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Michael Hicks

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Hogarth Chambers (Chambers of Nicholas Caddick QC)


Barrister specialising in intellectual property, information technology and other disputes concerning technology. Fields of expertise include patents, designs, copyright, trademarks and passing off, domain names, confidential information, computer hardware, electronics and software disputes, and franchising and distribution matters with an intellectual property element. Cases include: VLM v Ravensworth (copyright licensing); Niche v MacDermid (malicious falsehood); Magmatic v PMS (designs – Trunki suitcase); Fine and Country v Spicerhaart (passing off – names of estate agents); Adobe v Netcom (community trademarks and estoppel); SAS Institute v World Programming Ltd (copyright in computer software; Kingspan v Rockwool (comparative advertising); Swarovski – Optik AG v Leica (patent – telescopic sights); Nova v Mazooma (CA – copyright in computer games); DataCard v Eagle Technologies (patents and trademarks); Red Spider v Omega (patents and designs, oil well valves); Pozzoli v BDMO (CA – patents); Phones4U Ltd v Phone4U (CA – trademarks and passing off); Inter Lotto v Camelot Group/National Lottery Commission (CA – trademarks and passing off); Inline Logistics v UCA Logistics (CA – confidential information); Irvine v Talksport (passing off); Designers Guild v Russell Williams (copyright – fabric designs); Marks & Spencer v One in a Million (CA – domain names); and various IT cases, including arbitrations, where client names are confidential.


Called 1976; Inner Temple.


Intellectual Property Bar Association; Chancery Bar Association; Society for Computers and Law; AIPPI (UK).


Brighton College; Trinity College, Cambridge (degree in Natural Sciences).


Racing dinghies and other small boats.

London Bar

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)

Within: IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading juniors

Michael Hicks - Hogarth ChambersHe is user friendly, good with clients and understands the commercial issues for the business, rather than merely the legal issues in the dispute.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property – Leading juniors

Michael Hicks - Hogarth ChambersOne of the best barrister for soft IP, with a wealth of experience under his belt and a combination of in-depth knowledge, commercial acumen, and fast response times.

Within: Intellectual property

Considered to be ‘excellent on all IP issues’, Hogarth Chambers is a ‘first-rate, highly respected set’ with ‘real strength in depth for patents, trade mark and copyright work’. The set is recognised for its ‘responsiveness’, ‘pragmatic advice’ and for ‘getting results in high-profile cases’. Several members, including Nicholas Caddick QC and Andrew Norris, acted in Stretchline Intellectual Properties Ltd v H M Hennes & Mauritz Ltd, a contract and patent dispute before the Court of Appeal. The set also boasts ‘strong’ silks and ‘excellent juniors for trade mark matters’, with Michael Hicks and Thomas St Quintin securing instructions in Beverly Hills Polo Club v Santa Monica Polo Club, which involved a claim for infringement of a registered mark, passing off and breach of contract.

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Within: Media and entertainment – Leading juniors

Michael Hicks - Hogarth ChambersHe has a very hands-on approach to resolving challenging issues.

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