Employing people is a serious business investment.

When it goes right it delivers untold benefits on both sides. When it goes wrong, it can be devastating for a business’ finances or its reputation.

Working at the heart of the City of London, our team have a deserved reputation as market leading advisers on people issues. Our collective experience ensures that we provide comprehensive strategic advice and solutions to in house lawyers, HR teams and senior management teams.

We are trusted by many professional services firms to support them on their employment issues and are proud to be the “go to” team. We guarantee to provide you with a partner-led, commercial and cost-effective service in the UK and internationally, through our network of trusted employment and labour lawyers.

We have a genuine understanding of issues that impact on HR professionals, reinforced through our close links with CIPD and CityHR, the HR association for the financial services sector.

We recognise that the management of people issues involves more than just knowledge of employment law. We work in partnership with our clients to seamlessly manage these issues. Our team includes specialists in employment, IP, data protection, High Court litigation, tax and incentives, partnership, regulatory issues, investigations and white collar crime.

Employment & HRLaw experience

  • Successfully represented inventor Calvey Taylor-Haw in his unfair dismissal claim against Chargemaster Plc (now owned by BP Plc) and advised Mr Taylor-Haw in relation to the exercise of share options which were granted to him when he sold his vehicle charging company, Elektromotive, to Chargemaster in 2017.

  • Acted for Chelsea Football Club and José Mourinho in the defence of high profile employment tribunal proceedings brought by Dr. Eva Carneiro.

  • Advised Eric Daniels, the former CEO of Lloyds Banking Group, in his high-profile claim against LBG for a shares award based on the successful integration of HBOS into LBG in 2009 to 2011.

  • Acted for Vestra Wealth LLP against UBS Wealth Management in one of the largest team moves seen in the City of London and in respect of which UBS issued an application for injunctive relief to prevent the move from happening. The principles derived from the case are now routinely used both by parties wishing to orchestrate a team move and parties wishing to prevent them.

  • Acted for Mr Geys (Société Générale v Geys [2012]) in the Supreme Court in which Mr Geys was awarded a termination payment of approx €12.5m and established legal precedents on repudiatory breaches of employment contracts and “payment in lieu of notice” clauses.

  • Represented the Brandeaux Group (Brandeaux Advisers (UK) Ltd & Others v Chadwick [2010]) in which our client recovered confidential information retained by a former senior employee / director, and established legal precedent on whether there are any circumstances in which a former employee is entitled to retain his employer’s confidential information.

  • Acted for a former lawyer in his discrimination claim against Shell including in his appeal to the Court of Appeal on the scope of legal advice privilege.

"We are extremely satisfied with the service provided by the team at Fox Williams – they provided a wide breadth of clear, concise and practical knowledge and certainly have strength in depth. The whole team are incredibly responsive especially when time sensitive advice is required."

Legal 500 2022

"The firm is very approachable and seeks to deliver a bespoke service for each client. They are considerate of the particular needs of clients, and seek to respond to these needs."

Legal 500 2022

"They are professional, responsive and approachable. They work in partnership to provide support and guidance."

Chambers UK 2022


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