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Higgs & Sons

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 1

Julia Lowe is head of dispute resolution in Higgs & Sons' Brierley Hill practice. Her areas of expertise within this space include shareholder and partnership disputes, product liability matters and injunctive relief orders. She works alongside a team including Matt Dudley, whose wide-ranging disputes practice covers shareholder disputes, claims relating to business or share sales, as well as matters relating to the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Practice head(s):

Julia Lowe

Other key lawyers:

Commercial property: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 1

Higgs & Sons gives comprehensive advice on the full scope of real estate matters and is instructed by a wide variety of clients. Practice head Cherry Elliott mainly handles commercial development and investment matters. The team also includes landlord and tenant work specialist Peter Coleman, Richard Saxton, who advises on real estate finance, retail and leisure transactions, as well as Sara Shepherd, who has expertise assisting corporate occupiers and clients in the healthcare sector. Rachael Hobbis joined from Shakespeare Martineau LLP in May 2018.

Practice head(s):

Cherry Elliott

Key clients

London & Cambridge Properties

A F Blakemore & Son Limited

T H Baker

Talash Hotels Group

Duchy Homes

Bovis Homes

Gail’s Bakery

Hovi Luxury Homes Limited

Cassidy Group Limited

HSBC Bank Plc

Bathams Brewery

Severn Valley Railway

Rubery Owen

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 1

Higgs & Sons has a track record of experience of advising on acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, restructuring, private equity and compliance. Nick Taylor, who leads the team, has expertise in M&A and joint ventures. Other key figures on the corporate side include Richard Griffiths and Adrian Cutler, while Paul Hunt focuses on commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Nick Taylor 

Family: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 1

Higgs & Sons primarily acts for high net worth individuals and owner managers of businesses (particularly those in the manufacturing sector). Philip Barnsley leads the team, which advises on diverse financial issues on relationship breakdown, such as nuptial, cohabitation and separation agreements. It is also knowledgeable about all aspects of Children Act proceedings and other matters include adoption, living arrangements for children and parenting plans. Barnsley has niche expertise in nuptial agreements involving family investment companies, trust structures and business assets.

Practice head(s):

Philip Barnsley

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Higgs & Sons specialises in advising individuals and families on preserving their personal and corporate wealth. The department acts for a significant number of family businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals with business interests. It works closely with its corporate department to provide fully- rounded tax and estate planning advice to owner managed businesses, directors and shareholders. Lucy Obrey leads the first-rate team, which includes Nick Moxon. Another key figure is Peter Gosling, who has specialist expertise in the wealth planning issues of high-net-worth individuals and their families. Gosling is also knowledgeable about rural issues.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Obrey

Other key lawyers:

Nick Moxon; Peter Gosling; David Morgan


Lucy Obrey is knowledgeable and experienced‘.

Peter Gosling has a calm and reassuring presence with clients, he is technically excellent and talks through issues well with clients in a way that is easily understandable by them‘.

David Morgan is very skilled on probate matters, technically he is excellent and he really knows his stuff‘.

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Higgs & Sons is recognised for its expertise in handling serious birth injury claims. Clare Langford is widely respected for her experience in cerebral palsy claims and Erb’s palsy, while Liz Hickman  excels in cases involving delayed diagnoses of cancer, as well as tetraplegia and birth injury matters. Other areas of expertise include matters where there has been a misdiagnosis, wrongful prescription of medication and cases involving lack of consent.

Practice head(s):

Clare Langford; Liz Hickman

Other key lawyers:

Sue Allen


This is a very efficient and client focussed practice that does a very professional job‘.

Provides an excellent personal service to clients in a difficult area of work‘.

The team is  professional whilst maintaining a friendly and caring practice that is responsive and attentive to clients’ needs‘.

Has a very experienced team that despite its prominence and presence in the market, retains a personal touch which it of great value to lay clients’.

Sue Allen, Clare Langford, Liz Hickman are very approachable which is important when you are working with complex clients and families‘.

Clare Langford is extremely thorough. Provides personal attention to her clients. Approachable‘.

Sue Allen is an extremely experienced and well known clinical negligence practitioner who is respected by peers and (importantly) opponents‘.

Liz Hickman is another highly experienced and well known practitioner who is not afraid to take on challenging cases and get results from them‘.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

At Higgs & Sons, philanthropy continues to be a large part of the work undertaken by the team, particularly in the context of advising private and corporate clients on how to best to structure their charitable giving. Kirsty McEwen leads the team, whose expertise includes the use of private charitable foundations, corporate foundations and legacy giving. The group also acts for many established charitable and not-for-profit organisations, such as specialist faith organisations and non-denominational religious organisations, educational charities, sports bodies, and arts and heritage charities.

Practice head(s):

Kirsty McEwen

Other key lawyers:

Claire Hamlin


We are very pleased with the first-class service we have always received from Kirsty McEwen, Claire Hamlin and all the team at Higgs & Sons. They are not only very professional but also friendly and approachable‘.

Kirsty McEwen and Claire Hamlin are particularly supportive‘.

Key clients

The Mary Stevens Hospice

See Beyond Borders

British Glass Foundation

Fisher Frederick Pearson Charity

John Amphlett’s School Charity

Dudley Canal Trust

Margaret Westwood Memorial Charity

Alan Robert Laken Charitable Trust

Anthony and Gwendoline Wylde Memorial Charity

Rachel Baker Memorial Charity

Claude Ballard Southall Memorial Charity

Ken Wrigley Memorial Trust

Hilda Farr Charitable Trust

Michael Gardner Trust

The Joan Braithwaite Sailing Trust

Wollaston Free Church

Christadelphian Hall

Ian Addison Charitable Foundation

Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Higgs & Sons has a strong profile among wealthy families and wealthy landed clients. It regularly handles disputes in the course of complex and high-value estate administrations, and it also handles matters involving the removal of executors/trustees. In addition, it has particular expertise in disappointed beneficiary claims, with extensive experience of proprietary estoppel cases. Lucy Obrey leads the team, which saw Beth King-Smith join Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Obrey

Employment Tier 3

Higgs & Sons is best known for its work with SMEs, owner managed businesses and their families in the West Midlands. The team has extensive experience in the transport, manufacturing, technical, retail and food/drink sectors. In addition, the group regularly works with its corporate team on key matters such as business restructurings and reorganisations. Its employment tribunal practice is well established. Tim Jones heads up the department.

Practice head(s):

Tim Jones

Other key lawyers:

Debra Cottam; Joanne Walker; Simon Bond; Amy Brokenshire


It has a culture of excellence which is apparent in its service, recruitment and retention of staff‘.

Excellent team that tackles matters with a pragmatic “can do” approach. The advice is always of the highest standard, and we are in safe hands‘.

It has a keen customer focus and an understanding of deadlines and time critical situations.

Tim Jones is very sensible as well as being technically very good‘.

Tim Jones is exceptionally knowledgeable and delivers excellent advice‘.

Tim Jones  has a relaxed and confident manner and has the ability to exercise both professional charm and gravitas in equal measure to get results‘.

Tim Jones kept the focus on the main issues in hand only and steered the case to a successful outcome‘.

Debra Cottam , Joanne Walker  and Simon Bond  always excel in meetings and exceed client expectations’.

Simon Bond provides very strong support and quick responses‘.

Amy Brokenshire is very, very bright‘.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

At Higgs & Sons, the insolvency and business recovery team led by David Ellis handles regional insolvencies for liquidators and creditors as well as for the insolvent companies themselves, and also assists clients with transactional matters. Handling personal bankruptcies for the debtors is another area of expertise.

Practice head(s):

David Ellis

Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

Higgs & Sons has a dedicated team, which advises on catastrophic injuries, as well as injuries at work and road traffic accidents. It also advises on industrial diseases caused by asbestos, noise, vibrating equipment and chemicals. In addition, the group advises on injuries suffered while abroad. Andy Shaw, who heads up the team, has a particular focus on head injuries and fatal accidents.

Practice head(s):

Andy Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Claire Burnell; Steven Santy


What sets the team apart is its client care and attention to detail. The team leaves no stone unturned and isn’t not afraid to take on difficult cases‘.

It is a strong team, with a high proportion of experienced practitioners who provide an outstanding level of service to their clients. They focus on rehab and have a collaborative working style, this is what marks the team out‘.

It is  the foremost medium-sized claimant personal Injury specialist solicitors in the West Midlands‘.

Andy Shaw is a great lawyer and tactician. He has a fantastic manner with clients and is able to see the ‘wood for the trees’ and thus able to address the real issues in a case and guide clients to them. He is a tough negotiator who is not afraid to push points to trial‘.

Andy Shaw is down to earth, dynamic and pragmatic with realistic expectations from his cases‘.

Andy Shaw always has a great command of his claims and has a meticulous approach to case preparation. He is a very shrewd negotiator’.

Steven Santy is tireless and is always working to find the game changing point in the case. He is brilliant with his clients who clearly value and like him and is able to express complicated principles of law clearly and succinctly‘.

Steven Santy is  a wily litigator, who knows the highways and byways of RTA litigation through and through‘.

Steven Santy is a super litigator. He is very well prepared, has very good judgment and is always prepared to go the extra mile to get the best result he can for his client‘.

Claire Burnell: not entirely sure where Claire manages to find the time to put in the amount of work she does. She leaves no stone unturned in preparing a case‘.

Construction Tier 4

The construction team at Higgs & Sons was recently bolstered by the arrival of Rachael Hobbis from Shakespeare Martineau LLP in May 2018. Hobbis specialises in construction procurement matters and building and civil engineering disputes. In other work, the team advises developers, contractors and investors in a wide range of sectors on construction documentation.

Practice head(s):

Rachael Hobbis

Key clients

Hugg Homes Limited

Cassidy Group Property Limited

RTS Construction Group

RTS Construction Group

London & Cambridge Properties

Inland Homes PLC A F Blakemore

ADI Beverage & Food Services Ltd

Waltbros Construction Limited

Edmond Shipway LLP

Corporate tax Tier 4

Susheel Gupta heads the team at Higgs & Sons, which focuses on tax planning advice and employee incentive schemes. He is particularly known for representing shareholders on the taxation elements of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Susheel Gupta

Property litigation Tier 4

Higgs & Sons is regularly involved in both commercial and residential property disputes, ranging from property management claims relating to lease renewals, rent reviews and break notices, to development disputes such as restrictive covenants, as well as neighbour disputes. Paul Barker focuses on commercial property litigation, while Nyree Applegarth often acts on boundary disputes and trespass matters; both advise a mixture of investors, occupiers, developers and private individuals.

Higgs & Sons 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 & Sons is proud of its heritage and reputation for consistently delivering exceptional standards of service.

The firm: An energetic, innovative law firm, Higgs & Sons’ 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 & Sons 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 wellbeing 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 & Sons’ clients rightly expect the highest standards and everyone at the firm works hard in order to exceed their expectations.

Types of work undertaken: Higgs & Sons 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 multimillion-pound national companies.

Higgs & Sons 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 0345 111 5050
Managing Partner Paul Hunt 0345 111 5050
Partner and Head of Private Client Lucy Obrey 0345 111 5050
Partner and Head of Business Services Nick Taylor 0345 111 5050
Partner and Head of Employment Tim Jones 0345 111 5050
Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution Julia Lowe 0345 111 5050
Partner and Head of Property Services Cherry Elliott 0345 111 5050
Partner and Head of Family Philip Barnsley 0345 111 5050
Partner and Head of Personal Injury/Clinical negligence Andy Shaw 0345 111 5050
Partner and Head of Corporate Richard Griffiths 03451115050
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.