The “terrific” Ruth Higgins SC has an impeccable profile, which encompasses criminal cartel prosecutions and M&A.
Ruth Higgins SC is a leading commercial silk specialising in competition law, class actions, energy, media, corporate criminal and corporations matters.
In competition law proceedings, Ruth successfully acted for TPG, Pacific National and AGL in contested merger proceedings against the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). For the ACCC and the Commonwealth, she successfully acted in the High Court in Flight Centre and the CMFEU case concerning agreed civil penalties, as well as other matters. Ruth appeared in the first two modern criminal cartel prosecutions and is regularly briefed in such matters. She has acted for Garmin, Apple, Cement Australia, BP, the Australian Jockey Club and others in Part IV proceedings.
Ruth regularly appears in energy matters, including many merits and judicial review applications from decisions of the AER and in energy arbitrations, including as an expert. In class action proceedings, Ruth has acted for Woolworths, Westpac, Volkswagen and Nissan, and in the Provident debentures matter.
Ruth is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and an assistant general editor of the Australian Law Journal. She won the Glasgow University medal in law; completed a DPhil at Balliol College, Oxford; and lectured at Corpus Christi College. She has since been a visiting scholar at Columbia University, and a visiting fellow at two Oxford colleges: New and Harris Manchester. Her publications include The Moral Limits of Law (OUP, 2004).
Ruth has been included in Best Lawyers Australia since 2008 and Chambers Global since 2011. Doyle's Guide lists her as a preeminent silk in competition law and several other practice areas.