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Employment law advice for individuals

Fox Williams is proud that in addition to its strong reputation as acting for businesses we have an excellent reputation acting for individuals.  This differentiates us from many of the other major employment law firms who only work for employers.

Given our presence in the City, most of our individual clients work in the financial services sector but we also work with senior employees, consultants, partners or members of LLPs working across corporate Britain.

Our excellent reputation of acting for individuals was cemented in 2013, following our nomination as Employment Law Team of the year 2013.  We were nominated as a result of our work representing a former managing director of Société Générale, Raphael Geys,  in the Supreme Court in his claim for breach of contract.

How we can help?

  • Protecting individuals’ reputations;
  • Challenging bonus awards;
  • Concluding and advising on settlement agreements, many of the deals we work on are high value and we often achieve settlements in excess of £1million;
  • Pursuing complaints of age, sex, race, disability, sexual orientation or religious discrimination;
  • Reviewing and advising on contracts before joining a new employer;
  • Advising on FSA remuneration code issues and on FSA approved status;
  • Achieving tax efficient remuneration structures;
  • Fighting claims of bullying and harassment;
  • Advising on post-termination restrictions in employment contracts and share plans;
  • Working on team move cases;
  • Protecting those who have “blown the whistle” about their employer; and
  • Supporting individuals who are suffering from stress at work.

Our Expertise and Experience

  • We acted for Raphael Geys, a former Managing Director for Société Générale, in his successful claim against the bank, in which the Supreme Court handed down a landmark judgment in relation to the circumstances in which an employment contract can be terminated.
  • We acted for a former equity partner in relation to a complex disability discrimination claim brought against a Big Four accountancy firm.  The case raised interesting legal points about stress in the workplace and associative discrimination on account of care responsibilities for a disabled relative.
  • We advised an equity partner who was being forced out of her professional services firm due to her age and successfully negotiated an agreement for her to remain working as a partner.
  • We have advised a number of senior female executives on sex discrimination claims following their return from maternity leave, and redundancy whilst on maternity leave.
  • We have advised a number of individuals who were subjected to disciplinary proceedings on the basis of alleged regulatory misdemeanours and advised an investment banker dismissed for gross misconduct on his claim against his former employer and his application to the FSA for approval for his new role.
  • We have advised a number of individuals on their Tier 1 General immigration applications.
  • We have advised a number of traders on their resignations, the scope of their restrictive covenants and the terms of their new contracts.
  • We advised a partner in a major property firm in relation to a possible team move.
  • We have advised a number of senior City based executives on ill health early retirement, PHI entitlements, disability discrimination claims and favourable exit packages made necessary because of stress in the workplace.

What do our clients say about us?

“Thank you all, I so appreciate all the advice I have received over the last few weeks which has made a considerable difference to my position in many respects.”  - Senior Executive, Professional Services Sector

“I want to thank you for the excellent job you have done here - I really appreciate it. You had just the right balance of push versus stand back…If I have the opportunity to recommend you to anyone, I definitely will.” - Senior Executive, Financial Services Sector

“Thank you SO MUCH for your time, patience, and guidance today.  So sorry the application was a nightmare, and just genuinely appreciate all of your help and counsel.”  - Vice President

“Thank you so much for everything you have done over the last weeks. I very much appreciate all your work and of course the end result!” -  Senior Executive

“Thank you for your support and guidance as we have worked through the various issues following my departure from [my employer]. I found you to be extremely knowledgeable and proactive in managing the case, while also balanced and realistic in your guidance….I would have no hesitation in recommending you to any others in a similar situation.”  - Senior Executive, Financial Services Sector

“You know it is a rare moment when I really need support and you were there and listened to me and helped me at a time I was truly vulnerable. Thanks so much”  -  Senior Executive, Financial Services Sector

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