Ross Dixon has more than 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 is regularly instructed in some of the highest profile cases in this field.
Ross has particular expertise acting for individuals caught up in serious white collar criminal matters. He recently successfully defended Chris Bush, the former Managing Director of Tesco UK, who was acquitted at trial of allegations of fraud and false accounting arising from an alleged £250million overstatement of profit.
He has represented senior individuals in many of the major recent SFO investigations including Unaoil (overseas bribery and corruption in the Middle East), Rolls Royce (overseas bribery and corruption in Asia), HP/Autonomy (revenue recognition), G4S (fraud relating to government contracts) 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.
Ross also advises companies on 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 wrongdoing within a company. He advises media organisations on issues of criminal law and has advised a number of national and international broadcasters on production orders concerning journalistic material.
Ross 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.
He also has a strong 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.
A calm, committed and personable lawyer Ross is highly skilled at representing professionals, businesspeople and their families caught up in criminal matters. He represents clients 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.
Ross 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, a member of The Fraud Lawyers Association committee, and is a regular commentator and speaker on crime and white collar crime issues.