Firm Profile > Fox Williams LLP > London, England

Fox Williams LLP
10 FINSBURY SQUARE
LONDON
EC2A 1AF
England

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Fox Williams LLP' places a strong emphasis on its core sectors, which include financial services, tech, fintech and professional services. Richie Clark leads the corporate team; his practice is focused on private and public M&A, as well as ECM and venture capital work. He is assisted by senior partner Paul Osborne who specialises in domestic and international M&A, joint ventures and private equity matters with a strong focus on the technology and financial services sectors.

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Testimonials

‘Attentive to detail; they understood what is important and what is trivial. In my experience even transactional lawyers are rarely commercial.’

‘They understood the commercial elements of the deal and they were also highly sensitive and emotionally intelligent.’

Key clients

Constellation Software Inc

Allianz X

Adam Phones Limited

5N Plus Inc.

Revolut Ltd

Digital Moneybox Limited

Telia Company AB

Plexus Holdings plc

Stifel Financial Corp

Tatton Asset Management plc

Partnership Tier 1

Fox Williams LLP covers contentious and non-contentious partnership work across professional services sectors and borders. On the advisory side, areas of activity include establishing international structures, mergers, strategic management and LLP conversions. On the contentious front, partners are sought out to advise on issues arising from partner and team moves, as well as discrimination cases, and to provide representation in arbitration and litigation. Practice head Daniel Sutherland focuses on legal and financial professional services firms, international structuring and regulatory advice. 'One of the premier names in partnership' is Tina Williams, who advises on mergers and LLP conversions. Gavin Foggo is the name to note for contentious matters and acts in a number of highly sensitive cases. Also recommended is Aron Pope, who is developing a strong reputation acting for individual partners in a variety of contentious situations.

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They have extensive experience of representing US-based law firms and their UK-based affiliates, and work well with UK Big 4 accounting firms in providing seamless service to their US-based clients on matters involving matters of partnership and employment law, and with UK professional, regulatory and taxing authorities.

Rightly regarded as a brand leader in the partnership world. Brilliant at what they do. Full of top-flight lawyers. Led well and highly focused on the client. They are a business-focused law firm that delivers.’

Daniel Sutherland has experience and expertise, and provides excellent judgement in counselling US-based law firms and their UK-based affiliates.’

Tina is one of the premier names in partnership and LLP disputes and she has been at this area of work for many years.’

Key clients

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C.

Reed Smith LLP

Crowell & Moring LLP

Nixon Peabody LLP

Steptoe & Johnson

Greenberg Traurig

IBB Solicitors

Reddie & Grose

FTI Consulting LLP

Holland & Knight LLP

Senior executives Tier 2

Fox Williams LLP's employment practice is centred around work for clients in the financial services, insurance, fintech and professional services sectors. For employers, it often provides advice on board-level exits and investigations. Other sources of work include handling the implementation of SMCR for clients in regulated sectors. On the senior executive side, the team has expertise in advising senior banking figures, including on bonus disputes, investigations and disciplinary proceedings. Joanna Chatterton took charge of the employment team in May 2019, with Jane Mann stepping aside to focus on her practice of board-level advice on severance agreements, disputes and litigation.

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‘The Fox Williams team always, and without fail, provides a prompt and comprehensive response, regardless of which team member delivers. What I value most is their ability to highlight the key legal risks in a manner which allows me to take a prompt decisions and assess the legal risk that my firm might be open to at anytime.’

‘Aron Pope is pragmatic, but doesn’t hesitate to express clearly the legal risks involved to ensure it is heard and understood. Aron goes to great lengths to build a strong relationship with his clients, taking time to understand what legal challenges may be on the horizon so these may be mitigated sooner. Ultimately, Aron makes the most difficult of legal challenges, simper and has been key in helping our business to grow and thrive.

‘The team are extremely experienced in the nuances and complexities of difficult employment disputes at a senior corporate level. Wherever there is a crossover into the realms of corporate business law, as is so often the case in high level employment disputes, there was instant access to the other disciplines and senior partners, often at very short notice. The whole team worked cohesively and in a joined up manner giving me great confidence all through my complex dispute. Not being part of a large global law practice has advantages, and in fact makes it fairly unique these days, as I felt having access to a smaller, more focussed team that were all based in a single office, they were able to give me support, both legally and emotionally whenever it was needed.’

‘Jane Mann is without doubt one of the UK’s stand out employment lawyers. Jane’s long standing experience in employment law has given her a proficiency in the art of skilful judgement and negotiation that puts her at the very top of her game. Jane has an ability to read accurately the next steps and tactics that your opponent is likely to take. She will advise you of the sensible pathway to take whilst maximising the best outcome for you to suit the circumstances of the legal case.’

‘Aron Pope is an exceptional partner. Always available, always up to speed with my issues. Very balanced, and has the ability to draw matters to a practical solution whilst protecting my interests.’

Fintech Tier 3

Fox Williams LLP's 'very practical and responsive' team advises young start-ups, growth companies and fintech investors on corporate transactions, product development, IP, financial services regulation and various contentious matters brought by bodies such as the FCA. Jonathan Segal's expertise in the sector is broad, however he is particularly strong in the field of P2P lending, where he currently advises over 18 platforms on the FCA application process. Chris Finney frequently advises fintech clients on corporate, commercial and regulatory matters. Andrew Woolf is the firm's go-to partner for clients involved in M&A and fundraising rounds.

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‘Excellent knowledge of the market place and sector. Commercial and timely advice. The team have spent time getting to know our business to ensure that the advice provided suits our business needs and appetite for risk.’

‘Excellent industry knowledge and experience across a strong team.’

‘Jonathan Segal stands out as a trusted adviser who provides commercial and prompt advice which is always commercial.’

‘I highly recommend Jonathan Segal. I have worked with him for about 4 years and his advice has always been excellent. I go to Jonathan both for standard drafting of agreements and for complex issues that need a bit of thought. He takes a practical approach, is realistic with delivery timescales and open to thinking differently.’

‘Jonathan Segal has superb commercial knowledge of the industry and is always extremely responsive and efficient.’

Key clients

Wagestream

eBay

Balderton Capital

ThinCats

Prodigy Finance

Yapily

Property Partner

Lending Works

Revolut

Nucoro

Digital Moneybox

ArchOver

DueDil

Go Car Credit

Virtu Financial

Pockit

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 3

The white-collar crime team at Fox Williams LLP continues to grow at a junior level, with the addition of a number of associates and senior associates. The practice is well regarded for advising on fraud, bribery, market manipulation and sanctions compliance matters and is often involved in multi-jurisdictional cases involving UK regulators and prosecuting authorities. Co-head of team Peter Wright is experienced in financial services regulatory issues and FCA investigations, with a focus on market abuse and insider dealing. James Carlton, who also co-heads the team, is 'one of the best criminal solicitors in London' and is noted for his experience defending clients caught up in high-profile SFO investigations.

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‘James Carlton is a very experienced white-collar crime solicitor with good judgment’.

‘A boutique team that punches far above its weight, with experienced, hardworking and compassionate practitioners who go the extra mile for their clients’.

‘James Carlton is exceptional: a seasoned criminal practitioner with great judgment and a lovely manner’.

‘Sona Ganatra is seemingly inexhaustible, she also has great judgment and bags of compassion to support clients’.

‘The team is well-led and provides clear advice and is very cost-effective by not having too many people attend meetings’.

‘One of the top teams for business crime: astute, commercially-focused and vastly experienced’.

‘Sona Ganatra and Sebastian Sayer are both fantastic up-and-coming practitioners’.

‘James Carlton is a top strategist and lives and breathes his cases’.

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Fox Williams LLP is acclaimed for its ‘efficiency and ease of communication’. The team is relied upon by major occupational tenants at some of London’s most prominent locations including the West End, Oxford Street and Cavendish Square. Work consists of sales, acquisitions and lettings with specialist knowledge held in relation to both office and retail premises. Development work is also an active front with department head Phillip Hope specialising in large-scale and infrastructure projects.

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‘The team is accessible at all levels, almost at all times – something unique in my experience.The practice delivers excellent pragmatic and commercial advice to our clients, although based in the City  the relationship between price and quality is excellent. The team really values and builds on its client relationships.’

‘The team are pragmatic, commercial and responsive. For a City practice the rates are very good relative to other firms – City expertise at regional rates.’

‘Phillip Hope is exceptionally good with a depth of understanding that is hugely commercially comforting.’

‘Elizabeth Ruff leads the team and deploys resource in an efficient and appropriate way to the nature of the matter. She is supported by a great team of associates.’

‘Phillip Hope is quick to see the issues and is always happy to be hands-on to ensure results are achieved.’

Key clients

DHX Worldwide Ltd

Britannia Financial Group

FM Insurance Company Limited

Improbable Worlds Limited

Vedder Price LLP

Employers Tier 4

Fox Williams LLP's employment practice is centred around work for clients in the financial services, insurance, fintech and professional services sectors. For employers, it often provides advice on board-level exits and investigations. Other sources of work include handling the implementation of SMCR for clients in regulated sectors. On the senior executive side, the team has expertise in advising senior banking figures, including on bonus disputes, investigations and disciplinary proceedings. Joanna Chatterton took charge of the employment team in May 2019, with Jane Mann stepping aside to focus on her practice of board-level advice on severance agreements, disputes and litigation.

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Testimonials

‘Very responsive. Able to bring in subject matter expertise from different practice areas.’

‘David Murphy has a calm head and navigates difficult conversations well. Great attention to detail and he understands his clients’ perspective and commercial objectives.’

‘Fox Williams has helped us across the broad remit of employment law, from basic reviews to more strategic projects that are material to the business. I think their marketing strapline is accurate – they provide us with ‘good sense in the city’. The differentiator with Fox Williams is the culture of partnership. They are responsive and friendly and we genuinely enjoy working with them.’

‘David Murphy and Daisy Jones are our day-to-day contacts. Both are excellent; beyond being technically excellent in their field, they are approachable, knowledgeable, commercially astute and pragmatic. They are flexible and responsive and understand stakeholder management. They are also simply lovely people to work with – friendly, cheerful, and understanding.’

‘We are completely confident in all the advice given and the overall service provided. Fox Williams are our go-to advisors and provide quality advice and solutions to our questions and challenges.’

‘We have a trusting relationship with Fox Williams, in particular Daisy Jones, whose expert knowledge, guidance and quick responses are highly valued. Daisy is a key communicator in her explanation of challenging and complex issues.’

‘David Murphy is a superb commercially astute employment law partner. His advice is pragmatic and tailored to a deep understanding of our business needs. We have recommended David to several people over the last few years.’

Key clients

MS Amlin

Crest Nicholson

Stifel Nicolaus

Sasol

Turkiye Is Bankasi

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP)

Virtu Financial

Stonehage Fleming

Pockit

South Square Chambers

Equity capital markets - low-mid cap Tier 4

Fox Williams LLP is a well-known name among clients operating in the professional services and natural resources sectors, and it also has a dedicated focus on the fintech industry. The firm attracted a significant volume of instructions in 2019; team head Richie Clark acted for AIM-listed company Scotgold Resources Limited on a £2.65m debt and equity fundraising. The practice is notably strong in advising companies listed on overseas exchanges on coming to AIM, including those listed in Canada, the US, Australia and South Africa.

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Good personalised service; good partner contact.

I was impressed with Fox Williams as a practical group of knowledgeable lawyers. As I am located in Canada and do business mostly in the US, I do not have much interaction with UK firms. Compared to other North American firms, I would say that Fox Williams ranks as a first class firm without the pretense.

Guy Morgan and his team were very responsive, knowledgeable, and practical. I enjoyed working with them and would seek their counsel again.

Key clients

finnCap Group Plc

Allenby Capital LLP

Shore Capital & Corporate Limited

Plexus Group Holdings Plc

Scotgold Resources

Summerway Capital Plc

Directa Plus Plc

Tatton Asset Management Plc

Westmount Energy Ltd

Cedarvale Holdings Ltd

Arden Partners Plc

Financial services: contentious Tier 4

Fox Williams LLP acts in a range of complex FCA supervisory and enforcement enquiries and interventions. The firm has experience advising on FCA skilled persons appointments in the pensions transfer sector, anti-money laundering matters and internal misconduct investigations, as well as providing expertise in compliance with the Remuneration Code and corporate governance issues. Peter Wright focuses on financial services regulatory work and co-leads the practice with James Carlton, who is known for acting on financial crime, regulation and disciplinary investigations. Also notable are Sona Ganatra, who has a particular specialism in advising on systems and controls failures and financial crime; and senior associate Sebastian Sayer, who joined from the FCA in 2019.

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‘The firm is a strong team of professionals’

‘We always receive the best outcome delivered in a way that we know is suitable for our business’

‘Peter Wright is outstanding at what he does. He is a great lawyer as he is careful and considerate with genuinely excellent interpersonal skills. His knowledge of Financial Services is built on his vast experience particularly working with the regulator’

‘The Fox Williams team has strength and depth acting for executives and other individuals is some of the most complex regulatory cases in the field’

‘Peter Wright is one of the best FS lawyers I work with.  He is a rare combination of being technically strong and tactically astute and this makes him the obvious choice for a client where the issues are complex and the stakes are high’

‘Great to work with, very knowledgeable and user friendly’

‘Good personal service, I was able to contact the partners to speak to them in person’

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

The IP litigators at Fox Williams LLP have recently obtained favourable results in trade mark and design infringement litigation on behalf of a range of fashion, automotive and retail clients. Practice head Simon Bennett, who leads on the majority of proceedings, also has expertise in trade mark cancellation appeals before the EUIPO. The team is also providing defence in the IPEC on a copyright infringement claim concerning wedding apparel.

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Strong team presence, keep us updated on a range of issues and very professional.

Efficient and commercially aware.

Key clients

Glanbia Performance Nutrition

Bentley 1962 Ltd and Brandlogic Ltd

Séraphine Limited

Mycoskie LLC (t/a TOMS shoes)

Tesla, Inc.

Gordon Bennett International Limited (t/a Marc Darcy)

Superdrug plc

Aden + Anais, Inc

Gino Cerruti (UK) Limited

Cambium Networks

California Pizza Kitchen

Retail and consumer Tier 4

With a particular focus on the fashion industry, Fox Williams LLP takes a cross-practice approach to advise a client roster of high street and online retailers, which includes Bentley 1962, Seraphine and Mondottica. Practitioners from the commercial, IP, corporate, employment, real estate and dispute resolution departments contribute to the firm’s expertise. Practice head Stephen Sidkin focuses on commercial and technology issues and Simon Bennett handles IP work. The firm also has notable expertise in the restaurant, fast moving consumer goods and travel sectors; Rhys Griffiths leads the travel team and joined the firm from Fieldfisher in 2019.

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Excellent knowledge of the law and all its implications, excellent ability to explain it clearly to the customer, excellent capacity to understand the customer needs.’

Partner Steve Sidkin has never left any question unanswered and has been available to talk at any hour if urgent. The strategy he has designed for us has been a winning one and the result has exceeded our expectations.

Knowledge, Background, and approach from both a commercial and legal perspective.’

Stephen Sidkin, is without a doubt the “go to”person within the legal profession in terms of advice for all matters relating to Agency and Distribution law – his manner and professionalism are truly outstanding, and as such, I would not hesitate to recommend him to my peers.

Key clients

Bentley 1962 Ltd and Brandlogic Ltd

Séraphine Limited

Mondottica Limited

Rainbowwave Limited

James Johnston & Company of Elgin Limited

Sunspel Limited

Gordon Bennett International Limited

Aden + Anais, Inc.

Mycoskie LLC (t/a TOMS shoes)

Loake Bros Limited

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 5

Being relatively free of conflicts, Fox Williams LLP regularly acts against large institutions. The practice fields disputes specialists in financial services, civil fraud, employment, investment banking, partnership and insurance, among others. Gavin Foggo is litigation and dispute resolution head; Tom Custance is a financial services disputes expert; David Butler focuses on civil fraud, company and partnership disputes; and Andrew Hill is a group action specialist.

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Employee share schemes Tier 5

The tax and incentives team at Fox Williams LLP, headed by the 'very smart and hugely knowledgeable' Emma Bailey, has broad expertise in advising on share schemes issues that arise in the context of private companies, in particular owner-managed businesses, and works for numerous international clients investing into UK private companies.

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‘Emma Bailey is very smart and hugely knowledgeable on employment tax. I have the utmost confidence in her advice which is always commercial but underpinned by the strongest technical foundations. A great combination.’

‘Fox Williams is a law firm that delivers a partner-led and personal service. They cover all key service lines for an SME client. There is a real focus on making sure that the client is ultimately content with the service delivered and its value. They are attentive throughout the engagement and keen to learn and understand their client’s viewpoint on any matter.’

‘Emma Bailey is a hands-on partner with strong knowledge of a wide range of taxation expertise, covering both corporate and personal taxation. What she may not know first-hand, she will research fully.’

Key clients

Constellation Software Inc.

Jonas Computing (UK) Limited

Volaris Group Inc.

Vela Software International Inc.

N. Harris Computer Corporation

Risk First Group Limited

RLT International Limited (Guided Knowledge)

Merco Medical Holdings Limited

Rollins Inc.

Villtree Limited

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

The ‘knowledgeable, responsive and thoughtfulFox Williams LLP advises across a range of financial services regulatory work. The firm has particular expertise advising on complex, high-risk matters for regulated and dual regulated clients. The ‘approachable, innovative and clear' Chris Finney leads the team and advises banks, insurers, reinsurers, asset managers, lenders and Fintech businesses.

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‘Excellent knowledge of the insurance regulatory requirements and very quick to respond’

‘Always able to assist at very short notice, with strong advice’

‘Excellent regulatory knowledge and a grounded, innovative commercial approach’

‘Chris Finney has excellent regulatory experience and knowledge’

Key clients

eBay Inc

Wagestream Limited

Balderton Capital

Prodigy Finance

Oaknorth Bank

Fraud: civil Tier 5

Fox Williams LLP has particular expertise in fraud disputes involving commodities and other financial instruments, and it also has a strong track record obtaining and discharging freezing injunctions. Gavin Foggo acts for claimants and defendants in cross-border civil fraud cases involving conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty and various other issues. Tom Custance specialises in corporate fraud.

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Huge experience in heavy litigation and a tremendous drive to achieve results for the client.’

This practice demonstrates a practical approach. That said, they have unrivalled legal expertise and judgment

Gavin Foggo is an astute black letter lawyer, who has a commercial approach

The team’s civil fraud practice is experienced and tough. It compares very well to the more well-known teams at their competitors.

Gavin Foggo is an extremely capable litigator, who can navigate very large and complex claims whilst dealing masterfully with clients.

Evie Meleagros is an extremely effective senior associate, who is always on top of the detail and strategy of a case. She is effectively already operating at partner level.

They get things done on a timely basis and explain the ins and outs of the legal position extremely well so that decisions can be made effectively.

They really do have the clients best interest at heart. I would completely trust their advice to reach the goal in a commercial context.’

Key clients

Hertz Europe Ltd

Salem Mounzer

Global Risk Partners Ltd

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

Melanie Chen /Chipper Management Ltd

International arbitration Tier 6

Fox Williams LLP's arbitration expertise covers commercial disputes involving M&A and joint ventures, with specific sector expertise in the commodities, energy, pharmaceuticals, transport and distribution industries. Peter Ashford co-heads the international arbitration group, which also includes energy disputes expert Tom Custance and litigation and disputes practice head Gavin Foggo, who is experienced in energy, professional services and finance sector-related arbitrations. Fellow co-head Ben Giaretta joined from Mishcon de Reya LLP in September 2020.

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‘Great availability and hard-working ethic; very good client relationships; thoroughly professional.’

‘Tom Custance: excellent thinker and very practical.’

‘Peter Ashford is a stellar player in the arbitration market. Extremely knowledgeable about arbitration.’

‘Peter Ashford is fantastic. He is personable, knowledgeable, and very tactical when required. The strategies we have discussed in the past have been broad and he has always kept the main objectives in mind when dealing with the day-to-day developments. I have worked with Peter for over 12 years and I can’t recommend him more.’

‘Peter Ashford – a skilful lawyer who thinks carefully about cases in their legal context but is nonetheless commercial in approach. Kate Felmingham – completely charming with a sound legal mind.’

Immigration

Fox Williams LLP has extensive experience in assisting with sponsorship licence applications, applications for indefinite leave to remain and permanent residence and Tier 2 applications. Clients include financial institutions, international banks, asset managers, SMEs and private schools. The practice also advises on European law as it affects EEA nationals in the UK. Sacha Schoenfeld  heads up the group.

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‘The Fox Williams immigration team are experts in dealing with complex cases at a reasonable and competitive price. They can always come up with tailor-made solutions, adopted to each unique situation, and are very much focused on maintaining high quality of service, and at the same time – keeping costs under control.’

‘Everyone I have spoken to at Fox Williams has been very friendly, approachable and professional.’

‘The team has always been very professional and I they are very well informed. They have a commitment to quality.’

‘I cannot praise Adele Standard highly enough – from the very first contact she put me at ease and was easy to understand. Her explanations have always been extremely clear and I have found her very approachable and professional. Her response time has been excellent on any queries that I have had and I have found that in stressful times she has put me at ease with her calm manner. An brilliant lawyer in my opinion that I would highly recommend.’

Key clients

Beamery Ltd

Mercaux Ltd

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Infogix Ltd

XIX Entertainment Ltd

Wilson Wilson Hancock

Faire

Maria Tash Ltd

Genel Energy UK Ltd

Britannia Global Investments Ltd

Post Box Gallery

Radley College

Alan Davis

Travel

The growing team at Fox Williams LLP was buoyed by the 2019 arrival of practice head Rhys Griffiths and associate Phyllis Acheampong from Fieldfisher, who brought several leading travel sector clients. The team advises an array of airlines, travel agents, travel operators and online travel platforms on business-critical compliance with travel regulation and assists with commercial agreements, litigation, and regulatory enforcement actions.  Demonstrating a 'knowledge of travel law that is second to none', Griffiths recently helped several large international brands with their strategic expansion into Europe.

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‘Excellent, in-depth, travel law expertise. The team provides practical, helpful legal advice.’

‘Rhys Griffiths is the travel partner at Fox Williams. He is in our opinion the leading lawyer specialising in travel and we use him for a ranging set of instructions from our extensive travel portfolio particularly in relation to travel regulation and licensing.. The team always respond quickly, have little issue in grasping the facts of each case and responding proactively to the specific instructions and needs of the client.’

‘Rhys’ knowledge of travel law is second to none. He’s very considered and practical in giving his advice and provides clear, helpful guidance on commercial matters.’

Key clients

loveholidays

On The Beach

Belmond

Secret Escapes

Sunvil Holidays

Hotelplan (Inghams, Ski Total, Esprit, Explore, Inntravel)

ABTA

Iglu.com

Yourgolfholidays.com

Spabreaks.com

Travel Network Group

Direct Ferries

The firm: Fox Williams is a City law firm with a leading reputation in specific industry sectors and practice areas, known for its good sense and ability to deliver effective solutions. Fox Williams undertakes complex legal and regulatory work. It is often first choice for referrals from other law firms when City expertise is required. The firm is instructed by clients looking for quality advice, with a high level of partner involvement and an astute commercial focus. Fox Williams enjoys a friendly working environment that actively encourages entrepreneurial thinking and teamwork. The firm’s activities are underpinned by its core values of great client service, integrity and professionalism, its people, friendly strong relationships and open communication.

Types of work undertaken: Fox Williams is particularly active in six key sectors – fashion, financial services including fintech, natural resources, professional practices, technology and digital, and travel. The firm provides a wide range of legal services, including corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution, corporate crime and business investigations, employment, financial services regulatory, business immigration, intellectual property, international trade, partnership, real estate, tax, technology and travel regulation.

The firm’s corporate lawyers are acknowledged for their expertise and ability. Transactional teams operate nationally and internationally. 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, insolvency, financial services including fintech and tax.

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.

One of the pre-eminent employment practices in the UK, Fox Williams advises City and international businesses 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. The team was successful in the landmark Supreme Court case of Geys v Societe Generale, one of the largest employment claims ever brought in the UK.

The firm’s dispute resolution lawyers advise on heavyweight UK and international 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.

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.

The firm has unrivalled experience in advising professional practices, whether they operate as general partnerships, LLPs or companies. The team advises on a broad range of business issues (including formation, mergers, acquisitions, LLP conversions, alternative business structures and, for overseas law firms, establishing offices in London and continental Europe) and strategic, management and regulatory issues. It also advises firms and partners on individual exits and team moves within the UK and internationally, enforcement of restrictive covenants, discrimination, dissolutions, injunctions and other court proceedings, mediations and arbitrations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Paul Osborne plosborne@foxwilliams.com
Business immigration Sacha Schoenfeld sschoenfeld@foxwilliams.com
Capital markets Guy Morgan gmorgan@foxwilliams.com
Commercial agreements Stephen Sidkin slsidkin@foxwilliams.com
Commercial litigation Gavin Foggo gfoggo@foxwilliams.com
Corporate Richie Clark rclark@foxwilliams.com
Corporate crime (including fraud) James Carlton jcarlton@foxwilliams.com
Data protection Nigel Miller nmiller@foxwilliams.com
Dispute resolution Gavin Foggo gfoggo@foxwilliams.com
Employee share schemes Emma Bailey ebailey@foxwilliams.com
Employment Joanna Chatterton jkchatterton@foxwilliams.com
Employment, senior executives Jane Mann jemann@foxwilliams.com
Financial services (non-contentious) Chris Finney cfinney@foxwilliams.com
Financial services (contentious) Peter Wright pwright@foxwilliams.com
FinTech Jonathan Segal jsegal@foxwilliams.com
Intellectual property Simon Bennett sbennett@foxwilliams.com
International arbitration Peter Ashford pashford@foxwilliams.com
Mergers and acquisitions Paul Osborne plosborne@foxwilliams.com
Partnership Daniel Sutherland dsutherland@foxwilliams.com
Real estate Phillip Hope phope@foxwilliams.com
Restructuring and insolvency Paul Taylor ptaylor@foxwilliams.com
Tax Emma Bailey ebailey@foxwilliams.com
Technology Nigel Miller nmiller@foxwilliams.com
Insurance Pollyanna Deane pdeane@foxwilliams.com
Travel Rhys Griffiths rgriffiths@foxwilliams.com
Fraud: Civil David Butler dbutler@foxwilliams.com
Photo Name Position Profile
 Peter Ashford  photo Peter Ashford Partner in the litigation and dispute resolution department. Focuses primarily on international…
 Emma Bailey  photo Emma Bailey Partner Emma has extensive experience advising on a broad range of direct…
 Simon Bennett  photo Simon Bennett Simon advises clients in a variety of intellectual property matters ranging from…
 David Butler photo David Butler Partner David is a fraud and corporate disputes lawyer and head of…
 James Carlton  photo James Carlton Partner James is a partner in Fox Williams’ white-collar and contentious financial…
 Joanna Chatterton  photo Joanna Chatterton Partner Joanna is head of Fox Williams’ employment team and advises both…
 Richie Clark  photo Richie Clark Partner Richie is head of Fox Williams’ corporate team and specialise in M&A,…
 Tom Custance  photo Tom Custance Partner specialising in a range of commercial disputes including insurance/reinsurance claims, banking/finance…
 Pollyanna Deane photo Pollyanna Deane Partner
 Hannah Elliott photo Hannah Elliott Hannah is a partner in Fox Williams’ corporate team and has experience…
 Mary Elliott  photo Mary Elliott Partner
 Lucy England  photo Lucy England Partner Lucy advises businesses across the aviation and travel industries on the…
 Chris Finney  photo Chris Finney Partner
 Gavin Foggo  photo Gavin Foggo Partner and head of commercial dispute resolution department specialising in: UK and…
 Sona Ganatra photo Sona Ganatra Partner Sona is a partner in Fox Williams’ financial services team, specialising in…
 Ben Giaretta photo Ben Giaretta Partner Ben is co-head Fox Williams’ international arbitration team and represent clients in…
 Rhys Griffiths  photo Rhys Griffiths Partner
 Andrew Hill  photo Andrew Hill Partner
 Phillip Hope  photo Phillip Hope Phillip heads the real estate department. He specialises in advising individual and…
 Nish Kapoor  photo Nish Kapoor Partner Nish is a partner in Fox Williams’ real estate team, advising on…
 Jane Mann  photo Jane Mann Jane is a partner in the employment department, specialising in all aspects…
 Nigel Miller  photo Nigel Miller Nigel is a founding partner of Fox Williams LLP and leads the…
 Guy Morgan  photo Guy Morgan Partner
 David Murphy  photo David Murphy Partner
 Paul Osborne  photo Paul Osborne Senior partner Paul is a corporate partner with a deep understanding of…
 Aron Pope  photo Aron Pope Partner specialising in advice to employers and employees on all aspects of…
 Doug Preece  photo Doug Preece Partner in the corporate department specialising in mergers and acquisitions, with a…
 Elizabeth Ruff  photo Elizabeth Ruff Partner specialising in all aspects of commercial property work. Liz has many…
 Sacha Schoenfeld  photo Sacha Schoenfeld Sacha joined Fox Williams in April 2016 as Head of the Immigration…
 Jonathan Segal  photo Jonathan Segal Jonathan is a partner in Fox Williams’ corporate and technology teams, who…
 Stephen Sidkin  photo Stephen Sidkin Head of commerce and technology department specialising in agency and distributorship agreements,…
 Kolvin Stone  photo Kolvin Stone Partner Kolvin leads Fox Williams’ technology group, and has advised some of…
 Daniel Sutherland  photo Daniel Sutherland Partner specialising in advising professional services firms, the law relating to limited…
 Paul Taylor  photo Paul Taylor Partner specialising in corporate, banking and insolvency. Paul also heads up FW’s…
 Tina Williams photo Tina Williams Strategic consultant focusing on international mergers and acquisitions and professional practices.
 Andrew Woolf  photo Andrew Woolf Partner in corporate. Andrew advises clients on public and private mergers and…
 Peter Wright  photo Peter Wright Partner Peter leads Fox Williams’ cross-practice financial services sector group. His personal practice…
Number of UK partners : 34
Number of assistant solicitors : 50
Number of other UK fee-earners : 14

 

  • 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, Europe’s biggest platform for secured peer-to-peer (P2P) business loans, on its auction of Europe’s 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:
COMPANY/FIRM: Professional practice
TESTIMONIAL: “The service is consistently high quality, thoughtful, and tailored to the particular circumstances of any deal. It is always a pleasure to work with them.”


CLIENT: CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Payments technology company
TESTIMONIAL: “Fox Williams have been with us from the beginning when we were a couple of people with some ideas about how we could change the way payments were enabled. They have provided us with sound and pragmatic advice from day one and it is reassuring to have them as part of the wider team.”


CLIENT: Senior Executive
COMPANY/FIRM: Financial Services sector
TESTIMONIAL: “I want to thank you for the excellent job you have done here – I really appreciate it. You had just the right balance of push versus stand back…If I have the opportunity to recommend you to anyone, I definitely will.”


CLIENT: Ticketer
COMPANY/FIRM: Technology company
TESTIMONIAL: “We had complete faith in the Fox Williams team who worked, as always, exceptionally hard to deliver a successful outcome within a very tight timetable. We greatly appreciate their commitment, support and guidance throughout, yet again we owe them a significant debt of gratitude.”


CLIENT: Moneybox
COMPANY/FIRM: Mobile savings and investment app
TESTIMONIAL: “Fox Williams did what they said they were going to do, which was to navigate us through an extremely important transaction and provide a first class service. They are incredibly hard working and supported us every step of the way.”



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.”

“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 active Diversity and Inclusion Forum.

Our current Diversity and Inclusion initiatives include:

Staff wellbeing: We have a wide-ranging programme of events to raise awareness of the importance of well-being for everyone in the firm.

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: Recognising the competing demands on our time, we support more agile and efficient ways of working by enabling our staff to work from a different location on an ad hoc basis where appropriate.

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 Gender Pay Gap: We want to ensure that we retain and support our talented female lawyers and staff. We recently reported on a voluntary basis to our staff on our gender pay gap and have a number of initiatives underway to assist addressing the gap, including introducing a partner sponsorship programme to our senior associates and legal directors.

Fox Williams’ Diversity and Inclusion Survey: a snapshot

In August 2018 everyone at Fox Williams had the opportunity to complete a survey on issues relating to Diversity and Inclusion within the firm.

A snapshot of the results is below.

  • 70% of staff responded to the Survey
  • 85% of those who responded agreed or strongly agreed that the firm takes D&I seriously
  • 85% of those who responded agreed or strongly agreed that the firm encourages new ideas and welcomes different opinions.
  • The majority of survey respondents wanted the firm to prioritise social mobility over the next 12 months.

The Lex 100 Verdict

Business-focused, mid-sized City firm Fox Williams LLP attracts trainees looking for a smaller intake size and specialist focus. A trainee highlights being drawn to the firm 'primarily due to its specialism and sector focus in Soft IP and Fashion, and also because of its incredible culture and small trainee intake'. The firm's culture is highly praised with respondents saying 'everyone knows everyone else and there is a real community feel' and 'you are not just another trainee to partners and senior management'. This feedback ties in with the firm's results where it is a Lex 100 Winner for inclusivity. The training itself is also praised with comments about its fluidity plus 'very little routine or typical "trainee tasks" at Fox Williams'. A trainee adds that 'you can really get stuck into interesting work on the cases and work very closely with partners and clients'. Another commented that 'the quality of work you get is better but the formal training has less structure'. This lack of structure is sometimes listed as a complaint, as well as 'the lack of choice with seats and retention rates', but flexibility may suit some trainees. Highlights of training include 'working on a Court of Appeal case' and 'going to court for a criminal hearing.' Fox Williams scores well for diversity and inclusivity, as well as for its niche fashion and IP practices – if these are of interest then this mid-size City firm is worth a look.