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High-profile dealmaker joins Higgs team

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Joel Nixon, left, with Richard Griffiths, Head of Corporate
5 December 2023
Joel Nixon, left, with Richard Griffiths, Head of Corporate

An experienced dealmaker and passionate advocate of business in the Black Country and wider Midlands has joined the corporate team at Higgs LLP.

Joel Nixon has been appointed as Partner at Higgs, making the move from Flint Bishop where he led the Birmingham corporate team. Prior to that Joel spent six years at Browne Jacobson.

He has significant experience in mergers, acquisitions, disposals, reorganisations and joint ventures across all markets, specialising in particular in health and social care and healthtech.

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Joel, from Wolverhampton, has nurtured strong working relationships with professionals in the region, including corporate finance advisers, accountants and tax specialists, helping to achieve best results for his clients.

He said he was excited to be joining a firm with a strong record of delivering deals.

Higgs' busy corporate team has completed 53 non-confidential, notifiable deals so far in 2023, putting the firm second in the Midlands and 14th nationally for M&A activity in the recently released Experian MarketIQ rankings.

“Higgs has such a strong corporate team and I’m proud to be a part of it,” said Joel. “It is a young, forward-thinking and dynamic team and this felt absolutely like the right step in my career.

“Everyone in the team is slightly different and I believe I will bring something unique as well. We will all complement each other.

“Both within the firm and externally, Higgs is renowned for creating a real culture of togetherness. The team has a reputation of being hardworking and trustworthy and that’s so important in this area of law.

“Having spent countless years correcting people that I’m from Wolverhampton and not Birmingham, it will be nice to be part of a firm that is so proud of its Black Country roots, too!”

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Richard Griffiths, Head of Corporate, said: "We see Joel's arrival as a real coup for our team, which continues to go from strength to strength after another year of growth.

"The team is now one of the largest and most active in the Midlands, but we have ambitious plans and Joel is a key part of that.

"Joel has a nous for guiding clients through complex transactions and his specific expertise in the care sector is going to be real plus to our thriving practice in that area. He is going to be a huge asset to the firm."


Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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