Firm described as “Go-to firm for partnership expertise” and “highly skilled negotiators who have great attention to detail’ on “high-value, complex and sensitive” employment disputes

The leading legal directory the Legal 500 today published its guide to the UK legal profession for 2020.  Fox & Partners is praised as “an undisputed leader in its field”, for its “great attention to detail” and its expertise in the financial, professional and insurance sectors. Ranked as a leading firm for both partnership and employment work, its partners are listed as leading individuals, while founder Ronnie Fox is once again listed in The Legal 500 UK Hall of Fame.

The guide’s entries say:


Partnership – ranked: tier 2

Fox & Partners is a go-to firm for partnership expertise in the professional and financial services sectors, with a varied client roster of partners, partnerships and LLPs. The group has developed a niche in partnership disputes relating to partner exits and the enforceability of restrictive covenants and team move clauses. The department is jointly led by Catriona Watt (who focuses on partner moves) and commercial litigator and partnership disputes expert Caroline Field. The group also includes founding partner Ronnie Fox, who provides strategic advice to a variety of lawyer and firm clients. Senior associate Shoshana Bacall has experience in assisting departing individuals and firms on exit arrangements and negotiations to join other firms.

Practice head(s): Catriona Watt; Caroline Field

Other key lawyers: Ronnie Fox; Dean Fuller; Shoshana Bacall


‘Catriona Watt is very proactive and clear in her advice. She does not shy away from steering a client in the right direction – even if that means a difficult conversation.’ 

‘Caroline Field is delightful to work with; a shrewd litigator with a good background in commercial litigation.’

‘The firm is one of the undisputed leaders in the field, especially so acting for the individual in obtaining excellent commercial outcomes.’

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a partner in a case relating to unlawful deduction from wages that also included issues of race discrimination.
  • Acted for a former fund manager in a private equity fund partnership in connection with the provision of documents and witness statement evidence (and providing evidence at trial) in relation to a complex professional negligence claim concerning allegations of breach of confidentiality and contract against the fund’s legal advisers.
  • Challenge to decision making of an LLP on an LLP member exit.

Leading individuals

Ronnie Fox

Next Generation Partners

Caroline Field

Catriona Watt

Rising stars

Shoshana Bacall

London: Human Resources

Employment: Senior Executives

Employment: senior executives – ranked: tier 4

Fox & Partners’ employment team is made up of ‘highly skilled negotiators who have great attention to detail’, advising on high-value, complex and sensitive disputes in the financial, professional and insurance sectors. Dean Fuller and Catriona Watt co-head the team, with clients ranging from high ranking senior executives and partners, to firms and employers.

Practice head(s): Dean Fuller; Catriona Watt


‘True employment law specialists, with a focus on disputes, litigation, senior employees and executives.’

‘Highly skilled negotiators who have great attention to detail.’

‘Ivor Adair is a calm and experienced litigator, with very good judgement.’

‘Dean Fuller is responsive, informed and sensitive to human resources matters.’

‘Caroline Field is a great litigator with a no-nonsense approach to senior exit negotiations.’

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