Michael Hick


‘He has the ability to reflect on the bigger picture, even when working on detail under time pressure.’

- Legal 500 (2017)

"His background as a Chartered Accountant and Stockbroker are extremely useful tools"

- Instructing Solicitor

Michael Hick specialises in serious fraud, but also prosecutes and defends general crime. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1987 and worked as a stockbroker before transferring to the Bar, coming 3rd in the Bar Exams in 1995. He acts for the Serious Fraud Office, local authorities and was instructed in the Bloody Sunday Inquiry. He is an expert on confiscation and issues concerning public interest immunity.

He is ranked as a leading junior in the Legal 500 (2017).

Recent instructions include:

  • Junior in Operation Krypton (the largest UK investigation into corruption in horseracing);
  • Junior in R v Hendy-Freegard (fake spy cons students);
  • First junior in alleged multi-million pound international Ponzi scheme;
  • Leading junior in £600,000 fraud on NHS;
  • €50m confiscation proceedings re unauthorised City trading;
  • £1m fraud on ABTA;
  • Series of 419 (advance fee) frauds on foreign nationals;
  • First junior on multi-million pound conspiracy to defraud Microsoft – R v Alibhai and others [2004] EWCA Crim 681;
  • US$¾m fraud on Singaporean investor; £625k fraud on government agency.

His advice is often sought in cases involving serious fraud, having advised on government agency, local authority and international frauds.

Michael Hick
Michael Hick

Specialist Areas

  • Business Crime & Financial Services
  • General Crime


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Recent news

Successful Prosecution in Four Month Fraud Trial
18 July 2019

Hedge Fund Analyst Jailed For Fraud
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Michael Hick successfully prosecutes 'King of Betfair' fraudster
28 May 2014

Ponzi fraudster sentenced
14 April 2014