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Fox & Partners

Partnership Tier 2

Fox & Partners' practitioners are most noted for handling domestic and cross-border litigation. Although the firm is active across the professional services sphere, it has built specific expertise in the financial services sector, where it handles cases involving the impact of partner expulsions on carried interest arrangements. Partner exit negotiations are another area of strength, particularly in situations where there are conduct or performance issues. In addition, the group is also well-known for bringing and defending discrimination and whistleblowing allegations. Catriona Watt, who specialises in contentious departures and arrivals, co-heads the team with Caroline Field, who is an expert in bullying and harassment cases. Dean Fuller undertakes both contentious and advisory work, and he regularly advises LLP members and partners on regulatory and corporate restraints on their operations. Other important team members include founding partner Ronnie Fox, who is known for partnership disputes, and senior associate Shoshana Bacall, whose growing practice consists of partner exits and team moves.

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A small team with great expertise in partnership and employment. They are really focused on the client, and great to have in your corner. Good strategic thinking alongside their litigation skills. Their focus on partnership and LLP matters in the financial sector really make them stand out.

A hugely knowledgeable team dealing with the whole range of partnership and employment matters. Savvy and calm in the way they work, they are up there with the very best partnership firms.’

Caroline Field and Catriona Watt are both great – efficient, super with clients and a delight to work with. Both are partners who really take the lead and go the extra mile for clients.’

Senior executives Tier 4

Fox & Partners provides employment advice to senior executives, with a focus on clients in the professional, financial and insurance services sectors. It is regularly instructed in connection with senior executive departures following allegations of misconduct or poor performance. Team heads Ivor Adair and Caroline Field are known for their litigation expertise.

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‘Highly specialist team of employment lawyers, who are technically skilled and focused on their clients’ needs.

‘Ivor Adair is calm under pressure and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Ronnie Fox is one of the doyens of employment and partnership law.’

‘Extremely strong boutique firm able to handle cases of significant complexity and reach at short notice. The team demonstrates exceptional commitment, versatility and judgment. They regularly go toe-to-toe with the best known operators in the field and their track record speaks for itself.’

‘Catriona Watt has exceptional judgment and client skills.’

‘Ivor Adair is one of the most legally astute and technically gifted partners in the market.’

‘Fox & Partners handle high-end senior executive work both in the employment and the partnership context. They are a leading London boutique firm in this market.’

‘Ivor Adair has a creative legal mind; good at hard-edged legal challenges but also has a very compassionate and sympathetic bedside manner with clients.’

‘Catriona Watt is enthusiastic and very committed to fighting for the best outcomes for clients.’

‘A small team with great expertise. They are really focussed on the client, and great to have in your corner. Good strategic thinking alongside their litigation skills. Their focus on partnership and LLP matters in the financial sector really make them stand out.’

‘Caroline Field and Catriona Watt are both great – efficient, super with clients and a delight to work with. Both are partners who really take the lead and go the extra mile for clients. Ivor Adair is a great lawyer and well organised litigator.’


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 emplyoment and partnership expertise and litigation in one team.

Partnership Law

Fox & Partners is engaged by partners/members and partnerships and LLPs within the legal, insurance and financial services markets (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 litigation in multiple jurisdictions, including a cross-border case involving the issuing of proceedings in both the High Court and Employment Tribunal, as well as arbitration, relating to the shock expulsion of an LLP member and forfeiture of carried interest in a private equity fund.

Fox & Partners receive regular instructions from LLP members in the financial services sector to deal with issues at the cutting edge of partnership law, including relating to discretionary decision making to expel or retire partners with the consequent loss of multi-million pounds of carried interest.

Acting for partners/LLP members and firms bringing and defending discrimination and whistleblowing allegations is a core area of the firm’s practice.

The firm has been instructed on a number of high profile matters, including complex investigations, against a backdrop of the pressures on law firms to stamp out harassment and discrimination. Fox & Partners’ experience in acting for many players – the harassed, the alleged harasser and the firm – means we are 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 a cross-border case in particular involving the issuing of proceedings in the High Court and Employment Tribunal for breach of contract and whistleblowing, as well as in the US courts.

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. A recent highlight was advising a high-profile entrepreneurial business on recruiting a number of employees from a litigious competitor whilst minimising their exposure to claims.

Fox & Partners is regularly instructed by employees and employers bringing or defending high value and sensitive discrimination and whistleblowing claims and have seen may 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Employment Dean Fuller
Partnership Catriona Watt
Litigation Caroline Field
Photo Name Position Profile
 Shoshana Bacall  photo Shoshana Bacall Senior Associate
 Caroline Field  photo Caroline Field Partner
 Ronnie Fox  photo Ronnie Fox Partner
 Catriona Watt  photo Catriona Watt Partner
Number of UK partners : 4
Number of other UK fee-earners : 5
Association of Partnership Practitioners
ELA (Employment Lawyers Association)
IBA (International Bar Association)
London Solicitors Litigation Association