Sue Higginson is a former CEO and Principal Solicitor of the Environmental Defenders Office NSW. As a litigator, she was responsible for many high profile public interest environmental legal cases; including acting against Rio Tinto, which resulted in their massive open cut coal mine expansion in the Hunter Valley being refused by the court. She was integral to the setting aside of the Federal Government’s approval of the Adani open cut coal mine.

Sue has worked for communities all over NSW, including assisting many Aboriginal communities, to protect their land, water, cultural heritage, and local environment, in and outside of courts. With a background in criminal law, Sue has represented hundreds of environmental protesters and activists. Most recently, she represented the Wollar 3, the first people to be charged under the NSW Government’s new anti-protester laws.

Sue was an environmental activist working on the front lines to protect the last of our old growth forests on public land in northeast NSW before becoming a lawyer.