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Year of Call:  1986 (Bar: 1990)

John O'Higgins Crime CV

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John O'Higgins Crime CV

John O’Higgins joined No5 Barristers' Chambers in Birmingham in January 2017 having practised in London and the South East for the last 30 years as a specialist in Criminal Law. He has appeared in numerous cases of homicide, serious violence, sexual offences, drugs and fraud. He has a reputation as a formidable advocate and is known for meticulous preparation which provides the basis for an impressive success rate.

He is recognised as a leading member of the profession in the Chambers UK Bar Guide and the Legal 500.

John O’Higgins also practises from his London Chambers 6 Pump Court, Temple, London EC47 7AR www.6pumpcourt.co.uk.

RECOMMENDATIONS                                                

An accomplished junior who has acted in a vast number of cases, including those concerning homicide, serious violence, sexual offences and fraud.
Strengths: "A really canny operator and a first-rate advocate."
Chambers UK Bar Guide [2018]

"A terrifyingly good advocate"
Legal 500 [2017

“He is an extremely confident and commanding advocate, capable of undertaking the most serious work. His written work is also excellent: prompt and succinct”
Chambers UK Bar Guide [2017]

“An instinctive advocate and excellent cross-examiner”
“He fights doggedly for the lay client and is an expert in unlawful killing and serious violence”
Legal 500 [2016]

“The senior junior both defends and prosecutes complex and high profile cases such as gangland shootings and homicides”
“Strengths: He is an exceptional advocate who has a commanding courtroom presence. He is a fearless opponent who nevertheless possesses the soft skills to deal with the most vulnerable of clients. He quickly identifies the heart of a case but also finds points of law that elude others”
Recent Work: Prosecuted in the high-profile Lee Birch murder trial.
Chambers UK Bar Guide [2016]

“Very popular with juries and persuasive in his advocacy”
Legal 500 [2015]

“He is an intense advocate who certainly gets the jury’s attention.”
“He is an individual with acute intelligence who is passionately committed to his clients and works incredibly hard for them”
Chambers UK Bar Guide [2015]

“Extremely thorough in his preparation of a case”
Legal 500 [2014]

“Excellent at supporting the solicitors who instruct him.”
Legal 500 [2013]

QUALIFICATIONS                                                                   

Queens’ College, Cambridge University in Modern History [B.A. 1982; M.A. 1986]
Common Professional Examination [1983]
L
aw Society Final Examination [1984]
Admitted Solicitor [1986]
Called to the Bar of the Middle Temple [1990]
CPS “Grade 4” prosecution panel advocate
Specialist Rape panel advocate.

MEMBERSHIPS                                                                      

Criminal Bar Association
Midland Circuit
South Eastern Circuit
Kent Bar Mess

DIRECT ACCESS                                                                    

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