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Fox Williams LLP

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m Tier 1

Lauded by clients for its depth of expertise and cross-border capabilities, the ‘excellent’ corporate team at Fox Williams LLP is well positioned to advise clients across the technology, financial services, media, travel and professional services sectors. Practice head Richie Clark focuses on private and public M&A, principally in the technology, financial services and natural resources sectors, and has continued to deepen relationships with the firm's international client base. Mary Elliott, praised for her ‘practical solutions’, leads the firm’s publishing and digital media offering where she focuses on publishing and edtech M&A. Andrew Woolf is a key port of all for listed companies, private companies and ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) individuals, particularly in the financial services and technology sectors. The team has been strengthened by the arrival of VC and financial services expert Bryan Shaw, a dual-qualified (England and Australia) practitioner, who joined from MBM Commercial in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Richie Clark

Other key lawyers:

Mary Elliott; Andrew Woolf; Guy Morgan; Hannah Elliott; Bethany Silkin; Sarah Carlton; Paul Osborne; Chien-Wei Lui


‘Fox Williams is unique because they have a big pool of specialised departments. The most important factor is that the various teams work extremely well with each other.’

‘The leader of the M&A team who handled my case, Paul Osborne, is an extremely knowledgeable and professional advisor, also the rest of team and all the other in hbiuse specialist stood out impressively.’

‘The team I worked with were calm and experienced in my industry and gave good counsel at all junctures of the deal.’

‘Mary Elliott – partner; industry expertise and practical solutions to hurdles that are presented in any deal.’

‘Chien-Wei Lui – associate; very calm under pressure and swift responses when necessary.’

Key clients

Constellation Software Inc

Rollins, Inc.

Revolut Ltd

Allianz X

Blis Mobile

Allica Bank


Trustbridge Global Media

Walker Books

London & Capital Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the management of London & Capital Group Limited who are rolling over a substantial amount of equity into the purchasing company.
  • Advised long-standing AIM listed client Summerway Capital plc on its £80 million acquisition of Vertigrow Technology Ltd by way of reverse takeover and associated £8.5 million fundraise.
  • Advised the shareholders of Blis Global to the private equity house, Lloyds Development Capital.

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 1

Fox Williams LLP is well versed in establishing foreign law firm partnerships in the UK. Frequently advising on a range of regulatory issues including breaches of the SRA Code and investigations. The team is also equipped to handle disputes and quasi-employment work, offering ‘real knowledge and expertise’. The team is led by the ‘astute, commercial and pragmatic’ Daniel Sutherland, who has ‘strong regulatory knowledge and is superb on drafting’. Senior partner Gavin Foggo acts mainly in the financial services and professional services sectors and is described as ‘one of the very best litigators in this field’ and ‘tenacious’. Aron Pope has a contentious practice, advising both employers and employees in the financial and professional services, fintech and technology space on partnership and employment disputes involving whistleblowing, discrimination, restrictive covenants and team moves. Handling both contentious and non-contentious partnership work is the ‘highly conscientious and intelligent’ Ed Livingstone.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Sutherland

Other key lawyers:

Gavin Foggo; Aron Pope; Ed Livingstone; Joanna Chatterton; David Butler; Douglas Preece


‘Daniel Sutherland is excellent, astute, commercial and pragmatic. He is ably assisted throughout by the up-and-coming, Ed Livingstone, who is highly conscientious and intelligent.’

‘The team has strength in employment and partnership but also in broader dispute litigation.’

‘Gavin Foggo has a deep understanding of partnership but also has wide experience of fraud and general commercial litigation. He is tenacious but sensible, and very hands on.’

‘One of the very best teams in the field. A wonderful firm with real knowledge and expertise.’

‘Gavin Foggo is one of the very best litigators in this field. He has brilliant instincts, great knowledge and is fantastic with people. Daniel Sutherland has really strong regulatory knowledge and is superb on drafting.’

‘Fox Williams have a practice group within the firm that are set up specifically to advise American and other non-UK firms on a broad variety of issues unique to foreign law firms.’

‘Daniel Sutherland heads up the law firm practice and functions as a superb advisor on a broad variety of legal issues unique to law firms operating in the UK and advising on UK and American legal issues faced by life science, fintech and technology enterprises operating in the US, UK and EU.’

Key clients

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C.

Reed Smith LLP

King & Wood Mallesons

Holland & Knight UK LLP

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

THM Partners LLP

Steptoe & Johnson

Nixon Peabody

Crowell & Moring

Reddie & Grose

Work highlights

  • Advised THM Partners LLP on the sale of its business to the large financial advisory and global consulting firm Alix Partners LLP.
  • Advised a client on its merger with a top 20 law firm.
  • Advised an accountancy firm client on the demerger of an international office.

Transport > Travel Tier 1

The commercial and regulatory team at Fox Williams LLP, renowned for its ‘deep knowledge of the travel industry’, is well-known for its experience handling high-profile disputes for renowned clients in the industry, namely large travel companies. A key example of such work is its representing On The Beach in the High Court in a dispute against RyanAir regarding passenger refunds. Its workload is frequently of the multi-millions in value and cross-border in nature; it has developed a particular focus advising on compliance with UK and EU travel regulations and assisting businesses therein launching onto the EU market. Tech, travel and aviation expert Lucy England frequently handles such work. Noted as ‘the go-to lawyer for travel regulatory disputes’, Rhys Griffiths is at the helm of the practice. The team was notably bolstered in May 2023 with the arrival of the former head of Deloitte LLP‘s travel team Farina Azam. ‘Great talent’ Phyllis Acheampong is a senior associate to note at the practice.

Practice head(s):

Rhys Griffiths

Other key lawyers:


‘The team has a specialist knowledge of the regulatory framework for the travel sector combined with a deep knowledge of the travel industry. They are highly attuned to the needs of their clients and strong in achieving successful outcomes to difficult problems.’

‘Rhys Griffiths is the go-to lawyer for travel regulatory disputes – a specialist in the field who is able to provide practical solutions in times of difficulty. His work in respect of the effects of Covid-19 on the travel industry was outstanding. Phyllis Acheampong is a great talent in this sector, with a deep understanding of the regulatory framework who provides strong support to her clients.’

‘Possibly the leading team in the travel sector. Their network of travel lawyers and experience is of huge benefit in cross-border cases.’

‘Lucy England and Rhys Griffiths are both extremely approachable, knowledgeable and fun to work with. They know their stuff, and are practical and pragmatic.’

‘Their experience across UK travel regulation, ATOL and PTRs are the base for connecting the remaining travel industry “dots”.’

‘The team has a complete understanding of the commercial realities travel companies, both large and small, face – they provide a huge dose of calm analytical advice and attention-to-detail.’

‘Everything complex and high-risk we have goes to Fox Williams.’

‘The team has a wider understanding of the issues whilst being at the forefront of the current and ever-changing challenges in the sector.’

Key clients

On The Beach

Villa Plus

Virgin Voyages



Secret Escapes

Travel Network Group

Direct Ferries

Flight Centre

Intrepid Travel



Work highlights

  • Acting for On the Beach in High Court proceedings against Ryanair for flight refunds.
  • Advising one of the world’s largest travel companies on all its travel regulatory matters in the UK and Europe.
  • Advising various travel companies on UK or EU launches.

Dispute resolution > Group litigation: Claimant Tier 2

Fox Williams LLP boasts a ‘skilled and experienced group litigation team’ that acts on many high-profile securities class actions, acting for large institutional investors against leading companies. The practice has extensive experience across s90 and s90A FSMA claims, and levies the experience of other departments at the full-service firm to offer expertise to clients. Andrew Hill  is ‘one of the very best when it comes to securities claims’, and is commended by one client for being ‘intelligent, thorough, responsive, and experienced’. Having joined the firm from Keystone Law in November 2022, Matthew Reach brings a wide range of expertise, having been involved in the RBS Rights Issue litigation.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hill

Other key lawyers:


‘Andrew Hill is a recognised leader in the area of group litigation. An excellent lawyers with creative thinking.’

‘Always partner-led, the Fox Williams team is responsive, reliable and highly experienced. It is no surprise they are at the forefront of securities claims.’

‘Andrew Hill is one of the very best when it comes to securities claims – he is brilliant to work with and achieves fantastic results.’

‘Skilled and experienced group litigation team led by the roundly liked and respected Andrew Hill, Fox Williams’s proposition is compelling and entrepreneurial.’

‘Andrew Hill – intelligent, thorough, responsive, experienced, and creative, as well as very enjoyable to work with.’

‘Andrew Hill is an extremely experienced group litigation specialist who understands the market and the best strategy intimately.’

Work highlights

  • Acting on a successful case for well-known institutional investor claimants against Tesco PLC.
  • Acting for 205 well-known institutional investor claimants against Glencore PLC.
  • Bringing a major class action case on behalf of shareholders against Petrofac Limited after the company pleaded guilty to breaches of the UK’s Bribery Act.

Employment > Senior executives Tier 2

Recommended for its ‘breadth of practice’, Fox Williams LLP advises senior executives across a range of industries, with particular focus on the financial sector. The firm's core work ranges from cross-jurisdictional sex and race discrimination cases, to contentious departure work and breach of contract claims. Team head Joanna Chatterton is noted for her expertise in complex and high-value whistleblowing claims, as well as her knowledge in regulatory law. Jane Mann is ‘much respected,’ for her handling of commercial settlements, departures and corporate restructuring, particularly in the banking and professional services sectors. Other key team members include Aron Pope and David Murphy.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Chatterton

Other key lawyers:

Jane Mann; Aron Pope; David Murphy


‘Strong relationship-based law firm with good technical capability and breadth of practice to provide relevant support.’

‘Jane Mann is hugely experienced and much respected. She is an excellent adviser in complex and high-value senior executive disputes.’

‘The knowledge and skill of people within the organisation that can be called on quickly and effectively was impressive. Their strength is their collective knowledge.’ 

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mike Curless on his application to the Court of Appeal for disclosure of information over which Shell claimed legal professional privilege.
  • Represented Zhoufang Wei, a senior banker, at a hearing in the Employment Tribunal in which she argued that the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce had discriminated against her on the grounds of her sex.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Fox Williams LLP is seen as a go-to advisor by boutique, challenger and foreign branch banks, as well as senior executives and mid-range investment firms facing regulatory concerns. The group is also developing a particular specialism for supporting fintech firms undergoing investigation or supervisory intervention by the FCA. A recent reorganisation means that all contentious regulatory work now sits under the umbrella of the broader financial services department, with Sona Ganatra providing oversight. Other key practitioners include Peter Wright, who regularly acts on cases involving an international element, and Sebastian Sayer, who was promoted to partner in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sona Ganatra

Other key lawyers:


‘The team are incredible; always available, very efficient; swift with advice;and very reasonable with their billing.’

‘I can recommend the firm very highly.’

‘The team are utterly professional, totally knowledgeable, cool under pressure, and inspire trust and confidence from their clients. They are the obvious choice for difficult and complex financial services matters.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for senior executives in the Dame Linda Dobbs review of Lloyds Banking Group.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

Housing financial services and professional services industry experts, Fox Williams LLP's practice is co-led by Gavin Foggo, a specialist in corporate transactional and corporate governance-related claims, financial and banking litigation, partnership disputes, and civil fraud; and Ben Giaretta, who acts in both arbitration and commercial litigation. Also highly regarded, Tom Custance acts in financial services sector-related employment-related disputes; and David Butler assists with shareholder litigation, insolvency, and civil fraud matters. Recently-elevated partner Evie Meleagros and legal director Rebecca Richardson are also key to the team. Commercial disputes and securities litigation partner Matthew Reach joined in November 2022 from Keystone Law.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Foggo; Ben Giaretta

Other key lawyers:


‘Fox Williams is a delight to work with. The firm has a genuine desire to resolve problems for clients in the quickest and least painful way possible.’

‘Gavin Foggo cares about his clients, and he always gets to the core of the issues and gives unequivocal advice.’

‘It is a very strong team, which is both client-focused and technically astute.’

‘Evie Meleagros is hardworking, energetic and smart.’

Key clients

Alcyon Capital

Global Risk Partners

Hertz Europe

Ickenham Travel Group

On The Beach (and subsidiaries)

Otaki Holdings

Pamplona Capital Management

St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp

The Imaging Centre Assets

The Imaging Centre Mobile

TIC Mobile

Work highlights

  • Acting for On The Beach in its claim against Ryanair UK and Ryanair DAC, the claim concerning Ryanair’s well- publicised failure to reimburse travel agents and customers for cancelled flights during the global pandemic.
  • Acted for a significant number of institutional investors in a securities litigation claim against Tesco (under s90A FSMA), which relates to Tesco’s misleading reporting of the trading profit and profit margins of its UK business in 2014.
  • Acting for The Imaging Centre Assets, The Imaging Centre Mobile and TIC Mobile in a claim by Canon Medical Systems, which relates to the manufacture and supply of world-leading medical equipment.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Seamlessly integrating with the firm’s tax department, the ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’ practice at Fox Williams LLP acts for occupiers based in the capital, as well as institutional and investor landlords. ‘Technically excellent’ Phillip Hope leads the team and is often entrusted by family offices, high-net-worth individuals and international companies. Elizabeth Ruff is well-regarded for her expertise in headquarter leasing and relocations, while Nish Kapoor acts for corporate occupiers operating in the technology sector. Rebecca Facey is a key contact for inward investor clients. Mary Majewska is also a key member of the group.

Practice head(s):

Phillip Hope


‘The Fox Williams real estate team offers a commercial, pragmatic, and highly responsive service to clients across varying geographies. We have complete confidence in their ability to meet our clients’ needs effectively and personably.’

‘The collaboration and understanding of our requirements have been outstanding. The Fox Williams team have always been available to offer expert advice to guide our commercial property transactions with confidence and speed.’

‘Nish Kapoor is an ultimate professional. I would recommend him to anyone. There is always a top level of service, and they will take the time to explain legal matters that may not be obvious to non-legal professionals.’

‘The team at Fox Williams are professional, friendly, and exceptionally knowledgeable. They collaborate well and offer a fantastic level of service to clients.’

‘Phillip Hope, Elizabeth Ruff and Rebecca Facey are all technically excellent, extremely user-friendly, and provide an outstanding level of client service. They are a pleasure to work with and are one of our “go to” teams when clients seek recommendations.’

‘Nish Kapoor has gone above and beyond with support and action. Rebecca Facey has shown great support which is highly valued.’

‘An exceptional company, especially Nish Kapoor and his team.’

‘Nish Kapoor and his team helped us with several real estate contracts related to our office move. Their patience, professionalism and advice were crucial to getting our new office. As we are not legal or real estate professionals, their insight and knowledge were very helpful.’

Key clients


Copper Technologies

Stride VC




Panther Securities Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Copper Technologies on all of its occupational real estate requirements after recent funding rounds of £25m and £51m from the exit of leased space in Mayfair, to the acquisition of high quality but short term temporary managed office space in Mayfair together with the marquee acquisition of 30,000 sq ft of leased space from an institutional landlord in Soho.
  • Advised Japanese international cosmetics company, Shiseido, on their exit from their existing leased space and the acquisition of c,13,500 sq ft of Grade A office space at 1 Kingsway.
  • Advised Glendower Capital LLP on its relocation to 8 St James’s Square, London.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 3

With a fintech practice geared towards challenger banks and other disruptive fintech businesses, Fox Williams LLP‘s ‘highly regarded’ practice demonstrates strength across financial products, financial services regulation, data privacy, HR law and corporate and tax matters. Recently, the team has been particularly active supporting fundraisings and M&A in the fintech sector. Practice head Jonathan Segal has an in-depth understanding of the growth stage lending platform space, while regulatory expert Chris Finney is well placed to advise on disruptive fintech products. Corporate specialists Andrew Woolf and Guy Morgan frequently handle fundraisings and M&A in the fintech sector, while regulatory partner Peter Finch is noted for his focus on payments and consumer credit.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Segal

Other key lawyers:

Chris Finney; Andrew Woolf; Guy Morgan; Kolvin Stone; Peter Finch; Mardi MacGregor


‘The breadth of knowledge, delivered in a commercially sound manner, is very refreshing and the team has been my go-to on complex regulatory matters for many years. Highly regarded and recommended.’

‘Jon Segal: sound legal advice always delivered with a dose of personality and understanding of commercial realities.’

‘Peter Finch is clearly very knowledgeable on regulatory matters, which is invariably a very useful resource for us.’

‘The team is proactive and swift in carrying out their work.

‘I have been impressed by the level of practicality and value-add provided by specialists in technology, financial services, fintech and corporate teams.’

Key clients

LendInvest plc


Koyo Loans


Allica Bank



Credit Karma

Nova Credit

Griffin Financial Technology

LHV Bank

Wealth Kernel

Generation Home


Sabre Payments



Fidel API



Gaia Fertility



Outward VC



Work highlights

  • Advised Allica Bank on a £100m equity raise led by TCV alongside Allica’s existing investors Warwick Capital Partners and Atalaya Capital Management.
  • Advised “Banking as a Service” bank, Griffin, on its customer-facing documentation and regulatory issues related to becoming a fully licensed bank.
  • Advised Perenna Bank on its £25m Series A investment.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

AIM listings and fundraisings expert Richie Clark  spearheads the ECM-focused team at Fox Williams LLP. The practice is experienced on the equity financing aspects of AIM transactions, as well as in public takeovers, private M&A, regulatory and corporate governance advice.

Practice head(s):

Richie Clark

Key clients

Rotala PLC

Aukett Swanke Group plc

Bonhill Group Plc

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

Work highlights

  • Advised AIM quoted client Summerway Capital plc on its £80 million acquisition of Vertigrow Technology Ltd by way of reverse takeover and associated £8.5 million fundraise.
  • Advised AIM-quoted Rotala plc on its return of £10m to shareholders by way of a tender offer pursuant to which existing shareholders were invited to tender their shares.
  • Advised CSX-listed St Georges Eco-Mining Corp on its shareholding and proposed conversion of convertible loan notes in AQSE-listed BWA Group plc.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 4

Praised for its ‘intelligent and practical approach’, Fox Williams LLP’s diverse client roster includes asset managers, banks, investment firms, insurers, credit providers and electronic money issuers, among others. Chris Finney leads the team and advises on the full spectrum of regulatory issues, with a flourishing fintech practice. Peter Finch is ‘instrumental in providing advice’ on matters concerning payments, consumer credit and mortgages, and Mardi MacGregor was promoted to partner in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Chris Finney

Other key lawyers:


‘Experience in dealing with regulators and a good balance between technicity and pragmatism.’

‘Chris Finney was able to understand our model and tailor the advice well.’

‘Fox Williams have an intelligent and practical approach.’

‘Peter Finch is excellent. He knows the market and is up-to-date with changes.’

Key clients

FM Global Insurance

International Correspondence Schools

Allica Bank Limited

Santander Financial Services

Griffin Financial Technology


Work highlights

  • Advised FM Global Insurance on its preparations for compliance with ESG-related regulatory obligations.
  • Advised Allica Bank on a £100m equity raise, providing regulatory advice as part of the transaction on both the PRA Capital requirements and Change of Control process.
  • Advised (i) Santander Financial Services on its provision of wholesale banking services to other large financial institutions, insurance companies and brokerages; and (ii) Santander Financial Services’ international business arm to enable it to launch a BTL service aimed at UK ex-pats.

Employment > Employers Tier 4

Fox Williams LLP assists a range of corporate clients with the management of potential claims by senior employees – often with a reputationally sensitive angle – as well as assisting with employment restructuring following M&A deals and takeovers. The team is led by Joanna Chatterton, a specialist in employment and regulatory crossover work in the financial services and partnerships space. David Murphy, who is experienced in investigations work, is also key, as is fintech specialist Aron Pope.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Chatterton

Other key lawyers:

David Murphy; Jane Mann; Aron Pope; Kimberly Dennis; Tom Pennington-Hare


‘Fox Williams differentiates itself through their experience representing both sides of the corporate/executive table. Through this comprehensive experience, FW is able to foresee the full gamut of risks and scenarios at an early stage of a case and provides tactical advice to avoid potential pitfalls.’

‘I have worked with Jane Mann and her associates including Kimberly Dennis on a number of complex cases over several years and firms. Jane’s ferocious intellect, ability to see round corners and influence even the most reluctant of clients to the merits of her advice is second to none..’

‘I think Fox Williams stands out from other employment lawyers in that they become part of your business. They seek to understand all key issues and are able to tailor bespoke solutions very quickly. They think ahead and plan for each outcome, giving us as clients a choice.’

‘We work mainly with Aron Pope, who really stands out to me as an extremely commercial and pragmatic employment lawyer.’

‘Fox Williams is always very responsive and very helpful. The team has a very broad range of employment knowledge and experience.’

‘We work with David Murphy, Tom Pennington-Hare and Kimberly Dennis. We find all three to be highly professional and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Fox Williams delivers excellent, pragmatic and commercial advice, through a reassuring client service model that delivers known and appropriately experienced contacts every time. We work in close partnership to deliver well-considered and well-executed outcomes.’

‘Available and knowledgeable team, able to think commercially and quickly grasp clients’ needs.’

Key clients

MS Amlin

Bank Leumi

Aldermore Bank

Ascot Racecourse

Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP


Savannah Energy Plc


Falcon Chambers (Barristers)

Brain Labs Digital Ltd

Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

Work highlights

  • Appointed by the CBI to conduct an independent investigation into allegations about its Director General published in the Guardian newspaper.
  • Advised an insurance underwriter in connection with the employment law and FS and Lloyds’ regulatory implications involved in the investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by a senior underwriter, his dismissal and subsequent proceedings for unfair dismissal and sex discrimination.
  • Advising the London office of a global law firm in connection with potential age and disability discrimination claim arising from a decision to de-equitize a partner.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 4

Fox Williams LLP’s practice stands out for its dedicated fashion law expertise; the team handles trade mark litigation, supply and distribution agreements, and franchising matters. Stephen Sidkin leads the team’s fashion law sub-group and specialises in advising on supply chain agreements, while Rhys Griffiths steers the travel sub-group, another key area of focus.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Sidkin; Rhys Griffiths


‘A proactive team of experts that keeps me up to date with legal developments that impact the industry in which I trade. A wide breadth of knowledge with a prime contact at the practice directing me to the relevant key people.’

‘Attentive and reliable in all communication providing solutions to the issues or business developments I need them to address.’

‘Practical and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Laurice El Badry Rahme Ltd., dba Laurice & Co.

Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Inc.

Graziani srl

Holland Cooper Clothing Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

‘High quality’ Fox Williams LLP advises clients across a range of sectors, including fashion, technology and fintech, publishing and food and drink, on trade mark and design management, strategy and dispute-related matters. Simon Bennett spearheads the practice, routinely handling design mandates, with a key focus on the fashion, tech, consumer products, new media and financial services sectors. Newly promoted partner Sarah Redmond strengthens the practice with notable expertise in trade mark prosecution and opposition cases. Stephen Sidkin is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Simon Bennett

Other key lawyers:


‘Knowledgeable and responsive, providing high quality advice.’

‘Great collaboration.’

‘Simon Bennett and Sarah Redmond are excellent practitioners and provide us with valuable and timely advice and assistance.’

Key clients

Blockchain Game Partners, Inc.

Honeycomb TV. Limited

Laurice El Badry Rahme Ltd.,dba Laurice & Co.

Walker Books Limited

Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Inc.

Jane Portas

Ferrara Candy Company

Guinot-Mary Cohr UK Limited

Fox Brothers Limited

Holland Cooper Clothing Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Blockchain Games Partners, Inc in relation to a High Court claim (trade marks and passing off) brought by Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming Limited and LC International Limited (Gala Bingo, Gala Casino, Gala Spins) in relation to the use of Gala Games by our client.
  • Advised Honeycomb TV. Limited in relation to the High Court claim which it brought against Ad Signal Limited for copyright infringement, breach of confidence, and breach of contract.
  • Advised Laurice El Badry Rahme Ltd.,dba Laurice & Co. in relation to a potential claim (trade mark infringement and passing off) against rival perfumery Roja Parfums Holdings Limited in relation to Roja’s use of MANHATTAN and NEW YORK for fragrances and candles.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 5

Headed by David Butler, Fox Williams LLP's team has expertise in recovering assets that have been misappropriated by fiduciaries and senior executives, especially within alternative and disruptive finance spaces, and employment. Described as ‘a team of experienced and reliable commercial litigators’, Gavin Foggo , and Evie Meleagros, are noted for their experience in cross-jurisdictional cases.

Practice head(s):

David Butler

Other key lawyers:

Gavin Foggo; Evie Meleagros; Tom Custance; Rebecca Richardson


‘All members of the team assembled by David Butler are very competent in what they do. Fox Williams were happy to use new technology for the first time that made the engagement a lot easier for all involved.’

‘We really appreciate honest and direct answers. David Butler told us when a matter was not relevant and why. Both David and his team have a very thorough understanding of the law relating to negligent / fraudulent misrepresentation but also knowledge of other relevant law that could (and did) impact our matter. There was a practicality in how they ran the engagement, which was certainly appreciated.’

‘They have a team of experienced and reliable commercial litigators.’

‘Evie Meleagros and Tom Custance are excellent with clients.’

‘The team is efficient and capable at delivering excellent outcomes for a low cost.’

‘Evie Meleagros is a superb partner with an attention to detail and a great tactical sense.’

‘The team at Fox Williams is exactly what a client needs and wants: clear and frequent communications with the client but a firm grip and understanding of the cases. They know when to fight hard and when to hold back.’

‘Gavin Foggo is outstanding – now senior partner. Evie Meleagros is excellent.’

Key clients

Otaki Holdings Limited

Salem Mounzer

Work highlights

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 5

Fox Williams LLP provides a bespoke service on all aspects of financial crime risk, ranging from criminal law to civil action and financial services regulation. The team is particularly recommended for representing senior executives in cross-border SFO and FCA investigations, often relating to corruption and serious fraud issues. James Carlton and Peter Wright co-head the practice, with the former bringing 25 years’ experience in complex financial crime, regulation, and disciplinary investigations to bear. Sona Ganatra focuses on investigations involving allegations of financial misconduct.

Practice head(s):

James Carlton; Peter Wright

Other key lawyers:


‘The team are incredible; always available, very efficient, swift with advice and very reasonable with their billing. I can recommend the firm very highly.’

‘James Carlton lives and breathes his cases. His work ethic is indefatigable and his strategic acumen is second to none. One of the top few solicitors in this field in London.’

‘Sona Ganatra is a joy to work with. Nothing is too much trouble, she thinks of everything before anyone else and she is very shrewd.’

Key clients

Senior individuals in relation to the Dame Linda Dobbs Review

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 5

'A first-rate independent English law firm with top-class arbitration capability', Fox Williams LLP is experienced in disputes involving Asia, the Middle East, North America, and Africa. Peter Ashford is an expert in international commercial arbitrations that concern international trade, joint ventures and distribution; Ben Giaretta is 'a really superb international arbitration practitioner'; and Tom Custance is an insurance and energy arbitration specialist. Gavin Foggo acts in partnership disputes, while senior associate Kate Felmingham is experienced in investment treaty work.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Foggo; Peter Ashford; Ben Giaretta

Other key lawyers:


‘A first-rate independent English law firm with top-class arbitration capability.’

‘The standout partner is Peter Ashford.’

‘Peter Ashford – cool, calm, collected, clever, and client focused.’

‘Peter Ashford and Ben Giaretta are both extremely experienced arbitration lawyers.’

‘Peter Ashford is very thorough, both as counsel and as arbitrator – a very safe pair of hands.’

‘Ben Giaretta is hugely experienced.’

Ben Giaretta is a really superb international arbitration practitioner.

Gavin Foggo – great counsel and great arguments.

Key clients

W Q Hays and the Grow Companies

On the Beach

The Sultanate of Oman

The Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company

Work highlights

  • Acting for the claimants in a challenge to two arbitral awards concerning litigation finance.

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 5

Fox Williams LLP frequently advises North American clients on the share incentive aspects of acquisitions or strategic investments into UK private companies. The team also frequently assists clients within the technology and fintech arenas. Practice head Emma Bailey maintains her focus on establishing enterprise management incentive option schemes for key executives. Bailey is frequently supported by 'technically very able and experienced' tax specialist Jo Varia.

Practice head(s):

Emma Bailey

Other key lawyers:


‘Emma Bailey has been knowledgeable, practical and accessible in her area.’

‘We find Fox Williams to give top-level English law advice across a number of specialised areas, including employment and share schemes.’

‘Emma Bailey is a very able and innovative lawyer who is highly experienced in advising on all types of employee share schemes and incentives.’

‘Joanne Varia is technically very able and experienced.’

‘Personal service, high technical expertise, delivered by a small team of very experienced practitioners.’

Key clients

Constellation Software Inc.

Rollins Inc

Trustbridge Globa Media

Allica Bank

Miura Systems Limited

Auckett Swanke

Quorsos Limited

Metatek Group

Bladonmore Limited

Gramafilm Limited

Management of London & Capital Group

Fund Ourselves

InvestEngine (Holdings) Limited

Blis Global Limited

Zavfit Limited

Vita Brevis Limited (t/a VIP Ski)

Adsum Technology Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a number of divisions within the Constellation Software Inc. Group in respect of employee equity incentive issues arising from their acquisitions of UK companies.
  • Advised Bladonmore on appropriate equity incentive structures for its senior employees and directors.
  • Advised Miura Systems Limited on the implementation of bespoke employee equity incentive arrangements.

Employment > Immigration Tier 6

Fox Williams LLP has particular strength in handling immigration issues for professional services, acting for a number of overseas law firms, as well as financial services and fintech clients. The team has a track record in providing corporate support, TUPE assistance, and global mobility route advice, being led by the ‘professional, expert, and efficientSacha Schoenfeld, who brings her extensive immigration experience to the practice. Associate Yawar Abbas is also a key point of contact.

Practice head(s):

Sacha Schoenfeld

Other key lawyers:


Sacha Schoenfeld has been excellent in navigating immigration matters in a professional, expert, and efficient way.’

The team I dealt with consisted of Sacha Schoenfeld (partner) and Yawar Abbas (Associate). Both were seasoned practitioners in the law of immigration, gave clear and reliable advice, and were efficient and easy to deal with.

Sacha Schoenfeld performed the partner role one would expect. She attended the first and last meeting. She gave good advice, which was implemented successfully by Yawar Abbas. Yawar Abbas attended efficiently and sensitively to all the detail. He was well versed in the law and regulations. He gave prompt and helpful responses to enquiries.

Key clients

Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease

Banco Sabadell


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Sevenoaks School


Castleton Commodities



Market Axess


Work highlights

Transport > Aviation

Fox Williams LLP‘s aviation practice has continued to grow under the leadership of Lucy England, assisting technology and service providers to airlines and airports with regulatory and contractual matters.

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital

Fox Williams LLP is increasing its focus on VC work, in particular in the technology sector, and boosted its team in December 2022 with the hire of Bryan Shaw from MBM Commercial. Hannah Elliott is praised for her 'high level of technical acumen' and for being 'easy to work with'.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Business immigration Sacha Schoenfeld
Capital markets Guy Morgan
Commercial agreements Stephen Sidkin
Corporate Richie Clark
Corporate crime (including fraud) James Carlton
Data protection Nigel Miller
Dispute resolution Gavin Foggo
Employment Joanna Chatterton
Employment Jane Mann
Financial services (non-contentious) Chris Finney
Financial services (contentious) Peter Wright
FinTech Jonathan Segal
Intellectual property Simon Bennett
International arbitration Peter Ashford
Corporate Paul Osborne
Partnership Daniel Sutherland
Real estate Phillip Hope
Corporate Paul Taylor
Tax and incentives Emma Bailey
Financial services: Insurance Pollyanna Deane
Travel Rhys Griffiths
Fraud: Civil David Butler
Dispute resolution Tom Custance
Corporate Hannah Elliott
Corporate Mary Elliott
Travel Lucy England
Financial services (contentious) Sona Ganatra
International arbitration Ben Giaretta
Securities litigation Andrew Hill
Real estate Nish Kapoor
Employment David Murphy
Employment Aron Pope
Corporate Douglas Preece
Technology Kolvin Stone
Corporate Andrew Woolf
Photo Name Position Profile
Farina Azam photo Farina Azam Partner
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…
Peter Finch photo Peter Finch Partner
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…
Daisy Jones photo Daisy Jones Partner
Nish Kapoor photo Nish Kapoor Partner Nish is a partner in Fox Williams’ real estate team, advising on…
Mardi MacGregor photo Mardi MacGregor Partner
Jane Mann photo Jane Mann Jane is a partner in the employment department, specialising in all aspects…
Evie Meleagros photo Evie Meleagros Partner
Nigel Miller photo Nigel Miller Nigel is a founding partner of Fox Williams LLP and leads the…
Kofi Mills-Bampoe photo Kofi Mills-Bampoe Partner
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…
Matthew Reach photo Matthew Reach Partner
Sarah Redmond photo Sarah Redmond Partner
Elizabeth Ruff photo Elizabeth Ruff Partner specialising in all aspects of commercial property work. Liz has many…
Sebastian Sayer photo Sebastian Sayer Partner
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…
Bryan Shaw photo Bryan Shaw Partner
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…
Howard White photo Howard White Partner
Andrew Woolf photo Andrew Woolf Partner in corporate. Andrew advises clients on public and private mergers and…
Number of UK partners : 38
Number of associate solicitors : 52
Number of other UK fee-earners : 13

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.