John Higham, QC, has a broad commercial practice, helping clients to protect and further their interests in national and international disputes, as well as providing key strategic advice in transactional work. He has particular experience in the fields of banking, company law, insolvency, financial services, as well as oil and gas, foreign exchange and commodities transactions.
John works as an advocate in litigation and commercial arbitration in England and Wales, and in jurisdictions across the globe. Clients from a broad range of industries, including banking, insurance, shipping, construction, telecommunications, utilities, oil and gas, mining, and financial services, benefit from his knowledgeable counsel in often complex disputes.
John has extensive experience supporting clients in multijurisdictional cases, including shareholder disputes and cases concerning fraudulently misappropriated assets. An acknowledged authority in the field of insolvency, he has acted in many of the major insolvencies of the last 30 years, including Maxwell, Polly Peck, Leyland DAF, Olympia & York, TXU and Lehman.
John has a formidable list of reported cases to his name in the Queen's Bench and Chancery Divisions of the High Court of Justice, including in the Commercial Court and the Companies Court, and in the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords and the Privy Council.
John joined the Firm as a partner in March 2004. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1992. From 1999 to 2004, he was a partner with another leading law firm. Between 1978 and 1999, he practiced as a barrister at South Square, Gray's Inn, a leading commercial and insolvency chambers in London. John worked as a Recorder (Civil and Criminal) on the Midlands Circuit from 1998 to 2010.
John has been listed as an "expert" in the Arbitration, Commercial Litigation and the Insolvency and Corporate Recovery sections of Legal Business' Legal Experts and as an "expert" in both the Commercial and Banking Litigation sections of The Legal 500.