Hickman & Rose

Specialising in criminal law and human rights, ­Hickman & Rose takes on work across the spectrum of criminal justice. And now the firm is developing an overseas presence through its work on international arrest warrants and extradition.


Ben Rose
Ben Rose

Managing partner: Jenny Wiltshire

Turnover: £2m

Number of partners: Nine

Number of equity partners: Four

Number of lawyers: 14

Main practice areas: Criminal and human rights

Key clients: High-net-worth individuals, victims of crime and their families, individuals seeking to uphold their human rights

Number of offices: One

Location: London

Specialising in criminal law and human rights, Hickman & Rose takes on work across the spectrum of criminal justice. And now the firm is developing an overseas presence through its work on international arrest warrants and extradition.

Rated one of the top criminal firms in London, Hickman & Rose deals with a diverse range of criminal work, from homicide and organised crime to high-profile white-collar crime and criminal investigations.

Changes to the legal funding system have meant that Hickman & Rose now undertakes fewer publicly funded cases, but founding partner Ben Rose emphasises that the firm takes a creative approach to funding and is committed to ensuring that clients receive the best representation in those cases it does take on.

Recently, the firm has seen the biggest increase in fraud and regulatory work. Hickman & Rose’s civil justice team is also busy, taking on cases of custodial deaths, unlawful detention and wrongful conviction in the UK and abroad. With expertise in police law, surveillance tactics and data protection, the firm prides itself on holding governments and police forces to account.

Recent high-profile work includes representing the partner of Rachel Nickell, who was murdered by Robert Napper on Wimbledon Common in 1992, in calling the police to account over failures in its investigations into the offences committed by Napper prior to the murder. The firm is also representing the families of murdered French students Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez.

While not envisaging a return to the size the firm reached when the old legal aid system was in place, Hickman & Rose is still looking to grow. Over the next year, Rose anticipates hires in both the criminal and civil departments. And what distinguishes this expanding firm, according to Rose, is its outlook. “We’re a values-driven firm,” he explains. “Our ethos is about a ­commitment to justice and social equality.”

By Laura Paddison