What others say about us
This substantial practice offers top-quality advice across the full spectrum of partnership matters, with particular emphasis on the legal services sector. The team has notable experience in advising foreign firms on establishing themselves in the UK, and acts for a number of major US law firms in London. It is also increasingly active in restructurings and alternative business solutions. The group frequently handles contentious matters, and has expertise in arbitration and litigation. Key clients include Clyde & Co, Smiths Gore, Stewarts Law and Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold.
KEY INDIVIDUALS: Gavin Foggo is praised by clients as a "sensible" lawyer who "can be a tough litigator if he needs to be." According to sources, "he's not interested in wasting time or money, and tries to get to the crux of the matter very rapidly. He is commercial, has great judgement, and is very responsive."
"Impressive" contentious practitioner Tina Williams has an excellent reputation for her work on corporate matters. Interviewees say she "is extremely proficient, gains her clients' confidence quickly and understands business and commercial realities."
Associate Molly Ahmed is known for her "solid partnership knowledge" and impresses clients with her "hard-working, dedicated and tenacious" approach.
Another key associate at the firm, Daniel Sutherland offers in-depth understanding of regulatory issues relating to US law firms.
(Chambers UK, 2013)
The team at Fox Williams is particularly noted for its non-contentious work in the partnership field, though it has the capacity to advise on contentious matters as well. It is noted for its strategic management advice, and works particularly well with foreign firms in London. Clients appreciate the fact that its solicitors are comfortable working to US hours, which takes them well into the UK evening, and say that they are "sensible, pragmatic and get the deals done." Notable clients of the group include Cluttons LLP, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP and Nixon Peabody LLP.
Client Service: "Outstanding service, and they respond promptly."
Commercial Awareness: "They know how to structure management going forward - it's not just the legal issues, but also the practical issues."
KEY INDIVIDUALS: Gavin Foggo is a partner in the firm's dispute resolution department, and has an outstanding reputation in the partnership space as a "clear, businesslike, and sensible" practitioner. Clients say he is "very measured," and "takes a tough line, but is not unreasonable." Associate Molly Ahmed is new to the rankings, and arrives with a reputation for "absolutely first-class" work. Sources say she is a bright and impressive character, and are happy to report that "you can just let her get on and run things." Tina Williams heads the team, and is a hugely experienced practitioner with a straightforward style and great depth of knowledge. Clients appreciate the fact that "she actually listens," and note her ability to relate well to US attorneys, a crucial skill in her work on transatlantic partnership formations. Daniel Sutherland is another talented associate making a good name for himself in this sector. Clients like the way he "explains complex concepts well," and admire his capacity for doing the heavy lifting on a case.
(Chambers UK, 2012)
"The Fox Williams LLP team is ‘both technically and commercially first rate’, and is valued for its ‘exemplary’ service and ‘meticulous’ attention to detail. The legal services sector is an area of specialism, with clients including Fulbright & Jaworski International LLP and Clyde & Co LLP. Tina Williams is very highly rated, and ‘really gets under the skin of a business’. Gavin Foggo has ‘excellent client-handling skills’, and gives ‘practical, sensible advice’."
(Legal 500, 2012)
‘Justifiably regarded as one of a select number of top-flight partnership firms’, Fox Williams LLP has ‘an extremely good knowledge of the legal sector and a great depth of practical advice’. Headed by ‘pragmatic and effective negotiator’ Tina Williams, the team’s work in 2010 included advising on the first trial of an unfair prejudice petition brought in respect of a LLP. Gavin Foggo is a ‘highly efficient and popular litigator’, and rounding out the group is the ‘utterly charming’ Douglas Preece. Tax head Emma Bailey joined in March 2010 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.
(Legal 500, 2011)
“This leading firm is highly regarded for its work with property, law, accounting and architect firms. It is well known for setting up alternative business structures, and also has an excellent reputation for litigation. “Tina Williams is charming and extremely good with clients."”
(Chambers Guide, 2011)
“This highly recognized team covers all areas of traditional and contemporary partnership matters. Tina Williams draws admiration for her sensitivity and objectivity in contentious work, and for her creativity in handling novel issues arising out of cross-border partnership transactions. Gavin Foggo is a ‘charming top-notch litigator’ who commands respect in court.”
(Chambers UK, 2010)
“Fox Williams LLP provides clients with ‘high-quality advice’ across the full range of partnership work, with a ‘commercial and responsive approach’. Tina Williams focuses on corporate matters and is “hugely able and hardworking. Doulas Preece has “a deep knowledge of partnership law”, while for contentious matters Gavin Foggo is “a highly efficient and popular litigator”.”
(Legal 500, 2010)
“The firm continues to convince the market of its well deserved reputation in both contentious and non-contentious partnership matters. Tina Williams is an “accessible and trusted advisor”. Solicitor Advocate Gavin Foggo's rising profile within the partnership community continues to earn him a commendable reputation: "he always has his clients best interests at heart" and clients consider his expertise and knowledge and "assertive attitude" to be valuable."
(Chambers Guide, 2009)
“Contentious matters are a core strength for Fox Williams LLP but the firm also has significant capability in advisory work, particularly merger and demerger matters for professional service firms. Tina Williams and Douglas Preece are the names to note.”
(Legal 500, 2009)
“This “outstandingly good” full-service partnership outfit providing “suberb service”. Tina Williams is well-respected on both the disputes and non-contentious sides and ”knows the area inside out”. She regularly advises large international firms who appreciate her expertise on mergers and demergers. Gavin Foggo has “a good tactical head on him” and knows “when to be forceful and when to step back”.”
(Chambers UK, 2008)