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Hickman & Rose has a long-standing commitment to justice and human rights.

In 1989 Ben Rose founded Grit, a charity dedicated to helping young people facing difficult challenges to transform their lives.  Its supporters and advisors include Lord Justice Neuberger, the President of the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and Graham van't Hoff, Executive Vice President of Shell Chemicals.  Grit has worked with tens of thousands of young people with outstanding results, both in the UK and in challenging environments such as Kosovo and Nigeria.

Ben Rose and Daniel Machover jointly founded Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR) in 1988.  Daniel Machover is a trustee of the LPHR charitable trust and has undertaken significant amounts of pro bono work for Palestinian clients.  Daniel now also chairs INQUEST, the charity which supports those whose relatives have died at the hands of the state.

We value the individual contribution many of our staff at all levels of the firm make in the community, including volunteering their time to local charities, offering pro bono advice through law centres and directly to community and protest groups.  Daniel Machover has been advising North Kensington Law Centre on strategic legal issues arising from the Grenfell Tower fire.   We also act pro bono in a small number of high profile miscarriages of justice, including the case of Lee Firkins (a double murder in Wadebridge, Cornwall in 2003) and Thomas Bourke (a double murder in Stockport, Manchester in 1993).

We also take an active role in professional associations focused on ensuring access to justice and the rule of law.  Jane Hickman was a founder of the Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association, which works to improve law and procedure for those who suffer miscarriages of justice.  She served as its secretary for 10 years and is still on its Committee.  Jenny Wiltshire is Vice President of the London Criminal Court Solicitors Association (LCCSA) which recently challenged the governments planned criminal legal aid reform and aims to ensure a viable future for criminal legal aid and access to justice.
As part of our commitment towards a more diverse legal profession we offer mentoring and work experience to students who have overcome significant hurdles to reach this stage of their careers and who have no ready made networks within the legal world.  We are currently working with Leaders Unlocked on the second year of a project where staff of Hickman & Rose work directly with young adults from under-represented groups to gain experience in the legal sector. 

We welcome direct links with local schools and we enjoy speaking about the work that we do to school and college groups who are interested in a career in law.

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