Called to Bar: 2006

Ruth Higgins appears, principally as lead counsel, in proceedings across Australia in competition, public, commercial, energy, media and corporate criminal law matters. She acts for listed companies (Volkswagen, Apple, Qantas, Tabcorp, CBA, BlueScope, Woolworths) energy companies (AGL, BP, Origin, Energy Australia), media companies, (Today FM, Seven), and government instrumentalities, including the ACCC, NCC, ASIC and APRA. 

She has appeared at various enquiries including as counsel assisting the ACCC East Coast Gas Enquiry, at private and public hearings of the ICAC and as counsel for Macquarie Generation at the Special Commission of Enquiry into Electricity Transactions. 

Ruth is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, an Assistant General Editor of the Australian Law Journal, a director of the Bar Association of NSW and a pool member of the Dispute Resolution Panel appointed under the National Electricity Rules. 

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 (1997) and a Visiting Fellow at New College Oxford (2016).  

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 (currently, Litigation, ADR, and Bet-the-Company Litigation) and Chambers Global since 2011 (currently Bar, Dispute Resolution, Band 1). She is presently ranked as a preeminent barrister in the Doyle’s Guide for commercial litigation (NSW and Australia) and competition law, and as a leading barrister in insolvency law. 

She has won various other awards, including the inaugural Sheahan Lock Partners Junior Barrister Award, at the Lawyers Weekly, Women in Law Awards, and several related awards through Lawyers Monthly UK, including awards for constitutional law in 2014, and for competition law and banking and finance law in 2015.

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Core Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Commercial
  • Communications/Media
  • Competition and Consumer Law
  • Corporations and Insolvency
  • Equity/Property
  • Injunctions/Urgent Relief
  • Public Law
  • Representative Proceedings
  • Sport


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