Provided by Fox Williams LLP
Employing people is a serious business investment. When it goes right it delivers untold benefits on both sides. When it goes wrong, it can be devastating for a business’ finances or its reputation.
Working at the heart of the City of London, our team have a deserved reputation as market leading advisers on people issues. Our collective experience ensures that we provide comprehensive strategic advice and solutions to in house lawyers, HR teams and senior management teams.
We are trusted by many professional services firms to support them on their employment issues and are proud to be the “go to” team. We guarantee to provide you with a partner-led, commercial and cost-effective service in the UK and internationally, through our network of trusted employment and labour lawyers.
We have a genuine understanding of issues that impact on HR professionals, reinforced through our close links with CIPD and CityHR, the HR association for the financial services sector.
We recognise that the management of people issues involves more than just knowledge of employment law. We work in partnership with our clients to seamlessly manage these issues. Our team includes specialists in employment, IP, data protection, High Court litigation, tax and incentives, partnership, regulatory issues, investigations and white collar crime.
Advises both City employers and senior executives across all manner of employment law, with a notable reputation for its work on severance negotiations and employment disputes. Strong history of representing individuals in cases of discrimination and whistle-blowing. Draws its clients from a range of sectors including financial services and insurance, where it demonstrates expertise in regulatory matters. Also advises public sector clients on TUPE matters.
"The firm made me feel safe and protected," says an interviewee, who characterises the lawyers as "helpful, proactive, patient and approachable."
"They are outstanding," according to sources, who note that the lawyers are "affable, available and technically very competent."
Clients recognise that "they have a depth of talent to deal with all employment-related matters and they effectively deploy appropriate resources."
Acted for Alyn Williams in an unfair dismissal claim against the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair. Williams had been the head chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant at the hotel, but was dismissed for gross misconduct after he hosted a private event for friends at the restaurant.
Jane Mann offers a wealth of experience acting for senior executives in major disputes of all kinds. She has a wealth of experience advising employees in regulated industries.
"She takes time to understand the situation, clarifies the case, thinks strategically through issues and gives clear advice." "Her strengths include her realism, her technical strength and the fact that she is very experienced."
Joanna Chatterton regularly advises employers from the financial and professional services sectors on the full range of advisory and contentious employment work. She is also adept at assisting senior executives with restrictive covenants and claims of discrimination and sexual harassment.
"She is pragmatic, she is incredibly responsive, she really appreciates the particularly difficult nuances of circumstances and she is friendly." "She always made me feel at ease and reassured, and she had such patience in explaining everything to me."
Aron Pope is experienced in advising senior executives in the financial services and professional services sectors. He regularly assists clients with whistle-blowing, discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.
"He is a great person to work with, he is very supportive and he is helpful." "He is friendly, patient, understanding and clear in his advice."
David Murphy is valued for his expertise in advisory and litigation matters. He is acknowledged for his understanding of TUPE, whistle-blowing and discrimination claims.
"He provides strong technical guidance on issues and balances that with the commercial impacts to enable a pragmatic resolution." "He goes out of his way to understand our business and culture."
Thomas Pennington-Hare is a legal director in Fox Williams's employment team. He is recognised for his advice to senior employees on contract and exit negations, as well as on tribunal claims.
"He is able to take legal matters apart and really get to the crux of something, he delivers the law in a crisp and clear way, and he is meticulous in his attention to detail." "He is an excellent technical lawyer and a superior communicator."