Firm Profile > Hickman & Rose > London, England
Hickman & Rose Offices
33-35 ST Johns Square
Hickman & Rose > The Legal 500 Rankings
Crime: general Tier 1
The crime team at Hickman & Rose is described by clients as 'a force to be reckoned with'. It advises across a range of cases but has particular expertise in sexual misconduct allegations, in which the 'absolutely committed' practice head Jenny Wiltshire is a sector expert. The firm also advises on murder/manslaughter cases as well as those involving whistleblowing and money laundering. With a client-base that includes well-known names from the entertainment, political, medical and legal sectors, the team receive praise from clients. Ross Dixon is described as a 'real star', Ben Rose as 'legendary', while Aileen Colhoun 'is able to turn her hand to any case'. Peter Csemiczky is also recommended.
‘A force to be reckoned with. They absolutely punch above their weight in terms of size’
‘A fantastic firm who offer an unparalleled level of service. They are totally devoted to their clients’ cases and achieving the best possible outcome. Preparation is pain-staking and thorough’
‘Hickman & Rose are my go-to firm for any crime or fraud matters’
‘Ben Rose knows everybody and everything that is going on, as far as criminal litigation is concerned. He is a consummate professional – calm, reassuring, and with a breadth of understanding regarding people and criminal litigation that is unrivalled. He is legendary and definitely a go-to individual for anyone who finds themselves on the wrong side of the law’
‘Jenny Wiltshire is a pre-eminent lawyer in criminal law. She is absolutely committed to getting the right result and will use all of her intellectual acumen, know-how, and street-fighting skills to get there’
‘Clients know, like, and trust Peter Csemiczky and to have achieved this already as a new partner, is indicative of his skills.’
‘Aileen Colhoun is the mother of criminal litigation. She has been there, seen it, done it, got the t-shirt, and written the book. She is able to turn her hand to any case’
‘Ross Dixon is extremely bright, highly motivated and a real star’
The financial crime department at Hickman & Rose acts for directors and senior executives in high-profile white-collar fraud investigations. It is currently involved in a plethora of SFO investigations into fraud, false accounting, and bribery and corruption. Experienced criminal litigator and 'stellar performer' Ross Dixon jointly heads the team and recently acted for Chris Bush, former MD of Tesco UK, in the highly publicised SFO trial. Ben Rose also jointly leads the team and handles regulatory enforcement, confiscation, general crime and extradition matters. Andrew Katzen handles regulatory and disciplinary issues involving various enforcement agencies including the FCA, FRC and SRA.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team brings a wealth of experience and skills which complement each other and combined, form a truly formidable team that worked relentlessly to support, challenge and defend my interests’.
‘I could not wish to be represented by a better team of professionals and people who genuinely care about their clients’.
‘A firm with sufficient partners to give the clients the service they need and have come to expect’.
‘There are some excellent associates who supplement the seniors very well’.
‘This firm has all the necessary elements to put them in the top of the solicitors doing this type of work’.
‘This firm has a great reputation with all the peer firms’.
‘Andrew Katzen is a tremendously hardworking individual who I have worked with on a number of cases over the last two decades’.
‘The team is technically very good and provide an excellent service to clients’.
SFO Investigation (Petrofac)
Chris Bush – SFO Prosecution (Tesco)
SFO Investigation (Chemring)
SFO Investigation (Amec Foster Wheeler)
SFO Investigation (ENRC)
SFO Investigation (UnaOil)
SFO Investigation (G4S)
Yoshiki Ohmura – NCA Investigation and CPS Prosecution
Nicholas Woods – SFO Investigation (SERCO)
The 'formidable' civil liberties practice at Hickman & Rose is skilled in the full gamut of human rights work with a particular focus on actions against the police and authorities, and public inquiries. Overseen by Daniel Machover, who clients describe as having a 'great mastery of detail', and Kate Maynard, the team is highly experienced in representing bereaved families in inquests and immigration death matters. Stefano Ruis is the key name to note for police negligence cases and prison law matters, while Eva Whittall's practice is focused on vulnerable people, especially women and children. The group has strengthened its offering with the arrival of Ellie Cornish from Saunders Law.
Hickman & Rose’s civil litigation practice has a strong track record in bringing public law challenges against the criminal justice system and other government bodies. Kate Maynard and associate Eva Whittall have substantial experience in handling inquests into policing bodies on behalf of bereaved families, while practice head Daniel Machover and associate Helen Stone act for human rights charities as interveners in high-profile judicial review challenges to unlawful killings and miscarriages of justice. Stefano Ruis provides expertise on disclosure and barring service matters, having obtained successful outcomes for clients in breach of privacy challenges under Article 8.
‘Hickman & Rose have a very strong commitment to achieving justice through public law and inquiries. They hold the state to account. Their solicitors work incredibly hard and intensively with real attention to detail and very good client care and management.‘
‘Excellent strength and depth of team.‘
‘Clients can expect from the Hickman & Rose team highly talented individuals, deeply committed to the cases they take on, who provide a bespoke and highly effective service.‘
‘The team is a market leader in actions against public authorities with vast experience. They are innovative in approaching legal problems and seeking redress for their clients.’
‘Daniel Machover and Eva Whittall are each at the top of their field. Their commitment to their clients and their in-depth knowledge of the law is second to none.‘
‘Daniel Machover is a leader in his field. He is fantastic in every respect- an authority on human rights law, always on top of the facts, excellent strategy, and brilliant to work with.‘
‘Helen Stone is hugely impressive. Very thorough, insightful and persuasive.‘
‘I would commend Stefano Ruis, who is an exceptionally experienced litigator. He knows everything there is to know about litigating against the police.‘
Grenfell Tower Inquiry
Undercover Policing Inquiry
Professional discipline Tier 4
Hickman & Rose's practice is led by 'formidable partner' Andrew Katzen, who works closely with associate and financial services expert Claire Wallace. Most of the team's cases come before the SRA, GMC, Care Quality Commission and financial regulators, and often involve acting for individuals who are already represented by the firm in matters involving criminal allegations.
‘Wonderful firm to represent defendants, especially in cases involving allegations of criminal wrongdoing. The firm is able to put together a very competent team in short timescales.’
‘At very short notice the team at Hickman Rose read a complex brief, interviewed me and my colleagues, and gained an impressive understanding of the CMA.
Andrew Katzen (Partner) was very quick to understand a complex brief, very quick in response to all communications, very engaged in preparing a forceful response to the CMA, very proactive in supporting the company to obtain insurance cover for costs, very helpful in supporting the client in a potentially stressful situation; very ethical in reducing activity (and cost) when appropriate.’
‘The Hickman & Rose team is partner-led. This ensures that the client has immediate access to genuine experts at the most critical point in their case – usually immediately upon the issue being identified and when initial reactions and responses set the tone and direction of the future strategy. The team offers practical and pragmatic advice – it doesn’t just offer a dry recitation of the law; it advises on how people should deal with particular circumstances they are facing.
The partners are all very experienced, very practical and very hard-working. They are available round the clock (or will ensure that someone in the team is) and can call upon years of experience to guide individuals through what I often a new and frightening experience. Ross Dixon is the managing partner but still very client-focused. His wealth of experience inspires confidence. Particularly skilled at dealing with high profile and high-value white-collar crime. Ben Rose is one of the two founding partners and has a huge reputation for work concerning serious criminal behaviour. Andrew Katzen is a very experienced partner with a specialises in all forms of regulatory work and investigations, and the link between those areas and criminal law.’
‘Along with their criminal and inquest work, Hickman & Rose also have considerable experience in relation to professional discipline. They have a great team, with great judgment and they bring their top-level representation to every case.
Andrew Katzen is the go-to man for this work at Hickman & Rose.’
‘From the perspective of the company employer, Hickman & Rose were a dream to deal with. Sympathetic, fast and effective. They quickly grasped the issues and the sensitivities, and dealt with it with tact and discretion.‘
Combining white collar criminal and professional regulatory law expertise, Hickman & Rose specialises in representing company directors and senior executives in financial services investigations. The firm gets ‘superb results for its clients'. The ‘formidable’ regulatory law expert Andrew Katzen leads the team and is ‘incredibly technically and tactically astute’. Also notable is Ben Rose, who focuses on criminal and regulatory matters, as well as handling multijurisdictional investigations.
‘This firm are making serious inroads into the FS contentious space’
‘They bring strength and depth of experience in the business and regulatory crime arena which combines well with their increasing presence in high profile FCA investigations’
‘They are a firm to watch out for’
‘Andrew Katzen is an exceptional lawyer. Not only does he possess encyclopaedic knowledge of his field, but he has an empathy which is vitally important given the stresses which clients are typically under when subject to criminal or regulatory investigations’
‘Andrew Katzen is warm-hearted and has a wry sense of humour, and is generous with his time’
‘Market leaders for representation of individuals in a white-collar and corporate crime context’
‘Ben Rose is tactically brilliant, superb with the clients’
‘Ross Dixon is passionate and committed, an excellent solicitor’
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 bespoke and discrete 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.
|Corporate, commercial, bribery, corruption||Ben Rose|
|Corporate, commercial, bribery, corruption||Ross Dixon|
|Regulatory, disciplinary, AML and extradition||Andrew Katzen|
|General crime||Jenny Wiltshire|
|Civil litigation||Daniel Machover|
|Steffan Baker||Steffan acts on behalf of individuals and corporates across a broad range…||View Profile|
|Aileen Colhoun||Aileen is a hugely experienced criminal defence solicitor who represents clients facing…||View Profile|
|Rose Commander||Rose is a criminal defence expert who represents clients facing the full…||View Profile|
|Ellie Cornish||Ellie represents people affected by criminal justice system failures. She has obtained…||View Profile|
|Peter Csemiczky||Peter offers clients a complete service from arrest to trial, acting as…||View Profile|
|Ross Dixon||Ross Dixon specialises in financial and white collar criminal and regulatory defence.He…||View Profile|
|Olivia Dwan||Olivia Dwan is a barrister in the Business Crime department who works…||View Profile|
|Safiatou Jallow||Saffie Jallow is an associate barrister in the firm’s corporate crime department.…||View Profile|
|Andrew Katzen||Andrew Katzen represents clients accused of the most serious financial crimes and…||View Profile|
|Daniel Machover||Daniel Machover is head of department at Hickman & Rose and a…||View Profile|
|Kate Maynard||Kate specialises in private and public law claims arising from the criminal…||View Profile|
|Ben Rose||Hickman & Rose’s founding partner has spent over 25 years representing individual…||View Profile|
|Stefano Ruis||Stefano Ruis is a partner in the civil department. He is an…||View Profile|
|Emily Sheils||Emily specialises in business and economic crime cases. She works on complex…||View Profile|
|Helen Stone||Helen specialises in human rights law, actions against the police and public…||View Profile|
|Claire Wallace||Claire provides expert litigation advice in relation to corporate and White Collar…||View Profile|
|Jenny Wiltshire||Jenny is a highly experienced solicitor with an impressive track record in…||View Profile|
|Christopher du Boulay||Chris specialises in representing individuals and organisations caught up in the most…||View Profile|
Hickman & Rose is committed to the principles of diversity, justice and human rights and is a proud signatory to the Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter.
The firm works closely with ‘Leaders Unlocked’ – an innovative scheme designed to help young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds into the legal profession. It offers mentoring and work experience placements to students without ready-made networks in the legal world.
Hickman & Rose is also a founding sponsor of Women in Criminal Law (WICL), an initiative designed to support female lawyers working in the criminal justice system. Both Aileen Colhoun and Jenny Wiltshire are founder members and Aileen Colhoun is the current secretary of WICL.
The firm is also closely involved with the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA), one of the aims of which is to ensure a viable future for criminal legal aid and access to justice for vulnerable clients. Jenny Wiltshire has served both as the LCCSA’s secretary and its vice president. Peter Csemiczky is the organisation’s current secretary.
Daniel Machover is Director and chair of the Board of Trustees of INQUEST, the charity which provides legal support to those whose relatives have died at the hands of the state. He is also a board member of Legal Action Worldwide, a non-profit network providing legal assistance to individuals and communities who have suffered from human rights violations and abuses in fragile and conflict-affected areas
The firm actively supports the contributions many of our staff at all levels of the firm make in the community, including offering pro bono advice through law centres and directly to community and protest groups.
Hickman & Rose staff are acting 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). More recently, Daniel Machover advised the North Kensington Law Centre on strategic legal issues arising from the Grenfell Tower fire.
Ben Rose is the founder of Grit, a medium-sized charity which helps young people from difficult backgrounds to transform their life prospects. Grit has worked with tens of thousands of young people with outstanding results, in the UK and in challenging environments such as Kosovo and Nigeria. Among Grit’s supporters and advisors are Lord Justice Neuberger, former President of the Supreme Court and Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Daniel Machover and Ben Rose jointly founded Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights. Daniel Machover has undertaken significant amounts of pro bono work for Palestinian clients.
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 ten years and is still on its committee.