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 it was brilliant to be able to experience the broad range of services that the team offers. I worked alongside the wealth preservation team, estates team, care and capacity team and charities team. There were never two days the same! I had plenty of client contact and was even given the responsibility to manage my own estate file (under full supervision of course). Private client is an incredibly technical area and I was tasked with opportunities to draft complex legal documents including, wills, letters of wishes, transfer agreements for charitable entities and lasting powers of attorney.
Alongside a very busy day job, the first year trainees were given the responsibility of organising the annual Higgs Family Fun Day in support of our chosen charity of the year. This year we are supporting the Stroke Association, a fantastic charity which provides support to individuals who have suffered strokes, in terms of aiding their recovery. The family fun day took place on Sunday 21 August and was a roaring success, raising just under £1,000.
At Higgs, being a trainee is not just about legal work as we are encouraged to engage in community projects and fundraising activities outside of the office as part of our personal and professional development. The fun day was a fantastic team-building exercise and following a lot of hard work and planning - we were thrilled with the turnout.
The summer has been filled with events, including the Higgs & Sons summer party which was held at Harley's Smokehouse in Kinver. The drinks were flowing, the dancefloor was full and a brilliant night was had by all. I also attended a number of BTSS events including a networking event held on a canal barge in Birmingham and a gin cocktail masterclass at the Jekyll and Hyde on Colmore Row. We learnt all about the history of gin, and the Higgs trainees joined forces with the Eversheds trainees to produce the aptly named 'Evershiggs' cocktail (which was a real delight for the taste buds!). I have also had an opportunity to attend JLD events, including an Olympic Games night which was held at the Higgs office.
As a trainee, there are a wide range of networking and social opportunities and I would advise any new or future trainees to ensure that they make the most of them. Beyond the obvious, not only are they fun, they also allow you to meet other like-minded young professionals in the legal industry and build upon your contacts. The summer has been busy, but equally as fun-filled, and I cannot wait to see what my fourth seat will bring.
Written by Carly Davies