Hickman & Rose > London, England > Firm Profile
Hickman & Rose Offices
33-35 ST Johns Square
Hickman & Rose > The Legal 500 RankingsHickman & Rose represent clients accused of the most serious crimes, including murder, manslaughter and serious sexual offences, ‘offering advice at the highest level across a broad range of disciplines‘. ‘Very well connected and very knowledgeable‘ practice head Jenny Wiltshire has particular expertise with regards to sexual offences, both historic and current; she works alongside founding partner Ben Rose, who represents many of the firm’s highest profile clients and is described as ‘a charismatic performer with a never-say-die approach to every problem‘.
Other key lawyers:
Ross Dixon; Ben Rose; Aileen Colhoun; Peter Csemiczky; Bartholomew Dalton
‘The team uniquely brings together practitioners with coalface criminal experience over many years in a boutique private client environment where they can utilise that experience to provide an exceptional service.’
‘A small but really innovative and well functioning team. They work seamlessly together. They are discreet and undertake really important work and high profile cases – they do it quietly but effectively.’
‘Aileen Colhoun and Peter Csemiczky are standout practitioners.’
‘Always responsive, helpful and professional – they inspire confidence and also take a sensitive and pragmatic approach to cases.’
‘Ben Rose is dynamic and relentless in defence of his clients – a charismatic performer with a never-say-die approach to every problem, no matter how challenging.’
‘Aileen Colhoun – dedicated and thoughtful and endlessly patient with the most complicated clients, she brings common sense and great judgement to everything she touches.’
‘Ben Rose – super slick and able to handle any kind of case. He is utterly practical and strategic in his approach. Reads people and situations well, looking round corners and mapping the desired outcome at the very early stage of a case. Has great connections internationally and so a lot of his cases have an international dimension.’
‘Peter Csemiczky is outstanding. I always refer clients who need criminal advice to him and the feedback I have received from them is reassuring. He has managed to protect them from criminal prosecution or minimise the charges (and penalties) to the minimum.’
- Advised a highly successful pharmaceutical company producing intravenous nutrition for babies for UK hospitals which is facing a series of charges in relation to the Health and Safety and Medicines Acts.
- Acted in the successful appeal of Constantine Boucher, a member of the so-called ‘Oval Four’ who were convicted of attempted theft and assault on police in 1972.
- Acting for a former international triathlete charged with sexual assaults, allegations which arose out of his coaching relationship with a younger athlete.
Hickman & Rose garners praise for its ‘proven track record of advising and defending individuals in the biggest fraud investigations’ and distinguishes itself through its boutique criminal litigation offering. The group’s unrivalled strength in high-profile SFO investigations and prosecutions manifested itself in its recent representations of defendants, suspects and witnesses in closely watched matters relating to G4S’s electronic tagging fraud scandal, Serco’s fraud and Petrofac’s bribery and corruption investigation. Andrew Katzen has recent experience of dealing with the Financial Reporting Council, as well as deep knowledge of extradition procedures. The ‘enormously experienced’ Ross Dixon and the ‘hugely knowledgeable’ Ben Rose share leadership of the practice. Reflective of the firm’s continued growth in this space, the practice also deepened its partner-level strength with a recent round of promotions in 2020; standout trio Emily Sheils, Christopher du Boulay and Claire Wallace are now partners.
Ross Dixon; Ben Rose
‘Absolutely top-level white-collar crime boutique. Excellent team, good size. Rare in that everyone at H&R is a genuine criminal lawyer, with substantial trial experience.’
‘They have some really great lawyers with a strong track record playing prominent roles in the biggest SFO cases. Definitely lawyers you would want standing by your side.’
‘Hickman & Rose are one of a small number of specialist fraud and white-collar defence firms with a proven track record of advising and defending individuals in the biggest fraud investigations. They have truckloads of genuine experience of representing individuals through the entire investigative and trial process and can point to a number of recent successes in high-profile SFO cases as testament to their skill and expertise.’
‘The firm is led by a group of expert and highly experienced partners who are all very hardworking a provide a very high-quality service. The firm is client-focused and provides not just excellent legal services but in a commercial and client friendly manner.’
‘Ross Dixon has really seen it all and therefore has a calm, reassuring presence for his clients, with great tactical acumen. He is enormously experienced and offers clear, practical and commercial advice. He is our go-to person for all white-collar crime work.’
‘Ben Rose is one of the founding partners and provides robust and pragmatic advice on serious criminal matters. Hugely knowledgeable and highly respected by his peers.’
‘Andrew Katzen is a joy to work with. He is vastly experienced in dealing with regulators, investigators and prosecutors across the board. He is calm, sensible and thoroughly knowledgeable.’
‘Chris du Boulay is a new partner, incredibly hard working and bright. An invaluable asset to any team.’
- Acting for the former managing director of G4S Care and Justice Services, who is being prosecuted by the SFO on allegations of fraud by false representation to the Ministry of Justice relating to electronic monitoring contracts.
- Acting for a former finance director at Serco who is being prosecuted by the SFO on allegations of fraud by false representation to the Ministry of Justice.
- Acting for the former global head of Julius Baer Group’s structured investment business who is being prosecuted for fraud, fraudulent trading and money laundering.
Praised for its ‘exceptional knowledge and dedication to representing families in particular in difficult inquest cases’, Hickman & Rose specialises in representing victims of serious abuses of power by police and other detaining authorities. The firm has a reputation ‘earned over decades of dedicated work in this field’ and provides clients with a ‘very talented team, from top to bottom, of clever, assiduous lawyers who are utterly dedicated’. A particular strength for the group is in inquests and public inquiries into state-related deaths and wrong-doing. Daniel Machover leads the team and handles a range of human rights cases, including claims for failure to protect inmates and deaths at the hands of the police. Another key name in the practice is Kate Maynard, who deals with complex police, prison and immigration cases involving death, serious injury and miscarriage of justice.
Other key lawyers:
Stefano Ruis; Kate Maynard
‘Hickman & Rose are well known for their exceptional knowledge and dedication to representing families in particular in difficult inquest cases, which often relate to deaths in custody or other cases where human rights or other challenging issues arise’.
‘Their reputation has been earned over decades of dedicated work in this field and is well-deserved. They have a very talented team, from top to bottom, of clever, assiduous lawyers who are utterly dedicated to their clients and ensuring that they get the best possible results and leave no stone unturned. They are also an absolute pleasure to work with: lovely people, who are highly professional’.
‘Daniel Machover has contributed to textbooks and has a wealth of experience before coroners in complex high-profile cases. He was superb in liaising with the clients, the media and the witnesses’.
‘They take difficult cases and work out how to win them’.
‘Stefano Ruis is superb. Calm, intelligent, personable, thoughtful about his cases, an excellent tactician and lawyer. An all round pleasure to work with’.
‘I think their expertise regarding inquests has been invaluable to us as a family. We received expert and caring guidance regarding our legal aid applications, which we had to complete at a very difficult time for us’.
‘I have total confidence in our solicitor Kate Maynard. She works incredibly hard on our behalf, so if she does do other work for other clients, it has never been apparent to us. I feel that she is at the end of the phone, email and always available to discuss/explain any of the information she has sent or her recommendations on a course of action. All deadlines are met for over one year, and we have total confidence that all commitments will be met’.
‘Kate Maynard and Stef Ruis are excellent – right at the top of their profession, quietly showing real care and judgment in very difficult areas’.
- Act for the mother of an Argentine professional footballer who died in a light aircraft crash while travelling between France and the UK in January 2019.
- Acted for INQUEST, a charity, in its intervention before the Supreme Court in a judicial review case.
- Represented the family in the investigations into an ex-professional footballer’s death in 2016 following the discharge of tasers by officers of West Mercia Police, and the application of other force on him, and also the investigation conducted by the IOPC, and the criminal prosecution of two police officers.
Hickman & Rose predominantly acts for vulnerable individuals and charities in relation to cases against the state, relating to a diverse range of areas, including unlawful detention, war crimes and coronial law. The 'highly experienced and committed' Daniel Machover has a strong reputation for his work in cases arising from inquests; he is currently representing victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster in relation to the ongoing inquiry and in separate compensation claims. Stefano Ruis is recommended for his work in public law challenges relating to criminal investigations and proceedings, while Kate Maynard stands out for her work in legal challenges and investigations relating to the criminal justice system. 'Brilliant' associate Helen Stone recently represented INQUEST as an intervener in the Supreme Court judicial review of R v HM Senior Counsel for Oxfordshire, which led to a significant change in inquest law regarding the standard of proof.
‘Hickman and Rose are recognised experts in the field of administrative and public law and upholding human rights. They have led on key strategic cases and provide an exceptional service to clients. They are a formidable team and respected across the sector.’
‘Immense client commitment, impressive strategic intelligence, one of the go-to firms for difficult inquests.’
‘Daniel Machover – smart, committed, highly experienced and impressive.’
‘Daniel Machover is at the top of his field – he has comprehensive legal knowledge of police, inquests and public law, has brilliant analytical skills, and is wonderful to work with.’
‘Helen Stone is a brilliant solicitor who is extremely sharp and thorough, quickly masters the key points in a case, and very thoughtful and attentive with clients.’
‘Helen Stone is a fabulous solicitor. She is intelligent, committed and hardworking.’
‘Kate Maynard – right at the top of her profession, quietly showing real care and judgment in very difficult areas.’
- Representing 13 individual core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, all of whom are either resident survivors, leaseholders or bereaved family members of the victims.
- Representing the mother of Emiliano Sala, an Argentine footballer who died in a light aircraft crash while travelling between France and the UK in January 2019.
- Acting a client in a judicial review claim against the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service for a declaration that her decision to permit Detective Chief Superintendent Hibberd to retire from the MPS was unlawful given that there was an outstanding police complaint investigation into his conduct.
Much of Hickman & Rose's work involves professional disciplinary representation of individuals, whom the firm also represents in criminal allegations. Experienced partner Andrew Katzen heads the team, which includes financial services-related professional discipline specialist Claire Wallace, and founding partner Ben Rose, who acts in defence-side professional misconduct allegations.
‘Hickman & Rose is a superb firm that is populated by highly talented and hardworking solicitors, who are experts in their field.‘
‘Responsive, co-operative, and a genuine pleasure to have on your team.‘
‘They are collectively hard working, decisive and commercial, and instil confidence from the first moment you deal with them; and during the recent pandemic they adapted immediately to the world of remote working, remaining constantly available for urgent contact.‘
‘Hickman & Rose has particular strength in the criminal aspects of regulatory work.‘
‘Andrew Katzen is a guru of regulatory issues – a superb technical lawyer who is a great strategist and enormously experienced in dealing with a range of regulatory bodies.‘
‘Andrew Katzen is a careful, thoughtful and insightful lawyer.‘
‘Ben Rose deals with very high-profile cases, is respected by peers and the judiciary, and brings his impeccable client-handing skills to every case he takes on.‘
- Acting for the former finance VP of Autonomy, which was acquired by Hewlett Packard (HP) in 2011, in relation to HP’s accusing of Autonomy’s senior executives of a major revenue recognition fraud.
Hickman & Rose is most noted for representing individuals in financial criminal investigations initiated by the FCA. The team has particular recent experience in cases involving allegations of FX fraud. Andrew Katzen leads the contentious regulatory group, often representing individuals facing allegations of financial misconduct, and in matters involving professional discipline. Co-founding partner Ben Rose is another name to note.
Other key lawyers:
Ben Rose; Ross Dixon; Claire Wallace
‘Really good white-collar crime team – super knowledge of criminal and regulatory matters.’
‘Ross Dixon – great with clients and a super tactician. He’s had some excellent results for clients.’
- Act for the former VP (Finance) of Autonomy, a FTSE 100 company acquired by Hewlett Packard for $11billion in 2011.In November 2012 HP announced an $8.8billion write down on the purchase, accusing the senior executives at Autonomy of a major revenue recognition fraud.
Hickman & Rose > Firm Profile
Hickman & Rose are litigation specialists working in corporate and financial crime, serious and general crime, regulatory law, professional discipline, civil liberties, human rights and fraud. The firm’s expert lawyers offer expert, bespoke guidance through the most challenging legal difficulties.
The firm: Hickman & Rose is renowned for its success combining the skills and tactics of criminal and civil litigation to offer its clients the best possible representation, whatever legal difficulties they face. The firm has deep expertise representing clients accused of serious wrongdoing, both at home and abroad. It is top ranked for criminal defence and is established as a ‘go to’ firm for white-collar crime, corruption and bribery litigation. A market leader in civil actions against the state, Hickman & Rose is recognised for its success in obtaining remedies for those who have suffered damage to their professional lives or reputation following arrest including police cautions and disclosure of criminal records. The firm has growing regulatory and civil fraud practices.
Types of work undertaken
Corporate and financial crime: Hickman & Rose has extensive experience representing individuals and organisations facing serious allegations of corporate and financial crime, both in the UK and abroad. It has been involved in some of the most high-profile SFO cases and has an excellent record of averting prosecution. It offers advice on LIBOR and FOREX cases, cartels, antitrust, insider dealing, corporate manslaughter, health and safety and other business crimes. It is skilled in providing crisis management, strategic advice, internal investigations and reputational protection.
Serious and general crime: Hickman & Rose is acknowledged as a market leader defending clients involved police investigations and criminal prosecutions at every level. It has represented high-profile and wealthy clients against serious and reputationally damaging charges. The firm is particularly valued for its ability take care of sensitive matters in a discrete and efficient manner, and for concluded many cases before charge.
Regulatory law and professional discipline: Hickman & Rose advises individuals and corporates being investigated by professional regulators such as the FCA , the FRC, the CQC and OFSTED. It has also acted for many professionals facing disciplinary action such as doctors, social care professionals teachers and accountants. The firm prides itself on providing a bespoke, partner-led service rather than an ‘off the shelf’ volume-based practice.
Fraud: Hickman & Rose has had significant success acting for victims, suspects and defendants in cases of money laundering, tax evasion, VAT fraud, investment and mortgage fraud.
Civil claims: Hickman & Rose acts for claimants in civil cases involving crime and policing. These range from public law challenges to government and law enforcement agencies to civil claims for assaults, rapes and other unlawful acts. The firm addresses serious failures in policing and detention including race discrimination and the denial of freedom to protest and frequently wins compensation claims for serious injuries incurred at the hands of state bodies.
Civil liberties, human rights and public law: Hickman & Rose are inquest and public inquiry specialists, with a strong reputation for defending the right to life in major cases of deaths in custody. Its civil team make frequent and effective use of judicial review to challenge overbearing state power. It has developed a specialism helping those who have suffered professional or reputational harm following contact with the police, including quashing police cautions and preventing harmful disclosure of information from their police records.
Extradition and mutual legal assistance: Hickman & Rose takes on difficult extradition cases across a broad range of countries including the US and South Africa.
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|Aileen Colhoun||Aileen is a hugely experienced solicitor who represents individuals facing the full…||View Profile|
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|Ellie Cornish||Ellie Cornish has extensive experience in acting for individuals whose human rights…||View Profile|
|Peter Csemiczky||Peter Csemiczky is a criminal defence solicitor in the Serious & General…||View Profile|
|Ross Dixon||Ross Dixon is a highly experienced criminal litigator working across the full…||View Profile|
|Olivia Dwan||Olivia Dwan is a barrister in the Business Crime department who works…||View Profile|
|Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay||Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay is a partner and barrister who specialises in…||View Profile|
|Safiatou Jallow||Saffie Jallow is an associate barrister in the Business Crime department. Prior to…||View Profile|
|Andrew Katzen||Andrew Katzen is a forensic and highly strategic solicitor whose broad legal…||View Profile|
|Daniel Machover||Daniel Machover heads Hickman & Rose’s Civil Litigation department. He is one…||View Profile|
|Kate Maynard||Kate Maynard specialises in civil litigation on behalf of people who have…||View Profile|
|Ben Rose||Ben Rose is one of the most respected defence lawyers in the country.…||View Profile|
|Stefano Ruis||Stefano Ruis is one of the country’s leading experts in civil law…||View Profile|
|Emily Sheils||Emily Sheils specialises in business and economic crime. She works on complex…||View Profile|
|Helen Stone||Helen Stone is a civil litigator who specialises in vindicating the rights…||View Profile|
|Claire Wallace||Claire Wallace provides expert litigation advice to directors and senior executives facing…||View Profile|
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|Jenny Wiltshire||Jenny Wiltshire heads Hickman & Rose’s Serious and General Crime department. She…||View Profile|
Hickman & Rose was established with a founding commitment to uphold the Rule of Law and to hold the state to account in the exercise of its power. We are proud of our long history of pro bono work acting for those unable to secure private funding or where the inadequacies of the legal aid scheme mean individuals have fallen outside its scope.
Our lawyers have worked on some of the most important miscarriage of justice cases in recent years. Our Head of Serious & General Crime, Jenny Wiltshire, acted for appellants including Stephen Simmons, the so called ‘Oval Four’ and ‘Stockwell Six’, whose convictions have been overturned by the Court of Appeal. Helen Stone has acted as an intervener before the Supreme Court in an important case with far-reaching consequences for the verdict of unlawful killing at inquest.
Ben Rose founded the charity Grit (formerly called Youth at Risk) in 1989 which is dedicated to helping young people who face desperately difficult challenges to transform their lives. Ben Rose and Daniel Machover jointly founded Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights and Daniel Machover has undertaken significant amounts of pro bono work for Palestinian clients.
Daniel Machover is a Director and Chair of the Board of Trustees of INQUEST, a charity which supports people whose relatives have died at the hands of the state. He is also a trustee of Legal Action Worldwide.
The firm takes an active role in professional associations dealing with access to justice. Jane Hickman was one of the founders of the Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association and she served as its secretary for 10 years. Peter Csemiczky is on the committee of the London Criminal Court Solicitors Association (LCCSA) and served as its Secretary between 2018 and 2020, while Jenny Wiltshire served as its Vice President between 2015 and 2017.
Aileen Colhoun and Jenny Wiltshire are two of the founding members of Women in Criminal Law which aims to support the careers of women working in all areas of the criminal justice system by breaking down barriers to success. Aileen Colhoun has been the Secretary of Women in Criminal Law from May 2018 to date. Emily Sheils is a current committee member of the Female Fraud Forum whose purpose is to promote and encourage the advancement of women of all levels of expertise, through shared ideas, knowledge, and experiences.
Hickman & Rose offers mentoring and work experience to young people who do not have ready-made networks to help them access careers in the legal world. Many of the young people whom we help have already overcome significant hurdles to reach this stage of their careers.
Since 2016 the firm has also worked closely with Leaders Unlocked, an organisation which works with young adults from under-represented groups to help shape decision-making on issues that affect their lives.
Hickman & Rose is a signatory to the Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion charter and is committed to implementing and promoting the standards set out in the charter. We promote an open forum for staff to raise EDI issues and observations and educate ourselves from the experiences of others. We hold regular training and are always looking to improve our recruitment processes to reach talented individuals from a cross section of society.
Hickman & Rose became an Accredited UK living wage employer in 2016. Our lowest rates of pay were considerably higher than the Living Wage.
The firm is a committed member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance which provides support and advice to law firms in the UK to reduce their carbon emissions.
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