Ronnie 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 Fox & Partners’ 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 2017) editions of the independent guides to law firms (www.legal500.com; www.chambersandpartners.com) feature Ronnie and his partners. The Legal 500 says ‘Fox & Partners is an instantly recognisable player in the world of partnership law, so much so that “in any complex partnership dispute, especially one requiring practical commercial feel, the firm’s name has to be in the mix”. The team has particular strength in advising individuals and groups of partners in relation to team moves and exits, but has extensive experience in all areas of contentious and non-contentious partnership law across a variety of sectors. “Unparalleled in his experience”, Ronnie Fox “has seen it all and done it all many times before, and knows the path of least resistance out of every situation”. Additionally, he is well-known for his ability to “cultivate and grow a very effective team” of more junior practitioners.’ Ronnie is described as a Leading Individual in the Partnership field.
In relation to Employment Law, Chambers UK says ‘Ronnie Fox commands a strong reputation for his work on senior executive departures and restrictive covenant matters. Sources consider him to be “incredibly expert, clear and strategic”’. Ronnie Fox is ranked as a Leading Individual for Employment: Senior Executive.
The Partnership section of Chambers UK says, ‘Ronnie Fox‘s name continues to command instant recognition in the partnership sphere as an “admirable, vastly experienced practitioner who never loses his energy” and a “perfect choice for major issues and big, bet-the-partnership disputes.” He is best known for his handling of partnership disputes, and also receives praise for his advice on structuring matters. “Ronnie Fox and his colleagues have seen it all before and have a tremendous wealth of experience that allows them to navigate easily the most unpleasant of disputes.”’ 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 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.
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.
He has often broadcast on radio and television and been quoted in the legal and national press. His published work includes over 200 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 has attended and spoken at International Bar Association conferences all over the world (www.ibanet.org) participating in meetings of the Committees on Employment and Industrial Relations Law, Business Organisations, Law Firm Management and Professional Ethics. He is a past Chairman of the Senior Lawyers’ Committee.
In June 2018 Ronnie stood down from the Board of the Royal Automobile Club having served as a Director for the maximum permitted term of 6 years; he was 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), never misses an episode of The Archers (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qpgr) and enjoys buying traditional jewellery for his wife (https://www.searleandco.ltd.uk).
The Law Society Gazette – publication of record to solicitors in England and Wales – published a 2 page profile of Ronnie (https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/people/interview-ronnie-fox/5056437.article) describing him as “one of the UK’s most prominent employment lawyers”.