Resolving our clients’ employment and partnership disputes is a core area of our practice. We have significant experience of successfully acting in discrimination, whistle blowing, unfair dismissal, restrictive covenant, team move and bonus disputes.

A distinguishing feature of the firm is our range of specialist expertise to handle complicated problems. We act for both corporate/firm clients and senior individuals, giving us a deep understanding of the tactics and strategies employed by both claimants and defendants thereby enabling us develop effective strategies to counter these.

While our primary aim is to resolve disputes without the need for proceedings either through negotiation or mediation, should litigation become inevitable we have the experience and expertise to handle the process and to achieve the best outcome possible.

We have a strong track record successfully conducting litigation on behalf of our clients in the Employment Tribunal, the High Court and through ADR and are often called upon to handle our clients’ most complex and challenging disputes.

Partnering with the best QCs and barristers at the employment bar,  we carefully select the right support for each client and their particular case. Our core employment team frequently works with other specialist lawyers where the dispute involves other areas of law such as regulatory breaches, shareholding and governance issues, IP and data protection breaches, health and safety issues and alleged crimes.

While no one wants to litigate, and the process can be difficult and protracted, we have invested in technological solutions to make the litigation process as stress-free for clients as possible. This is allied with a complete command of the legal issues, good project management, attention to costs and a focus on implementing an effective strategy to achieve your goals.

Employment tribunal & High Court litigation expertise

  • Protection of confidential information
  • Retaliatory action for whistleblowing
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Team moves
  • Unfair dismissal & other statutory rights
  • Wrongful dismissal
  • Bonus disputes
  • Diplomatic and/or state immunity
  • Discrimination claims
  • Protection of confidential information
  • Retaliatory action for whistleblowing
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Team moves
  • Unfair dismissal & other statutory rights
  • Wrongful dismissal

Employment tribunal & High Court litigation experience

  • Represented Kuwait Investment Office in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal in relation to immunity proceedings (2020/21)

  • Acted for fintech firm Pockit in its appeal against a claim and judgment which were never received or known about (2020/21)

  • Represented investment firm C5 Capital in its successful defence of a claim for whistleblowing interim relief in the Employment Tribunal (2020)

  • Acted for Michelin-starred chef Alyn Williams in his successful claim of unfair dismissal against The Westbury Hotel (2020)

  • Advised Eric Daniels, the former CEO of Lloyds Banking Group, in his high-profile claim against the Bank

  • Successfully represented a leading sports organisation in both the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal in respect of a senior employee’s attempts to be re-engaged by the organisation following his dismissal on capability grounds

  • Acted for a number of former directors, officers and managers of a former international listed company defending a long-running whistleblowing claim.  Obtained an award of costs and the strike out of the entire claim

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

  • Acted for Mr Curless in his discrimination claim against Shell including in his appeal to the Court of Appeal on the scope of legal advice privilege

  • Represented Mr Beevers in the well-publicised and high-value whistleblowing claim against his former employer FICC Markets Standard Board

  • 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) 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

"Fox Williams has a broad team which is very knowledgeable and pragmatic in its approach."

Chambers UK 2024

"The team at Fox Williams are professional, friendly, and exceptionally knowledgeable. They collaborate well and offer a fantastic level of service to clients."

Legal 500 2024


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