What others say about us
"Fox Williams is highly regarded for its property management advice, as well as advising clients on acquisitions and commercial tenancy matters. Clients say: "They have a very commercial attitude - they have an honest view of the risks but they are also willing to give an opinion of what a client should do." Key clients include Restaurants Etc, FM Global and National Instruments."
KEY INDIVIDUALS: Clients praise Simon Smith for his "great property knowledge married to a no-nonsense commercial approach." He has been handling a range of tenancy matters, including representing FM Insurance Company in negotiations of an early surrender of lease.
Liz Ruff is described as a "real pleasure to work with." She recently advised Associates in Advertising on taking a new office tenancy in London.
(Chambers UK, 2013)
"This seven-lawyer team has been acting on a substantial volume of asset management work over the past year. It offers clients a wide variety of expertise and is adept at marshalling expertise from other departments as necessary; particularly corporate, tax and fashion. Formed in 2008, the team has been quick to establish itself in the London real estate market."
(Chambers UK 2012)
"Fox Williams LLP’s ‘sound knowledge is backed up by an experienced, pragmatic approach’. Clients include Restaurants Etc (Soho) Ltd, Urban Space Holdings and FM Global. Elizabeth Ruff and Simon Smith are recommended."
(Legal 500, 2012)
"Fox Williams LLP advised Restaurants Etc (Soho) in relation to a concession in Selfridges, Oxford Street. Other clients include Westbrook Partners, Urban Space Holdings and FM Global, and retailers and restaurateurs. Simon Smith and Elizabeth Ruff are recommended."
(Legal 500 2011)
KEY INDIVIDUALS Liz Ruff is "responsive, precise and pays good attention to details," according to sources. She has a broad array of experience to draw upon and her involvement in the firm's fashion law practice contributes to her diverse expertise. She counts private individuals, pension funds and investment companies among her clients. Head of real estate Simon Smith gains praise from market sources for his commerciality. He is experienced in investment and development, commercial leasing, secured lending, landlord and tenancy matters and portfolio management.
Although it was only established in 2008, this firm's real estate department is making a name for itself in the London market. It has thrived thanks to strong links with the firm's fashion law and corporate groups. Significant client gains in 2009 include In Express Retail and L'Allemande.
(Chambers UK 2011)
Liz Ruff "really understands the world we work in, and has a more open mind than most solicitors," according to one source. She recently acted on the disposal of Greenwich Market to the Greenwich Hospital Trust. Simon Smith "breaks things down into easily comprehensible English, giving non-lawyers a real perspective on the situation," say sources. He heads the real estate department, and is praised as "a reactive, concise and thorough lawyer, who gets the deal done in the best possible fashion." He recently acted for FM Global on the letting of its new City office in Lime Street.
(Chambers UK 2011)