Higson was the chief assistant to Frank R. Freeman from 1917 to 1934 and took over the practice on Freeman’s death. He lived at 46 Church Road, Smithills, Bolton. Frank Freeman had married Annie Higson in 1923; it is not known if she and Herbert Higson were related. He died in Frodsham, Cheshire (where the Walkers, his mother's family came from). He was in the Royal Engineers in the first world war.
The only known work by him is an office at Cow Lane Bridge, in Frodsham Street, Chester in 1948.