Michael Hicks

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

‘Highly commercial, very accessible, excellent with clients and technically strong.’ Legal 500 2017

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

‘Excellent on trade mark and design cases, and very friendly and fun to work with.’ 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

"He has an indepth knowledge of trade mark and design law" Legal 500 2016


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 the Chambers & Partners “Intellectual Property/Information Technology junior of the year” award in 2013.


Directory & Testimonial Quotes

World Trade Mark Review 2017

"is always in demand.  Passionate about maths and science."

Chambers & Partners 2017

In 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"

In 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."

In Information Technology: "He is very impressive and has a really deep knowledge and understanding of the subject"

Legal 500 (2016)

In Intellecutal Property: "He has an indepth knowledge of trade mark and design law"

In Media & Entertainment: "Hugely impressive, and willing to help meet client expectations."

In Information Technology:  "First-class for all software related disputes."

Chambers & Partners 2016

In Intellectual Property: "Combines superb attention to detail with creative thinking and exceptionally sound judgement."

In Media and Entertainment: "He's very knowledgeable, very able and very helpful." 

Legal 500 2015

In IT and telecoms: "Recommended for software disputes"

In Intellectual Property: "He is second to none in accurately assessing the client's position and how the dispute might play out" 

In Media and Entertainment: "A very approachable barrister, who has an excellent manner with clients and quickly puts them at ease"


Legal 500 2014

In Information Technology: "Representing SAS in SAS Institute Inc v World Programming, a case of fundamental importance to copyright in computer software."

In Intellectual Property: "A very clever and creative lateral thinker, with very sound judgement."


Chambers & Partners 2014

In 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."

In 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. 

In 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."

Chambers & Partners 2013

In 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."

In 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. 


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.