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London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Hickman & Rose

White collar and professional regulatory specialist Hickman & Rose is a boutique practice acting for individuals, notably directors and executives, in financial services regulatory investigations. Practice head Ben Rose has particular expertise in criminal defence work and regulatory litigation. In a recent highlight, his team represented Neil Danziger, a trader at the Royal Bank of Scotland under investigation by the FCA and SFO for alleged manipulation of LIBOR. Also notable in the team is Andrew Katzen, who is 'generous with his time and deals calmly with developments at what can be very stressful times for clients.'

Practice head(s):Ben Rose

Other key lawyers:Andrew Katzen


'Andrew Katzen has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and current events in his sector, and also a good relationship with regulatory authorities'

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Hickman & Rose

'Stellar firm' Hickman & Rose acts for a client base of high-profile individuals, including celebrities and high-net-worth individuals, with recent work including cases involving murder, fraud, historic sexual abuse investigations (and recent sexual offences), health and safety matters and GBH. Jenny Wiltshire - 'one of the pre-eminent lawyers in this space' - leads the practice; Ross Dixon, Ben Rose, Aileen Colhoun and Peter Csemiczky are key individuals.

Practice head(s):Jenny Wiltshire

Other key lawyers:Ross Dixon; Ben Rose; Aileen Colhoun; Peter Csemiczky


'Jenny Wiltshire is one of the pre-eminent lawyers in this space; she is very well connected and very knowledgeable'.

'Ben Rose is utterly practical and strategic in his approach'.

'Aileen Colhoun is a very safe pair of hands'.

'Peter Csemiczky has exceptional client care skills and is very personable'.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a defendant charged with the murder of his infant daughter.
  • Defended Loic Arnaud against allegations of sexual assault against a student in 2016; the defendant was discharged after no evidence was offered in 2018.
  • Representing a defendant accused of GBH and child cruelty towards her son by means of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
Leading individuals

Jenny Wiltshire - Hickman & Rose

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

Hickman & Rose

Specialist litigation boutique Hickman & Rose focuses on advising business leaders, such as directors or senior executives, when their companies are under investigation. Areas of expertise include financial regulatory, professional regulatory, bribery and fraud. Co-head of team Ben Rose specialises in financial crime. His clients include CEOs, senior managers and law firms. Ross Dixon, who also co-heads the team, is experienced in acting for individuals caught up in SFO investigations.

Practice head(s):Ben Rose; Ross Dixon

Other key lawyers:Andrew Katzen; Aileen Colhoun; Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay; Steffan Baker; Emily Sheils; Claire Wallace


‘Hickman Rose are a very impressive boutique practice’.

‘The team is responsive, reassuring and always fully informed about their subject areas’.            

‘Andrew Katzen is an excellent fraud solicitor; he is quick, bright and good with clients’.

‘Aileen Colhoun is a very good fraud solicitor who has a wealth of experience’.

‘Ross Dixon is a true expert in white-collar fraud and corporate crime and has acted in a number of high profile cases’. 

‘Ben Rose is a very driven individual with endless energy and a wealth of experience’. 

‘Ben Rose is sensible and pragmatic but very clear and robust in his advice’. 

‘Ben Rose  must never sleep because he is continuously agitating, cajoling and manoeuvring on behalf of his clients’.

‘Aileen Colhourn always show empathy and understanding and is always realistic about a problem’.

Work highlights

  • Advising Chris Bush, the former MD of Tesco UK, as he faced trial for fraud and false accounting relating to the alleged fraudulent overstatement by £250m of profits by Tesco PLC.
  • Acting for an individual under suspicion in the SFO’s Unaoil investigation.
  • Representing one of four principal suspects in an SFO investigation into bribery and corruption by a UK PLC operating in a West African country.
  • Acting for the former VP (Finance) of Autonomy, a FTSE 100 company acquired by Hewlett Packard for $11bn in 2011.
  • Acting for a senior executive under investigation by the SFO as part of its long running investigation into G4S in relation to tens of millions of pounds of alleged overcharging on electronic tagging contracts for offenders
Leading individuals

Ben Rose - Hickman & Rose

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 4

Hickman & Rose

Hickman & Rose 'differentiates itself through the quality of the partners that lead its teams and the high degree of partner involvement in work'. The professional disciplinary practice is led by Andrew Katzen, who works closely with associate Claire Wallace. Most of the firm's professional discipline cases come before the CQC, SRA and GMC, as well as the financial regulators. Ben Rose advises clients facing accusations of professional misconduct, particularly where professional regulatory issues intersect with criminal issues, and Ross Dixon and Aileen Colhoun are also key names.

Practice head(s):Andrew Katzen

Other key lawyers:Claire Wallace; Ben Rose; Ross Dixon; Aileen Colhoun


'This is not a firm that delegates by abdication; clients have the assurance that a partner with expertise and experience will take the lead role in cases, the development of the strategy and the provision of the service'.

'All partners involve themselves in instructions from the outset and ensure that nothing is done without considering how any action - or inaction - will impact on the overall strategy'.

Key Clients

Former CEO of a global bank

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 3

Hickman & Rose

Hickman & Rose has broad experience in bringing public law challenges on behalf of individuals (including high-net-worth clients), commercial entities and charities. The team has a well-established reputation for public inquiry work; practice head Daniel Machover is acting for core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and associate Helen Stone is acting for INQUEST as intervenor in a judicial review concerning a senior coroner’s determinations. Stefano Ruis and Kate Maynard also have a wealth of expertise in bringing judicial review applications against policing bodies, regularly acting for victims of state abuse, detainees, bereaved families and individuals contesting breaches of Article 8 of the ECHR. Another unique aspect of the practice is its expertise in challenging Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) decisions alleging breaches of rights to privacy.

Practice head(s):Daniel Machover

Other key lawyers:Kate Maynard; Stefano Ruis; Helen Stone


'The team consists of extremely dedicated and technically excellent lawyers, with very considerable experience in public law challenges'

'Daniel Machover is very dedicated to his clients, and is a technically brilliant lawyer and a clever strategist'

'Kate Maynard is a very impressive lawyer; she is a great strategist who builds strong relationships with her clients and works extremely hard'

Key Clients

Ali Babitu Kololo


Paul Tomlin (father of Duncan Tomlin)

Amnesty International and Redress

Ann Power

Marcia Rigg-Samuel

Work highlights

  • Assisting Ali Babitu Kololo in a judicial review claim against the Metropolitan Police commissioner seeking to impugn evidence which led to a life sentencing in Kenya.
  • Acting for INQUEST in its judicial review intervention concerning the relevant standard of proof in inquests which consider verdicts of suicide and unlawful killing.
  • Handled a public law challenge to a police decision to disclose information to the DBS relating to a historic allegation of sexual assault dating back over 30 years, of which the client was acquitted.
  • Acted for Amnesty International and Redress as intervenors in a judicial review of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's granting of potential immunity to an Egyptian general suspected of torture.
  • Acting on a public law challenge to the process followed by a university in dealing with an allegation of sexual assault.

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Civil liberties and human rights
Civil liberties and human rights - ranked: tier 2

Hickman & Rose

The team at Hickman & Rose is led by 'outstanding partner' Daniel Machover and handles the full scope of civil liberties matters, with an emphasis on actions against the police and authorities, as well as public inquiries related to death in custody. Kate Maynard acts for clients who have been failed by the criminal justice system and also handles judicial review claims. Stefano Ruis is noted for his expertise in police law.

Practice head(s):Daniel Machover

Other key lawyers:Kate Maynard; Stefano Ruis


'The team is absolutely dedicated to its client base, going above and beyond the work that most firms would do. They give superb advice, make excellent tactical decisions and are a pleasure to work with.'

'Daniel Machover is an outstanding individual with a mind for the complex but the compassion and skill to relay information in layman's terms. He is dignified and straight talking.'

'Stefano Ruis is one of the best solicitors I have worked with. Calm, efficient, highly intelligent, tactical, reasonable and a pleasure to work with.'

'Kate Maynard is incredibly bright and industrious: a real fighter who is able to deal sensitively with clients.'

Key Clients

Sean Rigg

Thomas Orchard

Dalian Atkinson

Sean Fitzgerald

Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry

Leading individuals

Daniel Machover - Hickman & Rose

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