Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Crime - London (Bar)
Martin Hicks QC is a talented silk with a broad criminal practice that takes in both domestic and international cases. He has appeared in some of the most high-profile trials of recent years and has extensive experience handling serious murder and drug-related cases.
Strengths: "A vastly experienced barrister." "He is a standout defence advocate."
Recent work: Defended a client charged with murder by stabbing of a ‘peacekeeper’ who sought to intervene during a fight outside a nightclub.
Financial Crime - London (Bar)
Martin Hicks QC is a broadly accomplished silk who applies his wide knowledge of criminal legal procedure to financial crime matters. His recent cases have included acting for the defence in substantial private prosecutions. He is rated for his skill in large fraud trials.
Strengths: "Unbelievably shrewd and very hard-working."
Recent work: Instructed in the first prosecution under CITES in respect of endangered species. The defendant was convicted of masterminding a multimillion-pound smuggling operation across international borders of endangered glass eels.
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Martin Hicks QC is consistently recommended by the leading industry directories as a leading defence Silk in serious crime and fraud both domestic and international, including the Crown Dependencies and the Caribbean. He acts for individual defendants, corporate clients, their directors and officers and national governments and agencies. He also represents accountants, solicitors and others who face proceedings arising out of their work.
Martin gained prominence as a junior in R v Pryce, a 17-year-old musician accused of hacking into the computer systems of NASA and the Pentagon. He appeared in the “fake sheik” stings by the News of the World, the series of celebrity Rolex robberies and a major mobile phone heist at Heathrow airport.
In Silk he acted in the “Victoria Beckham Kidnap Plot”, the bogus “MI5 kidnapper”, the “Aston Riots Murder”, the 24/7 bombings, “Cash for Crash Claims”, the £220 million “Lord of Fraud Plot”, the 200 million euro fraud Allseas v Sultana and successfully defended high placed journalists in Operation Elveden. Recently, he secured an acquittal for a GP charged with defrauding a French resistance patriot suffering from dementia and a suspended sentence for an Icelandic smuggler of £53million of endangered eels.
2007: Called to Trinidad Bar
2003: Appointed Queen's Counsel
2001: Appointed to SFO Panel
1989-1999: CLE Advocacy Instructor
1977: Year of Call
Criminal Bar Association
Fraud Lawyers Association
South Eastern Circuit