Chambers & Partners, one of the leading legal directories, today published its 2020 guide to the UK’s top law firms.  Fox & Partners has been promoted in the rankings and is recognised as a leading firm for both partnership and employment work in both contentious and non-contentious spheres.  Partners Caroline Field and Catriona Watt are listed as ‘ranked’ individuals, and founder Ronnie Fox is described as “one of the most renowned figures in the market” and named as a ‘Senior Statesman’ of the legal industry.

The guide praises the firm for its “ultra-professional, bespoke service” and describes it as a “premium offering who are fitted to handle high-value and complex claims.”  It recognises the strengths of the firm’s whole team, saying: “They are knowledgeable, empathetic and experienced, and not afraid to guide their clients calmly through a stressful and emotional process.”

The guide’s full profile for Fox & Partners says:

Employment, Senior Execs:

What the team is known for

Boutique employment law firm offering expert advice to senior executives, with noted work on restrictive covenants and boardroom disputes. Regularly instructed by high-profile individuals from the financial and professional services sectors. Also capable of advising employer clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Strengths

Interviewees praise the team’s “ultra-professional, bespoke service” and describe it as a “premium offering who are fitted to handle high-value and complex claims.”

Further sources describe the team as “professional, efficient and welcoming” and highlight its “balanced and pragmatic approach.”

“They’re a very hard-working team,” others note, continuing: “They’re very understanding of the human side of employment work.”

Notable practitioners

Caroline Field is increasingly recognised for her work representing employees in employment disputes before the Employment Tribunal and High Court. She offers particular experience handling litigation related to restrictive covenants, and is highlighted as “a very thorough negotiator with forensic attention to detail.”

Ronnie Fox maintains his long-standing reputation as an expert adviser to senior executives facing high-profile and reputationally sensitive employment disputes. He is particularly notable for his representation of clients from the professional services sector, and supplements his employment work with a sophisticated partnership practice.

Partnership:

What the team is known for

Respected employment and partnership law boutique with a long history in the market. Advises both partnerships and individual partners, often on complex and highly contentious issues such as exits and partnership dissolutions. Regularly acts for traditional professional services partnerships and continues to develop its presence in the financial services sector, including in relation to private equity firms, hedge funds and venture capital funds. Additional areas of expertise include LLP formation and discrimination claims.

Strengths

“Everyone at Fox & Partners is dedicated, responsive, very hard-working and friendly,” reports one satisfied client.

Another interviewee says of the team: “They are knowledgeable, empathetic and experienced, and not afraid to guide their clients calmly through a stressful and emotional process.”

Notable practitioners

Caroline Field is “a consummate professional and a joy to work with,” according to a client who also notes: “She has a very thorough approach and a great ability to understand and navigate complex matters.” She has considerable experience in contentious partnership issues, including disputes related to partner exits, bonuses and discrimination claims.

Catriona Watt advises LLPs along with traditional partnerships, including those in the private equity, IP and legal sectors, on negotiations and disputes relating to partner and team moves. A source describes her as a “standout litigator who is very good with people, extremely capable and really knows her stuff.”  Described by one source as “the grandee of the contentious partnership world,”

Ronnie Fox is one of the most renowned figures in the market. He is immensely experienced in partnership disputes as well as negotiations related to the exit of partners from professional and financial services firms.

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