History & Values


Hickman & Rose was established in 1991 by Ben Rose and Jane Hickman as a criminal defence firm with a founding commitment to hold the state to account. Based in Hackney, east London, we quickly became known for our high quality representation and within a decade grew to be one of the capital’s largest legal aid firms.

In 1994 we started to expand, moving first to larger premises in Islington, then soon afterwards adding satellite offices in Tottenham and Holborn.

In 1997 the firm added a dedicated civil litigation practice focused on representing people wronged at the hands of the criminal justice system. This quickly grew to become an integral part of the firm’s identity.


In 2008 we consolidated all our operations in Clerkenwell. We re-focused on privately funded corporate and general criminal defence work and added a regulatory law practice. The civil team expanded from its core civil liberties / human rights work to take on complex fraud-related civil litigation matters.

Jane retired from Hickman & Rose in 2016 and continued work as a consultant on the firm’s most significant and complex matters involving appeals and applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission until October 2022.

Hickman & Rose is a ‘go to’ firm working in corporate crime, white collar fraud and privately funded serious and general crime cases. We have become well known for handling the sensitive legal affairs of clients who demand a high level of discretion. We are equally well respected for our pioneering work in human rights and civil liberties, particularly as this relates to the criminal justice system.

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