Firm Profile > Fox & Partners > London, England

Fox & Partners

Partnership Tier 2

Fox & Partners is a go-to firm for partnership expertise in the professional and financial services sectors, with a varied client roster of partners, partnerships and LLPs. The group has developed a niche in partnership disputes relating to partner exits and the enforceability of restrictive covenants and team move clauses. The department is jointly led by Catriona Watt (who focuses on partner moves) and commercial litigator and partnership disputes expert Caroline Field. The group also includes founding partner Ronnie Fox, who provides strategic advice to a variety of lawyer and firm clients. Senior associate Shoshana Bacall has experience in assisting departing individuals and firms on exit arrangements and negotiations to join other firms.


Catriona Watt is very proactive and clear in her advice. She does not shy away from steering a client in the right direction – even if that means a difficult conversation.

Caroline Field is delightful to work with; a shrewd litigator with a good background in commercial litigation.

The firm is one of the undisputed leaders in the field, especially so acting for the individual in obtaining excellent commercial outcomes.

Employment: senior executives Tier 4

Fox & Partners' employment team is made up of 'highly skilled negotiators who have great attention to detail', advising on high-value, complex and sensitive disputes in the financial, professional and insurance sectors. Dean Fuller and Catriona Watt co-head the team, with clients ranging from high ranking senior executives and partners, to firms and employers.


‘True employment law specialists, with a focus on disputes, litigation, senior employees and executives.’

‘Highly skilled negotiators who have great attention to detail.’

‘Ivor Adair is a calm and experienced litigator, with very good judgement.’

‘Dean Fuller is responsive, informed and sensitive to human resources matters.’

‘Caroline Field is a great litigator with a no-nonsense approach to senior exit negotiations.’

This specialist firm is acknowledged as a leader in employment and partnership law, acting for employers and firms, as well as for senior executives and partners individually. Team moves are a special area of expertise.

The firm: Practising from offices in the heart of the City of London, the firm has a reputation for resolving potentially contentious employment and partnership issues quickly, quietly and frequently without litigation. It has the expertise to advise on complex technical employment problems and difficult partnership disputes. When there is no alternative, the firm fights hard on behalf of clients in tribunals and courts.

The experience which comes from acting for both large corporate employers and senior executives, and for both professional firms and individual partners, enables Fox & Partners to find practical and commercial solutions.

Clients include employers in a wide range of sectors and of all sizes, from small enterprises to large international companies. Many clients are law firms, groups of partners or individual partners.

The shared values of the firm include: demonstrating honesty and openness, creating a happy and efficient firm, and providing top-quality legal services. Its commitment to these values is reflected in extra time allocated to identifying and understanding clients’ business objectives, closer relationships between clients and the members of the Fox & Partners team, greater responsiveness so that clients’ deadlines are met, and higher levels of service delivery and client satisfaction.

Types of work undertaken: Employment advice is provided to both employers and senior employees. The firm’s employment experience ranges from drafting contracts to unfair dismissal and redundancy.

The team has significant experience managing high-value whistleblowing and discrimination claims to trial or earlier settlement in both an employment and partnership context.

Fox & Partners frequently acts for firms asking a partner to leave or seeking to recruit a partner. Fox & Partners also advises individual partners and teams of partners who are moving from one firm to another. Fox & Partners has assisted a number of traditional partnerships in the process of conversion to limited liability status.

An increasing proportion of the work undertaken by the firm is litigious. Where negotiation fails, the team at Fox & Partners is equipped to deal with High Court and Tribunal litigation, arbitration and mediation.

The firm’s office is in the heart of the City of London. Fox & Partners frequently advises clients in the financial sector on issues such as bonuses, deferred compensation, carried interest and co-investment rights, and is completely familiar with the way in which banks, private equity firms and hedge funds operate. A particular specialisation is interpreting and enforcing restrictive covenants.

The team at Fox & Partners has extensive experience of dealing with professional regulation issues. The firm’s clients include professional firms and individual solicitors who are addressing issues raised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Department Name Email Telephone
Employment Dean Fuller
Partnership Catriona Watt
Litigation Caroline Field
Photo Name Position Profile
 Shoshana Bacall  photo Shoshana Bacall
 Caroline Field  photo Caroline Field
 Ronnie Fox  photo Ronnie Fox
 Catriona Watt  photo Catriona Watt
Number of UK partners : 4
Number of other UK fee-earners : 4