Direct Access Barrister

Rupert James Hale Higgins

Direct Access Barrister

Rupert James Hale Higgins

Rupert Higgins is a specialist commercial and property practitioner who deals with all aspects of property and commercial litigation, with a particular focus on professional negligence work. Rupert has particular expertise in commercial dispute resolution, professional and fiduciary liability including directors’ and officers’ duties in a company context, and civil

Area of Law


Rupert has particular expertise in contractual disputes, tortious and fiduciary duties in a commercial, partnership and company context, and civil fraud.

He has also been involved in several partnership disputes involving property developers, solicitors, accountants and estate agents, as well as the enforcement of lease finance agreements and guarantees involving allegations of forgery, fraud and undue influence.

Professional Negligence

Rupert’s property expertise makes him the natural choice for claims involving property and construction professionals. He also handles claims against conveyancers, surveyors (acting both as valuers and managing agents), architects and other construction practitioners. He is instructed by leading solicitors on behalf of professional indemnity insurers and Claimants in a number of aspects of negligence, including that of solicitors and barristers. This aspect of his work has frequently taken him to the High Court and the Court of Appeal, as well as to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.


Much of Rupert’s practice is in the arena of real property claims. His real property practice encompasses boundary and easement claims, adverse possession, beneficial interests, trusts of land, proprietary estoppel and restrictive covenants, as well as mortgages, LPA Receiverships and charging orders. Rupert also has considerable experience in commercial landlord and tenant work, land options and rights of pre-emption, long lease property disputes including issues such as enfranchisement and forfeiture, and has advised a number of local authorities and housing associations with regard to their agreements with water and sewerage providers.

Who do I work for?

He advises clients, insurers and litigation funders, and appears in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Senior Courts Costs Office and the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. He has also been instructed in the Isle of Man. He welcomes instructions not only through the traditional channels but also from professionals and lay clients through the Bar’s Licensed Access and Direct Public Access schemes.

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