Fox Williams has been ranked across 23 separate practices areas in the most recent Legal 500 and Chambers UK rankings guides marking an increase from last year.

In Legal 500 UK 2022 the firm retains its Band 1 ranking in M&A: smaller deals up to £50m, Partnership and Travel. The firm has also been promoted a band in five practice areas: Financial services (contentious), Employment: employers, Employee share schemes, Commercial litigation and International arbitration.

In Chambers UK 2022 it has achieved rankings across 13 practice areas maintaining its top ranking in Partnership and Travel.

In Legal500, on an individual level three lawyers are listed in the Hall of Fame: Tina Williams (Partnership), Jane Mann (Employment: employers) and Pollyanna Deane (Insurance: corporate and regulatory).

Seven lawyers are listed as leading individuals in the guide: Richie Clark (M&A), Gavin Foggo and Daniel Sutherland (both Partnership), Peter Wright and Sona Ganatra (both Financial services: contentious), Ben Giaretta (International arbitration), Rhys Griffiths (Travel).

Three lawyers are listed as next generation partners: Mary Elliott (M&A), Lucy England (Aviation, and Travel) and Aron Pope (Partnership).

Four lawyers are listed as rising stars (associates): Sebastian Sayer (Financial services: contentious), Mary Majewska (Commercial property: commercial occupiers), Kate Felmingham (International arbitration) and Phyllis Acheampong (Travel).

In Chambers, Fox Williams has received 30 individual rankings with Rhys Griffiths (Travel) and Gavin Foggo (Partnership: contentious) retaining their Band 1 rankings.

Partners Sona Ganatra (Financial services: contentious regulatory), Gavin Foggo (Fraud: civil) and Phillip Hope (Real estate: mid-market) are newly ranked and Mary Elliott (Corporate/M&A: mid-market) is listed in the numbered bands for the first time.

Lucy Coffey (Commercial contracts), Tom Pennington-Hare (Employment: employer) and Phyllis Acheampong (Travel) are newly ranked as Associates to Watch.

Client and market feedback has been especially strong. Its top-rated Partnership practice was highlighted for its “excellent reputation, excellent industry awareness of issues and very practical advice.”

Other commentary was similarly positive including feedback from one client saying: “Fox Williams was highly responsive and practical. Seamless transition among associates with good oversight at the partner level at the appropriate times. Very impressive.”

Full rankings and commentary are available for both Chambers UK 2022 and Legal 500 UK 2022.

Full details of rankings

20 ranked practice areas in The Legal 500 2022: Aviation, Commercial litigation: mid-market, Commercial property: commercial occupiers, ECM: small-mid cap, Employee share schemes, Employment: employers, Employment: senior executives, Financial services: contentious, Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory, FinTech, Fraud: civil, Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals), Immigration, Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design, Insurance: corporate and regulatory, International arbitration, M&A smaller deals up to £50m, Partnership, Retail and consumer, Travel.

13 ranked practice areas in Chambers and Partners 2022: Capital markets: AIM, Commercial contracts, Corporate/M&A: lower mid-market, Employment: employer, Employment: senior executive, Financial services: contentious regulatory (individuals), Intellectual property, Intellectual property: law firms with patent and trade mark attorneys, Partnership, Partnership: large international structures, Real estate: lower mid-market, Retail, Travel: regulatory and commercial.

The Times Best Law Firms 2022

Fox Williams has been recognised in The Times Best Law Firms 2022 (published 4 November 2021) for its capabilities in the Commercial dispute resolution; Company & commercial; and Employment sections. For this report, solicitors and barristers in England & Wales are asked to recommend the best law firms (other than their own) for legal work in a number of categories. Those firms with the most votes from more than 4,500 respondents made it into The Times Best Law Firms 2022.


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