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Employment for Professional Practices

Our employment practice has an outstanding reputation in the market place. What differentiates us is that our lawyers make themselves aware of the key business concerns both for the client’s business and their industry sector, and internal political pressures and constraints.

Our awareness of this and the regulatory regime in which clients operate means that we provide robust risk assessments with a strong focus on finding practical solutions. We ensure that we relate employment law advice to the HR agenda. The employment team at Fox Williams is at the forefront of HR issues, providing thought leadership and innovative lawyering through its suite of HRLaw information and training services.

Our clients include financial institutions, major industrial companies, regulatory and professional bodies, professional firms and family-owned businesses. We are retained by a number of UK and international law firms to advise on their internal HR-related issues, as well as to provide specialist employment law advice to their clients.

Our expertise

  • Handling dismissals, including managing collective consultation processes
  • Defending allegations of discrimination
  • Handling Tribunal and High Court litigation
  • Managing sickness absence
  • Drafting employee documentation including remuneration and employee benefits planning
  • Advising employers on managing team moves and the protection of their business
  • TUPE transfers
  • Share option and incentive schemes
  • Cross-border employment

 Our recent experience

  • Advised several major US law firms in relation to putting handbooks and template employment contract structures in place for their London offices.
  • Acted for Colin Tenner, a former equity partner in relation to a complex disability discrimination claim brought against PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  • Regularly advise a number of UK and US law firms on a wide range of employment matters relating to their London and regional offices.
  • Regularly advise a number of barristers’ chambers on sensitive employment matters.
  • Regularly advise an inter-dealer broker. Negotiating complex remuneration packages for senior brokers and advising on redundancy issues.
  • Advised Drivers Jonas LLP, one of the UK’s leading property consultancies with 700 partners and staff based predominantly in the UK on their ground breaking merger with Deloitte.  Due to our role as trusted adviser on HR and employment law issues to the firm, we were asked to act despite the wider transaction being headed by another law firm.  This involved advice not just on the legal technicalities but also guiding the partners through the cultural difficulties the process presented in a professional services firm and advising on balancing these with the need to ensure due process was properly followed.
  • Advising numerous US law firms on establishing their London employment policies and contracts including secondment arrangements.
  • Advised a law firm on managing an equity partner with long-term health issues impacting on his performance.
  • Acted for a leading US law firm defending claims for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination by a partner.
  • Advising a US law firm on a large-scale restructuring, in relation to the consultation process.

Recent news, articles and deals:

Mandatory Gender Pay Reporting – New Obligations and Issues for Partnershipsmore
The unexpected employment cost of terminating a distributorship agreementmore
Fox Williams advised Key Travel Holdings Limited shareholders on sale and management buyoutmore
FW win in the Supreme Court for Raphael Geys against Societe Generalemore
LLP Member cannot pursue a whistle blowing claim.more


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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