Abigail Hickinbottom

Abigail Hickinbottom - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Abigail read History at Newcastle University, and completed the Common Professional Examination and Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria University, before being was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 2004. She practises in family, personal injury and employment law.


  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association


  • Family - Children

    Abigail has extensive experience in family law dealing with both private law and public law. In public law proceedings she represents local authorities, parents and interveners, and in private law she represents Applicants, Respondents and guardian ad litems. Abigail has dealt with care proceedings involving clients who have parallel judicial review applications concerning the Local Authority’s alleged failure to assess a parent’s need for support services, and she is frequently is involved in care proceedings where the Official Solicitor acts on behalf of a party. She has experience of cases involving allegations of significant injuries to children, including fractures and serious burn injuries, and allegations of serious sexual harm. In private law she has experience in the full range of cases from straightforward child arrangement order applications to finding of fact hearings involving serious allegations including, for example, allegations of rape.

    Abigail is accredited by the Bar Council to undertake direct public access work.

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  • Personal Injury

    Abigail is an experienced civil practitioner having represented Claimant and Defendants in a wide rage range of civil work including personal injury and contract claims at fast track and multitrack level. Abigail has an equal split of Claimant and Defendant work and also accepts work on a conditional fee basis. Abigail regularly advises on liability and quantum in a wide range of personal injury claims including road traffic accident, accidents at work and highways claims. She routinely turns around papers within 14 days.

    Civil Procedure

    Abigail has specific experience of applications dealing with the Mitchell and Denton cases and has extensive experience of procedural hearings including interim applications including applications for pre-action disclosure and applications made against non-parties, and costs management hearings.


    She has experience of both detailed and summary assessment including those involving detailed issues of principle. Such issues have included:

    • The level of uplift/ principle of uplift in CFAs.
    • The applicability of protocol costs where cases have fallen out of the protocol.
    • The recoverability of standard costs where the damages ultimately recovered falls below the small claims limit
    • The payment of VAT on distinct items.

    Abigail is accredited by the Bar Council to undertake direct public access work.

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  • Disease

    Abigail has extensive experience in all areas of Disease work.

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  • Public Access

    Abigail is accredited to receive instructions directly from members of the public through the Public Access Scheme.

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