Viewing: Crime for John O’Higgins

John O’Higgins joined No5 Chambers Birmingham in 2017 bringing with him 30 years of experience of practising criminal law at the highest level in London and the South-East. He has appeared in numerous cases of homicide [including murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, causing death by careless/dangerous driving], serious violence, sexual offences, drugs and fraud.
He is one of the small number of leading juniors on the Midland Circuit who are recommended by both of the leading Legal Directories. This is what they say about him:
Recommendations
An accomplished junior who has acted in a vast number of cases, including those concerning homicide, serious violence, sexual offences and fraud. He regularly acts for both the prosecution and the defence. Strengths: "Very calm, measured and experienced. He is a tough opponent."
Chambers UK Bar Guide 2021
A persuasive and forceful advocate who is very tactically astute and regularly achieves the very best results for clients - TIER 1 LEADING JUNIORS The ‘extremely intelligent and tactically astute‘ John O’Higgins is highly recommended for cases requiring a leading junior
Legal 500 2021
“A very strong advocate with an air of authority.”
Legal 500 2020
“He is very intelligent and diligent. He is very much feared by his opponents.” “His preparation, skill with clients and court manner are all very impressive.”
Chambers UK 2020
“Very intelligent, tactically astute and inspires confidence in his clients.”
Legal 500 2019
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 [2018]
“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.”
Chambers UK Bar Guide [2016]
Memberships
Criminal Bar Association
Midland Circuit
South Eastern Circuit
Kent Bar Mess
Qualifications
Queens’ College, Cambridge University in Modern History [B.A. 1982; M.A. 1986]
Common Professional Examination [1983]
Law 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.

Latest News & Publications

Counsel at No5 Barristers’ Chambers prosecuted in a trial which saw a lorry driver found guilty of careless driving following the death of a cyclist....

Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2019
John O’Higgins Prosecutes Death by Dangerous Driving Trial...

Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2018