Hickman & Rose > London, England > Firm Profile

Hickman & Rose
33-35 ST Johns Square

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Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 1

The ‘outstanding‘ serious and general crime practice at Hickman & Rose is headed by the ‘first classJenny Wiltshire, who is experienced in advising on cases with high-profile cross-border elements. The team acts for a variety of individuals and businesses, with recent clients including a Premier League footballer, the daughter of a billionaire businessman, and a successful pharmaceutical company. Peter Csemiczky is recommended for his experience in minimising publicity in criminal cases, while founding partner Ben Rose is skilled at working for high-profile individuals, particularly in the investigation stage of a case. Aileen Colhoun and associate Rose Commander are also names to note within the team.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Wiltshire


‘Hickman & Rose richly deserve their position as a top tier criminal firm. I regard them as a first division firm and have no hesitation in recommending them to private clients who approach me directly. You would want them on your side if you found yourself facing a criminal allegation.’

‘Jenny Wiltshire is first class. You would have to look very hard to find any solicitor in general crime who equals her in ability, work-ethic, and experience. Rose Commander deserves a mention, with an instinctive feel for the tactical approach most likely to achieve the right outcome.’

‘An outstanding firm, offering a wide range of brilliantly talented lawyers.’

‘I recommend Peter for any client in need of a criminal lawyer – extremely responsive, puts clients at ease, calm in a crisis, strategically brilliant – simply everything you want from a lawyer.’

‘Jenny Wiltshire is one of the smartest general crime lawyers of her generation. Breadth of work is astounding – from miscarriages of justice to high profile footballer involved in sex cases. Aileen Colhoun has seen and done it all and has an ease with any case that demonstrates this. She is super well-connected and one of the nicest lawyers on the circuit.’

‘Hickman Rose offer a really strong team of partners and associates with a breadth and depth of expertise that allow them to provide a really first class service.’

‘Peter Csemiczky is a solicitor I really look forward to working with. He approaches every case with immense care and skill, working hard to make sure the client is fully advised and meaningfully engaged in the process at every stage. Peter is thorough and hard-working, his attention to detail is outstanding.’

‘Excellent firm with very strong private client base. The partners are effective lawyers and are highly efficient.’

Key clients

Benjamin Mendy

ITH Pharma Ltd

Alexander O’Connor

Work highlights

  • Acted for Premier League and World Cup wining footballer Benjamin Mendy, who was acquitted of eight of the ten charges of rape, attempted rape and sexual assault that he faced. He awaits re-trial on the remaining two counts.
  • Acted for ITH Pharma Ltd in long-running investigation and proceedings for Health & Safety and Medicines Act offences involving complex medical and scientific evidence.
  • Acted for internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Alexander O’Connor (stage name Rex Orange County) charged with six sexual assaults.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 2

With extensive expertise representing individuals from the technology, natural resources, and construction industries, the ‘unrivalled’ white-collar crime team at Hickman & Rose works across the full spectrum of financial crime. Aside from advising clients in high-profile SFO and FCA investigations, the group is well-equipped to handle bribery and corruption proceedings for senior executives, bankers, and company directors. Ross Dixon and Ben Rose co-head the team, with the former dealing with DPAs and financial crime issues, and the latter focusing on fraud and corruption cases across a multitude of jurisdictions. Andrew Katzen has expertise where criminal allegations intersect with regulatory and disciplinary matters, while Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay  assists individuals with complex accounting fraud issues. Emily Sheils is an expert on market manipulation while Claire Wallace concentrates on money laundering. Associates Steffan Barker and Tom Bushnell are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Ross Dixon; Ben Rose

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Katzen; Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay; Emily Sheils; Claire Wallace; Steffan Baker; Tom Bushnell


‘Their experience and expertise in white collar crime is unrivalled. They are extremely easy to work with and build strong client relationships from the outset. They are always thinking ahead and choosing the right tactics to get the best results. Lots of other firms talk a good game, but Hickman & Rose are the real deal when it comes to white collar crime. An incredibly good team.’

‘The strength of Hickman & Rose is the experience, expertise, hard work and diligence of the partners that lead, mentor and develop a team of high quality individuals who provide excellent service and advice to those that find themselves in the most challenging of situations. The skill and dedication of the individuals give invaluable reassurance at a time when clients are at their most anxious. The firm is a cut above the competition – understated but delivering the most excellent advice and service.’

‘Ross Dixon and Andrew Katzen are at the top of the list for executives in trouble. Between them, they have acted in the SFO’s highest profile cases and have achieved fantastic results for their clients.’

‘Ross Dixon is one of the very best in white collar crime. His experience is simply unmatched, and he has a wonderfully personable approach to building strong client relationships.

‘Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay – an incredibly talented and highly intelligent lawyer whose commitment to winning was a sight to behold.’

‘Andrew Katzen is a well-established partner who has excellent credentials and is extremely popular with all his clients. He always manages the team with great fairness, keeping his eye on the most significant features in a case.’

‘Ross and Andrew, and their team of junior partners and associates, are a joy to work with and alongside. They have seen it all before, but are always open to new ideas and strategies – their own or contributed by others.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for Richard Morris, former CEO of G4S UK and Ireland, successfully defending allegations of fraud prosecuted by the SFO.
  • Advising Tom Hayes, Christian Bittar, Carlo Palombo, Jay Merchant and Philippe Moryoussef in their endeavours to secure the quashing of their convictions for fraud which relate to the alleged fixing of LIBOR or EURIBOR.
  • Advising a suspect in the SFO’s investigation into bribery and corruption at Petrofac.

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 2

The ‘brilliant’ civil liberties and human rights team at Hickman & Rose has ‘an outstanding reputation for achieving fantastic results for clients’, with specialist expertise representing victims of serious abuses of power by the police and other detaining authorities. Practice head Daniel Machover specialises in human rights cases arising from failures in the criminal justice system, and his international expertise places him at the forefront of efforts to establish universal criminal jurisdiction. Helen Stone and Kate Maynard are both highly respected in the field of deaths in prison, police custody and immigration detention, while Stefano Ruis is noted for his expertise in bringing claims against the state.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Machover

Other key lawyers:

Stefano Ruis; Kate Maynard; Helen Stone; Toby Wilton


‘They are brilliant for very ‘big’ issues within human rights.’

‘Very capable and thorough; things are carefully considered and documented.’

‘Very strong, client-focused team, with strength at all levels.’

‘Stefano Ruis is superb; sensitive in handling clients, and determined and effective in pursuing their interests.’

‘Daniel Machover is an excellent litigator, always going ‘the extra mile’ for his clients.’

‘The civil liberties team at Hickman & Rose is second to none. It has long had an outstanding reputation for achieving fantastic results for clients, across a range of areas. The team is relatively small but the quality of every member is extremely high. There is simply not a weak link.’

‘Daniel Machover, Stefano Ruis and Kate Maynard have long had stellar reputations in the field. They are committed, fiercely intelligent and extremely thorough. Helen Stone was made partner more recently, but will no doubt join them at the top of the field in years to come.’

‘Hickman & Rose’s civil liberties team are notable for their combination of leading senior practitioners and highly talented associates trained in the same mould of providing high quality advice with a high level of commitment and sensitivity to their clients’ needs.’

Key clients

Helen Lumuanganu (mother of Chris Kaba)

Yasmin Sooka

Louise Grennan

Families of individuals who died in HMP Wormwood Scrubs

Grenfell Tower Inquiry cases

Grenfell Tower civil claims

UCPI core participants

The family of Thomas Orchard

Work highlights

  • Represented the family of Chris Kaba in relation to his shooting in September 2022 and secured a homicide investigation into his death.
  • Representing several victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in various stages of the public inquiry, and in civil claims in the High Court.
  • Representing two groups of black men who were arrested on the underground and fitted up and sent to prison in the early 1970s by a rogue unit of British Transport Police officers in compensation claims under the Ministry of Justice Miscarriage of Justice Scheme.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 3

With a recognisable strength in bringing public law challenges against decisions within the criminal justice system, Hickman & Rose is a trusted advisor to a wide range of individuals and organisations, including a number of major domestic and international human rights charities. Daniel Machover oversees the practice, which has developed an impressive reputation in connection with inquests and public inquiries, interventions for legal charities in cases of significant public interest, and commercial judicial reviews. Inquests expert Kate Maynard focuses on police, prison and immigration death and serious injury claims, while civil litigator Helen Stone brings public law experience acting in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court to the group.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Machover

Other key lawyers:

Kate Maynard; Helen Stone; Stefano Ruis


‘Hickman & Rose has a superb adminstrative law team.’

‘Helen Stone is a stand-out performer.’

‘Kate Maynard and Stefano Ruis are excellent – very good indeed here. No-one better and look at the size of the cases Kate is running (most at the same time).’

‘One of the “go-to” firms in this area; extremely experienced and dedicated.’

‘Daniel Machover cares about justice as well as being a brilliant lawyer.’

‘Kate Maynard is outstanding, very professional and leaves no stone unturned.’

‘Stefano Ruis is dedicated to securing effective outcomes for his clients. Stefano takes difficult tactical decisions in a realistic, strategic, and results-driven manner. Stefano has spent many years pursuing difficult public law challenges against the police, and that has given him unique insights and experiences which are of real value.’

Key clients

Alfred Omishore

INQUEST and Stopwatch

The family of Thomas Orchard

Louise Grennan

Carla Cumberbatch

Fresh View Swift Properties Limited


Milicent Christian

5Rights Foundation

Ali Babitu Kololo

Work highlights

  • Acting for the family of Oladeji Omishore in an ongoing judicial review of the IOPC’s decision to treat police officers involved the restraint of Oladeji prior to his death as witnesses rather than subjects of a conduct or criminal investigation.
  • Acting for two charities as interveners before the Supreme Court in a case concerning the evidential test for determining how and whether police officers may commit misconduct when using force.
  • Acted for companies bringing judicial review proceedings of Magistrates Courts regarding their decisions in respect of Account Freezing Orders.

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 4

Most of Hickman & Rose's professional discipline cases involve the SRA, FCA and FRC, as well as medical professionals' regulators. Andrew Katzen is 'a genuine expert'; Claire Wallace defends individuals against regulatory bodies' investigations; Ross Dixon has 'great instincts'; and name partner Ben Rose defends clients against professional misconduct accusations.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Claire Wallace; Ross Dixon; Ben Rose; Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay; Emily Sheils; Tom Bushnell


‘Andrew Katzen has an excellent grasp of the relevant regulatory landscapes in which he works, both in terms of legal knowledge and in terms of understanding the market and regulatory developments.’

‘Andrew Katzen is a genuine expert in the field.’

‘Very knowledgeable in relation to SRA investigations.’

‘A first-class team that is packed with experience.’

‘Emily Sheils and Andrew Katzen are excellent in this field.’

‘Ross Dixon – great instincts, and wonderful at dealing with matters featuring US legal issues.’

‘Ben Rose – experienced hands.’

‘Claire Wallace is conscientious.’

Key clients

Mr X

Carlo Palombo

Work highlights

  • Acting for an individual at the RDC (and at the Upper Tribunal), who was accused by the FCA of financial market manipulation.
  • Made submissions that concluded an FRC misconduct investigation into the former CFO of a global Plc, which concerned an alleged £50m-plus overstatement in the company’s financial accounts.
  • Successfully argued that an FRC investigation against an accountant was an abuse of process and not in the public interest.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 5

Hickman & Rose is best known for its representation of company directors and senior executives facing serious fallout from financial services investigations. The practice draws on the firm’s notable prowess in the white-collar criminal and professional regulatory spaces to inform its financial regulatory offering. ‘Wonderful tacticianAndrew Katzen, co-founding partner Ben Rose, and joint chair of the financial crime department Ross Dixon are all key senior contacts.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Katzen

Other key lawyers:

Ben Rose; Ross Dixon; Claire Wallace; Tom Bushnell


‘Ross Dixon: great instincts, and wonderful at dealing with matters with US legal issues.’

‘Ben Rose is a pair of experienced hands.’

‘Claire Wallace – a conscientious practitioner.’

‘Ross Dixon is superb. Super responsive, fantastically talented, with excellent judgment and, in an absolute crisis, still empathetic, kind, generous and thoughtful. Wonderful to work with.’

‘H&R have an outstanding contentious FS team with a rare specialism in cross-over FS/criminal matters.’

‘I have worked closely with Ben Rose, Andrew Katzen and Claire Wallace over the last two or three years, and they are each exceptional. Ben Rose is an absolute street-fighter for his clients, combined with great charm and fantastic tactical nous. Andrew Katzen is a wonderful tactician with deep experience. Claire Wallace is a brilliant talent, great with clients and fantastic experience in this sector.’

‘Ben Rose seems to have a good reputation in the industry. He seems very client focussed and hard-working, and I have no doubt that he would provide a good service to his clients.’

Work highlights

  • Representing an individual accused by the FCA of financial market manipulation designed to destabilise the currency of a Middle Eastern state at the RDC and at the Upper Tribunal.
  • Acting in an FRC misconduct investigation into the former CFO of a global company in connection with an alleged £50m overstatement in the company’s financial accounts.
  • Argued that an FRC investigation against a former executive was an abuse of process and not in the public interest.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)

Led by 'hard working, strategic and committed' fraud and corruption specialist Ben Rose, the Hickman & Rose practice has developed a growing reputation for its advice on Account Freezing & Forfeiture Orders.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate, commercial, bribery, corruption Ben Rose brose@hickmanandrose.co.uk +44 (0) 20 7702 5333
Corporate, commercial, bribery, corruption Ross Dixon rdixon@hickmanandrose.co.uk +44 (0) 20 7702 5355
Regulatory, disciplinary, AML and extradition Andrew Katzen akatzen@hickmanandrose.co.uk +44 (0) 20 7702 5335
General crime Jenny Wiltshire jwiltshire@hickmanandrose.co.uk +44 (0) 20 7702 5352
Civil litigation Daniel Machover dmachover@hickmanandrose.co.uk +44 (0) 20 7702 5334
Photo Name Position Profile
Steffan Baker photo Steffan Baker Steffan Baker is an experienced lawyer who acts on behalf of individuals…
Tom Bushnell photo Tom Bushnell Tom Bushnell is a barrister in the Business Crime department who specialises…
Rose Commander photo Rose Commander Rose Commander is a criminal defence expert who represents clients facing the…
Ellie Cornish photo Ellie Cornish Ellie Cornish has extensive experience in acting for individuals whose human rights…
Peter Csemiczky photo Peter Csemiczky Peter Csemiczky is a criminal defence solicitor in the Serious and General…
Bartholomew Dalton photo Mr Bartholomew Dalton Bartholomew Dalton is a solicitor who provides expert advice in relation to…
Ross Dixon photo Ross Dixon Ross Dixon is a highly experienced criminal litigator working across the full…
Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay photo Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay is a partner and barrister who specialises in…
Humzah Ilyas photo Humzah Ilyas Humzah Ilyas is a solicitor in the Serious and General Crime department…
Andrew Katzen photo Andrew Katzen Andrew Katzen is a forensic and highly strategic solicitor whose broad legal…
Daniel Machover photo Daniel Machover Daniel Machover heads Hickman & Rose’s Civil Litigation department. He is one…
Kate Maynard photo Kate Maynard Kate Maynard specialises in civil litigation on behalf of people who have…
Ben Rose photo Ben Rose Ben Rose is one of the most respected defence lawyers in the…
Stefano Ruis photo Stefano Ruis Stefano Ruis is one of the country’s leading experts in civil law…
Emily Sheils photo Emily Sheils Emily Sheils specialises in business and economic crime. She works on complex…
Helen Stone photo Helen Stone Helen Stone is a civil litigator who specialises in vindicating the rights…
Claire Wallace photo Claire Wallace Claire Wallace provides expert litigation advice to directors and senior executives facing…
Toby Wilton photo Toby Wilton Toby Wilton has extensive experience acting for individuals whose human rights have…
Jenny Wiltshire photo Jenny Wiltshire As head of Hickman & Rose’s Serious and General Crime department, Jenny…

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.