Founding Partner

Ben Rose

Founding Partner

Ben Rose has been described in the 2018 edition of Chambers UK as "very bright and strong technically, and has the gravitas you need" for criminal defence work.  

As a founding partner of Hickman & Rose, Ben has worked for over 25 years on large and complex cases involving financial crime, regulatory enforcement, confiscation, general crime and some of the largest art fraud prosecutions ever.  He has acted for many HNW families and individuals, senior executives, businessmen, doctors and other professionals under investigation by the police, together with politicians suspected of electoral law breaches.  He employs a creative, project-managed, and resolutely driven approach to the cases in which he is instructed; engaging in continuous dialogue with the client and other parties in the case.

Ben has advised and defended in many national and international bribery and corruption cases, and Serious Fraud Office investigations.  He dissuaded the SFO from launching the first international bribery case against his clients Vuk Hamovic and Energy Financing Team Ltd.  He acted for a director of Balfour Beatty PLC during the SFO investigation, a senior manager in the AON corruption enquiry and senior individuals in the SFO investigations into Macmillan Publishing, Olympus, HP and ENRC.  He regularly advises companies of all sizes on serious criminal matters including a number of large PLCs such as News Corporation.

In recent years Ben has represented many of the key individuals investigated by the FCA and the SFO in connection with allegations of LIBOR fixing including Ryan Reich, Pete Koutsogiannis and Neil Danziger.  He is currently retained on a major FCA investigation into a global bank and a number of its senior individuals.

Ben has been instructed in many major cross-border confiscation claims.  He has often mounted Administrative Court challenges for clients who face dawn raids, warrants, asset tracing or confiscation. 

Ben is often instructed by high profile individuals who seek protection against reputational damage as well as the actions of law enforcement authorities.  He acted for Hans Rausing in connection with his arrest for the death of Eva Rausing and for David Hockney in the inquest into the death of Dominic Elliot.

Ben is a Member of the Law Society’s Anti-Money Laundering Panel which provides specialist money laundering advice to other solicitors.  He is a member of the Times Law Panel, a former chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the International Bar Association, a founder of Grit ( and British heavyweight kickboxing champion in 2000 and 2001.  He has lectured to the Judicial Studies Board, the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the Annual Justice Conference and addressed the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Ceremony as well as Transparency International.

Ben was named The Times 'Lawyer of the week' in January 2007 in recognition for his work on miscarriages of justice and specifically that of Andrew Adams, one of the most high profile of recent years. 

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