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Fox & Partners

Work Department

Employment and partnership.




Articled Herbert Oppenheimer, Nathan & Vandyk 1969-71; partner 1974-88; partner Denton Hall Burgin & Warrens 1988-89; formed and became senior partner Fox Williams 1989-2005; founded Fox 2006, Partner in Fox & Partners 2017. Following qualification practised corporate law in City and now specialises in partnership and employment law; writer and commentator on legal matters; author of ‘Payments on Termination of Employment’ (Longman 3rd edition 1990), ‘International Professional Practice – England & Wales’ (Chancery Law Publishing, 1992), ‘Due Diligence Disclosures and Warranties in the Corporate Acquisitions Practice: the United Kingdom’ (Graham & Trotman, 2nd edition, 1992), ‘Product Tampering in the United Kingdom’ (Graham & Trotman, 1993), ‘Professional Secrecy of Lawyers in Europe – the UK’ (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and many articles and book reviews in legal journals and the national press; chair of the Practice Management sub-committee of IBA, committee 10 1994-97; chair of the Senior Lawyers’ committee 2008-10; made presentations to IBA committee G 1987 (London) and 1991 (Dusseldorf) on ‘Due Diligence, Disclosures and Warranties in Corporate Acquisitions Practice’ and in 1994 (Melbourne) on ‘Partnership for Lawyers: Does It Work’; made presentations to IBA committee 10 1991 (Montreal and London) on ‘Cold Starts and Break-Outs’, other IBA presentations include: 1993 (New Orleans) on ‘Right-Sizing the Law Firm for Quality’, 1995 (Edinburgh) on ‘How can we compete with larger firms’, 1997 (Amsterdam) on ‘Alternative Pricing’, 1998 (Dublin) on ‘Partnership and Proprietorship’, 2000 (Rome) on ‘Marketing via the Internet’; 2002 (Durban) on ‘Barriers to progress of women in professional firms’ and ‘succession’; 2003 (San Francisco) on ‘Psychology and the Lawyer’; 2005 (Prague) on ‘Handling Partners in Crisis: Managing Partners out of the Firm’; 2006 (Chicago) on ‘Partners working over the age of 50’; 2007 (Singapore) ‘Making a New Start after Retiring from your Firm’; 2009 (Madrid); ‘How Senior Lawyers Can Contribute More to their Firms’, 2010 (London); ‘Rainmaking for women lawyers’; 2010 (Vancouver) ‘Climbing the ladder, how to progress in a law firm’; senior Lawyers can contribute more to their firms; 2011 (Dubai) ‘Discrimination in law firms – fighting back’; 2012 (Munich) ‘Managing Client Relationships’; attended IBA annual conferences since 1984; acted as rapporteur at New York, Hong Kong, Cannes and Barcelona conferences; co-opted member Law Society Completion Cheque Scheme Working Party 1981-82; Law Society Standing Committee on Company Law 1985-89; Law Society Council Membership Committee 1990-97; Law Society Standing Committee on Employment Law 2001-04; Law Society Remuneration Committee 2005-10; Law Society representative on the Registrar of Companies Users’ Group 1984-89; member of the Law Society 1995 National Conference Planning Committee; chaired two sessions at the 1999 Solicitors’ Law Festival; spoke on ‘Law in the 21st Century’ at Law Society Annual Conference 2000; member of the Finance Committee organising the 2005 Commonwealth Law Association/Law Society conference; City of London Law Society Professional Practice Sub-Committee 1985-93; City of London Law Society Liaison Officer at Herbert Oppenheimer, Nathan & Vandyk 1986-88; chairman Working Party preparing the evidence of the company to Lady Marre’s Committee on the future of the legal profession 1986; co-ordinator of the survey on City solicitors’ attitudes to multi-disciplinary practices 1987; chairman Working Party preparing the response of City solicitors to the government Green Paper on work and organisation of the legal profession 1989; deputy chairman City of London Law Society 1989-91; committee of the City of London Law Society 1988-2001; recipient of City of London Solicitors’ Company Distinguished Services Award 1989; elected to the Court of City of London Solicitors’ Company 1991; master 1998-99; motoring correspondent of City Solicitor 2006-2015; member of the City of London Solicitors’ Company Communications Committee 2014-2015; executive committee of British-Israel Chamber of Commerce 1988-97, vice-president 1997; founder of the Association of Partnership Practitioners (chairman 1998-2001; president 2003-08; honorary life member); member of the Law Society Law Management Section Advisory Group 1998-99; chairman of the Law Society Law Management Section Conference, ‘Managing for Success’, 2000; vice-patron of the Tank Musuem 2008-10; general counsel to; member of the Pall Mall House Committee of the Royal Automobile Club 2006-12; member of the board of the Royal Automobile Club 2012 to date.


French, German.


Law Society; City of London Law Society; Employment Lawyers’ Association; European Employment Lawyers’ Association; Association of Partnership Practitioners; Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars of the Center for International Legal Studies; International Bar Association (IBA) and committees on law management, professional ethics, business organisations, employment and industrial relations; admitted to the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Solicitors of the City of London 1984 and to the Livery 1986.


City of London School; Lincoln College, Oxford University (MA (Hons) Jurisprudence); solicitor of the Senior Courts (1972).


Opera, theatre, cinema, swimming, skin diving and scuba diving, motoring and other forms of transport, management studies; member City of London Club; member Asquith Society and Speaker at the 2012 dinner.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Partnership

(Hall of Fame)

Ronnie FoxFox & Partners

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.