Caroline Field > Fox & Partners > London, England > Lawyer Profile
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Litigation, Contentious Employment and Partnership
Caroline is a Partner and head of Fox & Partners’ litigation practice. Caroline frequently acts in high-value and sensitive City disputes arising from a fall-out between (i) employers or professional firms (LLPs and traditional partnerships) on the one hand and (ii) employees, shareholders and directors or LLP members/partners on the other, and in senior executive and partner moves.
Advising partners and firms, typically in the professional services and financial services sector, such as complex hedge fund and private equity structures, is the cornerstone of Fox & Partners’ practice. A great deal of Caroline’s time is spent acting on disputes arising out of breaches of partnership agreements (often relating to actual and threatened expulsions or compulsory retirements, changes to remuneration and decision-making processes), performance and misconduct investigations, unfairly prejudicial conduct, alleged discrimination and whistleblowing.
Caroline regularly advises on business protection cases, providing strategic advice in relation to team moves, restrictive covenants, fiduciary obligations and duties of confidentiality. She has significant experience defending and enforcing such provisions, including by obtaining and defending interim injunctions. With experience acting for employers/firms (former and recruiting employers) and moving employees or partners, she offers a unique perspective and understanding of the pressures on both sides.
Caroline is recognised by the independent guides to the legal profession for her work representing employees and partners before the employment tribunal and courts. Restrictive covenants are a noted area of strength. One client observed: “she is strategically astute and does not neglect any aspect of the case before her…she is also very supportive and empathetic, making her an ideal legal adviser to navigate uniquely complex legal situations” (Chambers UK 2021).
Caroline was included in Management Today’s prestigious 35 women under 35 list in 2018.
Admitted as a solicitor 2006; Walker Morris 2004-2011 (including one year’s break living and working in New Zealand); Fox & Partners (formerly Fox) 2011 – present.
Committee member of London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA), former President of the Junior LSLA;
Committee member The Association of Partnership Practitioners (APP). The APP is the leading multi-disciplinary organisation representing partnership and professional service firm practitioners
Member of Employment Lawyers Association.
University of Newcastle 2000-2003 – LLB Law (Hons) 2:1; College of Law, York 2003-2004 (Legal Practice course).
Amateur dramatics (member of the Magdalene Players, Wandsworth), fitness and travel.
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(Next Generation Partners)
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.