Preparing for a seat at the bar (Temple bar that is!)
The The second year trainees are now a quarter of their way into their final eight month seats and the nervous reality that qualification is fast approaching is certainly kicking in.
The final seat is spent in preferred departments and allows trainees to revisit their seat of choice, essentially giving us 12 months of experience in the team that we eventually hope to quality into. This is truly invaluable in terms of the exposure that we gain as to the type of work that we wish to pursue.
I have now returned to the Private Client team and will be spending the first four months of the seat carrying out wealth preservation and estates work and the following four months supporting the Charities and Care and Capacity teams to allow me to cover a broad spectrum of the types of services that we offer, before deciding upon where my future specialism might be.
My two years of training is flying by and I cannot believe that it will all be over in just a few months. I am really looking forward to further developing my technical skills and rising to some of the more difficult challenges that we trainees encounter as we progress towards the end goal... qualification!
The social highlight of the double seat has definitely been the annual BTSS trip abroad which took place in February. This year we ventured to Dublin - the trip being organised by our very own trainees Emma and Georgia who are the 2016/17 BTSS social representatives.
The trip allowed us to let our hair down, socialise with other young legal professionals and immerse ourselves in Irish culture, which let's be honest mostly involved Guinness and enjoying live music in the local pubs that Temple Bar has to offer!
Our accommodation was only a stone's throw from Dublin's Legal Quarter and so we had an opportunity to see the impressive Criminal Courts of Justice and Four Courts (you see there were some 'work' related activities involved in the trip). We also visited Trinity College, the Guinness Factory and the prison museum at Kilmainham Gaol.
I would definitely advise first year trainees and any future lawyers across the West Midlands to become involved with the BTSS, if at all possible. The events that they organise really are great fun and encourage you to develop your own personal and professional networks with individuals who are at a similar point in their career.
For those of you reading who might be interested in applying to Higgs for a training contract, the unique seat structure of the training contract and the busy social calendar are just two of the really great things about working at Higgs. For further updates on what the Higgs trainees are getting up to, please follow @higgsgrads on Twitter.