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Areas of Expertise

Qualifications & appointments

  • 1989: BA (Hons) in Law, Oxford University
  • 1995: MA Oxford University
  • Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School Law School
  • Direct Access trained
Adrian Higgins - 42 Bedford Row


Adrian was called to the Bar in October 1990. He was a pupil at 13 King’s Bench Walk, and he was a tenant there until May 2014 when he joined 42 Bedford Row. For the first ten years of his career he had a true common law barrister’s practice working in a number of areas of law including crime (both prosecuting and defending), family, property, insolvency, commercial and personal injury. In 1999 Adrian made the decision to concentrate on civil work. Since the beginning of his career Adrian has always been fascinated by personal injury, in which he now specialises.

Outside of work Adrian enjoys reading, running and playing hockey. He is a level 1 hockey umpire and coach. He is chairman of Oxford Hawks Hockey Club and is also secretary to the Permanent Exhibition of Judicial and Legal Costume in the Royal Courts of Justice.

  • All aspects of advisory work in personal injury work including advising on liability, quantum, evidence and tactics
  • Appearances in virtually all interlocutory and final applications and representation at trials on both liability and quantum hearings
  • Wide experience of all aspects of road traffic accident litigation
  • All aspects of employer’s liability claims
  • Industrial disease claims
  • Wide experience of all the different types of slipping and tripping claims
  • Experience of stress at work claims
  • Experience of claims arising from sporting accidents
  • Wide experience of occupier liability claims
  • Experience of foreign accident claims and holiday claims
  • Experience of fatal accident claims

Recent cases

  • Apart from the usual diet of a personal injury barrister Adrian is currently working on a number of employer’s liability and industrial disease cases.

News & Events

News & events

Campbell v Advantage Insurance Company [2021] EWCA Civ 1698

As the Christmas party season approaches the Court of Appeal in the decision of Campbell v Advantage Insurance Company [2021] EWCA Civ 1698 gives some helpful guidance on the question of whether an intoxicated passenger who is driven by a driver who is also intoxicated is contributorily negligent.

Published: 17th Nov 2021