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Ruth Higgins

Senior Counsel, Banco Chambers (Sydney)


Relevant qualifications and honours

  • PhD in Legal Philosophy (Balliol College, Oxford)
  • Dip LP, University of Glasgow
  • LLB (first Class Honours), University of Oxford
    • University medal (Most Distinguished Graduate in Law 1995)
  • Called to Bar (2006)
  • Admitted as Lawyer of the Supreme Court (NSW) (2005)
  • Appointed Senior Counsel in 2017


Relevant work history and committee involvement


  • Barrister, Banco Chambers, Sydney

Previous (includes)

  • Visiting Fellow, New College, University of Oxford (Michaelmas Term)
  • Solicitor, Gilbert + Tobin (Competition + Regulation Department) (2001-2006)
  • Paralegal, Slaughter & May Solicitors, London (2001)


Competition and Regulatory cases (select)

  • See Banco Chambers page for full CV with relevant cases
  • ACCC v Flight Centre Limited (2016) 91 ALJR 143 (for the ACCC, led by Justin Gleeson SC)
  • ACCC v Woolworths Limited [2016] ATPR 42-251 (for ACCC, leading B Mee)
  • ACCC v Renegade Gas Pty Ltd, Speed-e-gas & Others (2014) FCA 1135 (for Speed-e-Gas/Origin, unled)
  • ACCC v Informed Sources and Others VID 450/2014 (for BP, with N Hutley SC)
  • Application for Authorisation of Acquisition of Macquarie Generation by AGL Energy Limited [2014] A Comp T 1 (for AGL, with A Bannon SC)
  • ACCC v Cement Australia Pty Ltd (2013) 310 ALR 165 (for Cement Australia, with N Hutley SC)
  • Auskay International v Qantas Airways Ltd [2010] FCA 521 (with N O’Bryan SC)
  • ACCC v Singapore Airlines Cargo Pte Ltd [2009] 256 ALR 458 (with N O’Bryan SC and C Moore)
  • Application by Telstra Corporation Limited [2009] ACompT 1 (with C Moore SC)
  • Application by Medicines Australia [2007] ACompT 4 (with A Robertson SC)

Academic work

  • Visiting Fellow, New College, Oxford (2016)
  • Visiting Scholar, Columbia University Law School, New York (1997)
  • Lecturer in Law, Corpus Christi College, Oxford (2000)



  • 'Joint Venture Defences, Export Agreement Exceptions and Authorisation: The Horizon After Harper in the Resources Sector' (2015 AMPLA Yearbook)
  • 'Price Fixing: The Passive Beneficiary Defence' (2005) 21(7) ANZ Trade Practices Law Bulletin
  • The Moral Limits of Law (OUP, 2004)