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Clients say: "They're a bunch of really switched-on people who understand the needs of small business owners. They see the long term in a relationship, so we get value."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

"Overwhelming sense of commerciality and strong ethos of customer service."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

"A fantastic, commercially minded lawyer who goes above and beyond." Paul Osborne
(Chambers UK, 2018)

Mary Elliott continues to impress market sources, who describe her as "absolutely fantastic on a transaction" and laud her "quick turnaround."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

Paul Taylor attracts praise for his "very commercial approach."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

Fox Williams LLP’s ‘responsive, client-oriented’ team is ‘practical’ and ‘good value for money’. It also ‘works well with in-house teams’, and has a ‘hugely helpful understanding of early-stage businesses’. 

(Legal 500, 2017)

‘Practical, responsive’ practice head Richie Clark has strong experience in the natural resources, financial services and technology sectors
(Legal 500, 2017)

'Strong in public takeovers and equity capital markets.'
(Legal 500, 2017)

"Marries an eye for detail with a commercial nous that really cuts through the issues
(Legal 500, 2017)

''They did an excellent job and were very proactive, helping not only in the legal process but also in the commercial aspects and negotiations. They added a lot of value to the team in their legal aspects and experience in the process.''

(Chambers UK, 2016)

Very client focused: they certainly understand the international companies and how they operate, they understand our business very well and have morphed their practice in a way that suits the way that we do business.''
(Chambers UK, 2016)

Very commercial and effective, and are able to offer a depth of resource across a range of disciplines. They're very good in the share placing and IPO space."
(Chambers UK, 2015)

"We use Fox Williams as our first port of call for what we need in relation to AIM and the capital markets, and have no plans to change."
(Chambers UK, 2015)

"They are always available. We knew we could always get hold of them and we never felt unsupported."
(Chambers UK, 2015)

"We found them to be very helpful professional and proactive. We were very pleased with their service."
(Chambers UK, 2015)

'Paul Osborne is described by clients as being "extremely commercially astute and driven to succeed."
(Chambers UK,
2015)

'Richie Clark is highly esteemed by clients.'
(Chambers UK, 2015)

Richie Clark "has a great ability to communicate effectively, interacting and explaining complex situations in a clear manner. He acts like a member of our team in creating solutions to any situation to our company's interest"
(Chambers UK, 2015) 

'Richie Clark’s team is "service-oriented, motivated and highly commercial"'
(Legal 500, 2014)

‘Highly respected for representing clients in the technology, natural resources and financial services sectors. Frequently advises listed companies.’
(Chambers UK, 2014)

"The service was very good; they are highly responsive, thorough and good on negotiations."
(Chambers UK, 2014)

Paul Osborne is "highly sensible" and "works extremely effectively to get the deal done," sources say.’
(Chambers UK, 2014)

This firm has bulked up over recent months and added to its offering with a foray into the financial services sector, and in 2011 advised the Korea Investment Corporation on setting up in London. Well known for its expertise in AIM, the department frequently secures engagements from various areas of hi-tech industry at both the start-up and low-mid cap range. One recent example is its work on Tennants Consolidated's purchase of Belgian chemical company Tessenderlo and its subsidiaries. Clients look to Fox Williams not only for its sector knowledge but because the practice is viewed as "a safe house; you know what you're going to get."

Fox Williams LLP’s corporate practice, led by Paul Osborne, rates “very highly for its excellent response times and its long-term strategic view”.
(Legal 500, 2013)

Douglas Preece “can always be relied on to provide timely and solid advice irrespective of how unreasonable the deadlines might be”.’
(Legal 500, 2013)

'Clients recommend Paul Osborne, recognising him to be "very user-friendly and commercially aware." Recent highlights include an acquisition for client Tennants Consolidated.'
(Chambers UK, 2013)

'Noted for its "cohesive team approach", Fox Williams LLP draws on the "good industry knowledge, patience and commitment to projects" of Richie Clark. It advised Westhouse Securities on the AIM IPO of Fluromin.'
(Legal 500, 2012)

'Fox Williams LLP’s "professional, prompt and commercial" team acts for a number of AIM and main market clients, including SuperGroup and Plexus Holdings. In 2011 it advised the former on its €40m acquisition of CNC Collections BVBA, its France and Benelux franchisee and distributor. Practice head Paul Osborne is a "skilful negotiator and draftsman", and Nick Sayers "grasps issues quickly and provides considered, practical advice".'
(Legal 500, 2012)

The team impresses clients with its "excellent responsiveness and high levels of partner attention." Market sources also appreciate that the outfit has a number of highly specialised lawyers in a variety of other disciplines able to assist on corporate deals when needed. The team represents clients such as Toronto Stock Exchange-listed Constellation Software, NYSE-quoted GFI Group and the City of London Group. Sources say "their knowledge of the dynamics of deals means that we don't waste any time on explaining things unnecessarily."

"They have worked long hours for us at the speed we wanted to go at. They are always at the end of the phone."

'Paul Osborne has particular expertise in providing corporate law advice to clients in the technology and e-business sectors. In the past year he acted for City of London Group on the formation and funding of a new subsidiary.'
(Chambers UK, 2012)

'Fox Williams LLP is "well stocked with good lawyers". The team, headed by Paul Osborne, acted on over 30 deals worth a total of £80m. Peter Faber, who joined from Jones Day, "engenders respect", and Nick Sayers is also recommended.' 
(Legal 500, 2011)

Corporate instructions form an important part of the Fox Williams offering. The 12-partner team undertakes a broad range of transactional work with a particular focus on technology and financial services. It acted for the management of Just Retirement on its £220 million takeover by Avalon Acquisitions.
(Chambers UK, 2011)

'The "deal-oriented" Paul Osborne heads up the corporate department. Clients appreciate his "commerciality and responsiveness."' 
(Chambers UK, 2011)

The group is knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. Its responsiveness is almost immediate; it is more like a strategic partner than a law firm.
(Chambers UK, 2010)

'Fox Williams LLP’s team offers "legally detailed and commercial advice" with "strength in depth" across the ten partner team. Clients single out "commercially astute" partner Doug Preece'
(Legal 500, 2010)

Corporate Intl Magazine's Global awards selected Fox Williams as winner of the Capital Markets Team of the Year 2010 and as Mergers and Acquisitions Law Firm of the Year in their 2011 legal awards.

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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