'A question of sport'
My career as a trainee
solicitor did not start behind a desk or at the photocopier. It
actually started on a cricket field, a few weeks before
my September start date. I was invited to make up the numbers in a
Higgs v Client match by a trainee already at the firm, who had been
assigned as my 'buddy'.
I was greeted to a warm welcome by staff from the firm that I had never met before and was sent out to open the batting. My very first contribution to life at Higgs was to almost run out a senior member of the Corporate team on the very first ball of the match. Although he did end up on the floor as a result of my questionable call for a single, thankfully, the incompetence of several fielders, the wicket-keeper and the bowler, spared me any embarrassment.
A relaxed and good humoured game was a sign of things to come at Higgs, with sport a regular feature in the social calendar. In addition to playing numerous cricket matches, I have been involved in various Birmingham Trainee Solicitors' Society (BTSS) events, including volleyball, ten-pin bowling and 'pub games'. I also play regularly for Higgs in the BTSS inter-firm 5-a-side league.
Organised tournaments crop up throughout the year and I have played in a couple of 5-a-side tournaments so far. However, a highlight for me was being part of a winning Higgs team in the No.5 Chambers' Floodlit Cricket Tournament - complete with coloured kits, entrance music and...a lot of rain.
Blog post written by Joe Cowles