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Dispute Resolution for Professional Services

Our Professional Practices Group includes specialist litigation and arbitration advisers, who are highly experienced in both UK High Court litigation and domestic and international arbitration in the partnership sphere.

The Dispute Resolution team attracts high-profile instructions from some of the largest firms and has an excellent client base, predominantly in the professional and financial services sectors.  However, the team also acts for individual partners.

Our team is acutely aware that litigation or arbitration can be protracted, stressful and costly.  Where possible, we aim to resolve disputes without the need for proceedings either through negotiation or formal mediation.  In some cases, however, urgent injunctive relief is required from the Court (for example, where expulsion is threatened), and the team has a great track record in obtaining such relief from the Court.

Our Experience

  • We acted for the successful petitioner in the reported case of Eaton v Caulfield & others [2011] BCC 386 which is the first reported case on the application of the unfair prejudice provisions of the Companies Act 2006 to limited liability partnerships.
  • In conjunction with US lawyers, we acted in international arbitral proceedings for a former English partner of a US law firm in his claim for capital contributions.
  • We acted for a national law firm which had exercised its right to retire compulsorily one of its members – the case was settled successfully in a mediation shortly after the retiring partner had commenced arbitration proceedings.
  • We acted for partners in claims for fraudulent misrepresentation following their departure from their firm.
  • We acted for a national accountancy firm regarding the acquisition of a partner and his team from another firm, including the alleged breach of post-termination restrictive covenants.
  • We acted for a partner and his new firm on his departure with his team, including High Court proceedings and applications for injunctive relief.
  • We acted for Vestra Wealth LLP against UBS Wealth Management in one of the largest team moves seen in the City of London and in respect of which UBS issued an application for injunctive relief to prevent the move from happening.  The principles derived from the case are now routinely used both by parties wishing to orchestrate a team move and parties wishing to prevent them.
  • We acted for the majority of partners of a GP's practice in threatened arbitration and dissolution proceedings. We successfully settled the dispute by negotiating the retirement of one of the partners, following a mediation.

Recent news, articles and deals:

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Fox Williams shortlisted for Employment Team of the Year by The Lawyermore
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Kumagai’s cautionary talemore


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tel: +44 (0) 20 7628 2000
10 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AF
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Gavin Foggo
Partner
Direct dial: +44 (0)20 7614 2543
gfoggo@foxwilliams.com

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Tom Custance
Partner
Direct dial: +44 (0)20 7614 2508
tcustance@foxwilliams.com


Accreditations

  • Top Ranked Chambers UK 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Ranked in Chambers Europe 2013 - Leading Individual
  • Ranked in Chambers Global 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Legal 500 - Leading Firm
  • The Lawyer UK 200 - Listed Firm
  • The Law Society Excellence Awards 2012 - Shortlisted
  • Investors in People - Bronze