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Fox & Partners

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Contentious employment and partnership


Catriona Watt is a Partner specialising in contentious partnership law as well as employment and discrimination law. She advises professional firms, partners, senior executives and employers, focusing primarily on the financial, insurance, private equity and professional services sectors.

Catriona has a wealth of experience in advising on complex team move situations in which there are usually allegations of breach of restrictive covenants and fiduciary duties and potential forfeiture claims. Catriona brings a strategic and commercial approach to advising on senior and board level disputes and contentious exits from partnership structures. She advises on other contentious senior level employment and partnership issues and has particular experience in dealing with private equity partnership disputes. Catriona often advises on misconduct investigations, including harassment, involving senior individuals in regulated sectors, working with regulatory and PR specialists where necessary.

Where litigation cannot be avoided, Catriona draws on her experience of litigating partnership and employment disputes in the High Court, Employment Tribunal and in arbitration.

Catriona is recognised in Chambers UK and the Legal 500 for her expertise in contentious partnership and employment law.


Admitted as a solicitor 2008; Burness LLP (now Burness Paul LLP) 2006 – 2008; Fox & Partners (formerly Fox) – 2008 – present.


Employment Law Association, Association of Partnership Practitioners and past Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers’ Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA).


University of Aberdeen 1999 – 2003 – LLB (Hons) 2:1; Glasgow Graduate School of Law – 2004-2005 – Diploma in Legal Practice; BPP Law School – 2008 – Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Partnership

(Next Generation Partners)

Catriona WattFox & Partners

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.

London > Employment > Senior executives

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 are Shoshana Bacall and Remziye Ozcan while associate Shiv Raja is also highlighted by clients as ‘technically gifted‘.