Michael Hicks

Year called:
Practice areas:
IP, Patents, Copyright & Design, Trade Marks, IT

"He is responsive, helpful and a pleasure to work with in cases." Chambers & Partners 2020

"The content of his advocacy was exceptional, as was his dedication and commitment to the case."  Chambers & Partners 2019

" Incredibly bright and thoughtful and able to get to grips with complex matters quickly." Chambers & Partners 2018

"Extremely pragmatic, commercially aware and very user-friendly."  Legal 500 2017

"He is fantastic on paper, has really good judgement and is incredibly adept at handling questions from the bench.  He is very gentle but redoubtable before the court."  "He is extremely personable and very good with clients"  Chambers & Partners 2017


Michael Hicks specialises in all areas of intellectual property and information technology law as well as other cases with a high technical content. He has been instructed in many of the leading cases in the fields of copyright, patents, trade marks, passing off designs, confidential information, and information technology. 

Michael won "IP, IT and Media Junior of the Year" in the Legal 500 UK Awards 2019 and also Chambers & Partners “Intellectual Property/Information Technology Junior of the Year” award in 2013.



Directory & Testimonial Quotes

Legal 500 2021
Intellectual Property:
"Extremely user friendly and hardworking."
Media & Entertainment:  "He understands a client's business very well and isn't afraid to get his hands dirty."
IT & Telecoms:  "He’s pragmatic, unflappable, responsive and incredibly user-friendly."

Chambers & Partners 2020
Intellectual Property: "He is hugely experienced, provides excellent commercial advice and has great technical understanding."
Media & Entertainment: "He's a pleasure to deal with and a very clever barrister."
Information Technology: "Always approachable and good at cutting through detail to get to the issues."

Legal 500 2020
Intellectual Property:
"He is pragmatic, unflappable and incredibly user-friendly."
Media & Entertainment:  "An impressive barrister offering sensible commercial advice, based on technical excellence."
IT & Telecoms:  "He offers very sensible commercial advice, based on technical excellence."

Chambers & Partners 2019
Intellectual Property: "The content of his advocacy was exceptional, as was his dedication and commitment to the case. His calm and measured approach kept the case simple and focused so that he could drive the client’s case home at trial in the best possible light."
Media & Entertainment: "He is a fighter and a very dogged advocate." ​
Information Technology: "He is hugely knowledgeable and excellent with clients, as well as a great team player." "He has a great cross-examination style, and is regularly two to three steps ahead of the witness."​

​Legal 500 2019
Intellectual Property: "One of the best barristers for soft IP, with a wealth of experience under his belt and a combination of in-depth knowledge, commercial acumen, and fast response times."
​Media & Entertainment: "He has a very hands-on approach to resolving challenging issues."
IT & Telecoms: "He is user friendly, good with clients and understands the commercial issues for the business, rather than merely the legal issues in the dispute."

Chambers & Partners 2018
Intellectual Property: "He is very user-friendly and will always go the extra mile for clients and instructing solicitors"
Media & Entertainment: "​He has very strong critical analysis skills.  He's a creative thinker who displays great attention to detail and real determination and energy to do the very best for his client."
Information Technology: " Incredibly bright and thoughtful and able to get to grips with complex matters quickly."

Legal 500 2017
Media & Entertainment: Highly commercial, very accessible, excellent with clients and technically strong."
Information Technology: "Extremely pragmatic, commercially aware and very user-friendly."
IT & Telecoms: "Excellent on trade mark and design cases, and very friendly and fun to work with."

Chambers & Partners 2017
​Intellectual Property: "He is fantastic on paper, has really good judgement and is incredibly adept at handling questions from the bench.  He is very gentle but redoubtable before the court."  "He is extremely personable and very good with clients"
Media & Entertainment: "He is very approachable barrister who has an excellent manner with clients, and quickly puts them at their ease.  He prepares very thoroughly, his written and oral style is accessible, and he is a pleasure to work with."
Information Technology: "He is very impressive and has a really deep knowledge and understanding of the subject"

Legal 500 2016
Intellectual Property: "He has an indepth knowledge of trade mark and design law"
Media & Entertainment: "Hugely impressive, and willing to help meet client expectations."
IT & Telecoms:  "First-class for all software related disputes."

Chambers & Partners 2016
Intellectual Property: "Combines superb attention to detail with creative thinking and exceptionally sound judgement."
Media and Entertainment: "He's very knowledgeable, very able and very helpful."
Information Technology: "Absolutely superb - he works extremely hard, is magnificent on his feet and is very persuasive without being confrontational."

Legal 500 2015
Intellectual Property: ​"He is second to none in accurately assessing the client's position and how the dispute might play out"
​Media and Entertainment: ​"A very approachable barristers, who has an excellent manner with clients and quickly puts them at ease"
IT & Telecoms: ​"Recommended for software disputes"

Chambers & Partners 2014
Intellectual Property: "Among the most experienced and highly regarded juniors around. Regularly acts as sole counsel in major hard and soft IP disputes. Offers excellent service, is always thorough and reliable, and proves great with clients. He always goes that extra mile." "Someone I would not want on the other side," said one peer.
Media & Entertainment: They like him as he "is very interested in the cases and is the type of person who will call you in the morning because he has thought of something overnight."  He is "Always thorough and always reliable, he goes that extra mile and is good with clients too."
Information Technology: Michael is "Highly regarded for his work on software copyright cases. He was recently heavily involved with SAS Institute v World Programming Limited, an important matter that confirmed that the functionality of a computer program and the programming language cannot be protected by copyright."

Legal 500 2014
Intellectual Property: "A very clever and creative lateral thinker, with very sound judgement."
IT & Telecoms: "Representing SAS in SAS Institute Inc v World Programming, a case of fundamental importance to copyright in computer software."

Chambers & Partners 2013
Information Technology: "Michael is a fantastically able senior junior," who recently worked on SAS v WPL, a case concerning the copyrightability of computer software functions. Particularly strong on the IP side of IT work, he is "a natural when it comes to drafting, and always produces strong opinions."
Media and Entertainment: "Michael Hick's recent media work has included acting for the owners of the rights to the works of Salvador Dali, as well as taking part in a dispute between computer games developers Codemasters and the organisers of the Le Mans 24 hour race."

Chambers & Partners 2012
Michael "impresses as "user-friendly, approachable and excellent with clients." "Enthusiastic and hard-working," he is sought out for his expertise in the electronic, computers and software fields.

World Trade Mark Review 2017
"is always in demand.  Passionate about maths and science."

Michael is regarded in Who’s Who Legal 2015


Qualifications and Regulations


School: Brighton College
University: Trinity College, Cambridge – open scholarship to read natural sciences.



Michael is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. He is registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales (Bar Ref: 13630)
He has professional indemnity insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF Ref: 2190/047). Please refer to the BMIF website  for full details of the world-wide cover provided, and the BMIF’s contact details.


Human Interest

In his spare time Michael races dinghies and other boats.