Firm Profile > Higgs LLP > Brierley Hill, England

Higgs LLP
3 WATERFRONT BUSINESS PARK
BRIERLEY HILL
DY5 1LX
England

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 1

Higgs LLP delivers a ‘commercially orientated’, ‘modern’ and ‘innovative’ service, acting for entrepreneurs, OMBs and corporates - both domestic and international -  on a range of transactions. The ‘fantastically knowledgeableRichard Griffiths and John Heaton are particularly acclaimed for their corporate finance work, with the former leading the corporate department and the latter heading the wider business services practice. Their team endeavours to operate as a one-stop-shop, working in close collaboration with the tax and private client departments to advise on all transactional considerations. At the more junior end of the partnership spectrum, Geoff Kettle hones his attention on the healthcare and early childhood education sectors while Jamie Partington is carving out an ‘exceptional’ reputation in the tech and hi-growth space. Clients also single out associate Katie Willems for her 'common sense approach'.

Practice head(s):

Richard Griffiths; John Heaton

Other key lawyers:

Geoff Kettle; Jamie Partington; Katie Willems

Testimonials

‘Friendly, approachable team. Excellent value for money; you get just as good a service as you get from city firms at a much lower fee.’

‘Katie Willems is calm and very personable, with a common sense approach.’

Jamie Partington and Richard Griffiths did a great job of managing the deal. Approachable and responsive.’

‘Higgs & Sons are a very commercially orientated practice that differs from any other legal firm I have used over the last 20 years. The have an excellent understanding of the needs of businesses undertaking private equity and are far removed from the stereotypical solicitors firm. They are modern, innovative, tech savvy and extremely fast to respond. Everything is done digitally and inline with the 21st century.’

‘Richard Griffiths and Jamie Partington are exceptional representatives of Higgs. They are fantastically knowledgeable of their subject matter, translate technical legalities into a currency that you can understand, excellent at drafting and have an attention to detail that is second to none. They represented our interests in a commercial fashion rather than a typical legal exchange. Excellent communicators, fast and effective – they understood our objectives and went about achieving it.’

‘The team are approachable, switched on, deliver on time and are good value for money.’

‘Jamie Partington is commercial in his approach, measured and personable which makes him really easy to work with. He is confident in his capabilities without being egotistical which is really refreshing in corporate.’

Key clients

La Maison Bleue

Business Growth Fund

Alycidon Private Equity

Wavenet

Purity Brewing

Palletline

Simworx

TH Baker

SuperGroup

Arden Fine Foods

AF Blakemore

Allen Ford

Erodex

Mercia Asset Management Plc

United Glass Group

Webster & Horsfall

Bowman Stor

Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Association

First Blue Group

Servosteel

UKF Group

Family: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 1

With Philip Barnsley at the helm at Higgs LLP, the established team advises an array of clients, including owner managed businesses, entrepreneurs and wealthy families. The team covers all aspects of family wealth protection as well as family relationship protection. Other strengths lie in advising on child protection issues such as Children Act proceedings. Barnsley focuses on complex and high-value financial cases and substantial nuptial agreements. Rhian Gray continues to grow a strong wealth protection practice for high-net-worth families and owner/managers of businesses. Associate Sioned Fitt is experienced in advising on complex child arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Philip Barnsley

Other key lawyers:

Rhian Gray; Sioned Fitt

Testimonials

‘What makes this practice unique for me is the professionalism that the lawyers bring to the table – they listen to you, they help you decide the best way possible, they listen to all of what you have to say and are not afraid to tell you which is the right way to go’.

‘The practice is unique as it feels very much a family based practice. Extremely professional in its approach but everyone I dealt with was sensitive and kind along with being professional. I always felt I was in safe and caring hands throughout the whole of my matter. I  was looked after by Rhian Gray and Sioned Fitt who were both excellent’.

‘Divorce and child matters are very emotional matters to go through and both Rhian Gray and Sioned Fitt were patient and kind throughout the matter. They were also clear on all instructions and advice which is key when in an emotional state. Their kindness, patience and professionalism is what stood out throughout the whole of my case‘.

‘Phil Barnsley is like your favourite uncle. The one you go to when you have a problem, when others around you might tell you what you want to hear as opposed to what you need to hear. These are personal qualities that we perceive have been instilled across the whole team‘.

Rhian Gray is an emerging leader in the family law market – she delivers advice with gravitas and people really respond well to her‘.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Higgs LLP is renowned for its experience in governance, constitutional and regulatory work for charity and not-for-profit clients. Philanthropy also continues to be a focus of the group. Under the leadership of Kirsty McEwen who has an 'outstanding knowledge of the charity sector' the practice acts for many established charitable and not-for-profit organisations specialising in faith in addition to non-denominational religious organisations, educational charities, sports bodies and heritage charities. McEwen acts for smaller as well as larger regional and national organisations. Ellie Williams routinely advises on complex restructures and charity registrations as well as advising trustees following intervention from the Charity Commission.

Practice head(s):

Kirsty McEwen

Other key lawyers:

Ellie Williams

Testimonials

‘Expert charity advice based on a deep understanding of the issues that charities face. A fantastic network of charity contacts that have proved very useful to our charity. Expertise delivered with understanding and empathy. Always practical’.

‘It is very definitely a capable and articulate team with a very strong grasp of Charity Law and its principles. The lawyers are kind and understanding and concerned to complete an assignment taking into account client needs. We worked through a pandemic together and there were no problems!’.

‘I have worked with Kirsty McKeown and Ellie Williams on a long complex and demanding piece of work this year. They are both very approachable and unlike many lawyers in this day and age they listen and look for solutions. They, when required, stand their ground and are focused on the best outcome for their client. Kirsty makes herself available when required no matter what time of the day that is. Ellie similarly is finely tuned to client needs and wants to help at all times’.

‘Higgs offers one of the few truly specialised Charity practices in the Midlands with a depth of knowledge of the sector and the ability to address all areas of the law relating to Charities rather than just employment or M&A or property as so many others seem to do. Each member of the team has experience as a Trustee in their own right which is so important to aid understanding’.

‘Kirsty McEwen is one of the stand-out Charity solicitors in the Midlands in my opinion with a deep level of knowledge of the sector, its legal issues and how these can be resolved. She speaks in a language that all Trustees can understand and makes the complex straightforward, which is a key skill. She is not phased by any problem and is able to draw on a wealth of experience to efficiently guide and advise clients’.

‘I am in regular contact with the charities team and have found them to be exceedingly thoughtful to our needs, and have been always agreeable to changes to their billing process to accommodate our procedure. The lawyers have been ready to agree  to our wishes regarding fees always noting that the level is fair to us, the client. They have streamlined the regulatory requirements to take this burden off the trustees’.

‘The personal attention by the team leader, Kirsty McEwen, who is there to help in even the smallest detail has been of great help to the board of trustees. The support given by the office staff in the team is vital to provide a smooth operation, which gives us confidence that there is depth of support within the office.’

‘The Charities and not-for-profit team at Higgs is absolutely committed to the NFP sector. The firm has invested in its people and has developed a real deep specialism in this field. Outwardly it supports many initiatives in and around Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. The lawyers can be found speaking at events both locally and nationwide and have developed excellent working relationships with the Charity Commission and other regulators. The team collaborates well with strategic partners and launched a diversity programme during the pandemic.’

Key clients

Millennium Point Trust

ANAWIM – Women Working Together

Steps to Work

Starting Point Recruitment

The CBSO Development Trust and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Tax Advisors Benevolent Fund and The Tax Advisors Charitable Trust

West Midlands Police Benevolent Fund

Sport 4 Life UK

Association of Dog Boarders

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 2

Higgs LLP's practice focuses primarily on breach of contract disputes, warranty claims and shareholder litigation. Julia Lowe, who leads the team, is well known for representing clients in substantial disputes before the High Court, Court of Appeal and in arbitration and mediation proceedings. Matt Dudley is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Julia Lowe

Other key lawyers:

Matt Dudley

Commercial property: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 2

A ‘large and very professional organisation that still manages to deliver a personable service to its clients’, Brierley Hill's Higgs LLP provides a full life-cycle service on development projects, from strategic land acquisition and planning through to construction and plot sales. Practice head Cherry Elliott is particularly experienced in new build and substantial refurbishment transactions and her team is also especially well-regarded for mixed-use and student accommodation schemes, financings, letting and landlord and tenant matters. Clients include national retailers, corporate occupiers, landed estates, commercial and residential developers, investors and international banks.

Practice head(s):

Cherry Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Rachael Hobbis; Jennifer Hicks-Jones; James Adams

Testimonials

‘Though a large and very professional organisation, they still manage to convey a sense of knowing their client, understanding their position and concerns and making the client feel they are being invested in. We get a great service from them.’

‘The team comprises a number of individuals who punch above their weight. The fees charged are generally good value compared with our other panel firms.’

‘Jennifer Hicks-Jones is very dependable, thorough and conscientious.’

Key clients

The Old Station Nursery Limited / La Maison Bleue

London & Cambridge Properties

City Plumbing Supplies Holdings Limited

Urban Splash

Travis Perkins

Belford Homes Limited

Rubery Owen Holdings Limited

M&A Doocey Civil Engineering Limited

Beeswift Limited

Polaris

ETAC Limited

Allpack Limited

Native Antigen Company Limited / LGC Group

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Higgs LLP has an excellent reputation for its work on will challenges, executor disputes and general probate litigation. In addition it has gained particular recognition for its expertise in high-value familial trusts, for its work on independent personal representative appointments and for its skill at rectifying improperly administered estates as is evidenced by its regular flow of instructions from solicitors, financial advisors, barristers and other professional contacts. The 'exceptionalCraig Ridge leads the team. Ridge is praised for his 'sound tactical awareness, great client skills and an encyclopaedic knowledge of this area of law'.

Practice head(s):

Craig Ridge

Testimonials

‘Craig Ridge is an exceptional lawyer. The balance of first-class legal knowledge along with being pragmatic and approachable made what was a very challenging scenario for me bearable. I was repeatedly impressed with his commitment to my cause and his calm approach’.

‘Good partner accessibility and technical knowledge. Craig Ridge has added dynamism to the contested probate offering ’.

‘Craig Ridge is a very capable lawyer, he is always thoroughly prepared and presents his client’s case in the best possible light’.

‘Higgs has always had a very strong contentious trust and probate offering. Craig Ridge has a good reputation in the Midlands market and is a strong opponent. He always seeks to get the best results for his clients, giving them clear and careful advice throughout the dispute’.

‘Craig Ridge has a solid reputation in the contentious trust and probate field and is a good recruit for the firm’. 

‘Craig is the new recruit to head up and lead the contentious trust and probate offering at Higgs. He is very experienced, has a charming manner and is an astute litigator. I have referred conflict work to him and would not hesitate to do so again’.

‘Great communication throughout the assignment. Craig Ridge was excellent with my clients, managing their expectations superbly. He showed great patience and integrity in a very tricky estate dispute’.

‘There is a great team ethos & a “can do ” attitude The team is always happy to help. Craig Ridge is someone who has great presence . He is knowledgeable, patient & attentive – & always has an eye for adding value to a client/client’s situation.’

Corporate tax Tier 3

At Higgs LLP, practice head Susheel Gupta is the key contact at partner-level; he is an expert in representing owner-managed businesses and is particularly knowledgeable of tax planning structures, contentious corporate reconstruction matters and employee incentive schemes. At the more junior end, Craig Thomas supports on capital gains, income and corporation tax matters while Jonathan Hunter is developing a reputation for his corporate restructuring work.

Practice head(s):

Susheel Gupta

Other key lawyers:

Craig Thomas; Jonathan Hunter

Key clients

La Maison Bleue SAS

TEW Software Solutions Limited

Shareholders of Repacq Investments Limited

Formbend Limited

Technology Blueprint Limited

Elta Group

Seabridge Developments Limited

Shareholder of Donalds Limited

Neo Granite Group Limited

Shareholders of Dunsby Associates Limited

Shareholders of Shareco 4  Limited

Employment Tier 3

Under the leadership of the ‘very responsive and hands-on‘ Tim Jones, the ‘very knowledgeable‘ team at Higgs LLP continues to advise many SMEs, owner managed businesses and their families, primarily in the West Midlands. It is particularly experienced in the food and drink industry as well as transport, manufacturing and the care sector. The group also continues to advise senior executives on executive terminations.

Practice head(s):

Tim Jones

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Walker

Testimonials

‘We were impressed from the outset with the professional approach and were very satisfied with the advice received. Higgs spent the time to understand our issue and were able to offer practical and clear advice. The lawyers then supported us throughout the process and we were able to reach a positive conclusion.’

‘This practice is able to offer advice and feedback that enables its clients to make informed employment decisions across the full range of issues. For example, employee relations, diversity and Inclusion, religion and belief, ethnicity and much more. In addition you will receive practical advice.’

‘Tim Jones has provided outstanding advice enabling us to resolve a challenging employment situation with a ‘win-win’ outcome exceeding our expectations markedly. Tim took time at the outset of the assignment to read our annual report and to understand our culture and desired outcome’.

‘Tim Jones is always available if necessary. He is a very good head of department.’

‘I have worked with various members of the Higgs team, across a number of different areas. The way that the Higgs team link together and operate as one is great. The lawyers are very quick at returning any legal queries we have, and the advice is user friendly’.

‘Feels very much part of our business, understand our culture. Simplifies decision making and adopts a practical approach.’

‘Pragmatic and entirely straightforward to work with, speaks our language, no jargon, completely trustworthy.’

‘Higgs supports us on various aspects of our business, Joanne Walker really understands our business and works so closely with us; she is like one of our own internal departments’.

Key clients

D S Smith Plc European Works Council

Jonathan Lee Recruitment Limited

Elta Group Limited

The Walsall Wheelbarrow Company Limited

LCP Management Limited

MPS Networks Limited

Teacheractive Limited

The Roger & Douglas Turner Charitable Trust

Regal Mechanical and Electrical Services Limited

Minerva Industries Limited

Majestic-12 Limited

Robson Lister Wealth Management

Phosters FM Limited

Holophane (Europe) Limited

Construction Tier 4

The team at Higgs LLP in Brierley Hill handles a range of day-to-day construction matters for national and regional clients. Rachael Hobbis  has led the team since joining the firm in 2018; she advises on construction procurement matters, contracts and consultant agreements, working alongside disputes specialist associate Adam Thompson.

Practice head(s):

Rachael Hobbis

Other key lawyers:

Adam Thompson

Testimonials

‘Passion for excellence is foremost from Higgs. ‘

‘Associate Adam Thompson is resilient in delivering exceptional results from complex contentious disputes. Adam goes the extra mile in any analysis.’

Key clients

Inland Homes PLC

London & Cambridge Properties

Travis Perkins

Beeswift Limited

Etac Limited

Allpack Limited

Native Antigen Company Limited / LGC Group

RTS Construction Group

Edmond Shipway LLP

The Old Station Nursery Limited / La Maison Bleue

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Under the supervision of Clare Langford and Liz Hickman, the clinical negligence team at Higgs LLP is particularly noted for its expertise in serious birth injury claims and other claims involving delayed diagnosis and cerebral palsy. Langford has extensive experience of cerebral palsy, spinal and brain injury claims and is particularly interested in cases involving a delay in diagnosing meningitis and loss of vision. Hickman handles a wide variety of complex claims including tetraplegia and delayed cancer diagnosis. Sue Allen is another first-rate practitioner; she is described as 'an excellent litigator with a great mind for legal costs and funding'. Andy Shaw leads a large and nimble personal injury practice that is known for its expertise at handling claims involving major traumas such as brain and spinal cord injuries, amputation and serious orthopaedic injuries. It also handles claims involving severe psychological injuries and fatal accidents. Associate Steven Santy has a particular emphasis on ensuring that clients gain early access to rehabilitation.

Practice head(s):

Clare Langford; Liz Hickman; Andy Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Sue Allen; Steven Santy; Claire Burnell; Charlotte Measures

Testimonials

Excellent team work. This is the best clinical negligence team in the Black Country. Very strong pedigree in client care. Clare Langford has first-rate client skills in very difficult and sensitive cases. A big hitter in the area‘.

‘Liz Hickman is a very experienced clinical negligence practitioner whose recent case load includes a case involving anaesthetic negligence leading to a catastrophic brain injury. Sue Allen is another highly experienced clinical negligence practitioner who is very well regarded‘.

‘Clare Langford has long experience of dealing with cases involving injuries of the utmost severity and has the technical knowledge, judgement and organisational skills necessary to secure to best possible results in this complicated area. She has recently been involved in a claim concerning the very highest levels of care requirements‘.

The PI team at Higgs is truly innovative, working in partnership with other firms alongside major trauma units. This gives it the ability to add real value to the clients’ experiences from the earliest stages. This team is really going places. Andy Shaw is the talisman of this excellent team. His vision has taken its workload to another level. He is increasingly seen as the leading claimant solicitor for catastrophic personal injury work in the Midlands‘.

Steve Santy is determined, thorough and enthusiastic about his work but with a calm reassuring manner which immediately puts clients at ease and achieves excellent results in the most difficult cases‘.

‘Charlotte Measures is one of the best clinical negligence solicitors in Birmingham.  She has great empathy, intellect, case load and is very hardworking. Anyone would be lucky to be represented by her.’

‘Clare Burnell and her team are all very good and have some excellent cases. Clare is a tenacious representative for her clients, who really value her fearless representation‘.

‘Very strong commitment to achieving the best result for clients, well resourced, commitment to technology, very good local reputation, high quality caseload, attract cases of significant value and complexity. Andy Shaw is bright, well organised, a great leader, an excellent communicator and always achieves great results for clients. Steve Santy – great legal knowledge, as well as being an instinctively good litigator‘.

Mediators Tier 5

Tim JonesHiggs LLP A mediator for approximately 20 years, Tim Jones at Higgs LLP is 'experienced, level headed, and gains the confidence of parties'. Jones regularly mediates civil and commercial disputes, but is also qualified to mediate workplace matters.

Higgs LLP is an award-winning Midlands law firm, employing over 240 people, based in prestigious offices in Brierley Hill. Recognised across the Midlands and nationally, Higgs LLP is proud of its heritage and reputation for consistently delivering exceptional standards of service.

The firm: An energetic, innovative law firm, Higgs LLP’s extensive team of legal experts takes the time to understand the needs of individuals and businesses in order to provide practical solutions, support and guidance.

Bringing together specialists in many disciplines, the firm provides genuine value by striving to constantly think from a client’s point of view, understanding their issues and responding to their particular needs. In this way, Higgs LLP is able to make a real difference.

The firm is proud of its record of continued growth over recent years in what has been a period of significant economic uncertainty and market flux in the legal sector. It continues to develop a balanced portfolio of services while fostering mutually beneficial relationships based on a proactive approach aimed at protecting the wealth and well-being of every client.

The firm does things its own way and is constantly innovating, seeking out new and better ways of delivering its services. Higgs LLP’s clients rightly expect the highest standards and everyone at the firm works hard in order to exceed their expectations.

Types of work undertaken: Higgs LLP provides a comprehensive range of services, including corporate and commercial, employment, residential and commercial property, dispute resolution, insolvency, personal injury, clinical negligence, family and private client.

Operating one of the largest and most technically advanced private client practices in the region, the firm uses expert legal insight to get the best possible results and has a reputation, developed over many years, for putting clients at ease and inspiring confidence.

Higgs & Sons’ astute business services team offers pragmatic and clear advice. The approach of working in partnership with clients has helped start-ups through to multi-million pound national companies.

Higgs LLP will continue to grow by attracting and nurturing the very best people to meet the changing needs of clients. Placing value on ability, commitment and initiative, Higgs & Sons is an employer of choice for client-focused, driven people who can continually add strength to the firm.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Nick Moxon nick.moxon@higgsllp.co.uk 0345 111 5050
Partner, Head of Business Succession Planning Paul Hunt paul.hunt@higgsllp.co.uk 0345 111 5050
Partner, Head of Private Client Lucy Obrey lucy.obrey@higgsllp.co.uk 0345 111 5050
Managing Partner Nick Taylor nick.taylor@higgsllp.co.uk 0345 111 5050
Partner, Head of Employment Tim Jones tim.jones@higgsllp.co.uk 0345 111 5050
Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Julia Lowe julia.lowe@higgsllp.co.uk 0345 111 5050
Partner, Head of Property Services Cherry Elliott cherry.elliott@higgsllp.co.uk 0345 111 5050
Partner, Head of Family Philip Barnsley philip.barnsley@higgsllp.co.uk 0345 111 5050
Partner, Head of Personal Injury/Clinical negligence Andy Shaw andy.shaw@higgsllp.co.uk 0345 111 5050
Partner, Head of Corporate Richard Griffiths richard.griffiths@higgsllp.co.uk 0345 111 5050
Photo Name Position Profile
 Paul Barker  photo Paul Barker Property litigator for over 17 years and joined Higgs & Sons as…
 Philip Barnsley  photo Philip Barnsley Philip is a partner and head of family law at Higgs &…
 Peter Coleman  photo Peter Coleman Partner in the Property Services department specialising in landlord and tenant work,…
 Matt Dudley  photo Matt Dudley Partner
 Cherry Elliott  photo Cherry Elliott As Head of the Property Services team at Higgs & Sons, Cherry…
 David Ellis  photo David Ellis Partner and licensed insolvency practitioner advising insolvency practitioners and company directors and…
 Peter Gosling  photo Peter Gosling A Partner and Head of the wealth preservation team, Peter acts for…
 Susheel Gupta  photo Susheel Gupta Susheel leads the corporate tax team. He has particular expertise in corporate…
 Paul Hunt  photo Paul Hunt Paul is the firm’s Managing Partner. He specialises in complex commercial contracts…
 Tim Jones  photo Tim Jones Tim is a partner and Head of the Employment team at Higgs…
 Julia Lowe  photo Julia Lowe Head of Dispute Resolution, Julia specialises in commercial contract disputes, product liability…
 Nick Moxon  photo Nick Moxon Nick is the firm’s Senior Partner and his focus within the Private Client…
 Lucy Obrey  photo Lucy Obrey Lucy is a Partner and Head of the highly acclaimed Private Client team.…
 Andy Shaw  photo Andy Shaw As Head of the firm’s Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence teams, Andy…
 Nick Taylor  photo Nick Taylor Partner and Head of department undertaking corporate work in a team of…
Number of UK partners : 36
Number of other UK lawyers : 81

Higgs & Sons is fully committed to achieving an environment which provides equality of opportunity to all. We aim to provide and maintain an inclusive, supportive and friendly workplace.

Higgs & Sons is fully committed to providing a service and place of work where diversity is embraced and equality of opportunity is promoted. We are committed to respecting human rights and believe that diversity benefits and adds value to our business. A diverse workforce helps to stimulate creativity and innovation through the introduction of fresh thinking and approaches.

We are committed to providing a service and workplace that is fair, transparent and equitable and one that is free from discrimination and harassment. We will value all differences, both visible and non-visible, across our staff, suppliers and clients. Higgs & Sons values the diversity of our workforce and all the differences that our people bring to the firm. Our aim is to remove any barriers for everyone to realise their full potential in a transparent culture. Higgs & Sons is a vibrant and diverse community in which all individuals are respected and are able to make the best use of their skills and capabilities. We will maintain a culture of meritocracy in all relevant decisions and ensure the principles of fairness and equity are practised.

We treat all clients equally and fairly and do not unlawfully discriminate against them. We will also, wherever possible, take steps to promote equal opportunity in relation to access to the legal services that we provide, taking account of the diversity of the communities that we serve.

We are committed to meeting the diverse needs of clients. We aim to create a work culture that values diversity, inclusiveness and respect, and that these values are reflected in our dealings with our clients. We aim to provide clear, meaningful information about what we do and how we do it for our clients and potential clients in ways that best suit their individual needs. We will identify as early as possible any individual requirements that need to be met in order for a client to fully access our services and we will be responsive to their changing needs and requirements.

We are committed to the principle of equality and diversity in all our procurement practices and procedures. We expect our chosen contractor or supplier to demonstrate that it maintains effective policies and procedures for ensuring equality and diversity.