Senior Partner: Paul Osborne
Number of UK Partners: 33
Assistant Solicitors: 38
Other fee-earners: 9
Business Immigration: Sacha Schoenfeld
Capital Markets: Richie Clark
Commercial Agreements: Stephen Sidkin
Commercial Litigation: Gavin Foggo
Corporate: Andrew Woolf
Corporate Crime (Including Fraud): James Carlton
Data Protection: Nigel Miller
Dispute Resolution: Gavin Foggo
Employee Share Schemes: Emma Bailey
Employment: Jane Mann
Financial Services: Peter Wright
FinTech: Jonathan Segal
Intellectual Property: Simon Bennett
International Arbitration: Peter Ashford
Partnership: Daniel Sutherland
Real Estate: Phillip Hope
Restructuring & Insolvency: Paul Taylor
Tax: Emma Bailey
Technology: Nigel Miller
THE FIRM Fox Williams is a City law firm with a leading reputation in specific industry sectors and practice areas, known for its good sense and ability to deliver effective solutions.
Fox Williams undertakes complex legal and regulatory work. It is often first choice for referrals from other law firms when City expertise is required. The firm is instructed by clients looking for quality advice delivered with a high level of partner involvement and an astute commercial focus. Fox Williams enjoys a friendly working environment that actively encourages entrepreneurial thinking and teamwork. The firm’s activities are underpinned by its core values of great client service, integrity and professionalism, its people, friendly strong relationships and open communication.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Fox Williams is particularly active in five key sectors – financial services including fintech, professional practices, technology and digital, natural resources and fashion. The firm provides a wide range of legal services, including corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution, corporate crime and business investigations, employment, financial services regulatory, business immigration, intellectual property, international trade, partnership, real estate and tax.
The firm’s corporate lawyers are acknowledged for their expertise and ability. Transactional teams operate nationally and internationally. The firm advises on IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, buy-outs, funding rounds, joint ventures, private equity investment and venture capital. The firm has strong corporate specialists in banking, insolvency, financial services and tax.
The firm’s commercial lawyers provide a wide range of services to businesses in many industries, including fashion, financial services and technology. Lawyers regularly advise on agency and distributorship agreements, data security, concession and franchise agreements, technology licensing and IT agreements, intellectual property, and EU and UK competition law.
One of the pre-eminent employment practices in the UK, Fox Williams advises City and international businesses on group-wide strategic issues and sensitive employee matters, particularly in relation to senior executives and disputes of reputational significance such as discrimination and whistle-blowing. The team is well known for its expertise in the financial and professional services sectors, in particular in regulatory matters and in board and governance disputes. The team was successful in the landmark Supreme Court case of Geys v Societe Generale, one of the largest employment claims ever brought in the UK.
The firm’s dispute resolution lawyers advise on heavyweight UK and international litigation, arbitration, regulatory and white collar crime cases and corporate investigations. The team has a specialist focus on the financial services sector, including regulatory advice and investigations, financial and banking claims, civil and criminal fraud and investigations, bribery and corruption. The team also advises on international arbitration, transactional claims, directors’ duties and shareholder disputes, commercial agents cases, employment and partnership disputes.
Fox Williams’ real estate lawyers advise on a wide range of issues including land acquisitions and disposals, secured lending, business leases, and landlord and tenant issues. Clients include public and private companies, pension funds, property companies (UK and offshore), local authorities, family offices and high net-worth individuals.
Fox Williams has unrivalled experience in advising professional practices, whether they operate as general partnerships, LLPs or companies. The team advises on a broad range of business issues (including formation, mergers, acquisitions, LLP conversions, Alternative Business Structures and, for overseas law firms, establishing offices in London and continental Europe) and strategic, management and regulatory issues. It also advises firms and partners on individual exits and team moves within the UK and internationally, enforcement of restrictive covenants, discrimination, dissolutions, injunctions and other court proceedings, mediations and arbitrations.