The leading independent guides to UK law firms, Chambers UK and The Legal 500, undertake extensive research to ensure that their rankings and editorial comments are fair and objective. Here is what the Autumn 2018 editions of Chambers UK and The Legal 500 say about the team at Fox & Partners
Chambers UK and The Legal 500
Chambers & Partners says:
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.
One client says: “Not only did I find the firm’s legal advice outstanding, but what particularly impressed me was their strategic analysis of the situation and their constant strategising of the process, keeping in mind the other side’s considerations.”
Another client notes: “They were practical, hands-on and experienced,” adding: “They had a clear vision of how things would develop.”
Partners Caroline Field and Catriona Watt, Senior Associate Neena Patel and founder Ronnie Fox are all “ranked” individuals
Caroline Field has considerable experience advising on partnership disputes, particularly in the financial services sector. She regularly advises on matters involving partner exits and restrictive covenants. Clients note: “Her attention to detail is outstanding.”
Catriona Watt assists clients with a wide range of contentious matters, with particular expertise in partner exits and team moves. She has notable experience in matters concerning partnerships and LLPs in the financial services sector. Clients praise her as a “very experienced lawyer who is able to provide deep insight into matters.”
Senior associate Neena Patel provides expert advice on partner appointments and departures as well as the drafting of partnership agreements. She advises partnerships, LLPs and individual partners.
“Amazing lawyer” and ‘Senior Statesman’ of the legal profession Ronnie Fox is a renowned partnership expert with a strong track record representing clients in sensitive partnership disputes. Now a consultant at the firm, he continues to offer the benefit of his many years’ experience to clients, who praise his “strategic vision.”
The Legal 500 says:
Fox & Partners’ ‘high-quality’ team is noted for its ‘hands-on’ approach to contentious partnership matters.
The practice is co-led by Catriona Watt and Caroline Field, both of whom were promoted to partner in July 2017. Watt, who possesses ‘superb judgement‘ and gives ‘extremely commercial advice‘, specialises in departures and arrivals, partner rights and entitlements and negotiating terms of exit. Field is ‘astute’ and ‘capable under pressure’ and draws on her commercial litigation background to advise on partnership disputes. Also made partner in July 2017, Dean Fuller is a veteran of the partnership space.
Partner Catriona Watt and Senior Associate Neena Patel are both ranked as Next Generation lawyers. Ronnie Fox, who founded Fox & Partners, is listed in The Legal 500 UK Hall of Fame 2018.
Chambers & Partners says:
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.
“I found their ability to explain things in easy to understand language helpful,” says a client, adding: “They have a very common-sense approach and I would recommend them.” Another client lauds the team’s “speed of response, personal attention and quality of outcome.”
‘Senior Statesman’ Ronnie Fox is “very easy to work with and always accessible while being sensible and realistic,” according to clients. He has a wealth of experience advising senior employees on a full range of issues and is praised for “knowing his subject backwards.”
The Legal 500 (Employers and Senior Executives) says:
Fox & Partners ‘provides a fantastic service, has extremely good industry knowledge and is always available‘ with ‘excellent client focus and personal attention‘. Key names include ‘very responsive and insightful‘ non-contentious specialist Dean Fuller, contentious expert Caroline Field and Catriona Watt, who is ‘utterly thorough in her approach and offers a perspective that is highly reassuring‘. The team’s expertise encompasses whistleblowing and discrimination claims, senior executive departures and recruitment issues.
Ronnie Fox, who founded Fox & Partners and remains a consultant to the firm, is listed in The Legal 500 UK Hall of Fame 2018.