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Michael Hicks

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Hogarth Chambers (Chambers of Nicholas Caddick QC)


Barrister specialising in intellectual property, information technology and other disputes concerning technology. Fields of expertise include patents, designs, copyright, trademarks and passing off, domain names, confidential information, computer hardware, electronics and software disputes, and franchising and distribution matters with an intellectual property element. Cases include: VLM v Ravensworth (copyright licensing); Niche v MacDermid (malicious falsehood); Magmatic v PMS (designs – Trunki suitcase); Fine and Country v Spicerhaart (passing off – names of estate agents); Adobe v Netcom (community trademarks and estoppel); SAS Institute v World Programming Ltd (copyright in computer software; Kingspan v Rockwool (comparative advertising); Swarovski – Optik AG v Leica (patent – telescopic sights); Nova v Mazooma (CA – copyright in computer games); DataCard v Eagle Technologies (patents and trademarks); Red Spider v Omega (patents and designs, oil well valves); Pozzoli v BDMO (CA – patents); Phones4U Ltd v Phone4U (CA – trademarks and passing off); Inter Lotto v Camelot Group/National Lottery Commission (CA – trademarks and passing off); Inline Logistics v UCA Logistics (CA – confidential information); Irvine v Talksport (passing off); Designers Guild v Russell Williams (copyright – fabric designs); Marks & Spencer v One in a Million (CA – domain names); and various IT cases, including arbitrations, where client names are confidential.


Called 1976; Inner Temple.


Intellectual Property Bar Association; Chancery Bar Association; Society for Computers and Law; AIPPI (UK).


Brighton College; Trinity College, Cambridge (degree in Natural Sciences).


Racing dinghies and other small boats.

London Bar

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Michael Hicks - Hogarth ChambersHe offers very sensible commercial advice, based on technical excellence.

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Intellectual property

Within: Leading Juniors

Michael Hicks - Hogarth ChambersHe is pragmatic, unflappable and incredibly user-friendly.

Within: Intellectual property

With 'superb knowledge of all areas of IP', coupled with 'a considerable strength in depth', Hogarth Chambers is 'a truly specialist set' handling a full range of copyright, trade mark, patent, and design right disputes. The set attracts praise for its 'excellent, commercial and helpful service' that is 'cost effective'. In a recent work highlight, Michael Hicks and Amanda Michaels acted for opposing parties in a dispute between Brewdog plc and the owner of Elvis Presley trade marks relating to the entitlement of the multinational brewery and pub chain to register ELVIS and BREWDOG ELVIS JUICE as a trade mark.

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Within: Media and entertainment - Leading Juniors

Michael Hicks - Hogarth ChambersAn impressive barrister offering sensible commercial advice, based on technical excellence.

Within: Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Hogarth Chambers ‘is cost effective and provides a fantastic standard of work’ with ‘good availability and huge depth of experience’ in media and entertainment matters, with expertise spanning the music, publishing, film and television, and gaming industries. Michael Hicks is representing Blizzard Entertainment in litigation against Bossland relating to the prevention of cheat and ‘bot’ programmes, while Gwilym Harbottle acted for Phonographic Performance Ltd in the Court of Appeal in a dispute relating to additional damages arising from breaches of an order restraining unlicensed performance of sound recordings at a night club.

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