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.
Banco Chambers was opened on 10 March 2005 in the Reserve Bank Building by the Hon. J.J. Spigelman AC Chief Justice of New South Wales. It then consisted of 15 members, made up of 3 silks and 12 juniors.
Banco Chambers expanded in January 2009 taking a floor in Chifley Tower and 15 new junior barristers. Our inaugural Head of Chambers was Justin Gleeson SC, the current Solicitor-General for the Commonwealth. Since Justin’s appointment Robert Newlinds SC has been our Head of Chambers.
Two of our foundation members, Justice Christine Adamson and Justice Fabian Gleeson are now Judges of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Court of Appeal respectively.
Banco has always been and remains a youthful progressive floor committed to providing the highest level of service in the rapidly changing legal market. All of our barristers have superior and specialised advocacy skills enabling them to add value to any case in any court, tribunal or arbitration. Our barristers are also specialists in various fields where they provide sensible, commercial, objective and accurate advice.
We now have 30 members of varying levels of seniority, including seven of Australia’s leading Silks, Tom Blackburn SC, Peter Brereton SC, Andrew Coleman SC, Robert Dick SC, Richard McHugh SC, Cameron Moore SC and Robert Newlinds SC.
Our senior junior and junior barristers are Clarissa Amato, Farid Assaf, Darrell Barnett, Timothy Breakspear, Nicholas Bender, Anthony D’Arcy, Sandy Dawson, Kristen Deards, Ruth Higgins, Anne Horvath, Elliot Hyde, Ben Kremer, Peter Kulevski, Jonathon Redwood, Katherine Richardson, Declan Roche, Fiona Roughley, Peter Silver, David Sulan, James Watson, Christopher Withers, Tiffany Wong and Robert Yezerski.