Mr Ivor Adair > Fox & Partners > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Fox & Partners

Work Department

Employment and Partnership


Ivor is a highly experienced, specialist contentious employment and partnership lawyer, acting predominately for senior executives and partners within a wide range of sectors including professional practice, financial services, insurance, sport, education and healthcare.  He also acts for employers and firms handling reputationally sensitive matters.  His highlights this year include:


  • Conducting a major independent investigation for a high-profile institution involving dozens of witnesses and substantial testimony, addressing sensitive issues with potential serious consequences for the professionals involved, and preparing a report with extensive findings and recommendations.
  • Acting for a London Club in relation to a sensitive matter leading to a claim brought by the executors of the estate of a former senior employee.
  • Acting for an employer in relation to tribunal proceedings involving health and safety and whistleblowing claims in the context of Covid-19 related concerns.
  • Advising an asset management business in the aviation sector in relation to the redundancy of a senior professional.


  • Acting for a magic circle law firm partner in relation to a complex cross border dispute involving personal injury, breach of contract employment tribunal jurisdiction issues. The matter also involved the navigation of complex regulatory challenges.
  • Acting for a partner at an asset management firm with focus on maximising financial compensation and protecting their position on exit.
  • Advising a partner at a large accountancy practice in relation to their compulsory retirement.

Senior Executive:

  • Acting for a number of c-suite executives from the same employer in relation to their actual or threatened dismissals or voluntary resignations to protect very valuable incentive arrangements and maximise financial compensation on exit.
  • Acting for a senior executive in relation to a substantial bonus dispute against an international bank arising from termination.
  • Advising a senior executive options trader in relation to a dispute over their employment status and alleged membership of a partnership with tax and restrictive covenant implications, focussed on negotiating terms and a move to a new employer.
  • Advising a c-suite executive in the fintech sector in relation to their employment with focus on negotiating favourable contractual terms.
  • Advising a senior female executive in the insurance industry in relation to sex and age discrimination and bullying issues.

Ivor has written and commented in several articles on employment law and practice, including on founder disputes, on bullying and neurodiversity issues and has been interviewed by international publications


Partner, Fox & Partners
Partner, Slater & Gordon

Admitted as a solicitor 2006 Qualified Solicitor-Advocate.


Ivor sits on the Legislative and Policy Committee of Employment Lawyers Association.  He co-chairs a working party in relation to a current government review on hybrid and distance working.  He was a member of the ELA working party on disability workforce reporting and chaired the ELA working party that devised “A practical guide for remote hearings in the Employment Tribunal”, published December 2020.  He is also an active member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners, Professional Negligence Lawyers Association, the Industrial Law Society and Commercial Litigators Forum.


Queen’s University Belfast – LLB Law, PG. Dip.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Senior executives

The ‘subject matter experts’ at Fox & Partners ‘come up with pragmatic, smart recommendations’, with a particular focus on the professional, insurance and financial services sectors. Alongside an experienced contentious practice, the firm advises on post-termination covenants and the implications for executive moves. Caroline Field is experienced at litigating in the Employment Tribunal, courts and other dispute resolution forums. She co-leads the team with Ivor Adair, who is ‘a brilliant technical lawyer and very strategic’. Also active in the area is Catriona Watt , whose expertise includes contentious departures and arrivals and negotiating terms of exit.

London > Corporate and commercial > Partnership

Fox & Partners is hailed for ‘ bursting with talented individuals‘. The practice predominantly assists partnerships and individuals in the legal profession in addition to clients in the accountancy, insurance and financial services sectors. Catriona Watt  advises on the full range of advisory and contentious cases including departures and arrivals, partner rights and entitlements and negotiating terms of exit for both firms and LLP members. Caroline Field is an experienced litigator who handles some of the most contentious and often novel cases; where necessary in the Employment Tribunal, High Court, and other dispute resolution forums. The team however aims to negotiate cases in order to preserve reputations. Dean Fuller undertakes advisory and disputes work in conjunction with related regulatory and corporate law while Ivor Adair also advises on acrimonious exits; the enforceability of post-termination covenants and potential claims under the equality act legislation and where partnership cases are entangled with issues such as alleged discrimination or harassment. Associates Shiv Raja (‘one to watch in the future‘) and Eleanor Diamond are highlighted and Ronnie Fox  continues with the firm as a consultant. Senior associate Shoshana Bacall  is also recommended.