Resolving employment and partnership disputes is a core area of our practice in which we have extensive experience.

We aim to resolve disputes without the need for proceedings either through negotiation or mediation, but if litigation becomes inevitable we have the experience and expertise to handle the process and to drive it to the best outcome available to you in the circumstances.

We conduct litigation on behalf of our clients in the Employment Tribunal, the High Court and through arbitration.

While no one wants to litigate, and the process can be difficult and protracted, we can take much of the strain off you by giving you the confidence that your proceedings will be handled expertly with a complete command of the legal issues, good project management, attention to costs and a complete focus on implementing an effective strategy to achieve your goals.

We have a good track record of achieving good outcomes in litigation for our clients and as a result are often called upon to handle some of the more complex and challenging disputes. 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.

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

Employment tribunal & High Court litigation expertise

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

  • 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 individual in his discrimination claim against Shell including in his appeal to the Court of Appeal on the scope of legal advice privilege.

"Fox Williams are very responsive, knowledgeable, commercial and overall best in class."


Chambers UK 2021

"We are completely confident in all the advice given and the overall service provided. Fox Williams are our go-to advisors and provide quality advice and solutions to our questions and challenges."


Legal 500 2021

"The team are extremely experienced in the nuances and complexities of difficult employment disputes at a senior corporate level. Wherever there is a crossover into the realms of corporate business law, there was instant access to the other disciplines and senior partners, often at very short notice."


Legal 500 2021

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