Ross has over 20 years of experience as a criminal litigator and has been described in Legal 500 as "highly intelligent, committed and approachable. One of the best criminal defence solicitors around".
He has a thriving white collar fraud and corporate crime practice and regularly acts in a wide range of cases in this field. He often represents individuals in the most serious SFO matters such as the recent investigations into Tesco (accounting irregularities), Unaoil (overseas bribery and corruption in the Middle East), Rolls Royce (overseas bribery and corruption in Asia), HP/Autonomy (revenue recognition) and FH Bertling (overseas bribery and corruption in Africa). He has acted in market abuse and benchmark fixing cases involving the SFO and the FCA, and has experience advising on criminal cartel allegations.
As well as acting for individuals Ross advises companies on a broad range of crime and corporate crime issues including dawn raids, production and restraint orders, the execution of warrants, and the regulatory and strategic obligations that may arise from the discovery of potential wrong doing within a company. He also advises media organisations on issues of criminal law and has advised a number of national and international broadcasters on production orders concerning journalistic material.
He has considerable experience of cases that involve parallel investigations in the UK and overseas, including the US and Europe, and often works alongside lawyers based in other jurisdictions.
Ross has a particular interest in money laundering issues and the Proceeds of Crime Act and has been a member of the Law Society's Money Laundering Task Force since 2012. The many businesses and individuals he has advised in relation to these matters include a number of senior lawyers and highly regarded law firms.
Ross also has a wealth of experience representing professionals, business people and their families in police investigations and at the Magistrates' and Crown Court, as well as in concurrent regulatory investigations by professional bodies such as the SRA and the FRC. He adopts a strategic approach to even the most minor allegation and his outstanding tactical instincts maximise the chance of a successful outcome in any criminal matter. He has a keen appreciation of the reputation management needed by clients in such circumstances.
Ross is recommended for his work in financial/white collar crime and in general crime in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK guides. He is recognised in Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defence for his expertise acting for individuals, corporates and in money laundering cases.
Ross is the Chair of Partners at Hickman & Rose. He joined the firm in 1995 and became a partner in 1998. He is an officer of the International Bar Association Crime Committee and a member of The Fraud Lawyers Association committee.
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