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Martin Hicks QC

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2 Hare Court (Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC)


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).


Called 1977; Inner Temple; South Eastern Circuit; QC 2003.


Criminal Bar Association, Fraud Lawyers Association, South Eastern Circuit. He is authorised to accept instructions on a direct access basis.

London Bar

Crime (general crime)

Within: Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Martin Hicks QC - 2 Hare CourtThe complete package: oodles of charm and very authoritative.

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Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Martin Hicks QC - 2 Hare CourtA well-established and recognised criminal silk.

Within: Fraud: crime

2 Hare Court is an ‘extremely good set of barristers – they make solicitors want to instruct them time and time again’. Members were instructed on both side of Allseas Group’s private prosecution of Paul Sultana, who was convicted of and sentenced to eight years imprisonment for an investment fraud that caused Allseas to lose €100m; Jonathan Laidlaw QC for the prosecution, and Martin Hicks QC and Vivienne Tanchel for the defence. Meanwhile, Andrew Radcliffe QC represented a 65-year-old chartered accountant who was acquitted in the Operation Amazon trial after the jury failed to agree and the prosecution offered no further evidence.

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