Ian Higgins#2070

Ian Higgins

Ian is a former solicitor with a general commercial practice, with particular focus on banking and international arbitration.

He is instructed on behalf of Claimants in the RBS Rights Issue Litigation, led by Jonathan Nash QC and Peter de Verneuil Smith.

Recent led work includes:

  • a trial spanning eight weeks in the Chancery Division regarding bank's a failure to take reasonable care on the sale of an oilfield (Rosserlane & Swinbrook v Credit Suisse International [2015] EWHC 384 (Ch));
  • an appeal from a four-day jurisdictional application in the Commercial Court (in which Ian also appeared), relating to the project financing of a power station in Tanzania, and 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)); 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).

Ian has particular experience in cases of alleged mis-selling of interest rate protection products. 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 ad hoc and LCIA arbitrations.

Before coming to the Bar, Ian was a solicitor in the disputes department of White & Case LLP in London specialising in substantial commercial arbitrations.

Contributed to


Practice Areas


  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 2011


  • Gray's Inn, COMBAR


  • LPC, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (Distinction) (2007)
  • Called to the Bar, Gray's Inn (2011)


  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) (Distinction), OXILP 2007
  • LLM International Business Law (Distinction), University College London 2006
  • BA Jurisprudence (First Class Honours), University College Oxford 2005

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