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The team at Fox Williams LLP is instructed by a strong and diverse mix of domestic and international clients, most notably in the publishing, digital media and technology arenas. The firm's dedicated fintech focus makes it a key partner for disruptive, fast-growth businesses seeking assistance with a range of corporate transactions; Andrew Woolf is a key contact. Practice head Richie Clark regularly leads on both public and private M&A for clients in the technology, financial services and natural resources sectors. Recently, insolvency lead Paul Taylor has been a port of call for numerous clients seeking advice on CBILS and future fund investments; he also maintains a solid M&A practice in the SME space. On the traditional and digital media side, Mary Elliott is recommended for her sector knowledge regarding publishing and edtech transactions.
‘I found Fox Williams both efficient and friendly. They gave me sensible advice, unusually clearly expressed. I was selling my company and there are always issues between buyer and seller. They were good at smoothing these away rather than making more of them than necessary.’
‘They were sensible, intelligent, practical and helpful. I had not doubt at all of their integrity.’
‘Highly responsive and practical. Seamless transition among associates with good oversight at the partner level at the appropriate times. Very impressive.’
‘Richie Clark is outstanding. Client focused, practical and a great team leader. Instils confidence from the outset.’
‘Professional, experienced, trustworthy and responsive. Client and result focused. I would have no hesitation in recommending Fox Williams LLP.’
‘Mary Elliott was good to have on our side during intensive business sale negotiations, and agreement drafting, and completion. Mary dealt with any necessary robust actions on our behalf, and was skilled in translating the many technical legal details into plain English for board members, leading to clear, beneficial and satisfactory outcomes.’
Constellation Software Inc
Adam Phones Limited
Digital Moneybox Limited
Laurens Spethmann Holdings
Plexus Holdings plc
Stifel Financial Corp
Tatton Asset Management plc
Fielding a bench stacked with leading partnerships lawyers across the contentious and non-contentious disciplines, Fox Williams LLP’ professional services group is a go-to outfit for domestic and global law firms. Practice head Daniel Sutherland and Douglas Preece are particularly sought out by US partnerships for advice on SRA regulation, LLP structuring, conversions and strategic management issues. The contentious bench recently provided representation in a large-scale contentious exit, filing claims for breaches of fiduciary duty and conspiracy on behalf of high-profile international law firms. Leaders on this side include Gavin Foggo and Aron Pope. Numerous LLPs in the financial services and pharmaceuticals sectors also instruct the team. In her role as a consultant, Tina Williams continues to provide strategic advice to some of the firm’s major clients.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
IBB Law LLP
Asafo and Co.
King & Wood Mallesons
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C.
Steptoe & Johnson
Holland & Knight
- Advised pan-African law firm Asafo & Co. on its establishment of a London office.
- Advised a major US law firm on the expulsion of its former senior partner, including the complexity of the regulatory issues involved.
- Advised long-standing professional services client TranScrip Partners LLP on a substantial investment by private equity firm Palatine Private Equity.
Transport > Travel Tier 1Fox Williams LLP‘s team of ‘respected sector specialists‘ is growing quickly, having drawn its current practice head Rhys Griffiths from Fieldfisher in 2019 and in 2021 hired Lucy England from Bird & Bird LLP. The ‘commercial and really pragmatic‘ Griffiths focuses exclusively on the travel sector, with a particular specialty in advising online booking platforms, travel agents and tour operators. England is also widely experienced in the travel sector but has a particular focus on the aviation industry, as well as on traveltech. The team’s recent workload has involved navigating the effects of the Covid-19 crisis as well as issues surrounding Brexit, advising on restructurings, ATOL regulations and dealing with press criticism. Associate Phyllis Acheampong is also a key contact.
“Rhys Griffiths is always available and provides thorough advice very quickly. This was especially key for our business during the pandemic, which was a rapidly evolving commercial landscape. He is incredibly hardworking and experienced, pragmatic and practical, and great to work with.’
‘Anna Tindall provides clear, practical advice.’
‘Phyllis Acheampong excels at simplifying complicated legal advice into practical application.’
‘High-profile, respected sector specialists who are active in the market, knowledgeable and approachable. Rhys Griffiths is commercial and really pragmatic. He clearly has a real passion for the sector.’
‘Great hands-on knowledge of the consumer travel industry, combining knowledge of the regulatory framework with an understanding of clients’ needs to provide highly effective solutions to difficult problems. Very impressive response to the effects of Covid on the travel industry, with experience of dealing with the CAA and the CMA.’
‘Rhys Griffiths has exceptional knowledge of the legal complexities concerning the travel industry. At the same time, he has a nuanced understanding of the client’s needs and is very effective at achieving the client’s objectives.’
The team at Fox Williams LLP is appreciated by clients for its access to the partners, and has also developed a range of billing options including conditional fee arrangements and third party funding. Its 'excellent' and 'clear' advice covers all forms of discrimination and whistleblowing, especially in the financial, insurance and fintech sectors, in addition to negotiating appointments and departures of senior executives, CEOs and senior partners. The team is also notable for dealing with partnership issues. The 'calm, measured, and confident' Joanna Chatterton heads up the team and, along with Jane Mann and David Murphy, also handles Employment Tribunal and High Courts cases, reputational issues and regulatory matters. Aron Pope's experience includes handling mandates where employment and regulatory issues intersect.
‘A very strong team, respect for each other, subject knowledge, always prepared, very clear explanation of case situation, quick to follow up, and humane.’
‘Jane Mann: confident, clearly explains the case situation, respect for colleagues, humane.’
‘The primary benefits of Fox Williams I most appreciated was an excellent standard of advice throughout and always being able to access the Partner, in this case Jo Chatterton, who at times of particular pressure was always calm and measured and confident.’
‘The Partner in question was always available and accessible, which is not always the case in the bigger firms who always tend to delegate downwards.’
‘Jo Chatterton was recommended to me as one of the best employment lawyers in the City. I could not have found a better lawyer to guide me throughout a period of employment negotiations. Jo provided exactly the advice I needed when I needed it and at all times made me feel completely supported. I highly recommend her.’
At Fox Williams LLP, lawyers are adept at FCA and PRA regulatory investigations, with instructions from major UK and international financial institutions; in addition to investigations involving foreign regulators, including in the US. Peter Wright leads the broader financial regulatory practice, with significant investigations experience. Sona Ganatra is praised by clients for her 'significant commercial litigation experience', which she brings to regulatory, as well as internal, investigations. James Carlton has developed a strong reputation in fraud investigations.
‘Excellent partners and associates work in this Firm. They fit the needs of the firm and they work well with us to provide the best outcomes.’
‘All of the team is outstanding, we particularly like the personal approach and effectiveness of the firm.’
‘The team is excellent and should be a first choice firm for individuals under financial services investigation.’
‘Sona Gonatra is outstanding and very adept and handling client concerns.’
‘The team, led by the indomitable Peter Wright, is up there with the best. Peter’s experience as a Technical Specialist at The FCA, combined with his natural ability to understand complex law and financial services issues, mean that he is an obvious choice for contentious regulatory matters. His team is augmented by Sona Ganatra who brings her significant commercial litigation experience and Seb Sayer who recently joined from The FCA Enforcement division.’
‘Peter Wright of Fox Williams continues to be the stand out FS partner here leveraging his experience at the FCA with his excellent market knowledge and strong legal acumen. A delight to work with.’
‘Very user friendly, good sector experience.’
‘Sona Ganatra – excellent knowledge of the sector and fights tirelessly for her clients.‘
Employment > Employers Tier 3
Fox Williams LLP wins praise from one client as ‘one of the most experienced specialist employment teams in London, with particular expertise in the financial and tech sectors’. The group has an enviable track record in regulatory issues, board and partner-level disputes, team moves and internal investigations arising from the professional services sector, particularly solicitor firms and barrister chambers. Specialising in work for City clients, Jane Mann is an experienced name operating inthe group, which is fronted by the 'immensely experienced, very down to earth and user-friendly' Joanna Chatterton. FinTech expert Aron Pope, Daisy Jones and David Murphy are also highly rated.
‘We are extremely satisfied with the service provided by the team at Fox Williams – they provided a wide breadth of clear, concise and practical knowledge and certainly have strength in depth. The whole team are incredibly responsive especially when time sensitive advice is required.’
‘The team are very knowledgeable, approachable, explain complex legal terms in more laymen’s terms. They completely take on board what a business needs as well as making sure we are doing right by employees. It’s a well balanced approach.’
‘Their reputation is as one of the most experienced specialist employment teams in London, with particular expertise in the financial and tech sectors.’
‘A technically excellent team combining cutting edge approach with a close personal touch.’
‘Joanna Chatterton is immensely experienced, very down to earth and user-friendly.’
‘Aron Pope is a very effective lawyer, combining good legal knowledge with excellent case management skills. Has an uncanny ability to hit the right note in correspondence and to focus on the aspects of litigation that matter in the end.‘
‘The team is led by the awesome Joanna Chatterton who is calm, collected and a pleasure to work with. She is superb at managing tricky matters.’
‘David Murphy and Daisy Jones are our day-to-day contacts. Both are excellent, technically knowledgeable, approachable, commercially astute and pragmatic.’
King & Wood Mallesons
Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP
Domestic & General
Crown Agents Bank
Sovereign wealth fund
- Advised a global law firm on a high value, complex and sensitive tribunal dispute involving allegations of harassment by an equity partner.
- Represented C5 Capital in its successful defence of a whistle blowing interim relief application brought by a former Managing Director.
- Advising international sports organisation on a long-running dispute between the sports body and its former Group Marketing Director including in a successful Employment Appeal Tribunal hearing.
Fox Williams LLP's team acts for a large number of disruptors in the fintech space and has particular experience of advising on investments into start-ups and growth companies. Leveraging expertise in financial services regulation, data privacy, IP, corporate and tax law, the team is well-placed to handle both contentious and non-contentious matters. Practice head Jonathan Segal has noted expertise in P2P lending, while Chris Finney is recommended for commercial and regulatory matters. Kolvin Stone joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP in June 2020.
Deep Grey Research
Go Car Credit
- Advised international venture capital firm yabeo on its investment in digital mortgage lender Molo as part of a £266m debt and equity funding.
- Advised Tabeo on the structured debt facilities provided to lenders lending via the Tabeo platform to fund dental healthcare.
- Advised Solidatus on its £14m growth investment from Albion Ventures, HSBC and Citi Bank.
Fox Williams LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in advising international listed companies on admissions to AIM. In addition, the team's wide-ranging expertise includes secondary offerings, public and private M&A, and regulatory and corporate governance issues. In 2020, the practice was heavily involved in transactions in the financial services, renewable energy, oil and gas and mining industries. In one highlight, practice head Richie Clark advised AIM-listed company Scotgold Resources Limited on a £3m equity fundraising. Hannah Elliott, who recently made partner, has particular expertise in the technology sector. Dearbhla Quigley joined Forsters LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Guy Morgan; Andrew Woolf; Hannah Elliott; Sarah Carlton
finnCap Group Plc
Allenby Capital LLP
Shore Capital & Corporate Limited
Plexus Group Holdings Plc
Summerway Capital Plc
Directa Plus Plc
Tatton Asset Management Plc
Westmount Energy Ltd
Cedarvale Holdings Ltd
Arden Partners Plc
- Acted for nominated adviser and sole broker finnCap on the successful AIM IPO of challenger consultancy Elixirr International PLC and its simultaneous £25m institutional placing.
- Advised Summerway Capital PLC, an AIM quoted investing company, on amendments to its investing policy, the appointment of new directors and a placing and issuance of warrants.
- Advised Hamilton on its successful Euronext Paris IPO and its simultaneous €9.6m fundraise by way of a subscription.
Fox Williams LLP's dispute resolution department is notably active in matters related to financial services and professional services, and its team's expertise spans civil fraud, financial services regulatory, securities litigation, investment banking disputes, partnership claims and insurance matters. Gavin Foggo leads the litigation and dispute resolution practice, which houses financial services specialist Tom Custance. Also recommended is David Butler, who specialises in civil fraud, insolvency and shareholder litigation. Andrew Hill is an expert in securities litigation and group/class actions.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Fox Williams team has real expertise in mid-market commercial litigation. What makes them stand out is the fact that they punch well above their weight in taking on big City firms, and provide excellent value for the quality of service they provide.‘
‘The team at the firm are excellent – efficient, proactive and intelligent, and a pleasure to work with. One feels that they are very much on side.‘
‘Solid and considered, but at the same time highly effective as commercial litigators.‘
‘A practice that looks after the disputes of wealthy individuals, company directors and their companies with infinite care.‘
‘A good spread of internal disciplines allows good case support on peripheral points.‘
‘Gavin Foggo has the ability to explain the most complex concepts clearly so that rational decisions can be made. He is always available to discuss issues and he is a great strategist – one feels safe in his hands.‘
‘Gavin Foggo and Tom Constance are both highly experienced, reliable and trustworthy litigation experts – definitely partners who you would want to have in charge of your litigation.‘
‘Tom Custance is super bright, very, very effective, and an excellent lawyer and case manager.‘
Various consumer claimants and fleet owners of Mercedes diesel vehicles
The Software Incubator
Melanie Chen and Chipper Management
Kuwait Investment Office
Sandringham Financial Partners
Euro Pacific Cards Services
- Acted for Melanie Chen/Chipper Management in defending a €65m multijurisdictional claim brought by KMG International, regarding the alleged fraudulent dissipation of shares in a German automotive company.
- Acted for Kuwait Investment Office/Kuwait Investment Authority in proceedings against a number of former senior employees, for breach of contractual and fiduciary duties in arranging unauthorised salary and bonus increases.
- Acted for Euro Pacific Card Services in a breach of contract claim regarding prepaid card services against Prepaid Financial Services.
Fox Williams LLP primarily focuses on the private sector and is highly skilled in advised on incentive schemes within that sphere, as well as advising on how they are impacted by M&A transactions and takeovers. Emma Bailey leads the team and alongside assisting large private companies is also skilled in advising smaller listed companies on their schemes. Allianz X, the venture capital arm of the major insurer, is a particular client of note.
‘The service was accurate, timely and concise. Delivered within the timeframe required.’
‘Emma Bailey (Partner) and Joanne Varia were always available and provided clear comprehensive advice.’
‘Comprehensive explanations and knowledge, patience and responsiveness Emma Bailey did a wonderful job in navigating the alignment of our UK scheme with other global schemes.’
‘I have consulted Emma Bailey and her team during two of my GC roles. Emma is a great technician, but also a calm and open-minded counsellor and advisor.’
‘The firm is very approachable and seeks to deliver a bespoke service for each client. They are considerate of the particular needs of clients, and seek to respond to these needs.’
Trustbridge Global Media Holdings Co,. Ltd
Constellation Software Inc. (including its Volaris, Jonas, Harris Computing, Vela, Perseus and TSS divisions)
Allianz X (Venture Capital arm of German insurance giant Allianz)
Rapid Action Packaging Limited
Equiem Holdings Pty Limited
RLT International Limited (Guided Knowledge)
Sevan Multi-Site Solutions Inc.
ETC Holdings Limited
APS-Select Limited (VIP Travel)
Appfleet Limited (Pomelo Pay)
Merco Medical Holdings Limited
Orbit Energy Limited
- Advised Trustbridge Global Media Holdings on its acquisition of Walker Books from two discretionary employee benefit trusts.
- Advised the shareholders and management of Rapid Action Packaging Limited on its sale to the US group ProAmpac.
- Advised ETC Holdings Limited, a leading arranger and issuer of cryptocurrency ETCs, on an appropriate equity structure for its senior employees.
Fox Williams LLP wins praise for its ‘considerable knowledge and experience’ in the retail and consumer space, standing out for its know-how of the fashion sector in particular. The group, which is overseen by supply chain expert Stephen Sidkin, leverages firmwide expertise in commercial and corporate, IP, employment, real estate and dispute resolution. Simon Bennett, leads the IP group, while Rhys Griffiths, as head of the travel practice, regularly deals with issues affecting consumer brands.
‘The team we work with at Fox Williams are experts in this field, with a considerable level of knowledge and experience. They each apply legal principles whilst being mindful of commercial considerations. The team is well balanced and pragmatic whilst ensuring that they seek the best outcomes for their clients.’
‘Rhys Griffiths in particular is able to cut through the complexity and communicate clearly to our business.’
‘Great understanding of fashion business. Quick to respond, always happy to explain the legal-speak.’
Guinot-Mary Cohr UK Limited
PXG UK Limited
James Johnston & Company of Elgin Limited
Cut4Cloth Limited t/a Frugi
Josef Seibel UK Limited
Gordon Bennett International Limited (Marc Darcy)
Blue Bella Limited
- Advised Cut4Cloth Limited t/a Frugi on entering into agreements with inspection companies in India and Turkey that will undertake the inspection of clients’ manufacturers in both countries in order to ensure their compliance with ethical and organic requirements.
- Defended the Bentley Clothing trademark in the Court of Appeal.
- Advising PXG UK Limited on a range of commercial issues, including the set-up of the company’s UK e-commerce site, B2B distributorship arrangements in the EU, and various marketing and product pricing queries.
The team at Fox Williams LLP ‘combines technical legal skills with a commercial approach and notable speed of execution’. It is highly regarded for its work for corporate occupiers across a broad cross-section of business sectors, with a particular strength advising office occupiers in the London real estate market on transactions against institutional landlords. One of the key individuals at the firm is Elizabeth Ruff, whose recent work included several headquarter relocations and leasing matters. Practice head Phillip Hope is increasingly sought after by hotel clients and investors from the Middle and Far East. Also recommended are senior associate Mary Majewska and key hire Nish Kapoor, who was recruited from Mundays LLP in late 2020.
‘Competitive on fees and provide a first class service across all sectors.’
‘Elizabeth Ruff was a calm, authoritative presence who was available whenever required.’
‘Very responsive and understanding of their clients’ needs.’
‘Nish Kapoor is a great team player who clients love working with. He is straight-talking and is focussed on delivering what is important to his clients. Very strong and able team. It combines legal technical skills, a quick grasp of issues, a commercial approach and speed of execution.’
‘Nish Kapoor and Mary Majewska are the stand out individuals. Both are technically strong, proactive, have a quick grasp of the commercial aspects and able very quickly to distinguish between what is important and what is less important.’
‘They are efficient and responsive to requests. We have agreed a good fee structure with them and they are always willing to discuss matters openly.’
‘Mary Majewska has a firm understanding of the group structure and how development sites and existing business acqusitions fit into the portfolio. We consider Fox Williams a part of the wider development team.’
Welbeck Publishing Group
LaLive London LLP
Milberg UK LLP
Guinness Book of World Records
- Advised leading UK fintech Wagestream on its relocation from existing serviced premises in London to a newly refurbished building near Tottenham Court Road.
- Advised international law firm LaLive LLP on its exit from existing premises and acquisition of new City of London premises.
- Advised Guinness Book of World Records on its new London office acquisition.
TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4
In a major trade mark litigation win for Fox Williams LLP’s IP practice, practice head Simon Bennett recently secured an infringement victory in the Court of Appeal for Bentley Clothing against Bentley Motors. Bennett acts for a range of other lifestyle brands and furniture companies in opposition and dilution disputes, buoyed by strong fashion law knowledge. Nigel Miller and senior associate Sian Barr advise on licensing agreements, IP transactions and joint ventures for established names as well as fintech startups.
‘Fox Williams has a very efficient, tight-knit team that responds promptly and well to questions and concerns. They also stay current on trade mark trends and developments.‘
‘Simon Bennett is always polite, sharp, and congenial. He knows his stuff.‘
‘Sarah Redmond is efficient, funny, and super savvy when it comes to trade mark strategy.‘
‘Fox Williams has outstanding experience in fashion law. They are hands on and transparent.‘
‘Sarah Redmond works incredibly fast and foresees all problems.‘
‘Knowledgeable, responsive, efficient, cost effective, very easy to work with.‘
Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Inc.
Mycoskie LLC (TOMS Shoes)
Gino Cerruti (UK) Limited
Superdrug and The Perfume Shop
Gordon Bennett International Limited (Marc Darcy)
- In the Court of Appeal, successfully defended Bentley Motors’ appeal against client Bentley Clothing’s previous trade mark win.
- Achieved a successful settlement for maternity wear brand Seraphine in its High Court design infringement claim against JoJo Maman Bébé for unregistered EU and UK design right infringement.
- Serving as Superdry’s go-to IP disputes lawyers, securing wins against Abercrombie, River Island, Burton, Top Shop, French Connection, Tesco and Sainsburys, among others.
Other key lawyers:
Pollyanna Deane; Mardi MacGregor
‘The lawyers at FW are very strong communicators. They respond promptly, can explain the legal position in plain English and in a way which considers commercial realities, and engage with building a relationship with their clients.’
‘They are practical and pragmatic. They understand that we are a small, start up firm and adjust their advice to reflect the relative small size, low complexity and nature of our business.’
‘The team listens very carefully to our needs so that they can answer our questions specifically and relevantly. This helps to reduce the time it takes to receive advice and the costs involved.’
‘The whole team that we have engaged with share similar strengths: strong communication; pragmatism; proportionality and a willingness to help us as a new start up bank. The impression is that they work very collegiately as a team and are very joined up in their approach, sharing information they have separately learned about us from 1:1 meetings between each other. This helps to ensure the whole team builds a thorough understanding of our business.’
‘Unique experienced in the FinTech sector.‘
‘Chris Finney has deep knowledge of UK financial regulation and a great problem solving capacity.’
The ‘extremely good lawyers and superb tacticians’ of Fox Williams LLP are known for acting for individuals and directors of organisations accused of fraud. Representing domestic and international claimants and defendants, the firm has particular expertise in securities litigation, interim relief, cross border fraud, asset tracing claims and frauds involving commodities and financial instruments. The team is co-led by experienced fraud practitioners Gavin Foggo and David Butler.
Gavin Foggo; David Butler
Other key lawyers:
Tom Constance; Rebecca Richardson; Evie Meleagros
‘The Fox Williams team have real expertise in civil fraud. They provide just the right form of support for litigation, with partners having strategic input and assistance/associate solicitors managing matters under their supervision’.
‘Gavin Foggo and Tom Constance are both highly experienced, reliable and trustworthy partners who you would want to have in charge of your litigation’.
‘They are both extremely good lawyers and superb tacticians who can be trusted to give you the right advice as to whether to fight or settle a case’.
‘Rebecca Richardson and Evie Meleagros are both excellent and capable of managing day-to-day litigation on their own’.
‘Gavin Foggo is an excellent partner, with a good tactical sense and a great client manner’.
‘A relatively small team that is highly effective and thinks outside of the box to outmanoeuvre ostensibly bigger and more established players in the civil fraud market’.
‘Very impressive in correspondence, across a number of hearings, overall strategy and tactics in a many-year case, managing client expectations and giving clear advice as to risks’.
‘Strong understanding of what levers were available as a matter of law and procedure in this jurisdiction and a number of others, and great insight and instinct when dealing with heavy and complex factual issues’.
Hertz Europe Ltd
Global Risk Partners Limited
Pamplona Strategic Investments Limited
MS Amlin Plc
IFG Group Plc
Balderton Capital LLP
Meem Memory Limited/Mr Kelly Sumner/ Mr Robert Brent/ Mr David Knox
Euro Pacific Card Services Limited
Various consumer claimants and fleet owners of Mercedes diesel vehicles.
- Represented Melanie Chen in her defence of a €65m claim brought against her by Dutch-based international oil company KMG International NV. The claim concerned alleged intentional breaches of Dutch tort law and dishonesty in respect of the transfer of a German automotive parts manufacturing company.
- Represent Salem Mounzer, one of 10 defendants accused of fraudulent conspiracy, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt in Commercial Court proceedings brought by Arcadia Petroleum Limited and others for losses in excess of US$340 million. A worldwide freezing order was obtained against the defendants.
- Represent the Kuwait Investment Office in proceedings it has commenced against three former senior employees in which it makes allegations of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against them and seeks to recover significant sums it alleges were paid to senior employees (including the three defendants) as unauthorised bonuses.
Fox Williams LLP uses its ‘in-depth knowledge of white-collar and contentious financial regulatory work’ to advise clients on investigations and prosecutions brought by the SFO and the FCA; the team has additional experience in dealing with the US authorities. Bribery and corruption, as well as complex money laundering claims, form the bedrock of the team’s practice. James Carlton ‘commands respect throughout the market, in particular from prosecutors’, and leads the department alongside ‘top performer’ and financial services practice head Peter Wright.
James Carlton; Peter Wright
Other key lawyers:
Sona Ganatra; Chris Tanoh
‘A very strong team with in-depth knowledge of white-collar and contentious financial regulatory work.’
‘Fox Williams is very strong on teamwork. There is no gap in their high-quality service.’
‘James Carlton is an outstanding star. He commands respect throughout the market, in particular from prosecutors, which puts any client in a highly advantageous position. He is extremely hardworking and fiercely intelligent, always going the extra mile and then some for his client, for whom he cares passionately.’
‘Peter Wright remains a top performer and one of the big names in the sector.’
‘The team is led by James Carlton. He is very knowledgeable and straightforward. He wants what is best for the client.’
Experienced in Asia, Middle East and North America-related disputes, Fox Williams LLP's international arbitration expertise comprises commercial disputes involving the commodities, energy, pharmaceuticals, technology and transport sectors, M&A and joint ventures. Co-heading the 'incredibly strong international arbitration team' are international commercial arbitration specialist Peter Ashford; and 'acknowledged leader in the field' Ben Giaretta, who joined from Mishcon de Reya LLP in September 2020. The practice additionally fields commercial disputes expert Tom Custance, dispute resolution head Gavin Foggo, and experienced associate Kate Felmingham.
Gavin Foggo; Peter Ashford; Ben Giaretta
‘An incredibly strong international arbitration team, whose profile is in the ascendency.‘
‘The partners are excellent: pro-active, knowledgeable, and willing to think outside the box to deal with clients’ difficult problems – never willing to accept no as an answer if there is a possible solution.‘
‘The Fox Williams team has real expertise in civil fraud, and it provides just the right form of support for international arbitration, with partners giving strategic input and assistance, and associate solicitors managing matters under their supervision.‘
‘Peter Ashford is a hugely knowledgeable and experienced partner, with strong market recognition; he is very active on the arbitration scene and widely respected for his legal knowledge -a delight to work with.‘
‘Peter Ashford is well-respected within the industry, and the leading textbook author on international arbitration; he is inventive and supportive of the whole team.‘
‘Ben Giaretta – new to the firm, but an acknowledged leader in the field.‘
‘Ben Giaretta is a relatively recent joiner, but someone who has really raised the international arbitration team’s profile. He is clearly going places – fast.‘
‘Gavin Foggo and Tom Constance are both highly experienced, reliable and trustworthy partners, who you would want to have in charge of your arbitration. They are both extremely good lawyers and superb tacticians, who can be trusted to give you the right advice as to whether to fight or settle a case, and they have very good cross-border knowledge.‘
The Sultanate of Oman
On The Beach
Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company-TAQNIA
- Represented three Secretariat companies in a recent Court of Appeal case that has become the leading decision in English law on the duties of independent experts in international arbitration.
- Acting for a California-based property developer, as respondent, in a claim by one of the largest litigation funders in the world, which alleges that the respondent settled the litigation claim at an undervalue.
- Representing Oman in relation to a dispute arising from a London property development.
Employment > Immigration Tier 6
Fox Williams LLP's practice advises companies, institutions and individuals on a range of complex immigration matters. Its clients include financial institutions and asset managers, fintech companies, as well as private schools and SMEs. Over the last year, the practice, which is led by Sacha Schoenfeld , has advised many clients in relation to the new immigration rules and consequences of Brexit. The firm is also instructed by a number of UK and US law firms without their own immigration offering.
Other key lawyers:
‘On top of immigration law (which keeps shifting all the time), they also know the practices of the Home Office and how the rules and regulations get applied in practice. They are really client-centred and listen really carefully to your specific case and your needs and particular circumstances. ‘
‘Fabulous at communicating clearly and effectively, and at translating the very arcane, complicated, bureaucratic and stressful immigration process, and the stringent requirements in terms that you can understand and respond to on time. As a result, they are also amazing at building up the strongest possible case for you.’
‘Sacha Schoenfeld was excellent; extremely experienced and knowledgeable about immigration law and Home Office practice; fast-thinking, very insightful; really responsive and sensitive and reliable. Superb communicator, really responsive to queries, great at team work and leadership, very far sighted and forward looking and effective. It was such a good experience to work with her!’
‘Adele Standard – really quick, proactive and efficient at responding, providing me with the exact support I needed. Without knowing anything about my case, she listened carefully and precisely to what I was trying to say, and to the problem I was trying to explain and gave me really good, effective and supportive advice.’
XIX Entertainment Ltd
Lancaster Investment Management
Steptoe & Johnson
N Harris Computers
- Advised Ceramex on a matter involving critical patented technology in the UK to urgently transfer a senior research and development engineer from a joint venture company in the US. The business had tried to search for an appropriate resource in the UK, but was unable to do so.
- Advised N Harris Computers in relation to a senior executive working for several different but unlinked businesses within a complex group structure of companies. Working with the corporate team, the team advised on grouping together some of the entities, and secured the sponsor licence to enable the senior executive to take up the post in the UK.
- Ongoing provision of immigration advice for growing tech company, Beamery, with an emphasis on Skilled Worker shortage occupation entry clearance applications and change of employer applications for senior employees, in the context of the pandemic extended timeframes.
Fox Williams LLP > Firm Profile
The firm: Fox Williams is a leading law firm based in the City of London and is trusted by clients and by other law firms to provide quality advice with a high level of partner involvement and an astute commercial focus.
Fox Williams is especially active in eight key sectors — fashion, financial services, fintech, natural resources, professional services and partnerships, publishing and digital media, technology and travel.
It supports clients nationally and internationally on their most important and complex legal and regulatory matters and is known for its ability deliver effective solutions. The firm’s flexibility allows it to represent companies at all stages of their development from entrepreneurs and start-ups to longstanding listed companies.
Its strong collaborative culture means it can assemble cross-practice teams quickly to provide comprehensive legal support. The firm’s activities are underpinned by its core values of great client service, integrity and professionalism which, allied to its ambition and good sense, secures the best results for clients
Principal areas of work
Corporate: The firm advises on IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, buy-outs, funding rounds, joint ventures, private equity investment and venture capital. The firm has corporate specialists in banking and debt finance, insolvency, financial services including fintech and tax.
Commercial: The firm’s commercial lawyers provide a wide range of services to businesses in many industries, including fashion, financial services, technology and travel. Lawyers regularly advise on agency and distributorship agreements, data security, GDPR and cyber issues, concession and franchise agreements, technology licensing and IT agreements, intellectual property, and EU and UK competition law.
Employment: One of the pre-eminent employment practices in the UK, Fox Williams advises clients on group-wide strategic issues and sensitive employee matters, particularly in relation to senior executives and disputes of reputational significance such as discrimination and whistle-blowing. The team, which includes business immigration experts, is well known for advising in the financial and professional services sectors, in regulatory matters and in board and governance disputes.
Disputes: The firm’s dispute resolution lawyers advise on heavyweight UK and international litigation, securities litigation, arbitration, regulatory and white-collar crime cases and corporate investigations. The team has a specialist focus on the financial services sector, including regulatory advice and investigations, financial and banking claims, civil and criminal fraud and investigations, bribery and corruption. The team also advises on international arbitration, transactional claims, directors’ duties and shareholder disputes, commercial agents’ cases, employment and partnership disputes.
Real estate: Fox Williams’ real estate lawyers advise on a wide range of issues including land acquisitions and disposals, secured lending, business leases, and landlord and tenant issues. Clients include public and private companies, pension funds, property companies (UK and offshore), local authorities, family offices and high net-worth individuals.
|Business immigration||Sacha Schoenfeldemail@example.com|
|Capital markets||Guy Morganfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Commercial agreements||Stephen Sidkinemail@example.com|
|Corporate crime (including fraud)||James Carltonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Data protection||Nigel Milleremail@example.com|
|Dispute resolution||Gavin Foggofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Financial services (non-contentious)||Chris Finneyemail@example.com|
|Financial services (contentious)||Peter Wrightfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Intellectual property||Simon Bennettemail@example.com|
|International arbitration||Peter Ashfordfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Real estate||Phillip Hopeemail@example.com|
|Tax and incentives||Emma Baileyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Financial services: Insurance||Pollyanna Deaneemail@example.com|
|Fraud: Civil||David Butlerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dispute resolution||Tom Custanceemail@example.com|
|Financial services (contentious)||Sona Ganatrafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|International arbitration||Ben Giarettaemail@example.com|
|Securities litigation||Andrew Hillfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Real estate||Nish Kapooremail@example.com|
|Peter Ashford||Partner in the litigation and dispute resolution department. Focuses primarily on international…||View Profile|
|Emma Bailey||Partner Emma has extensive experience advising on a broad range of direct…||View Profile|
|Simon Bennett||Simon advises clients in a variety of intellectual property matters ranging from…||View Profile|
|David Butler||Partner David is a fraud and corporate disputes lawyer and head of…||View Profile|
|James Carlton||Partner James is a partner in Fox Williams’ white-collar and contentious financial…||View Profile|
|Joanna Chatterton||Partner Joanna is head of Fox Williams’ employment team and advises both…||View Profile|
|Richie Clark||Partner Richie is head of Fox Williams’ corporate team and specialise in M&A,…||View Profile|
|Tom Custance||Partner specialising in a range of commercial disputes including insurance/reinsurance claims, banking/finance…||View Profile|
|Pollyanna Deane||Partner||View Profile|
|Hannah Elliott||Hannah is a partner in Fox Williams’ corporate team and has experience…||View Profile|
|Mary Elliott||Partner||View Profile|
|Lucy England||Partner Lucy advises businesses across the aviation and travel industries on the…||View Profile|
|Chris Finney||Partner||View Profile|
|Gavin Foggo||Partner and head of commercial dispute resolution department specialising in: UK and…||View Profile|
|Sona Ganatra||Partner Sona is a partner in Fox Williams’ financial services team, specialising in…||View Profile|
|Ben Giaretta||Partner Ben is co-head Fox Williams’ international arbitration team and represent clients in…||View Profile|
|Rhys Griffiths||Partner||View Profile|
|Andrew Hill||Partner||View Profile|
|Phillip Hope||Phillip heads the real estate department. He specialises in advising individual and…||View Profile|
|Nish Kapoor||Partner Nish is a partner in Fox Williams’ real estate team, advising on…||View Profile|
|Jane Mann||Jane is a partner in the employment department, specialising in all aspects…||View Profile|
|Nigel Miller||Nigel is a founding partner of Fox Williams LLP and leads the…||View Profile|
|Guy Morgan||Partner||View Profile|
|David Murphy||Partner||View Profile|
|Paul Osborne||Senior partner Paul is a corporate partner with a deep understanding of…||View Profile|
|Aron Pope||Partner specialising in advice to employers and employees on all aspects of…||View Profile|
|Doug Preece||Partner in the corporate department specialising in mergers and acquisitions, with a…||View Profile|
|Elizabeth Ruff||Partner specialising in all aspects of commercial property work. Liz has many…||View Profile|
|Sacha Schoenfeld||Sacha joined Fox Williams in April 2016 as Head of the Immigration…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Segal||Jonathan is a partner in Fox Williams’ corporate and technology teams, who…||View Profile|
|Stephen Sidkin||Head of commerce and technology department specialising in agency and distributorship agreements,…||View Profile|
|Kolvin Stone||Partner Kolvin leads Fox Williams’ technology group, and has advised some of…||View Profile|
|Daniel Sutherland||Partner specialising in advising professional services firms, the law relating to limited…||View Profile|
|Paul Taylor||Partner specialising in corporate, banking and insolvency. Paul also heads up FW’s…||View Profile|
|Tina Williams||Strategic consultant focusing on international mergers and acquisitions and professional practices.||View Profile|
|Andrew Woolf||Partner in corporate. Andrew advises clients on public and private mergers and…||View Profile|
|Peter Wright||Partner Peter leads Fox Williams’ cross-practice financial services sector group. His personal practice…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 38 Number of associate solicitors : 52 Number of other UK fee-earners : 13
- The Software Incubator Limited (TSI) against Computer Associates Limited Fox Williams acted for The Software Incubator in this landmark case
- Instructed in a number of the largest and most complex white collar investigations and prosecutions brought by the UK Prosecuting Authorities, including the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, Revenue and Customs, the Office of Fair Trading and the Crown Prosecution Service, relating to allegations of fraud, money laundering, insider dealing, market abuse, cheating the Revenue, MTIC, anti-competitive practices, corruption and false accounting.
- Fox Williams acted for Plexus Holdings plc on its recent £6million placing of new ordinary shares.
- Fox Williams advised the seller of The Cavendish Consultancy Limited, t/a Cavendish Hospitality & Events (Cavendish) in relation to the sale of the entire issued share capital of Cavendish to AOK Events Limited (AOK).
- Fox Williams acted for Plexus in connection with a Licence Agreement with Yantai Jereh Oilfield Services Group Co., Ltd which represents a transformational milestone for Plexus and is in line with its strategy of significantly increasing the global reach of its POS-GRIP® wellhead equipment.
- Edge Resources Inc. – acted for this TSXV Canadian oil & gas exploration and production company on its dual listing on AIM and on its $5 million UK placing
- Fox Williams advised leading AIM nominated advisor and broker Allenby Capital Limited (Allenby) on the recent AIM IPO of Cogenpower plc (Cogenpower) the first company to IPO on AIM in 2016.
- Fox Williams advised Smiths Gore on its acquisition by Savills for up to £40 million in cash
- Fox Williams has advised UK-based lending platform ThinCats, Europes biggest platform for secured peer-to-peer (P2P) business loans, on its auction of Europes largest non-property peer-to-peer (P2P) loan.
- We acted for Raphael Geys, a former Managing Director for Société Générale, in his successful claim against the bank, in which the Supreme Court handed down a landmark judgment in relation to the circumstances in which an employment contract can be terminated.
- The loan of £3.5m, to insurance group LAMP, is over three years with an interest payment of 9% per annum and is underwritten by ESF Capital. Founded in 2005 and with net assets of £24.5m, LAMP is one of the largest businesses to seek P2P funding
- SuperGroup PLC intellectual property issues including management and registration of all trade marks and designs, enforcement of rights and drafting and advising on domestic and international distribution, franchise, licence and agency agreements. Co-ordinating infringement actions in the UK, and cross border actions in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Holland, Turkey, USA, Canada, Japan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.
CLIENT: M&A client
TESTIMONIAL: “I want to say that we couldn’t have got across the goal line without you. We always felt like we were in good hands and well represented with you on our side. While this was our first UK acquisition – this will not be our last. We look forward to working on many more deals together.”
CLIENT: Financial services client
TESTIMONIAL: “Many thanks for your help on this matter. I found Fox Williams to be very attentive and your advice straight forward, pragmatic and to the point. I would be only too pleased to recommend you to others when the time comes.”
CLIENT: Investment banker
TESTIMONIAL: “Fox Williams is simply outstanding! Your collective responsiveness and professionalism was truly impressive. Thanks for your speedy turn around and counsel throughout the process.”
CLIENT: Financial services company
TESTIMONIAL: “It has been a tremendous pleasure working with you. We know that you have put an enormous amount of work into preparing the best possible case for [the client]. I think that the work that Fox Williams did was the difference between winning and losing.”
CLIENT: M&A technology client
TESTIMONIAL: “I can’t tell you how much I appreciate everything you have done. Fox Williams team – we are so fortunate to have you as our counsel. It is a real pleasure to work with such dedicated, committed and talented individuals. Thanks for being so wonderful to work with!”
The firm is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture.
We are proud of our dynamic, creative and diverse workforce and want to attract the most talented individuals to join us. We strongly believe that diversity is critical to our success as a business: a more diverse workforce encourages fresh thinking, new perspectives and different approaches to our clients’ issues.
Our People: “We treat each other as we would want to be treated: with respect.”
The concept of “Our People” is the centre of our core values and we seek to understand and celebrate what makes each of us unique. We are committed to ensuring that each individual is valued, respected and treated fairly at work. As part of that commitment, we also focus on the physiological and psychological health and wellbeing of our staff.
Fox Williams is a signatory to the Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter and we are committed to promoting diversity, equality and inclusion and achieving best practice in our recruitment, retention and career progression practices. Our inclusivity initiatives are led by our Diversity and Inclusion partner, Sona Ganatra, and our HR partner Blair Wright together with our Diversity and Inclusion Forum.
Our current Diversity and Inclusion initiatives include:
Education and celebration: Our active D&I Forum encourage participation across the firm to mark important occasions throughout the year to better understand and celebrate the backgrounds and interests of our diverse workforce. As part of our D&I “Bringing the Outside In” calendar of events this year, we have hosted external speakers on Trans and Non-binary education, Imposter Syndrome, organised city history walks for Black History month, and published an FW cookbook for World Culture Day.
Staff wellbeing: We have a wide ranging programme of events to raise awareness of the importance of mental and physical well-being for everyone in the firm including access to a clinical psychologist, mental health first aiders, gyms discounts, cycle to work schemes.
Flexible working: We recognise that some of us may have commitments outside of work; whether that is caring for family members or a keen interest in sport. A significant proportion of our staff currently work on a flexible basis, enabling them to balance different aspects of their lives.
Agile working: Following our experience of remote working over the last 18 months we want to support Our People to maintain the benefits from a more agile approach to work. Our new approach will be to offer a 50:50 split between home and office working to all.
Working parents: We understand the need for parents to balance family obligations and we have matched our enhanced shared parental pay with our enhanced maternity pay. We are a member of Cityparents and all our staff have access to a programme of seminars aimed at helping working parents.
Mentoring: In addition to providing excellent professional training to our staff, we also offer a mentoring scheme to our lawyers, to provide additional support and guidance.
Addressing the Ethnicity Pay Gap and the Gender Pay Gap: We want to ensure that we retain and support all of our talented lawyers and staff. We report on a voluntary basis to our staff on our gender pay gap and our ethnicity pay gap. We have a number of initiatives underway to assist addressing those gaps, including a partner sponsorship programme to our senior associates and legal directors.
Reverse Mentoring: we have recently completed a reverse mentoring scheme with our Board and are now taking forward the challenges put forward by the participants including reviewing our recruitment processes.
Volunteering: We encourage and provide opportunities to our staff to volunteer for projects which are important to them through offering half a day per quarter (two days per year) out of the office to spend with charities of their choice.
Partnerships: We are proud to partner with and offer mentor relationships to students from Upreach, an organisation committed to improving social mobility by creating the conditions for undergraduates from less advantaged backgrounds to access and sustain top graduate jobs.
Student (The Lex 100 )
The Lex 100 VerdictA ‘great culture, financial services and corporate expertise and a focus on sectors such as fashion’ are but some of the reasons trainees applied to Fox Williams. ‘The people really make the firm; this is one of their core values and it really is true’, say trainees who felt even at interview and during the vacation scheme that ‘the firm would allow me to be myself’. Teams ‘have gone out of their way to make us feel included and part of the firm’ even during the pandemic. A ‘small, friendly firm with high-calibre work’, the new recruits are often the only trainee in a department and are therefore given ‘lots of early responsibility’ and learn by being ‘thrown in at the deep end’. Teams are close-knit and ‘it is common to be working directly with a partner on matters’. A ‘much more manageable work/life balance than peers at other firms’ has earned Fox Williams a Lex 100 Winner award. Complaints varied from ‘the benefits could be slightly better’ to ‘the formal training structure for trainees needs to be improved’. Some had also been affected by their ‘training to date being almost solely virtual’, although ‘the firm has tried its best to replicate normal circumstances’. Low points were ‘changing seats whilst working remotely’, and ‘thinking I had made a big error when using an online court pilot – it all turned out okay in the end, but it was definitely a learning experience’. Positive moments were ‘being able to advise a client on a call that the partner was unable to join’ and ‘receiving extremely positive feedback on a challenging piece of work I’d done’. To train at a firm which ‘makes a real investment in its people, where you are a valued member not only of your department, but of the firm as a whole’, consider Fox Williams.
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
- Corporate and commercial > Partnership
- Transport > Travel
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Employment > Senior executives
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
- Employment > Employers
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Employment > Employee share schemes
- Industry focus > Retail and consumer
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration