Principal Contact: Caroline Field
UK Partners: 4
Other UK fee-earners: 5
Employment: Dean Fuller
Partnership: Catriona Watt
Litigation: Caroline Field
Based in the City of London, Fox & Partners specialises in partnership, employment and commercial litigation.
Areas of Practice
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Lawyers at Fox & Partners collectively have decades of experience resolving high profile and sensitive City issues involving employers, employees, directors, shareholders, firms, partners and LLP members. Potentially litigious matters are often resolved discreetly and efficiently; when that is not possible Fox & Partners litigates vigorously on behalf of clients in court, tribunal and arbitration proceedings. Fox & Partners combine employment and partnership expertise and extensive litigation experience in one team.
Advising professional partners/members, partnerships and LLPs, typically in the legal, consultancy and financial services sectors (including hedge funds, asset management and private equity), is the cornerstone of the Fox & Partners’ practice. The team at Fox & Partners has achieved prominence for partnership law thanks to a wealth of experience and understanding of the sectors (including the regulatory environment) in which they operate.
Fox & Partners’ 360-degree practice includes advising on LLP formation, dissolution, sensitive partnership conduct issues and performance management, internal investigations, expulsion and retirement, exercise of discretion relating to other rights (bonus, carried interest and leaver provisions), discrimination and whistleblowing. A large proportion of their work involves partnership disputes. They have particular expertise providing strategic advice to firms or individuals on team moves, restrictive covenants and duties of confidentiality, along with experience in litigating these matters.
The employment practice covers contentious issues, such as boardroom disputes (director and shareholder), discrimination, dismissal, internal investigations, disciplinary and grievance procedures, redundancy, whistleblowing (particularly in the financial services sector) and severance settlements. Fox & Partners’ employer clients, often small and medium-sized businesses or firms, typically seek them out to advise on “bet the business” work. This often involves business protection (restrictive covenants and team move matters), management of potentially reputation damaging conduct or high value and sensitive discrimination or whistleblowing claims (actual and threatened). The firm also provide ongoing advice to our employer clients on matters including employee documentation, remuneration, changing terms and conditions of employment, data protection and flexible working.
Fox & Partners acts for senior executives to protect their rights on appointment and termination. The team has significant experience providing strategic advice in relation to team moves, restrictive covenants and duties of confidentiality, including defending injunctions. Fox & Partners expertly manage difficult relationship problems including issues arising from disciplinary and grievance procedures, discrimination, harassment, bullying and stress at work and whistleblowing. The committed team combine expert knowledge of the law, their understanding of the industry in which their clients operate and dynamics of how both sides operate to reassure clients they are in safe hands. The team posseses a unique combination of employment law expertise and litigation experience, meaning they are well placed to litigate complex employment matters in the Employment Tribunal and High Court.
Memberships and Associations
The whole team at Fox & Partners plays an active role in the Association of Partnership Practitioners, a multi-disciplinary association founded by one of the firm’s Partners, Ronnie Fox, to serve as a source of information and debate for those who specialise in advising partnerships and professional service firms. Many of the team have held roles on APP committees or presented at seminars.
Members of the firm are also active members of, and in many cases, officeholders in, the International Bar Association, Employment Lawyers Association, the City of London Solicitors Company and the London Solicitors Litigation Association.
The firm is often quoted in the legal and national press. The firm’s lawyers regularly speak at national and international seminars and conferences and have featured in radio and TV broadcasts relating to employment and partnership law matters.
CLIENTS AND SECTORS
Partnership clients are mainly in the professional services (e.g. law, accountancy and consultancy) or financial services (e.g. private equity, asset management, hedge funds and insurance) sectors. The client is at the heart of each recommendation the firm makes. Fox & Partners’ lawyers only do what they excel at so they can focus on providing strategic solutions which are focused on achieving their clients’ commercial objectives. Clients range from high-ranking senior executives (across all sectors, including financial services, professional services, media, healthcare, education and sport) and partners/LLP members to firms and employers.