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 most recent editions of Chambers UK and The Legal 500 say about the team at Fox & Partners
Chambers & Partners says:
Respected employment and partnership law boutique well known for its focus on contentious partnership matters. Advises partnerships and individual partners, often on complex and highly sensitive issues such as allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination claims and expulsions. Regularly acts for traditional professional services partnerships as well as those in the financial services sector, including private equity firms.
A client says:
“I feel very supported and have been very impressed by the responsiveness of the lawyers, especially when under time pressure. Their technical strength is accompanied by a practical approach and realistic view of what is possible, and their client care is also second to none.”
Caroline Field is well known for her contentious partnership expertise, particularly in cases where there is crossover with employment law and issues of professional negligence.
“She is strategically astute and does not neglect any aspect of the case before her,” says a client, adding: “She is also very supportive and empathetic, making her an ideal legal adviser to navigate uniquely complex legal situations.”
Catriona Watt wins praise from sources as a
“very dynamic, client-focused and astute” solicitor who is “sensible, pragmatic and focused on the objectives and outcome of a case.”
She handles a broad range of highly sensitive and contentious partnership matters, including compulsory retirements, partner exits and sexual harassment allegations.
Ronnie Fox provides clients with the benefit of his extensive experience and deep knowledge of a wide range of contentious partnership matters. A source reports:
“Ronnie is an excellent, experienced adviser in this niche area and was able to offer me very sound advice at a particularly stressful time.”
The Legal 500 says:
Fox & Partners‘ practitioners are most noted for handling domestic and cross-border litigation. Although the firm is active across the professional services sphere, it has built specific expertise in the financial services sector, where it handles cases involving the impact of partner expulsions on carried interest arrangements. Partner exit negotiations are another area of strength, particularly in situations where there are conduct or performance issues. In addition, the group is also well-known for bringing and defending discrimination and whistleblowing allegations. Catriona Watt, who specialises in contentious departures and arrivals, co-heads the team with Caroline Field, who is an expert in bullying and harassment cases. Dean Fuller undertakes both contentious and advisory work, and he regularly advises LLP members and partners on regulatory and corporate restraints on their operations. Other important team members include founding partner Ronnie Fox, who is known for partnership disputes, and senior associate Shoshana Bacall, whose growing practice consists of partner exits and team moves.
Shoshana Bacall is ranked as a Rising Star.
The guide quotes clients as saying:
‘A small team with great expertise in partnership and employment. They are really focused on the client, and great to have in your corner. Good strategic thinking alongside their litigation skills. Their focus on partnership and LLP matters in the financial sector really make them stand out.’
‘A hugely knowledgeable team dealing with the whole range of partnership and employment matters. Savvy and calm in the way they work, they are up there with the very best partnership firms.’
‘Caroline Field and Catriona Watt are both great – efficient, super with clients and a delight to work with. Both are partners who really take the lead and go the extra mile for clients.’
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.
Sources remark that the lawyers
“are a pleasure to work with and their actions are always commercially focused.”
Others note that
“their drafting and presentation is really excellent and they’re great to work with.”
Caroline Field is recognised for her work representing employees in employment disputes before the Employment Tribunal and High Court. Restrictive covenants are a notable area of strength.
“She provides amazing service and is a really excellent lawyer.”
Catriona Watt is noted for her astute advice to senior executives. She regularly advises clients on cases involving discrimination, whistle-blowing and restrictive covenants.
“She has very good strategic acumen – she is responsive and manages the team very effectively to get results, sometimes in a very fast-moving situation.”
“She is a superb lawyer.”
Ivor Adair is an experienced litigator who is comfortable before the Employment Tribunal and the High Court. He regularly assists clients with whistle-blowing, discrimination and TUPE matters.
“He is extremely thorough and highly effective.”
“He has lots of energy and does great work.”
“He is highly intelligent and thoughtful about his litigation.”
The Legal 500 (Employers and Senior Executives) says:
Fox & Partners provides employment advice to senior executives, with a focus on clients in the professional, financial and insurance services sectors. It is regularly instructed in connection with senior executive departures following allegations of misconduct or poor performance. Team heads Ivor Adair and Caroline Field are known for their litigation expertise.
The Guide quotes clients as saying:
‘Highly specialist team of employment lawyers, who are technically skilled and focused on their clients’ needs.’
‘Ivor Adair is calm under pressure and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Ronnie Fox is one of the doyens of employment and partnership law.’
‘Extremely strong boutique firm able to handle cases of significant complexity and reach at short notice. The team demonstrates exceptional commitment, versatility and judgment. They regularly go toe-to-toe with the best known operators in the field and their track record speaks for itself.’
‘Catriona Watt has exceptional judgment and client skills.’
‘Ivor Adair is one of the most legally astute and technically gifted partners in the market.’
‘Fox & Partners handle high-end senior executive work both in the employment and the partnership context. They are a leading London boutique firm in this market.’
‘Ivor Adair has a creative legal mind; good at hard-edged legal challenges but also has a very compassionate and sympathetic bedside manner with clients.’
‘Catriona Watt is enthusiastic and very committed to fighting for the best outcomes for clients.’
‘A small team with great expertise. They are really focussed on the client, and great to have in your corner. Good strategic thinking alongside their litigation skills. Their focus on partnership and LLP matters in the financial sector really make them stand out.’
‘Caroline Field and Catriona Watt are both great – efficient, super with clients and a delight to work with. Both are partners who really take the lead and go the extra mile for clients. Ivor Adair is a great lawyer and well organised litigator.’