Ronnie is the Principal of Fox. He is well-known for his expertise in negotiating departure arrangements, acting for employers and for employees, for professional firms and for individual partners. Many of his firm’s clients are in the financial and professional services sectors. Some partnership clients are themselves lawyers and law firms; others are involved in venture capital, private equity and asset management.
The most recent (Autumn 2016) editions of the independent guides to law firms (www.legal500.com; www.chambersandpartners.com) feature Ronnie and his team. The Legal 500 says ‘Ronnie Fox has “almost unparalleled experience in the area; there is virtually nothing that he hasn’t seen before”. He brings his skills as “a ferocious negotiator and very skilled tactician” to a team with an extensive track record acting in disputes on behalf of individual partners operating in the professional and financial services sectors.’ Ronnie is described as a Leading Individual in the Partnership field.
In relation to Employment Law, Chambers UK says ‘Ronnie Fox supports senior executives and directors in all aspects of employment law, with expert knowledge of restrictive covenant enforcement. Clients attest that “he has an incredibly well-judged approach and is able to defuse potentially very challenging situations very quickly.”’ Ronnie Fox is ranked as a Leading Individual for Employment: Senior Executive.
The Partnership section of Chambers UK says, ‘Ronnie Fox is a hugely impressive figure in the partnership sphere and is widely acknowledged as one of London’s leading partnership law litigators. Market commentators affirm that Fox provides “excellent, practical, commercial advice”. Ronnie Fox is ranked as a Star Individual for Contentious Partnership and a Leading Individual for Non-contentious Partnership.
Ronnie’s contribution to the legal profession includes years of working closely with the Law Society of England and Wales (www.lawsociety.org.uk). He has served on the Law Society’s Employment Law, Company Law, Council Membership and Remuneration Committees and was a member of the steering group which led to the formation of the Law Management Section of the Law Society. Ronnie has advised Presidents of the Law Society and members of the Law Society Senior Management Team.
Ronnie holds the City of London Solicitors’ Company Distinguished Service Award after chairing a Working Party on The Future of the Legal Profession. He is a Past Master of the Company and Past President of the City of London Law Society and continues to be a Member of the Court. He was for many years the Motoring Correspondent of City Solicitor, the CLSC/CLLS magazine (www.citysolicitors.org.uk).
Ronnie founded the multi-disciplinary Association of Partnership Practitioners (www.app.org.uk) in March 1998 and was its first Chairman; he is now an Honorary Life Member of the Association. Ronnie is also a member of the Employment Lawyers Association (www.elaweb.org.uk) and of the European Employment Lawyers Association (www.eela.org). He was a speaker at an APP Team Moves workshop in May 2013 and chaired the Butterworths conference on Partnership Law and Disputes in November 2013.
He broadcasts frequently on radio and television and is quoted in the legal and national press. His published work includes well over 100 articles and book reviews on legal and management topics together with:
- Payments on Termination of Employment – three editions – Oyez Longman
- Legal Aspects of Doing Business in the United Kingdom – Kluwer
- Due Diligence, Disclosures and Warranties in the Corporate Acquisitions Practice: the United Kingdom – two editions – Graham and Trotman
- International Business Transactions – Service Agreements for Multinational Corporate Executives in the United Kingdom – Kluwer
- International Professional Practice – England & Wales – Chancery Law Publishing.
- Professional Secrecy in Europe – England & Wales – Cambridge University Press.
Ronnie regularly attends International Bar Association conferences (www.ibanet.org) participating in meetings of the Committees on Employment and Industrial Relations Law, Business Organizations, Law Firm Management and Professional Ethics. He is a past Chairman of the Senior Lawyers’ Committee. He has spoken at IBA conferences throughout the world. In April 2010 Ronnie was the only male speaker at the World Women Lawyers’ Conference where he gave a presentation on “Rainmaking”. In October 2010 he chaired a working session of the Senior Lawyers’, the Young Lawyers’ and the Law Firm Management Committees in Vancouver entitled “Climbing The Ladder: How To Progress In A Law Firm”. In November 2011 Ronnie chaired a workshop in Dubai on “Fighting Discrimination in Law Firms”. Ronnie addressed a meeting of the Florida Bar Association on practice management topics in May 2012. In June 2012 Ronnie spoke on “How to attract and retain good lawyers” at an IBA conference in Munich organized jointly by the Senior Lawyers’, the Young Lawyers’ and the Law Firm Management Committees.
Ronnie is on the Board of the Royal Automobile Club (www.royalautomobileclub.co.uk) and is a member of the Club’s Corporate Governance and Communications Committee.
His interests outside the law include opera; theatre; cinema; skiing; swimming; scuba diving; motoring and management studies. Ronnie has a passion for chocolate (www.paulayoung.co.uk) and never misses an episode of The Archers.
“I feel very fortunate to have been represented by Fox. Their advice, at a time of great personal stress and difficulty, was good, professional and solid.”