Principal Ross Higgins of Higgins Lawyers, celebrated his 45 years of commitment to the profession on Friday, June 14.
He started in the family business with Higgins and Higgins, with his father Ian and brother Philip, when he was 23 years old.
Mr Higgins became Principal in 1987 and the firm became Higgins Lawyers, after Ian retired and Philip set up his own practice, first at Blackheath and later at Laurieton.
He said in his time the law had changed remarkably, but not necessarily for the better.
"There's a lot more consumerism when it comes to managing clients expectations, vested interests such as the large insurance companies have wielded too much influence.
"The courts and Land Registry Office have also moved into the electronic age with online filing," he said.
Despite the changes and the hard part of managing client expectations, he said he enjoyed his work and helping people through the maze of law.
"I work long hours starting early in the morning, in my field I'm always learning, everything is a lot more specialised these days," he said.
In his 45 years Mr Higgins said, he wouldn't do law again but it had been a good run.
"You know a doctor manages a person's health, as a lawyer we advise on people's personal lives and business.
"There is a lot of pressure but it's rewarding when you win a case and if you lose well then...
"It's all a learning experience," he said.
Mr Higgins said he also worked with a wonderful team at the firm.
"I work with a great bunch of people, they're a very conscientious, committed and confident team," he said.
He said being a part of Higgins he liked to support and get involved in the community.
"We support the community, charities and sporting bodies such as Higgins Bowls Day at Club Lithgow," he said.
Mr Higgins celebrated his 45th work anniversary surrounded with his employees and a celebration cake.
His employees said he was a pleasure to work with, a decent man and a good boss.
Colleague Klaus Fegebank attended university with Mr Higgins and has known him for 50 years.
"I went to uni with Ross, who would've thought that young, nervous Ross Higgins would be principal of his own firm today.
"We use to study in the back of the car, Ross would pace up and down with notes in hand worried about passing his exam," he said.
Mr Fegebank congratulated his long time friend on the achievement and was glad to be a part of it.
"45 years wow, congratulations it's a great effort, mate, you've got a heart of gold and this is a great achievement," he said.
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