Daniel Higgins


Daniel is a criminal barrister with a formidable reputation, whether he's defending or prosecuting serious offences.

Daniel’s analytical approach to cases, along with his approachable manner, together instil confidence in his clients. He has an engaging courtroom style – and his handling of witnesses, particularly experts or those with vulnerabilities, is exceptional.

When defending, Daniel appears in the most serious of cases, instructed in his own right in allegations of attempted murder, rape and other serious sexual offences (often committed against children), large scale drugs conspiracies and financial crimes. He is also led in allegations of murder and other serious offences.


Daniel is a Grade 3 level prosecutor on the CPS Advocates Panel. He is regularly instructed by the Special Casework Unit, and prosecutes multi-handed cases concerning financial crime, wide-ranging and complex drugs conspiracies, serious violence and sexual offences.

Daniel often appears in cases concerning allegations of serious and complex fraud, money laundering and other financial crimes. The evidence in these cases is often voluminous, but he is able to focus on issues and present evidence and arguments clearly and concisely.

Read more about background and experience

Before coming to the Bar, Daniel worked for a large financial organisation, developing guidelines for investment funds and operating compliance programmes. This gives him an insight into how such organisations work.

Daniel undertakes appeal work, often when instructed by people who have been represented by others at first instance. In the Court of Appeal, his success has resulted in convictions being quashed, and sentences reduced.

Although Daniel is most often engaged in serious and complex cases in the Crown Court, he understands the importance of every allegation to the client – and that has brought him considerable success in allegations of road traffic offences. These allegations are often a client’s only experience of the court system, so it is vital that they have someone who understands their needs and can present their case in the best way.

Notable cases

R v C & Others, 2016

Junior to Abbas Lakha QC represented the defendant, who, along with others, was accused of conspiring to commit breaches of immigration law following an investigation by BBC Panorama. This involved over 800 foreign students, where visas to remain in the UK to study were fraudulently applied for. This was done through the obtaining of falsified educational qualifications and bank documents, and, in particular, through the use of fake or proxy sitters who would take English speaking exams on behalf of the students.

Southwark Crown Court.

News story here.

R v M & Others, 2016

Represented an alleged conspirator in a multi-handed £2.5 million international investment fraud. Following a four-week trial, DM was acquitted of the main allegation.

Southwark Crown Court.

News story here.

Read more Notable cases

R v B, 2017

Inner London Crown Court.

News story here.

R v W & others, 2015 and 2016

Daniel, as led junior, was instructed by Special Casework Unit to prosecute large scale and complex multi-handed Class A drugs conspiracies.

Harrow Crown Court.

R v G, 2016

Successful prosecution of a serving police officer sexually assaulting a female colleague whilst on duty.

Southwark Crown Court.

News story here.


  • Daniel is a governor at his local primary school, and captains a cricket 1st XI side in the Surrey Championship
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PROFILE: Daniel Higgins

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Confiscation / POCA

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Financial Crime

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Sexual offences

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Regulatory / Disciplinary

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020 7489 2727


St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, 1998–2001

BPP Law School, 2002–03




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