Founding Partner

Ben Rose

Founding Partner

Ben Rose has been described as combining “phenomenal client skills with an almost obsessive focus on the details of a case and its legal implications.  An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, he is also the most energetic, enthusiastic, efficient and technologically skilled lawyer I have ever worked with.  He would be my first choice for any complex, serious criminal case." 

Chambers UK Guide has described him as “very engaging and active - clients feel secure with him and rightly so" (2009), and says that he is "hailed for his proactive approach when handling fraud cases" (2010).

As a founding partner of Hickman & Rose, Ben has worked for over 25 years on large and complex cases involving financial crime, regulatory action, confiscation and some of the largest art fraud prosecutions ever.  He has acted for an array of businessmen, doctors and other professionals under investigation by the police, and 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, election law investigations, 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 AON through the FSA corruption enquiry and a senior Director in the SFO investigation into Macmillan Publishing, the Olympus and HP scandals.  He has also advised a number of large PLCs on serious criminal matters including News Corporation in connection with Operations Weeting, Elveden and Tuleta. 

He has been instructed in many major cross-border confiscation claims, and 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 special money laundering advice to other solicitors.  He is a member of the Times Law Panel, an officer in the International Bar Association, a founder of Youth at Risk ( 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.  He was profiled in the Times in May 2009.

"Being investigated or prosecuted is a frightening experience. If you want to find out how I may be able to assist you then do please email or call me".

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