working.
Our training programme works in the practical world with real clients, caseloads and responsibilities.
We'll give you flexibility of choice of seats, helping you find the area of our profession where you will excel.
You'll be given one-to-one involvement with partners and other lawyers, who will share their experience, giving you a real hands-on approach.
You'll benefit from regular appraisals with your supervisor, an 'open door' support policy, professional training courses and mentoring from one of our partners. You'll also be assigned a current trainee as your 'buddy'; someone who has been in your position and can answer all of your questions.
Higgs is different from your average law firm. We successfully combine traditional values with an innovative approach to legal problems which has helped to attract an impressive client base whilst also staying true to our local community.
Our people and our clients are attracted by our ability to offer a full range of services. We are proud to provide a supportive and friendly working environment within which both colleagues and clients can thrive.
Our trainees form the lifeblood of the firm and benefit from hands-on experience and responsibility from the very beginning. Join us on our journey. Together we grow.
As charter signatories to The Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter, Higgs LLP are committed to developing a diverse business by engaging with the widest pool of talent and promoting equality of opportunity for everyone. Three-quarters of our colleagues identify as female. Our mission is to ensure that everyone is empowered to be the best version of themselves and to have a voice which can be shared, heard and respected.
Our inclusion group empowers our people to participate in networks and activities which celebrate and raise awareness across a range of key areas: LGBTQ+, race, social mobility, visible and invisible disabilities. We engage with the race and ethnicity alliance group at the University of Law to better understand the barriers faced by those looking to join the profession.
Our wellness team is made up of a group of mental health first aiders who help support and protect the wellbeing of all colleagues, creating a network which focuses upon both mental and physical barriers to wellness. We have signed the menopause pledge and offer a wide range of interventions and opportunities for self-care.
Our LGBTQ+ colleagues and allies are encouraged and supported to join national Pride events and we hold regular breakfast and lunch meetings to discuss issues and challenges faced and to ensure views are represented at our people board.
73% of the firm attended a non-selective state-run or state-funded school. The firm is a Cornerstone Employer and acts as an ambassador for social mobility, tackling disadvantage and driving better outcomes for young people. We collate our diversity and inclusion figures each year and ensure we measure progress against our targets.
The firm will meet the cost of the PGDL and LPC/SQE if required.
- Personal injury
- Clinical negligence
- Private client
- Restructuring & insolvency
- Commercial litigation
- Property litigation
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Practice
Agriculture & rural issues
It is unsurprising that some of the country's strongest agricultural law practices are to be found in rural regions.
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover a vast area of legal ground, from wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Sponsored by Ashurst LLP. Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, the demand for global sustainability and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP. Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Sponsored by Kennedys. Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Professional negligence occurs when a professional fails to carry out their responsibilities to the required standard, or they breach a duty of care.
|Training programme applications:||280 (2013)|
|Retention rate:||80% (2023)|
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- Birmingham Law Society’s Diversity Inclusion Scheme
- Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter
- Legal Apprenticeships
- Social Mobility Foundation