Hickman & Rose > London, England > Firm Profile

Hickman & Rose
33-35 ST Johns Square

Living Wage

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 1

Hickman & Rose‘s serious and general crime team represent clients from allegation to trial, and have a client list which includes prominent individuals such as Premier League footballers and other celebrities. ‘Exceptional’ department head Jenny Wiltshire acts for both individuals and corporations, and has expertise acting on sex offences and child abuse matters. Peter Csemiczky covers sexual offences, drug offences, homicide and other violent crimes, with a reputation for ensuring minimal publicity. ‘Seasoned campaigner’ Aileen Colhoun is highly experienced in cases where clients have histories of mental illness, and acts on sexual offences, major drug trafficking, and fraud and corruption cases. Founding partner Ben Rose  is particularly active for high profile clients, and is described as an ‘endlessly determined and resourceful advisor and advocate.’

Practice head(s):

Jenny Wiltshire

Other key lawyers:

Ross Dixon; Ben Rose; Aileen Colhoun; Peter Csemiczky; Bartholomew Dalton


‘The criminal team has an invaluable depth and range of experience and expertise.’

‘Peter Csemiczky is superb; charming and personable, he has huge knowledge and experience of criminal litigation of all kinds, and brings to this experience a quick and incisive legal mind and robust determination to achieve the best results for his clients.’

‘The firm has a great reputation with a huge breadth of experience and knowledge. They have considerable strength in depth.’

‘Aileen Colhoun is a seasoned campaigner who always gives 110% to her clients.’

‘They place a far greater emphasis on public conscience cases than their exclusively commercially motivated rivals. As a result they have attracted a dedicated staff and a diverse client base. This in turn has generated an enviable reputation for good work, unbiased thinking, integrity and grit.’

‘A strong outfit across the board, with everyone operating at the top of their game.’

‘Jenny Wiltshire – amazing. No other solicitor knows their cases in this depth. She is exceptional. Amazing client care skills, clients love her, very good at dealing with youths.’

‘Peter Csemiczky is my go to recommendation for my clients when they need advice on criminal law. Extremely calm under pressure, he always gives clear and very strategic advice.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for Courtney Harriot, Paul Green, Cleveland Davidson and Texo Johnson – four members of the so-called “Stockwell Six” whose convictions for attempting to rob British Transport Police officer DS Ridgewell in 1972 were quashed by the Court of Appeal.

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

Boutique litigation firm Hickman & Rose is highly active in SFO prosecutions, representing a number of high-profile individuals, including international directors and executives, facing significant financial crime allegations, as well as representing clients before international regulatory agencies and in parallel civil investigations, among others. The team is led by Ross Dixon, who has particular expertise in DPAs and has played a key role in a number of major SFO cases, alongside Ben Rose, a specialist in bribery and corruption globally, with a number of clients from the financial services industry. Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay focuses on complex financial crime matters, including prosecutions relating to LIBOR and EURIBOR fixing allegations, while Andrew Katzen has expertise in money laundering and regulatory investigations. Emily Sheils combines work in financial crime cases with knowledge of corporate and commercial law, and Claire Wallace is noted for her work on financial regulatory issues and professional discipline cases on behalf of individuals employed in the financial services sector.

Practice head(s):

Ross Dixon; Ben Rose


‘Many rightly think that boutique firms tend to be best placed to deal with this sort of work and Hickman and Rose are a very good example of a strong boutique firm, providing an excellent service to clients.’

‘Ben Rose – Impressive lawyer, highly personable, collegiate, experienced.’

‘Ross Dixon – On the ball, always well prepared, cerebral, very experienced.’

‘Andrew Katzen – Effective assiduous on details, very experienced.

‘The fraud team at Hickman & Rose is hugely experienced, having acted for key individuals in numerous high-profile investigations. They have real, hands-on experience from acting in the some of the biggest fraud investigations in recent years.’

‘Ross Dixon (partner) is extremely experienced and highly-regarded in this area – calm, considered, assuring to clients. Chris de Boulaye is a junior partner with a bright future ahead of him.’

‘Hickman & Rose is an outstanding firm of criminal lawyers who are both expert in their field and highly respected by the business community and leading civil lawyers. The skill and experience of the team is second to none. They are the first choice criminal lawyers for clients.’

‘Ross Dixon – simply brilliant. The go to person for white collar crime. His knowledge, experience and assured manner put clients at ease in what are the most stressful of circumstances. Ben Rose – a most talented strategist. He has seen it all before.’

Key clients

Yoshiki Ohmura

Work highlights

  • Acted for a senior executive who is being prosecuted by the SFO as part of its long-running investigation into G4S.
  • Act for a former senior executive who was under suspicion in the SFO’s investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption at Amec Foster Wheeler PLC and subsidiary companies.
  • Represent one of three principal suspects in an SFO investigation into bribery and corruption by a UK PLC operating in Africa.

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 2

Hickman & Rose‘s ‘reputation has been earned over decades of dedicated work in this field and is well-deserved‘. The team is highly regarded for securing ‘the most magnificent results for their clients‘, particularly in mandates concerning serious abuses of power by police and other detaining authorities. Practice head Daniel Machover ‘is at the top of his field‘, successfully conducting the most complex cases with a nexus to failures in the criminal justice system; this specialism is one which is also a core focus for many other recommended members of the team, including Kate Maynard and Helen Stone.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Machover

Other key lawyers:

Stefano Ruis; Kate Maynard; Helen Stone; Toby Wilton


‘We always felt very privileged that they were our legal team in terms of their deep knowledge and expertise but also their humanity in fighting for justice.’

‘Kate Maynard guided us through the most traumatic time, and did it with humour and complete dedication to our family needs. Her expertise across inquests, prison system and probation was highly valued. Completely supportive in terms of the human impact of press coverage over a long period of time.’

‘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.’

‘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 razor sharp and thorough, quickly masters the key points in a case, and is very thoughtful and attentive with clients.’

‘Excellent and well established legal knowledge in civil liberties and human rights – without doubt one of the market leaders.’

‘Stefano Ruis – fabulous all round lawyer with every skill that client, counsel or tribunal could ever want.’

‘Hickman & Rose quietly achieves the most magnificent results for their clients – using a combination of public law, private law and inquest/inquiry results.’

Key clients

Grenfell Inquiry


UCPI category M

Civil claim resulting from Grenfell Tower fire

Wormwood Scrubs deaths

Stockwell Six

UCPI non-police/non-state

Work highlights

  • Represented the parents of Jack Merritt, who was killed by Usman Khan in Fishmongers Hall on 29th November 2019.
  • Acted for the mother of Emiliano Sala, an Argentine professional footballer who died in a light aircraft crash while travelling between France and the UK in January 2019.
  • Representing 13 individual core participants at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 3

The ‘incredibly thorough‘ team at Hickman & Rose regularly brings public law challenges against decision-makers within the criminal justice system, ranging from police forces to the Government. The team is led by Daniel Machover, who is described by one client as operating ‘at the top of his field‘. The firm has recently been increasingly involved with mandates concerning allegations of torture. Kate Maynard  has a significant inquest and inquiry caseload. Recently promoted partner Helen Stone is a name to watch for her work in representing families of people who have died in police and prison custody.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Machover

Other key lawyers:

Kate Maynard; Helen Stone; Stefano Ruis


‘They are efficient, knowledgeable, kind, empathetic and incredibly thorough. You feel you can trust them implicitly to represent you expertly and fairly. Costings and invoicing always very clear. Collaborate extremely well with the client. Excellent communicators.’

‘Stefano Ruis’ ability to combine outstanding legal knowledge and ability with informed empathy really made him stand out to me in comparison to other solicitors I have worked with. He was easy to work with, efficient and kind, and he gets results.’

‘Depth and breadth of experience in public law, representing claimants.’

‘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 razor sharp and thorough, quickly masters the key points in a case, and is very thoughtful and attentive with clients.’

‘Excellent team: undertakes work in the civil liberties sphere with the quality of a large City firm.’

‘The team is lead by exceptionally dedicated, experienced and intelligent lawyers. Daniel Machover, Helen Stone and Kate Maynard are leading lawyers in inquest law and representing bereaved families. They work tirelessly and innovatively to ensure the best outcomes for their clients and regularly achieve incredible results. I have never had a client unhappy with the service from this team who take on the biggest fights to achieve accountability and justice for their clients.’

‘Hickman & Rose quietly achieve the most magnificent results for their clients.’

‘Kate Maynard is amazing. Quite remarkable. Stefano Ruis is a delight to work for – excellent judgment and immaculate paperwork.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for the mother of Emiliano Sala, an Argentinian professional footballer who died in a light aircraft crash while travelling between France and the UK in January 2019.
  • Representing 13 individual core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
  • Advising a charity concerned with upholding human rights in Africa on the merits of making a criminal complaint to the war crimes team at the Metropolitan Police Service (SOI15).

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 4

Professional discipline is a growing area of expertise for ‘outstanding firmHickman & Rose. Department leader Andrew Katzen represents individuals and corporate bodies under investigation by regulatory bodies; Claire Wallace is a professional discipline expert; Ross Dixon is ‘simply brilliant‘; and founding partner Ben Rose represents clients facing professional misconduct accusations.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Katzen

Other key lawyers:

Claire Wallace; Ross Dixon, Ben Rose; Stefano Ruis; Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay


‘Hickman Rose has an excellent reputation for white-collar crime, and is building up its associated financial regulatory practice.’

‘Hickman & Rose is an outstanding firm of criminal lawyers that is both expert in its field and highly respected by the business community and leading civil lawyers. The skills and experience of the team are second to none.’

‘First-choice criminal lawyers for clients I have in the professional and financial services sectors that find themselves in need of criminal law assistance.’

‘Andrew Katzen is proactive, thoughtful and fair.’

‘Andrew Katzen is an expert on a range of regulatory problems, with particular expertise in financial services.’

‘Ross Dixon – simply brilliant. The go-to person for white-collar crime. His knowledge, experience and assured manner put clients at ease in what are the most stressful of circumstances.’

‘Ben Rose is a most talented strategist. He has seen it all before, and his experience and unflappable approach make him a most effective operator.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for an accountant (and former executive of a FTSE listed plc), who is accused of misconduct by improperly manipulating multi-million pound government contracts.
  • Acting for a former senior officer/director of a publicly listed company, who is being investigated by the Financial Reporting Council in connection with an alleged circa £50 million overstatement of inventory in the company’s financial accounts.
  • Acting for a partner in a major London law firm, under suspicion of having committed offences contrary to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 5

Hickman & Rose , a disputes boutique, is distinguished through its distinct emphasis on representing company directors and senior executives. The offering is led by Andrew Katzen, an expert in financial misconduct, market and benchmark manipulation, insider dealing and FCA principles breaches. Ben Rose and Ross Dixon are among the other key names.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Katzen

Other key lawyers:

Ben Rose; Ross Dixon; Christopher Houssemayne de Boulay


‘In my opinion, a go-to firm for individuals who find themselves in a bit of bother with regulators or prosecutors.’

‘Christopher Houssemayne de Boulay – A great eye to detail in any case – no potential argument can miss him. Ross Dixon – A great technical lawyer with a great instinct, particularly in disciplinary cases giving rise to cross-border issues.’

‘Really strong in criminal/regulatory cross-over space. Strength and depth in team.’

‘Ben Rose, Andrew Katzen and the team are all exceptional practitioners in the contentious FS space as well as general white collar advice. Ross Dixon is also a fantastic white collar practitioner.’

‘I am working with Ben Rose, who is incredibly astute, practical and collaborative. He is creative and has excellent judgment. Even as a founding partner of his firm, he is very ‘hands on’ and knows the case inside out.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for the former VP (Finance) of Autonomy, a FTSE 100 company acquired by Hewlett Packard for $11bn in 2011, who has been indicted in the US on criminal charges related an alleged $8.8bn revenue recognition fraud.
  • Acting for an accountant (and former executive of a FTSE listed plc), who is accused of misconduct by improperly manipulating multi-million pound government contracts.
  • Acting for an accountant, a former senior finance executive at Carillion plc.

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.

Corporate, commercial, bribery, corruption Ben Rosebrose@hickmanandrose.co.uk+44 (0) 20 7702 5333
Corporate, commercial, bribery, corruption Ross Dixonrdixon@hickmanandrose.co.uk+44 (0) 20 7702 5355
Regulatory, disciplinary, AML and extradition Andrew Katzenakatzen@hickmanandrose.co.uk+44 (0) 20 7702 5335
General crime Jenny Wiltshirejwiltshire@hickmanandrose.co.uk+44 (0) 20 7702 5352
Civil litigation Daniel Machoverdmachover@hickmanandrose.co.uk+44 (0) 20 7702 5334
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Aileen Colhoun photo Aileen ColhounAileen is a hugely experienced solicitor who represents individuals facing the full…
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Ellie Cornish photo Ellie CornishEllie Cornish has extensive experience in acting for individuals whose human rights…
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Andrew Katzen photo Andrew KatzenAndrew Katzen is a forensic and highly strategic solicitor whose broad legal…
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Kate Maynard photo Kate MaynardKate Maynard specialises in civil litigation on behalf of people who have…
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Stefano Ruis photo Stefano RuisStefano Ruis is one of the country’s leading experts in civil law…
Emily Sheils photo Emily SheilsEmily Sheils specialises in business and economic crime. She works on complex…
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Claire Wallace photo Claire WallaceClaire Wallace provides expert litigation advice to directors and senior executives facing…
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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.