Our paralegals offer the most extraordinary array of talent.  Many are Bar finalists waiting for their pupillage to begin.  Others are with us for the longer term.  They are expected to play a full role in casework and to develop their writing and researching skills while they are with us.

This year we held our first paralegal alumni party and were delighted to find out how many very fine legal careers have been launched with a spell at Hickman & Rose.

  • Patrick Lyons

    Patrick was called to the bar in 2014 and now works at Hickman & Rose assisting Stefano Ruis on claims against police and public law challenges on criminal justice issues.  He also works in a voluntary capacity for the Free Representation Unit representing people on appeals against government department and local authority decisions to stop benefits.

    Patrick gained a BA (Hons) in European Studies with Law, followed by an LLM, both at Leeds University.  He was also accredited as a police station representative by Cardiff University in 2015. 

    He was a finalist in the Halsbury Essay Competition 2011, and won second place in the CEBA annual essay completion 2012.  He also received a Blackstone Entrance Scholarship from the Middle Temple.

    Patrick is a rugby player and supporter (Barnes RFC) and ran the 2014 London Marathon to raise money for Middle Temple.

    Patrick Lyons
  • Frances McCormack

    Frances joined Hickman & Rose in April 2017 and will begin studying the BPTC part-time this year.  She assists Daniel Machover and Eva Whittall in our civil litigation department.  She also works in a voluntary capacity for the Free Representation Unit.

    Frances gained an LLB from the University of Sussex in 2014 and embarked on a 4 month internship at the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre in Budapest.  During her internship she worked on European Court of Human Rights litigation as well as advocating the rights of those with mental health problems in central European states; specifically the right to inclusive education and the right to live in the community.

    Prior to joining Hickman & Rose, Frances worked as a paralegal in a wide range of public law matters including social welfare law and human rights act claims.

    Frances McCormack
  • Kane Sharpe

    Kane joined Hickman & Rose in June 2017, where he currently assists Charles Kuhn and Andrew Katzen in the criminal defence and regulatory department.

    Kane has a BA (Hons) in English Literature & Language from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford.  He obtained a Distinction on the GDL and is now awaiting his Bar Professional Training Course results from City Law School.

    Prior to joining Hickman & Rose, Kane worked with the Centre for Criminal Appeals on an historic sex abuse case for presentation to the CCRC.  He also worked at Prisoner’s Advice Service, offering free legal advice and information to prisoners in England and Wales.  Kane is a Director of the School Exclusion Project, where he challenges the permanent exclusion of school children at disciplinary and Independent Review Panel hearings, along judicial review grounds.

    Kane Sharpe
  • Ellie Sheahan

    Ellie completed the Bar Professional Training Course in 2015 and she currently assists Jenny Wiltshire at Hickman & Rose in the criminal defence department.

    Ellie received LLB in law at Oxford Brookes University in 2014 where she was a founding member of a project advising inmates in a local prison and helping them to find education or employment upon release.  She went on to advise and draft documents at the Citizen's Advice Bureau at the Royal Courts of Justice for unrepresented litigants in a range of cases.

    Prior to joining Hickman & Rose, Ellie was a Legal Assistant at a company acting as portal between lay clients and direct access barristers.

    Ellie Sheahan
  • Caroline Skeet

    Caroline was called to the Bar in 2014.  She now assists Ross Dixon at Hickman & Rose in the corporate crime department.  Caroline is also a Free Representation Unit volunteer representing the public in social security tribunals on appeal.

    Caroline gained an LLB from the University of Exeter in 2013 where she was closely involved in the Bracton Law society pro-bono team, assisting prisoners in the best ways to find education or employment and successfully rehabilitate into society upon release.  Caroline’s other paralegal experience has been as a litigation and dispute resolution paralegal within Dentons and Freshfields.

    Prior to joining Hickman & Rose, Caroline was an Amicus intern, working as a mitigation investigator in Jackson, Mississippi, with the Office of the State Public Defender on four pre-trial capital murder cases, obtaining mitigation evidence from potential witnesses.

    Caroline Skeet