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Ian Higgins

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3 Verulam Buildings (Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC)


Ian is a former solicitor with a general commercial practice, with particular focus on international arbitration and banking disputes. He is presently instructed on behalf of Claimants in the RBS Rights Issue Litigation, led by Jonathan Nash QC and Peter de Verneuil Smith.

His recent led work has included

  • a trial spanning eight weeks in the Chancery Division regarding a failure to take reasonable care on the sale of an oilfield (Rosserlane & Swinbrook v Credit Suisse International [2015] EWHC 384 (Ch)), part of a team led by Jeremy Cousins QC;

  • an appeal from a four-day jurisdictional application in the Commercial Court (in which Ian also appeared), relating to a power station in Tanzania dealing with issues of forum non conveniens and the effect of FNC waiver clauses (Standard Chartered Bank and others v IPTL and others [2016] EWCA Civ 411; [2015] EWHC 1640 (Comm), led by Matthew Hardwick QC); and

  • the jurisdictional phase of an ICC arbitration under a joint venture contract in relation to the refusal of a mining licence over copper and gold deposits at Reko Diq, in Pakistan (Tethyan Copper Company Pty Limited v Government of Balochistan), part of a team led by Cherie Blair QC.

Ian is regularly instructed as sole counsel in a variety of High Court and County Court matters, including general banking work, guarantees, professional negligence claims, possession and insolvency issues, and sales of goods cases. He has particular experience in cases of alleged mis-selling of interest rate protection products, and undertook a part-time secondment to a major bank in early 2014, where he worked with the in-house legal teams dealing with claims for consequential loss.  He has appeared unled for the hearing of applications before the Court of Appeal and the Commercial Court.

He has recently been instructed as sole counsel in an LCIA arbitration arising out of a guarantee and two related ad hoc arbitrations arising out of two charter-parties, and is presently instructed as sole counsel in an ad hoc arbitration between two overseas parties relating to the provision of IT services. As a solicitor at White & Case LLP he dealt with a number of high-value commercial arbitrations.


Trainee solicitor, White & Case LLP 2008-2010, including a year spent in White & Case’s Moscow and Hong Kong offices. Solicitor, dispute resolution, White & Case LLP 2010-2011. Formerly teaching fellow in laws, University College London, and part-time tutor in equity, School of Oriental and African Studies. Memberships held: COMBAR, Bar Pro Bono Unit. Publications of note: co-author of Bewigged & Bewildered – a guide to becoming a barrister in England and Wales (3rd edition 2016), with Adam Kramer, contributor to Bullen & Leake & Jacobs Precedents of Pleadings (18th ed 2015), contributor to Paget’s Law of Banking (14th ed 2014), contributor to ‘Key Authorities in Banking Law’ (2013).


University College Oxford (2005 BA (First)); University College London (2006 LL.M International Business Law, Distinction); Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (2007 PGDip Legal Practice (Distinction).


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