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Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC
2 Hare Court


Martin Hicks QC is a leading Silk who is consistently recommended by the leading industry directories. He is routinely first choice counsel in his areas of practice, on a domestic and international scale. He advises and appears for individual defendants, corporate clients, their directors and officers and national governments and agencies. He also acts on behalf of professionals such as accountants, solicitors and others who face proceedings arising out of their work. Martin has appeared in many murder cases, operations against illegal drug cartels, terrorism cases, and fraud cases throughout his career. Although Martin works across the UK, he is also well known in the criminal sector on an international level, in the EU , the Crown Dependencies and the Caribbean. Martin primarily gained notice as a junior defence counsel with the R v Pryce case, an investigation involving a young musician accused of hacking into NASA and the Pentagon through their highly secured computer systems.

Martin gained vast experience in both defending and prosecuting through his appearances in cases brought against a range of high-profile individuals, such as the series of “fake sheik” stings by the News of the World, the series of celebrity Rolex robberies and a major mobile phone heist at Heathrow airport. More recently he has been involved in the “Victoria Beckham Kidnap Plot”, the bogus “MI5 kidnapper”, the “Aston Riots Murder”, the 24/7 bombings, “Cash for Crash Claims”, the £220 million “Lord of Fraud Plot” and successfully defended in separate long trials two high placed journalists accused of misconduct in a public office (Operation Elveden). Recently, he secured an acquittal for a GP charged with defrauding a French resistance patriot suffering from dementia and a suspended sentence for an Icelandic smuggler of £53million of endangered eels.


Inner Temple; South Eastern Circuit; Appointed Queen’s Counsel 2003, Called 1977


Martin is authorised to accept instructions on a direct access basis.

  • 2007: Called to Trinidad Bar
  • 2001: Appointed to SFO Panel
  • 1989-1999: CLE Advocacy Instructor
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Martin Hicks QC2 Hare CourtHe was very quick to get to grips with the issues at short notice and inspired confidence in me, the client and the court.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Martin Hicks QC2 Hare CourtVery impressive in his commitment and skills.