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Fox & Partners

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 2

Fox & Partners is a ‘genuinely outstanding‘ name for partner-side litigation and arbitration, with ‘razor-sharp and strategically gifted‘ joint team heads Catriona Watt and Caroline Field receiving instructions from senior individuals in global LLPs. As well as acting for high-profile professional services clients, the team is retained by a suite of financial services institutions, for which Dean Fuller provides robust regulatory and corporate governance advice. Ivor Adair and senior associate Shoshana Bacall advise on matters of restrictive covenants, whistleblowing and compulsory retirement. While he has retired from the equity partnership, founding partner Ronnie Fox continues to contribute his market-leading knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Catriona Watt; Caroline Field

Other key lawyers:


Catriona Watt and Eleanor Diamond were helpful, calm and reassuring in a difficult and stressful situation.

Catriona Watt is superb. When we worked together on the case she showed that she was a very strong and capable lawyer with a full and impressive knowledge of the legal issues and an ability not only to understand them but also to apply the law in an effective way to secure a satisfactory outcome. So impressive.

Genuinely outstanding. Technically at the top of their game with exceptional strategic nous.

Caroline Field and Catriona Watt are both outstanding. They have built an exceptional practice and an exceptional relationship in the marketplace. Both are razor sharp, strategically gifted, and a true pleasure to work with.

Catriona Watt is highly impressive in an understated way and has the ability to condense large quantities of wisdom into a few words. She is particularly good at dealing with demanding clients.

They can mobilise resources at short notice to assist with urgent issues. The team is knowledgeable both of the law and of the niche regulatory aspects that could impact different sectors, which means they can highlight issues that may not have been considered elsewhere. This gives them a particular advantage with complex knotty cases.

Dean Fuller is an exceptionally experienced solicitor who guides his clients through difficult matters to achieve exceptional outcomes. He is one of the few partnership solicitors able to give advice on the corporate governance aspects of financial services firms, which is invaluable to his clients.

All of their partners are incredibly knowledgeable and practical. They marry up their partnership and employment law expertise to provide a complete service to clients.

Employment > Senior executives Tier 3

Praised as ‘commercial, tenacious and effective, Fox & Partners is home to a strong team that assists clients in senior positions across many sectors including the professional services, insurance and financial services industries. It provides comprehensive expertise, handling investigations, discrimination claims, bullying issues and whistleblowing work together with negotiating large team moves and other complex senior exits which frequently involve disputes over share retention. As ‘a master of his craft‘, Ivor Adair and Caroline Field head up the team while ‘extremely experienced and savvy adviser’ Catriona Watt is one of the recognised senior partners. Senior associates of note include Shoshana Bacall , while associate Shiv Raja is also highlighted by clients as ‘technically gifted‘.

Practice head(s):

Ivor Adair; Caroline Field


Commercial, tenacious and effective – they pursued my case doggedly over more than a year and got me the outcome I needed in the face of a difficult counterparty.’

The team are compassionate, hugely motivated and very knowledgeable. You feel listened to and supported. Caroline Field was always available and very flexible. The warmth they both showed stood out to me.’

Catriona Watt is outstanding. Understands people and situations perfectly. Escalates negotiations skilfully one notch of the ratchet at a time, mindful of where other side is.’

Ivor Adair – standout on interaction of employment law and transaction incentives.’

This firm has provided me with excellent service – responding promptly at a time of crisis and providing balanced and clear advice. Ivor Adair is engaged, committed, available when needed and he provides advice with clarity and empathy. He remembers detail, he can see the big picture and the detail at the same time and shows judgment. He advises on the array of options, the pros and cons of each and he shows an awareness of cost-consciousness that is appreciated. A master of his craft.’

Highly effective at litigation in employment law, with a reputation for robust negotiations. Ivor Adair is very good at succinctly explaining the level of risk with each potential course of action in an employment situation enabling the client to more easily weigh risks and make judgements.

They handle cutting-edge senior executive cases frequently involving very senior people facing career ruining or changing dismissals. The cases often raise novel legal issues and complexities. The practice collaborates well across the partners and associates to provide cost-effective and responsive client representation.’

Catriona Watt – extremely experienced and savvy adviser. Trusted by very senior clients to steer a steady course across tricky legal landscapes and rapidly evolving situations. Shiv Raja – technically gifted associate who is exceptionally good at drafting.’

Lawyers at Fox & Partners collectively have decades of experience resolving high profile and sensitive City issues involving employers, employees, directors, shareholders, firms, partners and LLP members. Potentially litigious matters are often resolved discreetly and efficiently; when that is not possible Fox & Partners litigates vigorously on behalf of clients in court, tribunal and arbitration proceedings. Fox & Partners combine employment, partnership and dispute resolution in one team and prides itself on its understanding of how the law intersects with the regulation, culture and practice of the clients it represents.

Partnership law: Fox & Partners is engaged by partners/members and partnerships and LLPs within the legal, insurance and financial services sectors (including hedge funds, asset management and private equity), where there are not only high value financial issues at stake, but also regulatory and reputational issues to consider.

The firm has undertaken partnership litigation in multiple jurisdictions and forums including in arbitration, the dispute resolution forum of choice for many partnerships and LLPs. Business protection issues are common in the partnership space and the firm has acted for recruiting firms, departing partners and firms seeking to protect their clients and teams, including bringing and defending injunctions. It has represented clients in large scale team move cases and arbitrations addressing highly technical areas of partnership law, including dissolution and forfeiture claims.

The firm has long been recognised as the “partner’s partner”. Advising on sensitive partner conduct issues, performance issues, discrimination and whistleblowing complaints are core aspects of the firm’s practice. Fox & Partners receive regular instructions from LLP members to advise on issues at the cutting edge of partnership law, including relating to discretionary decision making to expel or retire partners. In the financial services sector this typically involves disputes concerning the loss of multi-million pounds of carried interest or profit share.

The firm has been instructed on a number of high profile matters, including complex misconduct investigations, including harassment, against a backdrop of regulation and detailed scrutiny of proper process. Fox & Partners’ experience in acting for many players – the victim, the alleged perpetrator and the firm – means the firm is uniquely placed to assist clients in these sensitive (with potentially career-ending and business reputation damaging consequences) matters.

Employment law: Fox & Partners has undertaken employment litigation in multiple jurisdictions and across a variety of forums, with increasing cross-border elements.

The firm is often instructed on business protection and team move cases across a variety of sectors and regularly provide the full spectrum of advice, including initial review of express and implied restrictions, advice on fiduciary duties and the law relating to confidentiality, coordinating the interrelationship with other participants’ advisers through to bringing and defending injunctions. The last few years have seen a growth in the firm’s instruction on complex business protection work. With experience acting for all players a major strength is understanding the issues from all angles. Our recent experience, acting in some of the most high profile team move cases amongst the best in the business has cemented the firm’s reputation as a go-to firm in the employee competition space.

Fox & Partners is regularly instructed by employees and employers bringing or defending high value and sensitive discrimination and whistleblowing claims and have seen many through to a final Employment Tribunal hearing.

The firm’s employer clients, often small and medium-sized businesses or firms, typically seek us out to advise on “bet the business” type work. Work regularly relates to business protection (restrictive covenants and team move matters) or high value, sensitive and potentially reputation damaging claims threatened or brought.

Employment Dean 20 7618 2883
Partnership Catriona 20 7618 2887
Litigation Caroline 20 7618 2880
Ivor Adair photo Ivor AdairIvor is a Partner. He specialises in contentious partnership, employment and discrimination…
Shoshana Bacall  photo Shoshana Bacall Shoshana is a highly experienced Senior Associate specialising in the full range…
Caroline Field  photo Caroline Field Caroline is a Partner and head of Fox & Partners’ litigation practice.…
Ronnie Fox  photo Ronnie Fox Partner at Fox & Partners specialising in Partnership and Employment Law
Dean Fuller photo Dean FullerDean is a partner who brings more than 30 years’ experience as…
Catriona Watt  photo Catriona Watt Catriona Watt is a Partner specialising in contentious partnership law as well…
Number of UK partners : 4
Number of other UK fee-earners : 7
Association of Partnership Practitioners
ELA (Employment Lawyers Association)
IBA (International Bar Association)
London Solicitors Litigation Association

Fox & Partners is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of is work, from recruitment to engagement of services from others.

The firm has developed a clear strategy to ensure our commitment to a fairer community is evidenced by action. We engage with and support the local community through charitable initiatives. We undertake internal training and events to increase our understanding of inequalities which exist in the workplace and how we can champion a culture where everyone feels they belong. We include a handful of examples below of our activity in this area.

  • We are proud to have gender equality at partnership level.
  • We have a charity sub-committee so that right across the firm staff can take an active part in decisions on how best to support our local and wider community as a responsible and sustainable law firm.
  • The firm has also recently commissioned research into the gender pay gap and regularly speaks out regarding different efforts to level the playing field.

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: “I feel very supported and have been very impressed by the responsiveness of the lawyers, especially when under time pressure. Their technical strength is accompanied by a practical approach and realistic
view of what is possible, and their client care is also second to none.”

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: “The team took a highly structured and strategic approach; listening carefully, picking up key points, seeking evidence and then preparing a thorough and considered strategy paper setting out the situation, the legal
options and a proposed way forward. The team were professional and supportive throughout the process showed a solid understanding the situation and the organisation I was dealing with. They were highly responsive and the
advice was excellent. It was reassuring to know that I had Fox and Co on my side of the table.”

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: “I feel very fortunate to have been represented by Fox. Their advice, at a time of great personal stress and difficulty, was good, professional and solid. Explanations and alternatives were explored, full attention to
detail was always maintained, and an air of firm confidence and knowledge prevailed. At no time did I feel left adrift in a complex situation, and the friendly attitude of the whole team also made me feel very well represented.”

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: “Caroline provided me with invaluable legal advice and expertise in a long and highly contentious financial dispute. Caroline was unfailingly attentive and responsive. She is very hard working, and has an excellent understanding of complicated issues, a very thorough approach, and an undeterred, committed attitude that instilled in me confidence, even during the most difficult moments one inevitably experiences during a legal dispute. Caroline is not only a first class lawyer, but a truly empathic and supportive individual. It was a pleasure to work with her.”

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: “Dean, once again, I want to thank you for all of your support and truly professional service. You are a credit to the profession.”