Called to Bar: 2006
Ruth Higgins appears in proceedings across Australia in competition, public, commercial, energy, media and corporate criminal law matters. She acts for listed companies (Volkswagen, Nissan, Apple, Qantas, Tabcorp, CBA, BlueScope, Woolworths) energy companies (AGL, BP, Origin, Energy Australia, Hydro Tasmania), media companies (Today FM, Seven, Nine) and government instrumentalities (ACCC, NCC, ASIC, OAIC and APRA).
She has appeared at various enquiries including as counsel assisting the ACCC East Coast Gas Enquiry, and at private and public hearings of the ICAC and at the Special Commission of Enquiry into Electricity Transactions. She is currently acting for the CBA in the Banking Royal Commission.
Ruth is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, an Assistant General Editor of the Australian Law Journal and a pool member of the Dispute Resolution Panel appointed under the National Electricity Rules. She is a member of the Council of the Bar Association of NSW and the Chair of a professional conduct committee.
Ruth won the Glasgow University medal in law, completed a doctorate in legal philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford, lectured at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and a Visiting Fellow at New College Oxford. Her publications include The Moral Limits of Law (OUP, 2004), three collections of essays co-edited with Justin Gleeson SC and a forthcoming monograph, Law’s Candour (all through Federation Press).
Ruth has been included in Best Lawyers Australia since 2008 and Chambers Global since 2011, and is currently listed as a new silk. She is listed in Doyle’s Guide as a leading silk for competition law, and also in commercial litigation and insolvency law.
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Core Practice Areas
- Competition and Consumer Law
- Corporations and Insolvency
- Injunctions/Urgent Relief
- Public Law
- Representative Proceedings
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