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Martin Hicks QC is widely regarded as a leading silk who specialises in the defence of crime, fraud, both domestic and international, and business regulation (especially planning).
Martin came to prominence as junior defence counsel in R v Pryce (a 17-year old musician accused of hacking into high security computer systems belonging to the Pentagon and NASA). Through his appearances in cases brought against a range of high-profile individuals, as well as cases arising from a series of “fake sheik” stings by the News of the World, and other matters such as the series of celebrity Rolex robberies and a major mobile phone heist at Heathrow airport, he gained experience of prosecuting as well as defending.
Martin is consistently recommended by the leading industry directories Chambers UK and The Legal 500, he is routinely first choice counsel for many of the major defence firms, and he appears in courts across the UK, as well as overseas. He advises and appears for individual defendants, corporate clients, their directors and officers and national governments and agencies. He also acts on behalf of professionals such as accountants, solicitors and others who face proceedings arising out of their work.
Martin is authorised by the Bar Council to accept instructions on a direct access basis in appropriate cases.
While in silk, Martin has been described in the legal directories as:
“A fantastic workmate, who oozes charm and commands respect – he is the complete package.” – Legal 500 2017
“A no-nonsense fearless performer.” – Legal 500 2017
“Juries really like him as he’s very down to earth and can explain complicated concepts quite simply.” Chambers UK 2017
“He is a fantastic advocate. In court he’s very funny and very persuasive in his arguments.” Chambers UK 2017
“Celebrated for being very hard working, calm and good with clients, highly praised for his ability to construct a watertight defence in seemingly unwinnable cases.” Chambers UK 2016
“A joy to watch. He gives a compelling performance and has a lightness of touch.” Chambers UK 2016
“He gives very good speeches and he’s very clever. You can tell he’s thought about all the points he wants to make in depth.” Chambers UK 2016
“He is very robust in advocating his case, he never takes a bad point.” Chambers UK 2015
“A barrister of impeccable judgement.” Legal 500 2015
“A fantastic advocate, whom juries love, he fights relentlessly for his clients.” Chambers UK 2014
“An extremely able silk and a very accomplished advocate, who has a very pleasant manner with clients.” Chambers UK 2013
“…he has an impressive domestic and international fraud practice.” Chambers UK 2012
“Celebrated for being very hard working, calm and good with clients, highly praised for his ability to construct a watertight defence in seemingly unwinnable cases.” Chambers UK 2011
“A star.” Legal 500 2008
“A real fighter – he’ll leave no stone unturned and has great leadership qualities” with “a pleasing style of advocacy – he appears laid-back but can be lethal in cross-examination” and is “able to relate to clients from all spheres of society.” Chambers UK 2008