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Yawar Abbas

Associate

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2618
email: yabbas@foxwilliams.com

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Yawar advises both businesses and individuals on a range of immigration and nationality issues. He regularly advises listed companies, multinationals, SMEs, start-ups, small businesses and education sector clients on their business immigration needs. This includes obtaining sponsor licenses, management of the sponsorship system, assisting with all compliance duties, prevention of illegal working, and conducting audits to obtaining the relevant work authorization for their employees. He also provides advice on all applications under the Points Based System and advises private individuals, both European and non-European nationals, on all aspects of UK immigration and nationality law. This ranges from the initial application through to Indefinite Leave to Remain and Naturalisation as a British Citizen. Yawar is also experienced in providing advice on complex family immigration applications.

Yawar joined our immigration team as an associate in May 2018 having completed his training as a solicitor at a niche business immigration and employment firm in February 2018. He has been working in immigration and nationality law since 2012 and, prior to training as a solicitor, gained experience with a Big Four firm’s corporate immigration team.

"Yawar Abbas is very capable and communicative."
(Legal 500, 2020)

Yawar Abbas, Associate


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Phyllis Acheampong

Associate

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2558
email: pacheampong@foxwilliams.com

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Phyllis joined the Fox Williams commerce and technology team in March 2019 as an associate. She specialises in advising clients on travel regulations compliance as well as general commercial matters.

Phyllis also has experience in media, IP and general commercial matters, having previously worked in the in-house legal team at a media and publishing company.

Phyllis graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2005 with a 1st Class Honours degree in English Language and Literature. She then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in London. Phyllis trained in-house at Immediate Media Company and was seconded to Fieldfisher LLP to complete her contentious seat in Dispute Resolution. She qualified in October 2017.

 

Phyllis Acheampong, Associate

Hollie Allen

Trainee Solicitor

telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2681
email: hallen@foxwilliams.com

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Hollie is a trainee solicitor at Fox Williams LLP who joined the firm in September 2019 and is currently sitting in the real estate department.

Hollie graduated from Cardiff University with a first class honours degree in Law (LLB). Following this, Hollie completed her postgraduate LLM LPC with Distinction at BPP University in London Holborn.

Before training at Fox Williams, Hollie worked as an in-house Paralegal at a London media communications company and later as a Producer of professional training events aimed at briefing the public sector on recent policy and legislation changes.

Hollie Allen, Trainee Solicitor

Jessica Ambrose

Trainee Solicitor

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2572
email: jambrose@foxwilliams.com

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Jessica is a trainee solicitor at Fox Williams LLP who joined the firm in September 2018 and is currently sitting in the dispute resolution team, having completed her seat in the employment, professional services and corporate departments.

Prior to joining Fox Williams, Jessica worked at British Airways as a Litigation Executive and has experience in both contentious and non-contentious work.

Jessica graduated from the University of Westminster with a first class honours degree in Law. Jessica continued at the University of Westminster and gained a distinction in both her Legal Practice Course and Integrated Masters. Jessica was awarded the Dean’s List prize at University for her academic achievements.

Jessica Ambrose, Trainee Solicitor

Anjali Aravindhan

Trainee Solicitor

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2638
email: aaravindhan@foxwilliams.com

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Anjali is a trainee solicitor at Fox Williams LLP and is currently sitting in the professional services and corporate team. She initially joined the firm as a paralegal in September 2017 and then took 6 months out to complete the fast track LPC at BPP Holborn which she completed in February 2019.

Anjali graduated from the London School of Economics with an upper second class honours degree in Law. After completing her degree, Anjali spent 6 weeks interning at Bancocolombia in Medellin, Colombia.

Anjali Aravindhan, Trainee Solicitor

Vladimir Arutyunyan

Trainee Solicitor

telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2592
email: varutyunyan@foxwilliams.com

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Vlad is a trainee solicitor at Fox Williams LLP who joined the firm in September 2019 and is currently sitting in the Corporate Professional Services Group.

He studied History and Italian at Warwick University, graduating with an upper second class honours. He then went on to complete the GDL and LPC at the University of Law, in which he achieved a commendation and distinction, respectively.

Vladimir Arutyunyan, Trainee Solicitor

Peter Ashford

Partner

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2596
email: pashford@foxwilliams.com

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Peter heads the International Arbitration Group as part of the dispute resolution department. He is a former finance partner and member of the firm's Partnership Board. He handles a broad range of international business disputes primarily in arbitration but also involving litigation, mediation and negotiations.

Peter is a widely published author, commentator and lecturer. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; the author of the Handbook on International Commercial Arbitration published by Juris Publishing of New York in 2014 - the second edition is available here. He has also written a Guide to the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration and a Guide to the IBA Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration, both published by Cambridge University Press in early 2013 and mid-2016 respectively. The Guides are available here and here respectively. A Guide to the IBA Guidelines on Conflict of Interest in International Arbitration is being written and is anticipated to be published in 2020/1. He has published numerous articles and bulletins and has lectured at Loyola University in Chicago and regularly lectures at the University of Aix-Marseille, France. He is a keen supporter of the Vis Moot and organises Fox Williams’ well regarded pre-moot.

Peter has considerable experience in acting and advising on complex disputes with an emphasis on arbitrations administered by the main institutional bodies across a broad range of sectors including M&A; corporate sales and purchase agreements; transport and logistics; renewable energy; joint ventures; and agency and distribution. Peter has particular understanding of complex claims for loss and accounting issues. Examples of the arbitration work Peter has undertaken include:

  • Acted for Czech Investment Fund in dispute with an English merchant bank over banking covenants.
  • Acted for English / Italian joint venture company in dispute with global vehicle manufacturer. Claims for unpaid invoices and injunctions to restrain interference with contractual rights. Acted for same JV company in resisting claim that contract lawfully terminated for overcharging and dishonesty. Counterclaim for lost profit for wrongful termination.
  • Acted for logistics company in claim for freight charges in ICC arbitration.
  • Acted for UK plc in dispute with US wine company for termination of distribution and storage contract.
  • Acted for Serbian agent in claims against Anglo – Austrian principal arising from termination, refusal to supply and diversion of opportunities.
  • Acting for Canadian commodity company in dispute with another global commodity company, force majeure and mitigation of loss.
  • Acting for offshore mobile phone provider in dispute with Chinese telecoms company.
  • Acting for US medical prosthetics distributor against Italian manufacturer.
  • Acting for US party that had been funded in US litigation by a claims funder who now alleges that the claim was under-settled and what ought to have been the fruits of the claims was diverted to another group company.
  • Acting for Austrian M&E sub-contractor in defending claim by Italian main contractor seeking indemnity for LADs allowed to employer.

Peter qualified in 1986, became a partner in 1991 and joined Fox Williams as a partner in 2012. He has been appointed arbitrator by the President of the Law Society and the London Court of International Arbitration.

Peter has been consistently rated as a leading dispute resolution individual in The Legal 500 and Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession.

"Peter Ashford is a level-headed and robust commercial litigation and arbitration partner - never overbearing but not aloof"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Takes a real interest in arbitration law and the procedural aspects"
(Chambers UK, 2020)

"Bright, involved and always available"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"Very experienced"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Peter Ashford, Partner


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Emma Bailey

Partner

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email: ebailey@foxwilliams.com

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Emma heads up the Tax and Incentives practice at Fox Williams.

She has had extensive experience advising on a broad range of direct and indirect tax matters, including in the context of public and private UK and cross border M&A and private equity transactions, public listings and offerings, corporate re-organisations and restructurings, inward and outbound investment, property and other financings and tax structured financial products.

Emma has a specialism in employee share schemes (approved and unapproved) and management incentive arrangements (including in the context of carried interest structures) and is a member of the Share Plan Lawyers Group and on the Tax and Share Schemes Committees of the Quoted Companies Alliance (QCA).

Emma is a member of the CBI’s employment tax working group and is deputy chairman of the Quoted Companies Alliance share scheme expert group. Emma was also selected to join the Tax Committee of the Share Plan Lawyers group. 

She also has considerable experience advising on tax issues affecting entrepreneurs, investors and business owners (including venture capital tax schemes) and works closely with Fox Williams’ professional practices and employment groups in relation to the tax issues arising in the context of partnerships and LLPs and the remuneration of employees, directors and partners.

Emma advises UK and overseas clients including listed companies, mid-tier corporates, owner-managed businesses, partnerships and LLPs and individuals in a wide range of business sectors including travel and leisure, real estate, banking, financial services, technology and digital and fashion.

Emma has contributed to a number of tax publications, including PLC Tax, Tolleys Tax Planning, and Xpert HR and is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences.

She recently co-authored the UK chapter of Chambers first Global Practice Guide for FinTech. The 2018 guide provides expert legal commentary on key issues for businesses and covers the important developments in the most significant jurisdictions.

Emma graduated from Keble College, Oxford with an honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and joined Fox Williams as a partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in March 2010.

"A thoughtful and competent tax lawyer with excellent industry insight"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"Knowledgeable, very smart and an impressive operator"
(Legal 500, 2017)

  

Emma Bailey, Partner


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Sian Barr

Senior Associate

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Sian is a senior consultant in the firm's Commerce & Technology team. She deals with a range of technology, intellectual property, data protection matters and commercial contract matters.

Sian graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2003 with an honours degree in English and French Law with French. She spent a year in France and gained a Licence in French Law from the University of Bordeaux IV. Sian completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law Chester. She went on to qualify as a solicitor at Wragge & Co in 2007, having completed her training there. After qualifying, Sian obtained a post-graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice from the University of Bristol in 2008 and joined Fox Williams as an associate in 2009.

Sian Barr, Senior Associate

Simon Bennett

Partner

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2522
email: sbennett@foxwilliams.com

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Simon specialises in advising clients on their Intellectual Property rights ranging from patents, trade marks and passing off to copyright and designs and breach of confidence in sectors including fashion, new media, financial services, IT and oil and gas. He is experienced in many types of dispute resolution including arbitration, mediation, High Court, Court of Appeal, Copyright Tribunal, Trade Marks Registry and European Patent Office. In addition, he has extensive experience advising clients in relation to their IP rights, including the drafting of commercial agreements relating to these rights. He has also advised clients on their IP portfolios and strategies to further enhance and protect existing rights.

He has a reputation for advising clients on the protection of their rights in the fashion industry and had an infringer sentenced to prison for one year on behalf of a major high street clothing retailer.

Simon is advising clients following the EU referendum vote, ensuring they are ready to take advantage of the opportunities, mitigate risks, and have the processes and people in place to manage a period of uncertainty.

Simon is recommended by The Legal 500 directory for his IP specialist expertise in intellectual property and brand management.

Simon has written and spoken widely on intellectual property. His articles have been published in Trademark World, World Trademark Review, Computer and Internet Lawyer, Copyright World, IPLaw 360 and The European Lawyer, among other publications. He has lectured on the subject of the protection of intellectual property at The Central European University in Budapest and to Chinese government officials in Beijing, China as part of a joint WTO and EU initiative. He is also co-author of “A User’s Guide to Designs”, published in March 2010 by Bloomsbury Professional.

He is a regular commentator in the media, having been quoted in the Times and Financial Times on IP issues, and he has appeared on ITN News commenting on trade mark protection for the Metropolitan Police. His claim to fame is appearing on BBC 4 in conjunction with an exhibition of artwork at the ICA where a confidentiality agreement he drafted was displayed in the place of a piece of artwork that the artist would not allow to be displayed for confidentiality reasons.

Simon recently co-authored the UK chapter of Chambers first Global Practice Guide for FinTech. The 2018 guide provides expert legal commentary on key issues for businesses and covers the important developments in the most significant jurisdictions.

He is a member of the Design Rights Sub-committee of the International Trademark Association and has organised and spoken at seminars on designs particularly in the fashion industry.

Simon is ranked in The World's Leading Trademark Review 2014, a list of leading trademark professionals.

"Highly recommended for trade mark enforcement and commercial IP issues"
(Legal 500, 2020)
 
"An intellectual property mastermind who has a ton of experience and understands the clients' needs."
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"Smart and focused"
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"Considered a mastermind in intellectual property matters"
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"Pragmatic professional" who is "extremely knowledgeable on transactional IP matters"
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"Deep expertise on the protection of IP rights in the fashion industry"
(WTR 1000, 2018)

  

Simon Bennett, Partner


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Veronique Bergau

Associate

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2539
email: vbergau@foxwilliams.com

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Veronique joined Fox Williams in 2014 as a Trainee Solicitor and qualified into the Dispute Resolution department in September 2016, where she now practices as an Associate. 

During her Training Contract, Veronique also spent time working in the Commerce & Technology and Corporate (Professional Practices Group) Departments of the firm.

Veronique’s experience includes litigation and mediation and she is a member of the Fox Williams civil fraud and agentlaw teams.

Veronique graduated from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 2010 with an honours degree in Law, before completing her Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School.  She also worked as a paralegal at another London law firm before joining the firm.

Veronique Bergau, Associate


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Jane Biddell

Business Support

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telephone: +44 (0) 20 7614 2648
email: jbiddell@foxwilliams.com

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Marketing and Business Development Director

Jane Biddell, Business Support

Liz Blight

Business Support

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email: lblight@foxwilliams.com

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HR & Training Manager

Liz Blight, Business Support

Stephen Browne

Associate

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email: sbrowne@foxwilliams.com

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Stephen joined Fox Williams LLP in March 2017 as an associate in the Real Estate department.

Stephen graduated from the University of Manchester in 2010 with an honours degree in History. Stephen completed the GDL and LPC at the University of Law part time in the evening whilst working full time at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP. Prior to joining Fox Williams, Stephen trained at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, undertaking seats in property litigation, real estate finance, real estate and construction. Stephen also has experience in advising on both freehold and leasehold residential conveyancing matters, with a focus on prime Central London property.

Stephen Browne, Associate


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Imogen Bull

Trainee Solicitor

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2533
email: ibull@foxwilliams.com

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Imogen is a trainee solicitor at Fox Williams LLP who joined the firm in September 2018 and is currently sitting in the employment deparment, ater completed her seat in commerce and technology and in real estate departments.

Imogen graduated from University College London with an upper second class Undergraduate and Masters degree in Biochemistry. Following this, Imogen completed the Graduate Diploma in Law with distinction at the University of Law. Imogen is studying the LPC at the University of Law part time during her training contract, which she will complete in July 2019.

Prior to joining Fox Williams, Imogen worked as a Knowledge Paralegal in the Real Estate department of at a leading London law firm and as an in-house legal advisor, specialising in employment advice for recruitment organisations, at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

Imogen Bull, Trainee Solicitor


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David Butler

Partner

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telephone: +44 (0) 20 7614 2670
email: dbutler@foxwilliams.com

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David is a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution department. He has a broad practice which focuses on civil fraud, company and partnership disputes.

David has extensive knowledge of cross-border and international litigation and litigating in the International Financial Centres, having been co-head of litigation at a major offshore law firm in the Cayman Islands, where he practised for six years. David appeared regularly as advocate in the Grand Court and Court of Appeal.

Some of his notable cases include:

  • Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi and Brothers v Saad Investments Company Limited and others: acting for Saudi Businessman Maan Al Sanea, said by the claimant to have perpetrated a US$9bn fraud.
  • Renova Resources Private Equity Limited v Gilbertson and others: acting for Brian Gilbertson in his defence of a US$1bn double derivative claim arising out of an alleged breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of China v Wang and others: defending US$2bn fraud and corruption claim arising out of defence contracts between Taiwan and France.
  • Re Axiom Legal Financing Fund (Master) SP: acting for the court-appointed receivers of an investment vehicle that was the victim of a £100m fraud.
  • Re Torchlight Fund LP: acting for claimant investors (including a New Zealand government entity) in a c.AUS$150m winding up claim.
  • Re Décor Investments Limited: acting for lenders in a claim involving the misappropriation of US$100m by company directors.
  • Pershing Securities Limited v SP Bell Limited and others: advising the claimant in a claim concerning a “pump and dump” fraud involving an AIM listed company.
  • Liongate Fund v Holland and others: advising one of a group of defendants to a knowing receipt claim.

Legal directories note David’s depth of experience and “sensible approach” (Chambers Global 2016), and as being “responsive and a strategic thinker” (Legal 500 2016). David is also nominated by his peers for inclusion in “Who’s Who Legal: Asset Recovery 2017”, the directory of leading asset recovery lawyers.

In addition to fraud disputes, David’s practice includes commercial and chancery matters, trusts litigation and professional negligence and contractual claims. Cases of note include:

  • Advising a technology company in unfair prejudice proceedings.
  • Advising the UK Shareholders Society (ShareSoc) in connection with resolutions to be tabled at the Royal Bank of Scotland AGM.
  • Acting for members of a UHNW Swiss family in a trustee’s application relating to the removal of the protector of one of the family trusts.
  • Acting for Citco Trustees on an application concerning the identity of the true beneficiaries of a trust.
  • Advising a Cayman Islands law firm in its defence of a US$6m professional negligence claim.
  • Advising a technology company in a US$20m claim arising out of the alleged breach of a representative agreement.

"David Butler is very intelligent and very shrewd"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Realistic and imaginative, with great offshore experience"
(Legal 500, 2019)

David Butler, Partner


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James Carlton

Partner

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2634
email: jcarlton@foxwilliams.com

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James Carlton is a partner specialising in all areas of Business Crime and Regulation within the Corporate Regulatory and Financial Services Team.  
James has been instructed over the last 15 years in a number of the largest and most complex white collar investigations and prosecutions brought by the UK Prosecuting Authorities, including the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, Revenue and Customs, the Office of Fair Trading and the Crown Prosecution Service, relating to amongst others allegations of fraud, money laundering, insider dealing, market abuse, cheating the Revenue, MTIC, anti-competitive practices, corruption and false accounting.
 
James has considerable experience in the conduct of Corporate Manslaughter and Health and Safety investigations and prosecutions for both corporates and individuals following workplace deaths and serious accident.
 
James also has great expertise in the conduct of both Public Inquiries and Inquests. He has been instructed by interested parties and core witnesses in a large number of the most high profile Public Inquiries including amongst others BSE, the Marchioness and Victoria Climbie. In relation specifically to Inquests, he has gained enormous experience over the years and has recently acted on behalf of the largest victim's family group in the 7/7 London Bombings Inquest. He has also recently acted on behalf of clients in relation to both the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press and the Pollard Review commissioned by the BBC relating to allegations of sexual abuse by the late Jimmy Savile.
 
James has also developed a significant specialist knowledge in all aspects of Professional Regulation and Discipline, including issues of probity and fitness to practice, representing amongst others Solicitors and Barristers, Accountants, those in the Financial Services sector and Healthcare professionals facing investigation and disciplinary proceedings.
 
James is a member of ARDL, HSLA, BAFS, LCCSA and POCLA. He is a regular speaker and contributor to internal and external publications on matters of public interest in relation to Business Crime, Corporate Regulation and Professional Regulation and Discipline.
 
After reading Law at University and finals at the College of Law in Guildford, James Carlton trained with Simmons and Simmons. He went onto become a Partner at Russell Jones and Walker for a number of years before joining Fox Williams in 2012.

James is listed as a Super Lawyer for Fraud, Financial and Investment Services: Business, Criminal Law by Thomson Reuters (2014 edition).

"James Carlton has a very wise head; he continually demonstrates an encyclopaedic knowledge of the pitfalls of internal investigations and is incredibly astute in achieving the best possible result for his clients"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"James Carlton has bags of experience, good judgement and a lot of charm"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"James Carlton cares for and understands the personal toll of long-running criminal investigations on individual suspects"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"James Carlton is uniquely approachable, clever and very affable, a veteran of many of the largest criminal prosecutions over the last 25 years and a master tactician"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"James Carlton is outstanding; he exudes a calm confidence, is brilliant with clients and is a cunning strategist"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"He has a very good way with clients and he is very thorough in his preparation"
(Chambers UK, 2020)
 
"Brilliant with clients and has seen it all"
(Chambers UK, 2020)
 
"He always goes the extra mile and he's completely supportive."
(Chambers UK, 2020)
 
"Vastly experienced in this area and is particularly excellent in corporate investigations"
(Legal 500, 2019)
 
"Brilliant"
(Legal 500, 2019)
 
"Charm personified, able to move cases in the direction he wants effortlessly and a real operator on every level"
(Legal 500, 2019)
 

 

James Carlton, Partner


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Sarah Carlton

Associate

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2613
email: scarlton@foxwilliams.com

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Sarah is an associate in the Corporate department and advises a variety of clients from multinationals to entrepreneurs across a broad range of business sectors. Sarah regularly handles matters such as UK and cross-border acquisitions, disposals and mergers for both publicly listed and private companies, venture capital investments and group reorganisations as well as general corporate advisory work for private and AIM-listed companies with a particular focus on M&A.

Sarah graduated from Durham University with an honours degree in Law and gained a distinction in the Legal Practice Course. Prior to joining Fox Williams, Sarah trained and qualified as a solicitor in the Corporate team at Gateley Plc.

Sarah Carlton, Associate


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Joanna Chatterton

Partner

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2617
email: jkchatterton@foxwilliams.com

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Jo is a partner and head of the firm's employment and HRLaw team. Her practice is focused on the financial and insurance sectors and professional practices, particularly advising law firms and barristers chambers. As a member of the firm’s Senior Managers and Certification Regime specialist group she has a particular expertise in the interaction between employment law and regulatory law, frequently working closely with our specialist regulatory lawyers.

Jo’s work for employers encompasses both non-contentious advisory work and managing and resolving disputes. She has extensive experience successfully supporting clients through complex and high value discrimination and whistleblowing claims. She is valued by clients for her expertise in dealing with tricky employee issues involving strategic implications and sensitive reputational and regulatory concerns and ill-health. Jo has experience in management at Fox Williams where her particular focus is on HR strategy, which gives her an in-depth understanding of the strategic and business context to the management of employee relations.

Jo has strong connections with a large number of senior executives and senior lawyers whom she has advised on job moves, handling grievances and contentious exits, bringing tribunal claims, managing the regulatory implications of accusations of misconduct and the potential constraints imposed by restrictive covenants.

Jo qualified as a lawyer specialising in employment law in 1997 and became a partner at Fox Williams in 2006. As an experienced employment lawyer and partner, Jo has considerable experience of defending and bringing claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal in the employment tribunal and of supervising junior lawyers in undertaking this work for employers and employees.

Jo has been quoted in the Financial Times on UK law expectations regarding employer responsibility to ascertain disability of their staff.

"An excellent lawyer who is very responsive, practical and helpful."
(Chambers UK, 2020)

"Very good and practical advice using clear and concise language"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"It is a pleasure to work with her as she is extremely approachable and demonstrates an excellent understanding of employment law"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"Incredibly reliable"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"Joanna is extremely professional and never fails to offer measured advice."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

 

 

Joanna Chatterton, Partner


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Richie Clark

Partner

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2507
email: rclark@foxwilliams.com

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Richie heads up the firm’s corporate department and is a partner in our M&A and capital markets groups.

Richie is recommended as a leading individual in the 2019 editions of Chambers and the Legal 500.

Richie advises entrepreneurs, companies and financial institutions on a broad range of corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, listings, financings, public takeovers and is a specialist in corporate governance, shareholder engagement and activist investor situations. He advises clients in a variety of industry sectors including technology, FinTech, natural resources and financial services and has particular expertise in understanding the issues facing international companies entering the UK market to seek funding or make acquisitions.

Richie was a member of the judging panel for the UK Private Business Awards 2017 and also for 2018. Fox Williams sponsored the Technology Innovation of the Year Award on both occasions.

As well as being a long-time director of the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce, Richie writes for numerous international business publications, has spoken at professional conferences and has been quoted in the press on topics related to UK public markets and corporate governance issues. Richie is also a member of the Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Expert Committee and the AIPN.

Richie is advising clients following the EU referendum vote, ensuring they are ready to take advantage of the opportunities, mitigate risks, and have the processes and people in place to manage a period of uncertainty leading up to Brexit. 

Prior to joining Fox Williams some 12 years ago, Richie was a partner at the London office of a leading international firm which he joined in 2001, after spending several years at Ashurst.

Richie received a first class B.A. with distinction from Mount Allison University in 1991 and an M.A. from Carleton University in 1992. He received his LLB from Dalhousie University in 1995 and was called to the bar in Alberta in 1996. Richie moved to the UK in 1997 and was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1998.

"Knowledgeable, approachable, highly responsive and easy to work with"
(Chambers UK, 2020)

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

The "creative and highly intelligent" Richie Clark of Fox Williams LLP has a wealth of AIM experience, notably in the natural resources and technology sectors. One source recounts that his "highly commercial approach saved money, avoided surprises and minimised our reactionary workflow." 
(Chambers UK, 2017)

"Innovative and solutions-oriented"
(Legal 500, 2016)

      

Richie Clark, Partner


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Lucy Coffey

Associate

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email: lcoffey@foxwilliams.com

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Lucy joined Fox Williams’ Commerce and Technology department as an associate in November 2018.

Lucy advises clients on a range of commercial issues, including agency and distributorship arrangements and intellectual property transfers, with a special focus on the fashion and technology sectors. Lucy trained and qualified at an international firm and completed a client secondment to Citibank during her training contract.

Lucy studied Law with French at the University of Birmingham, which included spending a year at Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) studying French law and European law following which, Lucy completed the accelerated LPC at BPP University.

Since joining Fox Williams, Lucy has been involved in:

  • drafting a manufacturing agreement for a high end sleepwear brand
  • calculating the compensation payable in response to termination of an agency and transference of agents to employee status
  • reviewing and advising on a warehouse supply agreement for an international client
  • assisting a UK handbag brand in respect of its overseas agreements
  • advising a luxury brand on terminating authorised retailers within its selective distributor system within and outside of the UK
  • updating an agency contract for a client in the footwear sector for use in Eastern Europe
  • drafting terms and conditions of purchase of goods for a UK fashion brand for use with an overseas atelier

Lucy Coffey, Associate


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Aidan Coghlan

Associate

telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2654
email: acoghlan@foxwilliams.com

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Aidan joined Fox Williams LLP upon qualification as a solicitor in September 2019.

He brings a keen interest in all aspects of financial regulation and financial sector companies, carried over from a previous career as a stock market analyst covering the equities of financial sector companies.

Aidan holds undergraduate degrees in Modern History (University of Oxford), Law (University of Oxford) and a masters degree in Financial Management (Universiteit Nyenrode).

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George Crosse

Associate

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2625
email: GCrosse@foxwilliams.com

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George advises both employers and senior executives on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including dismissals, disciplinary and grievance issues, exit negotiations and settlement agreements, redundancies, team moves and on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, including advising on the application of TUPE.

George has a particular interest in dispute resolution and litigation, and advises clients on employment related disputes both in the Employment Tribunal and High Court, including workplace discrimination, unfair and wrongful dismissal and claims involving the enforceability of restrictive covenants.

George joined Fox Williams in May 2019, having trained at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he qualified into the litigation department in September 2017. Prior to this, George worked in finance at a Big Four professional services firm, advising on corporate transactions and restructurings.

George Crosse, Associate

Tom Custance

Partner

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email: tcustance@foxwilliams.com

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Tom is a partner in the litigation and dispute resolution department. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the litigation, arbitration and mediation processes across a broad range of commercial disputes, primarily in the financial services sector. Much of this has been in the insurance field, where Tom has acted in several substantial policy coverage disputes, as well as advising on policy wording issues. Another particular area of expertise is employment-related disputes, where Tom has acted in many high profile cases, including team moves, bonus disputes and claims involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants and confidentiality obligations.  

Tom Custance ''sees through knotty problems'' (Legal 500).

Tom Custance achieved a judgment of £11m for former Société Générale managing director Raphael Geys in his high profile case against the bank" (Legal 500); "Tom Custance deserves particular mention for high-level instructions such as acting for Belgian investment group IFE against Goldman Sachs International" (Legal 500, 2015).

As a solicitor advocate, Tom undertakes regular court work. He appeared at the Southall and Ladbroke Grove Rail Accident Public Inquiries as advocate for one of the parties.  

Tom has been frequently quoted in both the national and legal press, and has appeared on CNBC News and BBC2's Working Lunch. Tom was also The Times ‘Lawyer of the Week’ in January 2013.  

Tom joined Fox Williams in 2001 and headed up the litigation and dispute resolution department from 2001 to 2011. Tom was previously a partner with Herbert Smith. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1989 having graduated from Bristol University with an honours degree in classics in 1985. He subsequently qualified as a solicitor advocate (higher courts civil) in 1997. Tom is a member of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates and the London Solicitors Litigation Association, and is a Freeman of the City of London Solicitors Company. 

"Tom Custance vigorously defends clients' cases and avoids unnecessary and expensive procedural gambits"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Great tactician"
(Legal 500, 2019)

'Great tactician’ Tom Custance is ‘bright, thoughtful and extremely articulate’
(Legal 500, 2017)

 

Tom Custance, Partner


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Katie Davighi

Associate

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Katie is an associate in the dispute resolution practice, having joined the firm in May 2019. She is a member of the Business Crime and Regulation Team, and specialises in corporate crime and regulatory matters.

Katie has previously worked on various multi-jurisdictional investigations into allegations of bribery and corruption, advising clients throughout internal investigations and on communications to the relevant regulator. She also advises on the compliance side in relation to the adequacy of controls and procedures under the Bribery Act and the Criminal Finances Act.

Katie graduated from the University of Warwick in 2012 with a First Class degree in History. Katie trained at Slaughter and May, and qualified into their Dispute Resolution practice in October 2016. Whilst at Slaughter and May, Katie completed a client secondment at British American Tobacco.

Katie Davighi, Associate

Freddie De Boise

Associate

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Freddie joined Fox Williams LLP in September 2017 as an Associate in the Corporate department.

Freddie’s experience includes advising public and private companies on a broad range of matters, including mergers & acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and general corporate advisory work. Freddie has experience with corporate fundraising, particularly initial public offers on AIM, and secondary listings (including placings, open offers and rights issues).

Prior to joining Fox Williams, Freddie trained and qualified at Gowling WLG. Freddie graduated with a first class honours degree from the University of Manchester and gained a distinction on his Legal Practice Course.

Freddie De Boise, Associate


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Eve Dimery

Associate

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Eve joined Fox Williams LLP in September 2019 as an Associate in the Corporate department.

Eve has experience advising on a variety of corporate matters including international and domestic private M&A, private equity transactions and general corporate advisory work such as constitutional documents and shareholder and investor agreements. Her experience also includes advising on corporate venturing activities including managing follow on investments and divestments of majority and minority equity stakes.

Prior to joining Fox Williams, Eve trained at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. As part of her training contract Eve undertook a client secondment to the in-house M&A team at Pearson Plc, the listed FTSE 100 publishing and education company. Eve graduated with an upper second class honours degree in law from the University of Oxford and gained a distinction on her Legal Practice Course.

Eve Dimery, Associate

Charlotte Eliasson

Associate

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Charlotte is an associate in Fox Williams’ corporate department. She has a breadth of experience advising on a range of corporate matters with a focus on private company M&A, including domestic and cross-border transactions and advising both buy-side and sell-side. Her other experience includes advising on private equity transactions, banking/debt finance transactions, shareholder disputes, shareholder activist and corporate governance matters and general corporate advisory matters, such as shareholders’ agreements, joint ventures, restructurings and fundraisings/investments.

Charlotte advises a diverse portfolio of clients, from start-ups to private equity funds to multinationals and which span a variety of sectors, including technology, publishing and media, travel, food and drink, leisure, education, fashion and natural resources.

Charlotte’s recent work includes:

  • advising a design and branding consultancy group on the disposal of its majority stake in a Hong Kong subsidiary to a multinational communication services group;
  • advising a private equity fund on its further investment into a data and information events and media company;
  • advising the principal shareholders of an ‘ad-tech’ company on the disposal of their shares to a Norwegian publicly listed company;
  • advising a FinTech brokerage start-up company on a shareholder dispute;
  • advising on a shareholder activist matter relating to a publicly listed company in the oil & gas industry;
  • advising the incoming management team on a buy-in management buy-out of an invoice finance and asset-based lending provider;
  • advising a location data technology company on an investment in the company by a number of institutional investors;
  • advising the shareholders of an investment management technology company on the disposal of their shares to a US-listed technology group; and
  • advising a fund manager providing finance in the charitable/social sector on several of its debt finance transactions.

Charlotte graduated from the University of Warwick with an honours degree in Law and Business Studies and was awarded a partial scholarship to undertake an LLM in International Economic Law. She completed her training with Fox Williams and subsequently qualified into the corporate department in September 2014.

Charlotte Eliasson, Associate


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Hannah Elliott

Senior Associate

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Hannah is a senior associate in the Corporate Department and has experience advising on a range of transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments and corporate reorganisations.  Hannah also has experience advising on a variety of other corporate law matters including joint ventures, shareholder arrangements, corporate finance and AIM fundraisings.  Hannah advises a variety of clients from start-ups to multinationals.

Hannah graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2010 and gained a distinction in her Legal Practice Course. Hannah completed her training contract at a specialist corporate and technology law firm based near Oxford, qualifying into the corporate team in January 2014. Hannah joined Fox Williams in September 2014.

Hannah Elliott, Senior Associate


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Mary Elliott

Partner

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email: melliott@foxwilliams.com

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Mary is a partner in the corporate department with a particular focus on international and domestic M&A and venture/development capital investments and start-ups. She regularly handles matters such as UK and cross-border acquisitions, disposals and mergers for both publicly listed and private companies, and development investment as well as general corporate advisory work for private and AIM-listed companies.

Mary advises a variety of clients ranging from multinationals to entrepreneurs, across a broad spectrum of business sectors, including media & publishing, technology & digital, travel & leisure and pharma/biotech/life sciences. Mary is the joint-head in the firm’s Publishing and Media practice.

Before joining Fox Williams in 2012, Mary was an associate in the London office of Allen & Overy during which time she was seconded to RSA Insurance Group plc (2011) and to the Allen & Overy projects team in Paris (2009). Mary graduated from the University of St Andrews with a first class degree in History in 2006 and gained distinctions in both her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course. 

"Mary Elliott really knows her stuff and does a great job getting the deal done"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Mary Elliott is outstanding"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Mary Elliott continues to impress clients with the 'time, effort and expertise' she brings to a deal, as well as her ability to 'just get the job done.'"
(Chambers UK, 2020)

"Mary was an absolute pleasure to work with and her logical yet dynamic approach meant that any potential pitfalls were anticipated and carefully considered. Having Mary sitting by our side was extremely reassuring"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"Very hands-on and excellent"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

 

 

Mary Elliott, Partner


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Deloris Evans

Business Support

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Deloris is a member of the firm's Corporate department.  She advises on and undertakes the administration of company secretarial matters. Deloris qualified, in 2006, as an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), the international qualifying and Membership body for the Chartered Secretary profession and a recognised authority on corporate governance and compliance.
 
She is a member of The Chartered Secretaries' Professional Practice Group (CSPPG), a grouping of ICSA members and students who provide company secretarial services. This group provides a forum for its members whereby they can meet, exchange ideas and promote the interests of their profession.
 
Prior to joining Fox Williams LLP, Deloris gained experience in the international development sector and the retail banking sector.

Deloris Evans, Business Support

Rebecca Evans

Legal Director

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Rebecca joined Fox Williams in 2006 as a trainee and qualified as an associate in the real estate department in 2008. She was promoted to Senior Associate in 2017 and, in 2018, promoted to Legal Director. Rebecca advises on a broad range of commercial property matters including property management, commercial leasing and general landlord and tenant issues.

Rebecca also has experience in advising on both freehold and leasehold residential conveyancing matters, with a focus on prime Central London property.

In October 2019, Rebecca had her comments regarding chancel repairs published in The Sunday Times. 

Rebecca graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2004 with a degree in Psychology. She then completed the GDL and LPC at BPP Law School in London.

 

Rebecca Evans, Legal Director


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Peter Faber

Senior Consultant

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Peter is a senior consultant in our corporate department, where his particular focus is international and domestic M&A. He has extensive experience in UK and cross-border acquisitions, disposals and mergers (for both publicly listed and private companies), public share offerings and financings, corporate reconstructions and joint ventures, as well as private equity and venture/development capital investments (representing, variously, investors, management teams, debt providers and sellers). He advises clients (ranging from multi-nationals through private corporates and investment houses to management teams and start-ups) in a wide range of business sectors, including media/publishing, travel and leisure, pharma/biotech/life sciences and financial services. Peter leads the firm’s Publishing and Media and Travel practices.

Before joining Fox Williams in 2010, Peter was a partner for ten years in the London office of the international law firm, Jones Day; before that, he was a partner for many years at Simmons & Simmons. He is co-author of "M&A Strategies for the UK", published in 2007 by Aspatore Books, Boston, USA; he is recognised as a Leading Lawyer in M&A by Legal Experts 2010 and Legal Business, he is a Recommended M&A Lawyer in Legal 500 (2011) and is recognised as a Leading Lawyer in M&A in the 2012 Mergers & Acquisitions Guidebook published by PLC. Peter has an Honours Degree in Modern History from Oxford University. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1974.

Peter Faber is singled out by commentators for his expertise in publishing-related deals. "He is utterly reliable, a consummate professional and a skilled negotiator," says a client in Chambers, 2017.

''Very pragmatic and commercial, as well as being very experienced.''
(Chambers UK, 2016)

 

 

Peter Faber, Senior Consultant


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Rebecca Facey

Associate

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Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2014 Rebecca has acted for a range of clients including private investors, property syndicates, financial institutions, major retailers, healthcare providers and pension funds. She advises on landlord and tenant matters, sales and acquisitions, secured lending, investment portfolios and the property aspects of corporate transactions. Rebecca also has experience in advising on both freehold and leasehold residential conveyancing matters, with a focus on prime Central London property.

Rebecca graduated from the University of Exeter in 2007 with a degree in Law before completing the Legal Practice Course at Cardiff University. She previously worked in Kent and London as a real estate solicitor before joining Fox Williams in April 2018.

Rebecca Facey, Associate


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Helen Farr

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Helen is a partner in the firm’s employment group and a member of Fox Williams’ Senior Managers & Certification Regime group which advises financial services clients. Her practice covers the full spectrum of employment law and human resources strategy. Helen has been qualified as a lawyer for more than 20 years and has worked as partner since 2003 both at Fox Williams and at her previous firm.

Helen has particular expertise within the financial and professional services sectors. She focuses largely on strategic matters such as workplace discrimination of a sensitive nature, equal pay, team moves, boardroom disputes and employment cases involving financial services regulatory issues.  Helen is also well-versed in dealing with industrial relations issues.

She has extensive experience in the application of TUPE and has advised on a variety of TUPE transfers including business acquisitions, mergers, private and public sector outsourcing.

Helen has considerable experience of defending and bringing claims in the employment tribunal including claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal as well as more complex claims of workplace discrimination or equal pay. As a partner in the team Helen has considerable experience of supervising other more junior lawyers in undertaking this work for employers and employees. She is also experienced in advocacy and has represented employers and employees in such claims in the Employment Tribunal on many occasions.

Helen leads the Fox Williams team that advises on the employment aspects of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and has worked with a number of organisations on the implications of the GDPR for managing employee data. She was featured in City AM in May 2018 discussing whether companies have underestimated the impact of GDPR and spoke at the GDPR Summit, organised by Henley Business School, on 25 June 2018 in London which discussed employee rights under the GDPR. Helen has also been quoted in The Lawyer on GDPR related issues.

Helen prides herself on having great commitment to excellent client service and finding innovative solutions to employment and human resources issues. She often provides tailored training sessions to meet the needs of her clients.

She is a regular speaker at employment law conferences and frequently writes for leading publications on employment matters. Helen has been quoted in the Financial Times and Ignites Europe in July 2018. Helen was named in the Reward 100 for 2017 and in the Reward 300 for 2018 for her expertise in employment law and for being an influential leader in the field. Helen was also one of only two lawyers nominated for the employment lawyer of the year award in the Reward 300 2019. 

Prior to joining Fox Williams, Helen was a partner at a London based Global Top 20 firm.


Helen Farr, Partner


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William Farrant

Associate

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William is an associate in Fox Williams' dispute resolution team.

William joined Fox Williams as a trainee solicitor and completed his seats in employment, professional services, commerce and technology and dispute resolution.

William graduated from the University of Southampton with an upper second class honours degree in Law. Following this, he completed his LPC with distinction at the University of Law in Bristol.

William Farrant, Associate


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Kate Felmingham

Associate

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Kate is an Associate in the dispute resolution team having joined Fox Williams in October 2019. She specialises in commercial dispute resolution, with a focus on arbitration.

Kate’s experience spans international commercial and investor-state arbitration under a number of rules including ICC, UNCITRAL and ICSID. Kate has also has experience of litigation having been part of teams that successfully represented clients in both the High Court and Court of Appeal. She also has experience of litigation in support of arbitration proceedings, including challenges to an award under the Arbitration Act 1996 and enforcement proceedings. 

Kate graduated from the University of Bristol in 2010 with degree in Spanish and Russian BA (Hons) before going on to complete her GDL (Commendation) and LPC (Distinction) at BPP in London. Kate trained at Reed Smith LLP and qualified into their commercial disputes group in 2015.

Kate Felmingham , Associate

Chris Finney

Partner

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Chris is a partner in our financial services practice. He advises banks, insurers, reinsurers, asset managers, lenders, and FinTech businesses of all kinds, on the most complex, challenging and commercially sensitive regulatory issues they face.

Chris qualified in private practice in 1996. He was a senior lawyer in General Counsel’s Division at the Financial Services Authority between 2001 and 2011; and joined Fox Williams as a partner in April 2017.

"Chris Finney is very impressive as well as being very personable. It goes without saying he is a subject matter expert"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Chris's experience is such that he has an excellent understanding of the regulation of financial services. This is an invaluable resource."
(Client feedback, Chambers UK, 2019)

"He has a knack for going through complex regulation and making it easy for us to understand. He has a broad range of knowledge and is always available."
(Client feedback, Chambers UK, 2019)

"He brings FCA experience as he has a background there. He has a great knowledge of the regulations and has great on-the-ground experience. He is very easy to talk to, very approachable and good to deal with."
(Client feedback, Chambers UK, 2019)

"He offers good, detailed advice and his responses are clear."
(Client feedback, Chambers UK, 2019)

"Excellent experience and insight into regulatory issues and the regulator's approach."
(Legal 500, 2019)

 

Chris Finney, Partner


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Gavin Foggo

Partner

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2543
email: gfoggo@foxwilliams.com

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Gavin heads the litigation and dispute resolution department, and is a long-standing member of the firm's Partnership Board. He handles a broad range of UK and international business disputes, involving litigation, UK and international arbitration, mediation and negotiations. 

In particular, Gavin specialises in civil fraud, financial and banking litigation, breach of contract, corporate transactional and corporate governance claims (including breach of warranty, breach of directors' duties and shareholder disputes). He acts mainly in the financial services and professional services sectors, and much of his work is cross-border. He has handled a number of multi-million and billion-dollar international fraud cases. He is also well-known for resolving partnership and employment disputes. 

Gavin is the Honorary Secretary of the London Solicitors Litigation Association, and a member of the Litigation Sub-Committee of the City of London Law Society. He is a former Honorary Secretary of the Association of Partnership Practitioners (APP) and former President of the American Counsel Association. Gavin has written numerous articles, and has been quoted many times in the national and trade press.

Gavin is an active member of the Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association, and the Litigation Section of the American Bar Assocation.

He is rated as a leading dispute resolution individual in The Legal 500 and Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession. 

Gavin graduated with an honours degree in law from Durham University in 1987. He completed his training with Fox Williams and qualified into the firm’s Dispute Resolution department in 1992, becoming a partner in 2001. He is a solicitor-advocate (higher courts civil).

Outside the office Gavin enjoys travelling, sports, theatre, running and trying to keep up with his adult children. 

"Gavin Foggo fights his client's corner fiercely without driving up costs unnecessarily and is a superb negotiator. His experience of partnership and corporate litigation is enhanced by his experience of fraud litigation."
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Gavin Foggo is an extremely experienced litigator who is able to handle and communicate with challenging clients easily"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Gavin Foggo is an exceptional talent, who is very user friendly and insightful in commercial litigation - not afraid to engage with the detail but always sensitive about clients' concerns"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Really superb"
(Chambers UK, 2020)

"Has a very sound and robust knowledge of partnership law and is a pleasure to work with."
(Chambers UK, 2020)

"Excellent litigator"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"Argues points very convincingly"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"Commands confidence and exhibits great judgement"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"The man you want on your team for partnership litigation"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"Hugely experienced and thoughtful in the way he approaches litigation"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"Great tactician"
(Legal 500, 2019)

The "very impressive" Gavin Foggo is described by one interviewee as "a very experienced commercial litigator and top of my list for a big litigation mandate."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

 

 

Gavin Foggo, Partner


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Adam Fortune

Employed Barrister

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2595
email: afortune@foxwilliams.com

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Adam is an employed barrister in the dispute resolution practice.

Adam is an experienced litigator and has acted on a range of domestic and cross-border commercial disputes, with experience of both litigation and arbitration. Adam specialises in corporate and investment banking litigation and IT disputes, and has experience of civil fraud litigation. Adam was seconded to the wealth management litigation team of a UK clearing bank in 2011.

Adam’s recent cases have included:

  • defending an investment bank against a £300million claim under a cross-border structured finance transaction;
  • bringing a claim on behalf of an investment bank for £80million under a portfolio protection transaction; and
  • advising a company on a £100 million IT dispute with a systems integration firm.

Adam read law at the University of Bristol as an undergraduate and postgraduate, where he also tutored obligations and commercial law.  Having completed his Bar Vocational Course as a scholar of Lincoln’s Inn, Adam undertook pupillage at 4 Stone Buildings. He was a member of the London dispute resolution team at Addleshaw Goddard LLP for almost 9 years before joining Fox Williams.

Adam Fortune, Employed Barrister


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Sona Ganatra

Partner

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2544
email: sganatra@foxwilliams.com

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Sona Ganatra is a Partner in the FS Regulatory & Investigations practice at Fox Williams. 

Sona is a highly experienced investigations practitioner, specialising in representing corporates and senior executives involved in FCA, FRC and SFO investigations, particularly those involving market misconduct, financial misstatements, sanctions, money laundering, fraud, and bribery and corruption in the regulated sector. She is recognised for her expertise in leading large, complex internal investigations and is regularly called upon to advise corporates investigating misconduct and their reporting obligations to UK regulatory bodies and authorities.

In an advisory capacity, Sona has particular expertise in advising regulated firms on their money laundering and financial crime systems and controls, payment services and e-money regulations, as well as the change in control notification regime.

She was seconded to the Enforcement Division of the (then) Financial Services Authority in 2004 to 2005. This proved to be an invaluable insight into regulatory investigations and disciplinary actions of the FSA.  Sona provided advice on breaches of the UK financial services regulatory regime, appeared before the Regulatory Decisions Committee and participated in settlement discussions with financial institutions.  

She has also published numerous articles and led training sessions in relation to financial services regulatory issues and obligations under the Bribery Act 2010, Fraud Act 2006 and money laundering regulations and is regularly called upon to provide commentary to the press and specialist publications. Sona co-authored the “Employee Rights: A UK Perspective” chapter in GIR’s Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations. 

Sona graduated from Kings College, London with a degree in Law in 2000 and went on to complete her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in 2001, where she obtained a distinction and was awarded the Roger Leyland Memorial Prize. She trained at White & Case LLP and qualified in September 2003 in the Dispute Resolution practice group. She practised at White & Case LLP for over nine years before joining Fox Williams. Sona is a solicitor advocate (higher courts civil).

Sona leads our firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative.

"Sona Ganatra, alongside James Carlton, is an exceptional combination"
(Legla 500, 2020)

"Sona Ganatra is a new partner with incredible knowledge of the area, and is very client friendly"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Sona Ganatra is energetic and detailed; incredibly personable and reassuring"
(Legal 500, 2020)

'"Sona Ganatra has a good approach to dealing with non-lawyer business people"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Incredible knowledge of the area"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"The formidable Sona Ganatra has a background in commercial litigation as well as financial services work and combines the two skills to good effect"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"Understands the commercial realities and personal pressures of these investigations and proceedings and helps clients manage both"
(Legal 500, 2019)

‘An expert on UK banking regulation’, Sona Ganatra regularly represents senior executives who are subject to regulatory investigations.
(Legal 500, 2017)

Sona Ganatra, Partner


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Rhys Griffiths

Partner

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2553
email: rgriffiths@foxwilliams.com

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Rhys is a partner and the head of the travel group at Fox Williams. He is a travel sector specialist, with in-depth knowledge of the industry and how it works. Rhys is listed as a leading individual for Travel: Regulatory and Commercial in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

Rhys advises clients on compliance with the complex web of laws and regulation which apply to the sale of travel services in Europe. This includes advising on compliance with the Package Travel Directive, the ATOL Regulations, Consumer Rights Directive, insolvency protection requirements and the local rules which require registration and/or licensing of activity in certain European markets. Rhys typically undertakes this work for tour operators, travel agents, online booking platforms and airlines.

Rhys has significant experience of helping clients launch new products and enter new markets. He acts for well-known brands intending to launch or expand their own travel business, both domestically and internationally. Rhys uses his expertise of the regulation and the market to help clients structure their business efficiently and to negotiate the myriad of commercial and consumer contracts which are needed to operate.

Rhys frequently represents clients in response to investigations and proceedings by regulators and industry trade associations. Most recently, Rhys has represented clients in response to investigations by the Competition and Markets Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority concerning compliance by various travel companies with the relevant travel regulation. Rhys also has experience of negotiating tailored regulatory solutions with the regulators on behalf of his clients.

Rhys is a regular attendee and speaker at industry events, including ABTA Conventions and Seminars, the ITT Convention, TTNG Convention and Travel Weekly Business Breakfasts. Rhys is also a regular contributor to industry publications such as ABTA Travel Law Today and Travel Law Quarterly.  Rhys also hosts and publishes his own events and materials.

"Griffiths has a 'strong following in the travel sector'"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Strong attention to detail"
(Chambers UK, 2020)

"He is very commercially aware and understands how travel businesses operate"
(Chambers UK, 2020)

Rhys Griffiths gives ‘very practical advice and knows his stuff’ and has ‘excellent understanding of the regulatory framework and the specific areas for travel agents, tour operators and airlines’.
(Legal 500, 2019)

Rhys Griffiths advises prominent travel clients on travel regulation as well as disputes. Commentators describe him as "friendly and approachable" and commend his business acumen and "good strategic decision-making."
(Chambers UK, 2019)

 

Rhys Griffiths, Partner


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Jeremy Gubbay

Partner

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2552
email: jgubbay@foxwilliams.com

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Partner and Chief Operating Officer

Jeremy is the partner responsible for all operational aspects of the firm including Finance, IT, HR, Risk Management and Office Services. He also works with the firm’s Partnership Board on strategic projects and overseeing their implementation.

Jeremy is a Chartered Accountant admitted in 1989 after graduating with an honours degree in Economics and Politics at the University of Manchester.

Prior to joining Fox Williams in 2009, Jeremy was the CEO of a West End law firm. His career has covered a variety of financial and general management roles both in professional services and industry. After qualifying at Arthur Andersen, Jeremy moved to Unilever Plc where he undertook various finance roles including Management Accountant, running a Treasury Dealing room, Corporate Finance and establishing and running a Derivatives Operation in the Netherlands. Jeremy’s subsequent roles have included Regional Financial Controller at PepsiCo Inc and Head of Finance at the London office of Clifford Chance LLP.

Jeremy Gubbay, Partner

Andrew Hill

Partner

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2551
email: ahill@foxwilliams.com

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Andrew specialises in complex, cutting edge and high value commercial litigation, with a focus on group actions or ‘class actions’ for major international finance institutions and sophisticated institutional investors. 

Andrew is at the forefront of developing securities litigation in the UK, identifying potential recovery opportunities for shareholders in UK public companies. He drove the launch of the UK’s first such claim against a PLC for issuing allegedly untrue or misleading statements to the market – the high profile +£400million case against Tesco PLC for a large group of institutional investors, following Tesco’s admission of a profit overstatement in late 2014. The Tesco case was ranked as one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases for 2017. 

Andrew has substantial experience in acting on third party funded cases, and of considering innovative alternative fee arrangements with clients and funders, enabling institutional investors to participate in securities litigation with no downside risk or no cost to their balance sheet.

As well as his securities experience, Andrew has an established credibility and track record in acting for both claimants and defendants across the financial services, institutional investment, manufacturing and energy and natural resources sectors, in both the UK and in Australia. Andrew was recently recognised in the Legal 500 UK 2019 rankings as a ‘highly rated advisor’ for Commercial Litigation. In addition to the Tesco case, his notable cases have included:

  • Advising a publicly listed online trading and investments provider to protect itself from large-scale potential actions for damages from multiple clients in Italy.
  • Advising and successfully representing a group of 16 European institutional investors in a ‘UK-first’ highly complex and challenging claim for damages against a ratings agency, as well as the arranging bank, for the more than €250million in losses they suffered as a result of the collapse of the complex 10 year fixed income financial products which the bank had sold to them with a coveted AAA rating. This followed the ground-breaking finding by the Federal Court of Australia that a rating agency (S&P) owed a duty of care to the ultimate investors in the structured products which it rated. A confidential settlement was reached in the UK after two complex mediations.
  • Defending and successfully resolving a +€40million enforcement action against an Indian and Portuguese automotive component parts manufacturing conglomerate by a syndicate of banks, including playing a key role in the successful refinancing of the group by Portuguese and Italian private equity investors.
  • Protecting a US hedge fund’s strategic negotiating position by co-ordinating and taking a hard-fought, factually intensive jurisdiction challenge to hearing in the Commercial Court, including managing the client’s UK and US legal teams.
  • Defending and successfully resolving a +A$140million investor class action in Australia, including obtaining Court approval for the settlement on behalf of the defendant trustee company/bank subsidiary, in what was the first class action of its type in the Australian financial services industry.
  • Winning an appeal before the full Court of the High Court of Australia (Australia’s highest appellate court), after ten years of hard-fought litigation on related issues for the defendant off-shore private bank.

Prior to joining Fox Williams, Andrew was a partner at Stewarts, the UK’s largest litigation-only law firm. Andrew is dual-qualified in the UK and Australia, having worked at global law firm Baker McKenzie in Sydney before relocating to London.

"Andrew Hill is a good, hands-on partner"
(Legal 500, 2020)

Andrew Hill, Partner


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Scott Hilton

Associate

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2515
email: sHilton@foxwilliams.com

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Scott qualified as a Solicitor in 2012 at a leading regional law firm and joined Fox Williams in April 2018. He is recommended in The Legal 500 2019.

Scott advises on a range of real estate transactions, including the sale and purchase of investment property, landlord and tenant matters and strategic land development. Scott has specialist expertise acting for developers and landowners in the drafting and negotiation of conditional contracts, option and promotion agreements. Scott also has experience in advising on both freehold and leasehold residential conveyancing matters, with a focus on prime Central London property.

Scott regularly handles portfolio secured lending projects, having recently acted for an institutional lender in connection with a multimillion pound refinancing exercise.

"very approachable, thorough and prepared to work with clients to highlight any issues and provide options"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Scott Hilton, Associate


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Phillip Hope

Partner

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telephone: +44 (0) 20 7614 2653
email: phope@foxwilliams.com

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Phillip heads the real estate department and is a member of the firm’s Partnership Board. He specialises in advising individual and corporate clients on the investment, acquisition and development of real estate, with a particular focus on advising overseas clients investing in the London market. In addition, Phillip has considerable experience in regeneration schemes for which he advises a number of government agencies and local authorities. He also acts for hospitality and leisure clients in relation to acquisitions, disposals and ongoing management arrangements.

Phillip has over 20 years’ experience acting for both buyers and sellers in connection with residential property transactions, with a particular focus on prime central London properties. His experience includes dealing with freehold and leasehold of both existing stock and new build off-plan purchases. He has advised on residential property transactions ranging in value from £350,000 to £52 million. Phillip is also assisted by and supervises a team of associates who are all qualified solicitors with experience in residential conveyancing work.

Phillip is advising clients following the EU referendum vote, ensuring they are ready to take advantage of the opportunities, mitigate risks, and have the processes and people in place to manage a period of uncertainty.

Prior to joining Fox Williams, Phillip was a partner in the real estate team at Dentons which he joined in 1998. He qualified as a solicitor in 1996.

"The team are friendly, approachable and personable. Phillip Hope is a stand-out - he has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and an enviable client base - including a significant roster of Middle and Far Eastern investors. He is very commercial in his approach, calm under pressure, easy to deal with, and gets the job done."
(Legal 500, 2020)

"A wealth of real estate experience"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Phillip Hope ‘knows the law and the property market inside out’
(Legal 500, 2017)

Phillip Hope, Partner


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Daisy Jones

Senior Associate

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2601
email: hdjones@foxwilliams.com

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Daisy is a senior associate in the employment team. She advises on all aspects of employment law and HR-related issues both for employers and senior executives. Daisy has a particular focus on the financial services sector and frequently works alongside the firm’s specialist regulatory lawyers. Daisy is also a member of the firm’s Senior Managers and Certification Regime specialist group. In addition to her financial services focus, Daisy also works for a number of clients in the oil and gas and construction industries.

Daisy’s work encompasses a wide-range of HR matters including executive service agreements, the enforceability of restrictive covenants, disciplinary and grievance issues, redundancy exercises, termination packages and settlement agreements. Daisy has extensive tribunal experience having advised on disputes including in relation to unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing and claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal.

Daisy also has experience of advising corporate clients on the employment aspects of complex cross-border corporate transactions including sales and acquisitions, outsourcings and flotations on both the main market of the London Stock Exchange and AIM.

Before specialising in employment law, Daisy also advised corporate clients in relation to a wide range of pension matters and incentive arrangements.

Daisy undertook a history degree at Oxford University before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School. Daisy trained at Ashurst LLP, where she qualified into the Employment, Incentives and Pensions Department in September 2011. Daisy joined Fox Williams as an employment associate in July 2014 and was promoted to senior associate in 2018.

Daisy Jones, Senior Associate


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David Jones

Associate

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2587
email: dmjones@foxwilliams.com

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David is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution department. He joined the firm in October 2017.

Before joining Fox Williams, David’s previous firm was Stewarts where he worked on a number of cases including the RBS Rights Issue Litigation and Fortress & Ors v BNP Paribas & Ors, ‘Golden Belt’ litigation. David specialises in financial & banking disputes having had a long held interest in this area.

David graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in politics. Following this, David completed his Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London.

David Jones, Associate

Charlotte Kong

Associate

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2669
email: ckong@foxwilliams.com

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Charlotte is an associate in Fox Williams’ commerce and technology department.

Charlotte graduated from Durham University with a first class honours degree in History. Following this, Charlotte completed her GDL and LPC at the University of Law in Birmingham, passing both with Distinctions.

Prior to joining the firm, Charlotte worked as a commercial real estate paralegal at Eversheds Sutherland LLP, and as a legal intern at a human rights law firm in London. She commenced her training contract with Fox Williams in September 2017 and completed seats in the real estate, commerce and technology, employment and corporate departments.

Charlotte Kong, Associate


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Maria Kozlov

Paralegal

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email: MKozlov@foxwilliams.com

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Maria is a senior paralegal in the Regulatory and Investigations practice at Fox Williams

Maria has over 10 years of legal experience, both in the United Kingdom and Canada. Her experience includes working with clients throughout their FCA and SFO internal investigations, primarily involving financial misstatements, sanctions, money laundering, fraud, bribery and corruption. She is involved in case management, research, analysis of documentary evidence, and preparing clients for their FCA / SFO interviews, as well as trial preparation.

Throughout the years, Maria worked in a number of large scale and high-profile cases. As a native Russian speaker, she also assists with interpretation and translation.

Maria was brought up and educated in Canada, where she had graduated from York University with Honours in Criminology.

Maria is a member of Young Fraud Lawyers Association, and an Affiliate member of Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.  

Maria Kozlov, Paralegal

Ed Livingstone

Associate

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2673
email: elivingstone@foxwilliams.com

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Ed is an Associate who works with the Employment and Professional Practices teams at Fox Williams.

Ed’s employment experience includes litigation in tribunals and the High Court, acting for both employer and employee. He has gained particular experience in advising on workplace discrimination issues, in which he takes particular interest, and has co-authored a number of legal journal articles on the subject. He has also developed an expertise in advising on employee competition matters both before and after termination of employment. Ed has experience in advising both employers and employees on Employment Tribunal claims, including for unfair and wrongful dismissal.

Ed’s work in the Professional Services Group covers a broad range of legal and regulatory issues facing professional services firms, including both domestic and international legal businesses. He has gained a particular expertise in relation to solicitors’ regulation (including alternative business structures), partnerships, LLPs, and the contract law issues facing professional services firms. Such issues include matters relating to partnership annuities, indemnity provisions, exercise of contractual discretion, post-termination restrictions and the variation of partnership agreements.

Ed graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2013, with a first class honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Following this, Ed completed his Legal Practice Course at the City Law School, and passed with distinction, before joining the firm in 2015.

Ed Livingstone, Associate


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Mardi MacGregor

Senior Associate

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2530
email: mmacgregor@foxwilliams.com

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Mardi joined Fox Williams LLP in October 2018 and is a senior associate specialising in financial services regulation.

Mardi advises on a wide range of UK and EU regulatory matters including authorisation and licensing; regulation of financial markets and instruments; funds and investments; and banking and payments. Mardi also advises clients on regulatory processes including applications for permission and regulatory change / implementation projects. Mardi has experience with a number of international and domestic banks, investment firms, funds, individuals and other clients; and has a specific interest in FinTech regulation, including payments regulation, Open Banking and the developing regulation of cryptocurrencies and related exchanges.

Mardi graduated from the University of Oxford (Brasenose College) in 2010, with a BA in Jurisprudence with Law Studies in Europe after spending her third year of University studying international law in Leiden, the Netherlands. Mardi trained at Clifford Chance LLP and qualified into their Financial Regulatory Practice in September 2012. Whilst at Clifford Chance LLP, Mardi completed client secondments at Citibank and MasterCard.

Mardi MacGregor, Senior Associate


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Olwen Mair

Trainee Solicitor

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2568
email: omair@foxwilliams.com

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Olwen is a trainee solicitor at Fox Williams LLP who joined the firm in March 2019 and is currently sitting in corporate.

Olwen graduated from Durham University with an upper second class honours degree in English Literature. After this, she completed her Graduate Diploma in Law with distinction at BPP University in London Waterloo. She then studied the fast track LPC at BPP University in Holborn and completed the course in February 2019.

Olwen Mair, Trainee Solicitor

Mary Majewska

Associate

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2619
email: mmajewska@foxwilliams.com

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Mary joined Fox Williams in 2013 as a trainee and qualified as an associate in the real estate department in 2015. Mary advises on a broad range of commercial property matters across a number of sectors, including purchase and sale, commercial leasing, general landlord and tenant issues, property management, investment portfolios, secured lending, property finance and the property aspects of corporate transactions. In addition Mary acts for several high net worth individuals on residential property matters, mainly on acquisitions and disposals.

Mary also has experience in both freehold and leasehold residential conveyancing matters, with a focus on prime Central London property.

Mary graduated from the University of Exeter in 2012, with a honours degree in Law. Following this Mary completed the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law school in 2013 in which she received a distinction before commencing her Training Contract with the firm.

Mary Majewska, Associate


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Jane Mann

Partner

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2510
email: jemann@foxwilliams.com

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Jane is a partner in the pre-eminent employment and HRLaw team at Fox Williams and is considered one of the sector's top experts in representing both senior executives and employers. She is a member of the firm’s Partnership Board. Jane has been consecutively ranked by the key independent guides to UK law firms as a ‘leading individual’, in Chambers and Partners and in Legal 500, who also recognised her in their 2018 inaugural Hall of Fame. Jane is recommended in Who's Who Legal – Labour & Employment 2018, recognised in the latest edition of Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for Employment and in Spear’s Guide.

Jane has been a partner in the employment team at Fox Williams since 1994. She is immensely experienced and has advised clients in many different sectors including technology, financial services, insurance and professional services; she advises a number of companies and partnerships in these sectors on a wide variety of HR issues. Her advice and help is often sought in relation to board room issues advising both boards and individual directors on contracts, succession, disputes, restrictive covenants and reputational issues. She has advised a number of CEOs including Eric Daniels, former CEO of Lloyds Banking Group. Clients value her commercial acumen, judgement and experience.

Jane is a long standing member of the firm’s partnership board, and her knowledge of the inner workings of a professional firm has led to her advice being sought by the management teams of other professional firms. She also advises individual partners when joining or leaving their firms or dealing with internal issues affecting them personally.

She has been part of the management team that has led the firm from small start-up to successful established city firm and therefore understands very well the challenges faced by entrepreneurial clients.

Discrimination law has long been a core practice area for Jane and she has pursued and defended a great many discrimination claims at pre action stage and in the employment tribunal. She was part of the team at Fox Williams who defended Chelsea FC and Jose Mourinho against the claims brought by Dr Eva Carneiro.

During her career Jane has undertaken a great deal of employment litigation; accordingly she has considerable experience of defending and bringing claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal in the employment tribunal and of supervising junior lawyers in undertaking this work for employers and employees.

Jane co-founded the Employment Lawyers Association and served on its board for 10 years including two years as chair; she has also sat on the boards of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association and the City HR Association.

Throughout her career Jane has advised international clients on global mobility and on the UK laws and regulations relating to overseas employees moving to and working in the UK.

"Intellect, judgement and razor-sharp understanding."
(Chambers UK, 2020)

"Very switched on and able to give clients really clear advice"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"Highly professional and experienced"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"Highly knowledgeable, with excellent experience and judgement." 
(Chambers UK, 2018)

'Department head Jane Mann is rated as "one of the leading employment lawyers in London" 
(Legal 500, 2017)

"highly knowledgeable, with excellent experience and judgement." 
(Chambers UK, 2017) 

'Jane Mann "impresses with her ability to get to the crux of a matter" she is recommended for "complicated and high-risk matters because she has the experience to see things from a potential litigant's perspective." 
(Chambers UK, 2015)

The team she heads receives many accolades:

"They are proactive in issues and can take a step back and see the broader picture"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"They offer solutions that are pragmatic and commercial"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"They've taken the time to understand how we work"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"A good team that endeavours to provide good customer service and build good relationships with its clients"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"They offer magic circle service at a significantly lower cost"
(Chambers UK 2018)

"They are extremely professional, hardworking and always accessible."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

"Highly knowledgeable, with excellent experience and judgement." 
(Chambers UK 2017)

"The firm provides a responsive, client-focused operation."

"What they are fantastic at is giving commercial, practical advice."
(Chambers UK 2016)

"Tough, pragmatic and no-fuss approach"
(Legal 500 2015)

"They understand the subtleties of our industry and they're very discreet." 
(Chambers UK, 2014)

 

 

Jane Mann, Partner


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Priya Mattu

Associate

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2672
email: pmattu@foxwilliams.com

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Priya joined Fox Williams LLP in October 2018 as an associate in the corporate department.

Priya has experience advising on a range of corporate matters with a focus on private company M&A, including domestic and cross-border transactions. Priya also has experience advising on corporate reorganisations, banking and debt finance transactions, shareholder disputes and general corporate advisory matters such as restructurings, constitutional documents and shareholders’ agreements.

Priya has experience advising a variety of clients from start-ups to larger corporations, in sectors including technology, travel and financial services.

Prior to joining Fox Williams, Priya trained at DWF. Whilst at DWF, Priya completed a client secondment at the Arcadia Group. Priya graduated from Aston Business School with an upper second class honours degree in International Business and Spanish and spent a year with PwC in Santiago, Chile as part of her degree. Following this, she completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and gained a distinction on the Legal Practice Course.

Priya Mattu, Associate


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Evie Meleagros

Senior Associate

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2593
email: emeleagros@foxwilliams.com

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Evie is a senior associate in the firm’s dispute resolution practice.

Evie’s dispute resolution experience includes court litigation, arbitration and mediation. She has acted on a wide range of commercial disputes, including: 

  • civil fraud / dishonesty;
  • fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation;
  • breach of warranty;
  • breach of contract (including breach of restrictive covenants and misuse of confidential information);
  • High Court employment disputes (including disputes relating to bonuses);
  • breach of director’s duties; and
  • shareholder and partnership related disputes.  

Evie has acted for both companies and individuals across an array of industries and her experience covers both domestic and multi-jurisdictional disputes. 

Evie graduated from Brunel University in 2006 with a first class degree in Law. Evie worked as a paralegal in a London based litigation firm before studying for the LPC at BPP Law School in 2007. Evie joined Fox Williams as a trainee in September 2008 and qualified into the dispute resolution team in September 2010. 

Evie Meleagros, Senior Associate


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Nigel Miller

Partner

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Nigel is a founding partner of Fox Williams LLP and leads the firm’s technology and data protection group.

Nigel specialises in business contracts (contracts for supply of services or goods); technology contracts (software development, licensing, cloud, SaaS); data protection (privacy policies, cyber security, international transfers, data security); intellectual property (protection of brands and licensing, acquisition or disposal of IPR); online matters (contracts for provision of on-line services, compliance with online regulations).

The clients for whom he acts include professional services firms, suppliers of technology and online services, ecommerce and FinTech companies. They range from multinational corporations to SME's, start-ups and individual entrepreneurs.

Nigel acts for many US and Israeli technology companies and professional services firms on UK and EU matters, either directly or through their local subsidiaries and he is head of the firm’s Israel desk.

Nigel is advising clients on their new obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), undertaking readiness assessments and working with clients on what is required to be compliant with GDPR now that it has come into force.

Nigel is a Fellow, and past Chairman, of the UK Society for Computers & Law (www.scl.org). He is also a past President of the International Federation of Computer Law Associations (www.ifcla.org). He is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and of the US iTechLaw Association and is a regular speaker at tech and tech law conferences.  He is featured in "Who’s Who Legal: TMT 2017".

Nigel is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E).

He recently co-authored the UK chapter of Chambers first Global Practice Guide for FinTech. The 2018 guide provides expert legal commentary on key issues for businesses and covers the important developments in the most significant jurisdictions.

Twitter @nigelmiller

Nigel Miller, Partner


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Laura Monro

Senior Associate

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Laura is a senior associate in the firm’s Commerce and Technology department and a member of the firm’s agentlaw and fashion law teams.

To date, Laura has acted for various clients in relation to contentious and non-contentious matters. Laura has been involved in advising clients on their agency and distributorship agreements as well as a range of matters relating to commercial contracts, intellectual property and data protection. She has negotiated and drafted IP and software licence agreements, international trademark licences and domain name transfers, as well as drafting and advising on a variety contracts in respect of data protection, compliance with UCTA and amendments to privacy policies to ensure compliance with the cookies legislation.

Laura graduated from Bristol University in 2008 with an honours degree in Law. She then took a gap year, working for five months in a small law firm, spending six weeks in Granada, Spain learning the language, and travelling through Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize.

Laura achieved a distinction on the LPC at BPP Law School in London, following which she joined Fox Williams as a trainee solicitor and qualified in September 2012. Laura was promoted to senior associate in 2018.

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Guy Morgan

Partner

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Guy is a corporate partner with a particular focus on equity capital markets transactions, takeovers and other UK Takeover Code transactions. Clients value his commercial and pragmatic approach as well as his technical know-how.

Guy advises listed and unlisted companies and institutions and has significant experience in a range of domestic and cross-border corporate finance transactions, including takeovers and other UK Takeover Code transactions, initial public offers (IPOs) and public equity fundraisings. Guy also advises on private M&A, joint ventures, buyouts and corporate restructurings.

He regularly provides strategic advice to boards including in relation to the Listing Rules, the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, the AIM Rules, the UK Takeover Code and general company law. 

Guy's clients include AIM and main market listed companies, private companies, as well as investment banks and financial advisers in their capacity as sponsors, nomads and brokers to listed companies.

Guy has extensive experience of working across a wide range of industries, including technology, telecommunications, financial services, natural resources and real estate. He is particularly active in Digital Wealth Management. 

'"Guy Morgan stands out for providing clear and practical advice"
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"Marries an eye for detail with a commercial nous that really cuts through the issues
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Tom Morton

Associate

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Tom is a property litigator, and heads up the firm’s Real Estate dispute resolution practice. He has over ten years’ experience acting for investors, developers, financial institutions, public sector clients and high net worth individuals, dealing with all aspects of real estate litigation and dispute resolution.

His experience extends to both commercial and residential properties across a number of sectors, and includes all forms of landlord and tenant disputes, 1954 Act lease renewals, dilapidations, rent review, possession claims, tenant insolvency, and also advisory work in relation to all aspects of pure property law.

Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2005, he has dealt with numerous property disputes in the High Court and County Courts, and also has particular experience acting for local authorities.

Tom joined Fox Williams in August 2015 having previously worked for a number of years at Mishcon de Reya, and more recently, Fieldfisher. He graduated in 2001 from Cambridge University.

 

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David Murphy

Partner

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David guides HR, management and in-house legal teams through difficult employment situations and advises senior individuals when they join and leave their employers or face challenges during their employment.

Described in Legal 500 as 'first class', David advises on issues ranging from difficult employee relations matters, such as performance management, dismissals and exit packages through to tribunal litigation, restrictive covenants and the employment aspects of business re-organisations and corporate transactions.

As an experienced employment lawyer and partner, David has considerable experience of defending and bringing employment tribunal claims (including discrimination, whistleblowing, unfair and wrongful dismissal claims) and of supervising other more junior lawyers in undertaking this work for employers and employees.

Whilst his corporate client base has a strong focus on the financial services sector he also acts for a number of other clients including professional services firms and barristers chambers. His individual clients include fund managers, board directors, investment bankers, HR professionals and lawyers.

David co-authors the UK Employee Rights chapter of Global Investigation Review's Practitioner's Guide to Global Investigations and has featured in City AM's "Ask the Guru" column. He has also written articles for the Daily Telegraph, and Personnel Today. He contributes to HRLaw.co.uk, the firm’s employment law website, and edited and produced the City HR Association's best practice guide on bullying and harassment issues. David has delivered training to the CIPD and appeared on Channel 5 News on the subject of maternity-related rights. On World Mental Health Day 2018, he spoke at an HR in Law seminar looking at how London law firms are approaching wellbeing and mental health issues.

After university, David spent a semester at law school in Houston and now regularly advises US clients with UK interests on their HR and employment matters. He trained with Nabarro, qualified in 2004 and joined Fox Williams in 2007. David was promoted to Partner in 2018.

"Provides consistently pragmatic and timely advice in a calm and reassuring way"
(Legal 500, 2019)

'Clients single out "exceptional" David Murphy'
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Ben Nolan

Associate

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Ben joined Fox Williams’ Commerce and Technology team as an associate in October 2019. Ben specialises in advising clients on data protection and other technology regulation, but also advises on general commercial matters.

Ben trained at an international law firm in Edinburgh and qualified into their Intellectual Property and Technology team in Dubai. During this time, Ben was seconded to a globally renowned event organisation, where he advised in relation to data protection matters and various commercial agreements.

Ben graduated from the University of Glasgow with a first class honours degree in Law with French.

Ben Nolan, Associate


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Paul Osborne

Senior Partner

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Paul was appointed senior partner at Fox Williams LLP on 1st May 2013.

Paul is a member of the Corporate department where he specialises in domestic and cross-border M&A, venture capital, private equity and joint ventures. He has a wealth of experience in these disciplines with a particular emphasis in the technology and financial services sectors. Paul is recognised as a leader in his field in Chambers 2017 for Corporate / M&A  Mid – Market. He brings strong and effective leadership to the firm. 

The clients for whom he acts range from multi-national and quoted companies to institutional investors and family run businesses. Feedback from clients states: “Paul Osborne is well trusted and likeable. People get along with him. He is well respected and has a lot of clout.” and “He’s proved himself to be an outstanding negotiator. He is quick to appreciate the subtleties of a contractual discussion. He’s good at steering towards the outcome we wish to have.”

He has written for publications such as Financier Worldwide, Real Business and the Financial Times.

Paul graduated from the University of Warwick in 1980 with a  2:1 degree in law before being admitted as a solicitor in October 1983. In 1989, he co-founded Fox Williams after six years of practising in a major City law firm.

Resides Oxfordshire. Enjoys golf, running, the occasional horse race and watching his sons from the touchline.

"His strengths are that he is very easy to work with, very practical and very knowledgeable"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

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

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

 

Paul Osborne, Senior Partner


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Tom Pennington-Hare

Senior Associate

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2649
email: tpennington-hare@foxwilliams.com

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Tom advises both employers and senior executives on a wide range of employment-related matters, including executive service agreements, exit negotiations and settlement agreements, disciplinary and grievance issues, sickness absence management and redundancy exercises. Tom has particular experience of advising corporate, financial and investment fund clients on the employment aspects of complex, cross-border corporate transactions, including the impact of TUPE and the implementation of secondments and transitional services arrangements.

Tom’s experience also includes advising both employers and employees in relation to Tribunal litigation, in particular involving complex discrimination and whistleblowing matters and including claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal.

Tom joined Fox Williams in July 2014, having trained at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where he qualified into the Employment department in March 2012.

Tom Pennington-Hare, Senior Associate


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Marc Piano

Associate

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Marc is an associate in Fox Williams’ Corporate and Technology teams focusing on FinTech and Alternative Finance, with a particular specialism in blockchain, cryptocurrency and other innovative technologies with a financial application. 

Marc joined Fox Williams in April 2018.

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Aron Pope

Partner

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2640
email: apope@foxwilliams.com

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Aron Pope is a partner in the employment law team at Fox Williams. He advises both employers and employees and his clients range from multinationals to start-ups, law firms, fintechs, brokers and banks.

Aron has particular experience in dealing with high-value employment and partnership disputes involving whistle-blowing, discrimination, bonuses, restrictive covenants and team moves. His recent cases include acting for Chelsea Football Club and José Mourinho in the defence of high profile employment tribunal proceedings brought by Dr. Eva Carneiro, and for a broker defending a £500k bonus dispute in the Court of Appeal. He has considerable experience of defending and bringing claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal in the employment tribunal and of supervising junior lawyers in undertaking this work for employers and employees.

Aron also helps clients with general HR issues such as disciplinary and grievance procedures, and advises on the redundancy and TUPE implications of large business reorganisations and transfers. Clients value Aron’s prompt, practical advice.

Aron’s main sector focus areas are financial and professional services, fintech and technology. He is frequently involved in cross-border deals and disputes. Aron is experienced in advising on the employment issues facing firms and individuals subject to FCA/PRA regulations, including dealing with investigations, disciplinaries and managing reputational issues.

Aron’s individual clients include lawyers, fund managers, board directors, investment bankers, brokers and leading figures in the financial services and professional services sectors.

Aron is described as a “City Specialist” in the Legal 500 (2016 edition) and each year since then he has been recognised for his work with employers and senior executives. He is identified as one of the world’s leading employment lawyers in Who’s Who Legal (2016 to 2019).

Aron is the editor of Fox Williams’ interactive employment law service www.hrlaw.co.uk, and has had articles published in a number of leading publications including The Lawyer, the Solicitors Journal, Personnel Today and People Management. He leads workshops and gives seminars for the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), and is a regular provider of tailor-made training to clients. Aron is a member of the Employment Lawyers' Association, the Association of Partnership Practitioners, the International Bar Association and the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers.

Aron graduated from the University of Leicester with an honours degree in History. He joined Fox Williams as a trainee in November 2002, qualifying into the employment team in 2004.

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Douglas Preece

Partner

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Douglas is a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity. He joined Fox Williams in 2000. He has acted on many transactions for clients in technology and related industries and in the fashion and merchandising industry on acquisitions, disposals and capital raising, including share purchases, business purchases and brand purchases.    

He also advises on all aspects of partnership law and in particular the formation, merger, de-merger and dissolution of professional and commercial partnerships.  

Douglas has attracted the following comments  in the Legal 500, UK edition for his M&A and partnership law work:

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

"utterly charming"
(Legal 500, 2011)

"commercially astute"
(M&A: Smaller deals 2010)

"a deep understanding of partnership law"
(Partnership law 2010)

"name to note"
(Partnership law 2009)

"recommended"
(Partnership law 2007)

"commanding a good reputation"
(Partnership law 2006)

"recommended"
(M&A: smaller deals 2006)

Douglas Preece, Partner


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Dearbhla Quigley

Partner

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email: dquigley@foxwilliams.com

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Dearbhla is a partner in the firm’s corporate department specialising in UK and cross-border corporate finance and M&A transactions for both public and private companies. She has experience across a broad range of sectors but has significant experience of advising businesses at all stages of the business cycle in the natural resources (mining and oil & gas) power (including renewable energy) and real estate sectors as well as early stage businesses in the technology sector.

Her 20 years of experience covers IPOs and secondary offerings of shares on the AIM market of London Stock Exchange as well as transactions on the premium and standard segments of the Main Board of London.

Dearbhla also advises on private offerings of shares, venture capital, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

Dearbhla consistently is ranked in the legal directories. The Lawyer previously named Dearbhla as one of their ‘Hot 100’ lawyers and she is a recommended lawyer in both Legal 500 and Chambers UK. IFLR 2018 recognised Dearbhla as a leading equity capital markets lawyer.

Dearbhla is an LL.B and LL.M graduate of Trinity College Dublin and qualified as a solicitor in England. During her career and prior to joining Fox Williams Dearbhla spent 13 years in the London offices of US law firms.

Chambers UK

“Dearbhla Quigley is adept at handling initial and secondary offerings on the Main Market and AIM, with a particular focus on advising listed companies in the natural resources, power, healthcare and technology sectors.” (2019)

‘proactive’ and ‘very responsive, clever lawyer’ (2018)

“highly regarded up-and-coming partner” with a “great reputation in the AIM space.” (2016)

“Foreign Expert” in Africa equity capital markets matters “especially in the mining, oil and agriculture sectors” and “she is particularly well known for her handling of AIM-related work”. (Chambers Global 2013)

Legal 500

Recommended lawyer for flotations small and mid-cap(2019)

Recommended lawyer for small and mid-cap flotations, providing "timely, insightful advice" with "a client-focused attitude,” that “transactions are given an impressive commercial commitment,” and she is “praised for [her] ‘lucid intellect’ and ‘restless energy’.” (2012-2018)

IFLR 1000

Capital markets: Equity M&A

“Highly regarded” 2018

“Leading Lawyer” 2014

Dearbhla Quigley, Partner


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Sarah Redmond

Trade Mark Director

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2532
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Sarah joined Fox Williams in September 2011 as a Trade Mark Attorney within our Commerce and Technology team and was promoted to Trade Mark Director in 2018. Sarah has over 20 years experience in the trade mark industry. She is involved in all aspects of trade mark protection and portfolio management which includes clearance, filing, prosecution, oppositions, invalidations, assignments and co-existence agreements. Sarah also advises in relation to trade mark infringement and passing off and has extensive experience in the filing and prosecution of UK and Community designs.

Sarah is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and Member of CITMA. She is also a member of INTA and sits on the Non-traditional trade mark committee and the Brexit Task Force.

"Highly recommended for trade mark enforcement and commercial IP issues"
(Legal 500, 2020)

Sarah Redmond, Trade Mark Director


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Rebecca Richardson

Senior Associate

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Rebecca is a senior associate in the firm’s dispute resolution practice.  She is also a member of Fox Williams' civil fraud, professional practices, agentlaw and fashion law teams.

Rebecca has acted on a wide range of domestic and multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes. In particular, Rebecca specialises in agency and distributorship litigation, corporate transactional and corporate governance claims, financial and banking litigation and partnership and employment disputes. She is experienced in bringing and resisting applications for urgent interim injunctive relief, predominantly for clients in the fashion, retail, financial services and professional services sectors.

Rebecca’s focus is on High Court litigation but she has also successfully represented an individual in the Privy Council (on appeal from the Court of Appeal of Jamaica) for payment of his pension supplementation.

Rebecca’s recent cases have included:

  • enforcing a judgment of the Arizona Supreme Court in the English High Court. Related proceedings were also on foot in Hong Kong, Bermuda, Rhode Island and California;
  • acting for the former group chief executive of one of the main UK retail banks in his claims for unpaid bonuses;
  • resisting an application to stay court proceedings in favour of arbitration, and defending an application for urgent interim relief for delivery up of stock held by the UK and Ireland distributor of a well-known wearable/mountable technology brand;
  • a £2.6 million breach of warranty claim against a subsidiary of major global advertising and public relations company, Publicis Groupe SA;
  • a claim for redress from one of the main UK retail banks as a result of the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products;
  • a claim on behalf of a large UK fashion agency against a major US denim brand for seven-figure compensation due under the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993;
  • obtaining significant interim injunctive relief on behalf of an insurer claimant against a former broker and his new business; and
  • advising a supplier of innovative health and medical products on jurisdictional issues arising out of its agreements with its distributor in France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Rebecca graduated from The University of Kent in 2008 with an honours degree in Law.  She completed her LPC at BPP in London, after which she undertook an internship in a law firm in Beijing, China.

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Elizabeth Ruff

Partner

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Liz advises on a broad range of commercial property transactions, both freehold and leasehold, including property and portfolio management, investment acquisitions and disposals, secured lending, property finance and general landlord and tenant issues. She provides advice on real estate to the firm's corporate clients and works with fintech clients on real estate security matters.

Liz's clients include private individuals and investors to pension funds, private companies, public limited companies and property investment companies. Liz is a member of the firm’s fashion law group and its professional practices group and she advises many clients in these sectors on their real estate requirements. She also works with clients in the hospitality and the technology sectors.

Private individuals and investors seek Liz's expertise in relation to high value freehold and leasehold residential property transactions, where she has over 30 years’ experience. For this work, Liz is assisted by and supervises a team of associates who are all qualified solicitors with experience in residential conveyancing.

Liz graduated from Leeds University with LLB Honours, qualifying as a solicitor and joining Hopkins and Wood in 1986. In 2003 she was appointed Special Counsel at US firm Faegre & Benson LLP from where she joined Fox Williams LLP as partner in March 2008. Liz is chair of the firm’s Social and Charity Committee.

"Liz will ensure that the client is kept informed of progress at every relevant point and delivers information in a straightforward, understandable way."
(Chambers UK, 2020)

"Diligent, practical and professional"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

[Clients] praise her "Availability at all times to assist with any queries we may have had."
(Chambers UK, 2019)

The "excellent" Liz Ruff is "commercially astute, understands the real estate sector thoroughly and is easy to work with"
(Chambers UK, 2018)

'Knowledgeable’ Elizabeth Ruff
(Legal 500, 2017)

Clients say she "consistently demonstrates a commanding knowledge of her field and is always diligent and timely in her response."
(Chambers UK, 2017)

 

Elizabeth Ruff, Partner


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Sebastian Sayer

Senior Associate

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email: ssayer@foxwilliams.com

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Sebastian is a senior associate (employed barrister) in the firm’s dispute resolution practice. He is a member of the Business Crime and Regulation team, and specialises in criminal and regulatory matters.

Sebastian joined the firm in January 2019 from the FCA, having worked in the Enforcement Division of the regulator since 2014. Whilst at the FCA, Sebastian was a prosecutor and worked on many high-profile investigations and prosecutions. He is well placed to provide specialist and strategic advice to those facing criminal and regulatory investigations.

He was the lawyer on multiple FCA cases taken to trial at Southwark Crown Court, involving criminal breaches of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, the Financial Services Act 2012, and money laundering offences. Shortly before joining the firm he dealt with one of the FCA’s most high profile insider dealing prosecutions, involving a compliance officer at a large Swiss bank.

He liaised regularly with other international regulators and enforcement authorities (US Securities and Exchange Commission, US Department of Justice, French Autorité des marchés financiers, Swiss authorities). He also advised on cases involving potential criminal and regulatory breaches of the Money Laundering Regulations. He appeared before the Regulatory Decisions Committee, and dealt with contested matters involving individuals applying to become FCA authorised persons.

He provided advice on the scope and direction of matters from their outset (pre-search/arrest) and is therefore well placed to advise both individual and corporate clients at all stages of an investigation. Based on his significant investigative experience, Sebastian will assist in the firm’s investigation practice, advising corporates investigating misconduct.

Prior to joining the FCA Sebastian practised at the Bar from 9-12 Bell Yard (now Foundry Chambers), and defended and prosecuted a broad spectrum of criminal cases.

Sebastian graduated from the University of Warwick in 2006 with an honours degree in Law. He completed his Bar Vocational Course at BPP Law School in London. He was called to the Bar, as a member of Lincoln’s Inn, in 2007.

"Sebastian Sayer combines sound legal and technical knowledge with first class organisational skills and client awareness"
Legal 500, 2020

Sebastian Sayer, Senior Associate


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Sacha Schoenfeld

Partner

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Sacha is head of our immigration team and has been practising immigration law for 20 years. She specialises in all aspects of UK business immigration and nationality law as well as the laws governing EU free movement and she supervises the work done by all members of the immigration team. Sacha has particular expertise in the Points Based System, including sponsoring migrants under the Points Based System, entrepreneurs and investors, as well as discretionary applications. She has undertaken extensive work with the Home Office with regard to client audits of UK based businesses, helping them to meet complex and extensive HR and immigration requirements, as required by frequently changing policy and rules. Her clients are drawn from all sectors and include multinational corporations, SMEs, entrepreneurs, charities and high net worth individuals.

Sacha has significant experience in servicing international clients, advising on corporate immigration strategy on a global scale and dealing with the related issues that arise. She deals with all immigration matters including highly complex issues faced by corporations and banks, as well as personal immigration matters for individuals and their families. Sacha helps her international clients to develop immigration compliance systems and strategy and regularly engages with the UK Government, the European Commission, and advisory bodies and think tanks.

In view of the fact that the UK’s decision to leave the EU will inevitably cause a period of great uncertainty around immigration policy, Sacha is advising clients to ensure they are ready to take advantage of the opportunities, mitigate risks, and have the processes and people in place to manage a period of uncertainty, particularly in view of the likely increase in Home Office visits and audits of UK based companies in the lead up to the UK’s exit from the EU.

Sacha speaks fluent French and Romanian, and is conversant in Russian and Spanish. Prior to joining Fox Williams, Sacha worked at top firms in Paris and Romania and ran a niche immigration practice in the UK.

"Sacha Schoenfeld is very responsive to emails and has great attention to detail."
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Great eye for detail"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"Extremely good at communicating in a timely manner and responding to questions and enquiries"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Sacha Schoenfeld is ‘an excellent communicator’, and provides ‘outstanding client care’.
(Legal 500, 2017)

Sacha Schoenfeld, Partner


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Jonathan Segal

Partner

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2591
email: jsegal@foxwilliams.com

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Jonathan is a partner in our corporate and technology teams who specialises in FinTech and Alternative Finance, dedicating 100% of his time to helping clients in London’s burgeoning FinTech and Alternative Finance scene.

Jonathan advises clients across the FinTech spectrum, from start-ups disrupting existing markets with innovative technology to financial institutions looking to invest in new technology. He has particular expertise in peer-to-peer and crowdfunding platforms, drawing on his extensive experience in the banking and finance sector gained both in-house at major financial institutions and in private practice. His experience spans a variety of financial products, including loans (both corporate and consumer), real estate and development finance, asset-based lending, receivables financing, asset finance, trade finance, capital markets, derivatives and repos. He also has extensive experience in the debt financing of technology companies.

He is advising clients following the EU referendum vote, ensuring they are ready to take advantage of the opportunities, mitigate risks, and have the processes and people in place to manage a period of uncertainty.

A regular speaker at industry events both at home and abroad, Jonathan is also heavily involved in next generation disruptive financial products such as virtual currencies (including Bitcoin), blockchain technology and the use of Big Data in financial predictive analytics and disruptive insurance models.

He recently co-authored the UK chapter of Chambers first Global Practice Guide for FinTech. The 2018 guide provides expert legal commentary on key issues for businesses and covers the important developments in the most significant jurisdictions. 

Jonathan has been quoted by Peer2Peer Finance News on the next iteration of FCA rules regarding living wills.

Jonathan graduated with an LLB in Law from the University of London in 2000. He trained at CMS Cameron McKenna where he subsequently remained as an associate upon qualification in 2004. Prior to joining Fox Williams, Jonathan has also gained experience as an in-house lawyer with Barclays Bank plc and Citco Financial Products and was most recently Head of FinTech at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. 

Twitter: @fintechguru

‘Astute, commercial’ and ‘extremely effective’ practice head Jonathan Segal is a ‘FinTech guru’ who is ‘always a pleasure to work with’, and has an ‘in-depth understanding of the peer-to-peer lending sector’.
(Legal 500, 2017)

‘Well-versed on market developments’ in the FinTech sector, ‘very commercial’ team head Jonathan Segal acts for numerous peer-to-peer lenders.

(Legal 500, 2017)

‘FinTech hotshot’
(Legal 500, 2016)

 

Jonathan Segal, Partner


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Chitra Selby

Business Support

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Chitra is a solicitor and Consultant at Fox Williams, having joined the firm in September 2009.

Chitra has over a decade of commercial experience having first trained at a City firm qualifying in 1998. She subsequently pursued a career "in house" that culminated with her appointment as Senior Legal Counsel at a $20 billion multinational.

In 2005, Chitra returned to private practice to co-found a "boutique" City practice, where she was Managing Partner until 2008.

Chitra Selby, Business Support

Stephen Sidkin

Partner

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email: slsidkin@foxwilliams.com

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Stephen is a founder partner of Fox Williams. He is head of the Commerce & Technology department, specialising in channel management agreements concerning the supply chain, IP licensing and franchise law. He is focused on creating value for clients by helping them achieve their business objectives. In respect of distribution law he has advised recently:

  • a well-known brand on the termination of its distributors in France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg;
  • a UK distributor on the wrongful termination of its distributorship agreement.

Stephen established and leads Fox Williams' agentlaw team and developed www.agentlaw.co.uk, a Fox Williams website dedicated to agency and distribution law. 

Stephen is involved in advising many of Fox Williams' fashion clients on their agency, distribution, concession, franchising, licensing and supply chain agreements, as well as notifications to the Information Commissioner's office following a number of clients experiencing hacking of personal data. Stephen drove forward the creation of www.fashionlaw.co.uk and now chairs the Fashion Law Group. He was a member of the team which advised Superdry Plc, in connection with its institutional and retail share offerings which resulted in it listing on the London Stock Exchange. He has twice acted as a judge for the Drapers Awards.

Stephen has written and spoken widely on agency and distribution agreements, in particular, and commercial law issues, in general. The last few months have seen articles written by Stephen published in Drapers, KBBreview and Cabinet Maker among other trade publications. He is the UK author of International Agency and Distribution Agreements published by LexisNexis and was co-author of the UK chapter of Kluwer's Commercial Agency and Distributorship Agreements (3rd edition). He is also the UK contributing author to Handbuch Moderecht (Fashion Law Handbook) (2011).

A specialist area of Stephen's franchising practice concerns the international development of a number of leading independent schools including North London Collegiate School and Wellington College. Advice has been given by Stephen and his team in respect of schools throughout Asia and the Gulf as well as in West Africa and Europe. Stephen chairs the Fox Williams International Schools Group.

On the technology front recent work undertaken by Stephen includes:

  • drafting and advising on terms and associated agreements for online platforms concerned with fashion and car rental;
  • advising an IT services company on its contracts for the supply and maintenance of software and hardware and the provision of associated services; and
  • negotiating international licensing agreements for a mobile payments app business.

He is a regular commentator on radio and television where his appearances include Watchdog (going head to head with Anne Robinson) and BBC Radios 4 and 5. He has also appeared on many programmes made by Legal Television Network. In addition he keeps in touch with King's College, London from where he graduated with an honours degree in Law before obtaining his Masters in Business Law. For some years he has spoken at the Commercial Law Summer School at Cambridge University. In 2016 he spoke at Fordham University's fashion law symposium.

Stephen has served for many years on the Commercial Law Committee of the City of London Law Society. He is currently again its Deputy Chairman as well as Chairman of its Brexit sub-committee. Between 2012 - 2019, he was Communications and Strategy General Director of the UIA. He is also a long standing member of the UIA. At recent UIA seminars and Congresses he has spoken on the topics of

  • protecting brands and the law of distribution contracts;
  • Brexit and the impact on business;
  • the legal issues concerning influencers; and
  • intellectual property licensing agreements.

During New York Fashion Week in February 2013 Stephen chaired the UIA Fashion law seminar and spoke on the subject of taking back exclusive distribution rights from distributors.

In addition, he is a longstanding member of the International Distribution Institute and spoke at their annual meeting in Como in June 2019 on brands negotiating agreements with department stores.

Stephen is advising clients following the Brexit referendum vote, ensuring they are ready to take advantage of the opportunities, mitigate risks, and have the processes and people in place for their supply chains as they manage a period of uncertainty.

Over the years clients and partners have given Stephen the nicknames of "The Barracuda" and "The Rottweiler". But out of the office his family regard him as a pussy cat. With their assistance he loves nothing more than to mess around on boats, whether on river, lake or sea. His greatest maritime adventure to date was to skipper a 4m open boat down the Grand Canal of Venice and into the Bacino di San Marco When restricted to dry land he collects political cartoons, is an avid student of brand marketing, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

'"Someone you want on your side rather than as an opponent"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Stephen Sidkin just gets it. He provides well-thought-through responses to questions and always seems to ask the right questions to quickly understand the issues"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Stephen Sidkin is extremely proficient, demonstrates expertise in his field and is able to provide high-level, diligent advice"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Stephen Sidkin has a wealth of industry-specific knowledge and experience and communicates the relevant detail concisely"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Good technical knowledge"
(Chambers UK, 2020)

"He can see the big picture and the details simultaneously"
(Chambers UK, 2020)

"Total professionalism and prompt responses"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"He is knowledgeable in respect of international agreements, with the ability to foresee and point out potential issues."
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"Known to be an authority on agency, distribution, franchising and licensing agreements"
(WTR 1000, 2018)

"Excellent lawyer who produces prompt correspondence and thoughtful work" 
(Chambers UK, 2018)

 


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Bethany Silkin

Associate

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email: bsilkin@foxwilliams.com

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Bethany joined Fox Williams LLP in February 2018 as an Associate in the Corporate department.

Bethany has experience advising on a range of domestic and cross border transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and refinancings. She also advises on other corporate law matters including joint ventures, fundraisings, shareholders agreements and constitutional documents.

Bethany has experience advising a variety of clients from start-ups and entrepreneurs to larger corporations, in sectors including technology, travel and professional and financial services.

Prior to joining Fox Williams, Bethany trained at Russell-Cooke LLP and qualified into their Corporate and Commercial team in September 2014.

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Adèle Standard

Associate

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Adèle has extensive experience advising both businesses and individuals on all aspects of business immigration, including sponsor licences, prevention of illegal working and applications under the Points Based System, having advised on over 750 immigration applications. She routinely works with business clients from start-ups to FTSE 100-listed companies, and also undertakes personal immigration work including nationality advice and applications under the EEA Regulations. As a member of the Fox Williams immigration team Adèle also assists with closely related aspects of mainstream employment law including policies, secondments and contracts.

Adèle qualified as a solicitor in 2015, when she joined Fox Williams’ immigration team as an associate. She previously trained as a solicitor at an immigration boutique firm with a secondment to a specialist employment law firm. She graduated with a history degree from the University of Kent before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School.

"Really pro-active and responsive"
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Scott Steinberg

Associate

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Scott joined Fox Williams’ Commerce & Technology department as an associate in September 2018.

Scott advises clients on a range of intellectual property matters including trade marks, passing off, copyright, patents and registered and unregistered designs. Prior to joining Fox Williams, Scott completed his training contract at the London office of a US law firm before qualifying as an IP lawyer and working for a specialist IP law firm.

Scott studied History at the University of Birmingham before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and then the Legal Practice Course (passing the LPC with a distinction) at the University of Law (Moorgate). He is currently studying the Oxford University Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law.

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Daniel Sutherland

Partner

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Daniel specialises in advising businesses in the professional services sector, with a focus on the formation and running of limited liability partnerships, partnerships and mergers and acquisitions. Daniel also advises individuals and teams of professionals on issues relating to their partnership, such as their recruitment, retirement and treatment while a partner or member. He is a member of Fox Williams' highly regarded professional practices group.

Daniel has particular expertise in providing legal and regulatory advice to foreign law firms which either have an English branch or affiliate, or are seeking to establish one. He has been at the cutting edge of advising legal services firms, with recent experience including advising on the establishment of ABS structures for major US law firms seeking to open offices in London, advising on the English regulatory and European law aspects of the establishment of law firms in European member states, advising a Gibraltar general partnership on its proposed conversion to LLP and advising US and UK law firms and members on substantial cross-border acquisitions.

Daniel has written for numerous publications in connection with partnership and LLPs matters and in 2015 was elected to the committee of the Association of Partnership Practitioners.

Daniel has been consistently ranked by both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading practitioner in Partnership law.

Daniel recently discussed how the new PSC Register will impact partnerships in Accountancy Age, read his article here.

"Daniel Sutherland provides legal and regulatory guidance which is top calibre. He also provides excellent practical advice through his experience in compliance with regulatory, NIC and tax matters."
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Very easy to work with and approachable"
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"Wide knowledge and experience" 
(Chambers UK, 2020)

"His strength was in listening and understanding exactly what we as clients wanted and finding practical solutions to the queries we raised – we were made to feel confident in the advice he was providing"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

The "user-friendly and solution-focused" Daniel Sutherland is commended by clients for his provision of "practical advice based on solid technical knowledge."
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Daniel "cuts through the complexities of the legal issues, guiding us to a resolution of any issue." 
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Chris Tanoh

Associate

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Chris joined the Fox Williams dispute resolution team in October 2017, where he practices as an Associate. He specialises in both contentious and non-contentious financial services regulatory issues and supports our clients with regulatory compliance matters.

Chris also has experience in complex antitrust litigation, having acted for both claimants and defendants in disputes arising out of contested decisions of European regulators.

Chris graduated from the University of Warwick in 2010 with an honours degree in Law. He then completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London. He trained at Nabarro LLP and qualified in February 2016.

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Paul Taylor

Partner

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Paul is a partner in our Corporate department.

As well as advising on a range of corporate issues such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity, Paul has specialist banking and insolvency expertise.

Paul graduated with an honours degree in law from the University of Hull in 1988. He then completed his Law Society finals at Chester Law School. Paul was articled at Lovells (including secondments to Esso and Clayton Utz in Australia).

After 14 years with Hobson Audley (latterly Faegre & Benson), he joined Fox Williams LLP as a partner in 2008. His clients include AIM listed companies, partnerships, licensed insolvency practitioners and property investors.

He has recently set up and leads Fox Williams’ Start-Up practice group.

Representative transactions include:

Banking

  • Advising a family office on a US dollars 70 million facility from Credit Suisse
  • Negotiating trade finance facilities for SuperGroup from HSBC as part of SuperGroup's full market list
  • Negotiating $70m facilities from the Asian Bank of Research and Development in favour of certain Armenian banks
  • Advising several US parents and UK subsidiaries on the refinancing of their global bank facilities

M&A

  • Advising year Euroview Manufacturing Limited on the sale of their domestic glass manufacturing business to Synseal Limited.
  • Acquisition and disposal of a £130m property portfolio
  • Advising on the sale of Expand Research Group to Boston Consulting Group
  • Advising on the sale of PSS Plant Hire to A Hire Group
  • Sale of three separate IT training/networking companies to the National Computing Centre (Impact, CIO Connect and PMP)
  • Advising the shareholders’ of Bridgehouse Marine Limited on the disposal of a global maritime business to HC2 Holdings Limited for an equity value of $160m
  • Advising the shareholders’ on the sale of four Pandora franchise stores back to Pandora Group plc
  • Advising the management of Apollo Lifts on a secondary management buy out

Insolvency

  • Advising on the pre-pack acquisition of the business of Washington Green Art galleries
  • Advising various companies on wrongful trading concerns

Start-ups

  • Advising Velocity Mobile Limited on various rounds of fundraising
  • Advising HipChips Limited on various matters since their launch including various rounds of fundraising
  • Advising QiO Technologies Limited on a range of legal issues surrounding their development including various fund raising rounds.
  • Advising on the establishment of Blue Hackle (a security business)
  • Advising on the establishment of New College of the Humanities including various follow on fundraisings;
  • Advising Street Car on various stages of its development and advising management on its disposal to Zip Car Limited

"Ability to immediately pick up potential issues in a transaction."
(Chambers UK, 2020)

"He's pleasant to deal with, accessible, communicates clearly and takes a very practical approach"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

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

Paul Taylor has "excellent legal and management skills." His client base includes corporates, shareholders and management teams.
(Chambers UK, 2017)

Feedback from clients includes:

“I remain the most grateful client you will ever have. Thank you. Just wonderful.”

“Paul Taylor worked tirelessly (and wet nursed) two Corporate finance novices through this deal!”

“Importantly, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your guidance and negotiating throughout this process. I have been extremely impressed and grateful.“

“I just wanted to say a huge thanks for going above and beyond the call of duty in trying circumstances. E mails at weekends, midnight etc, disruption to your personal life...... and for treating the deal just as if it was your own. As you know this was a significant deal for us and we are delighted that we had the A team in OUR corner” 

 

Paul Taylor, Partner


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Parissa Torabi

Associate

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2531
email: ptorabi@foxwilliams.com

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Parissa advises both employers and senior executives on all aspects of employment law including advising and negotiating settlement agreements, executive service agreements, consultancy agreements, the enforceability of restrictive covenants, redundancy exercises, disciplinary and grievance issues and sickness absence management. 

She has experience in advising both employers and employees in Employment Tribunal litigation, including in relation to unfair and wrongful dismissal, discrimination, equal pay and whistleblowing matters.

Parissa’s work also includes advising companies on the employment aspects of corporate transactions including the impact of TUPE in the context of acquisitions and disposals.

Parissa joined Fox Williams in September 2016, having trained at Irwin Mitchell LLP, where she qualified into the Employment team in September 2014.

Parissa recently wrote an article on managing agility in the workplace which you can read here.

Parissa Torabi, Associate


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Joanne Varia

Tax Director

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Jo is a tax director in the tax and incentives practice at Fox Williams. 

She has had extensive experience advising on a broad range of direct and indirect tax matters, including in the context of public and private UK and cross border M&A and private equity transactions, public listings and offerings, corporate re-organisations and restructurings, inward and outbound investment, property and other financings and tax structured financial products.

Jo regularly advises on employee share schemes (approved and unapproved) and management incentive arrangements (including in the context of carried interest structures) and is a member of the Share Plan Lawyers Group. 

She also has experience advising on tax issues affecting entrepreneurs, investors and business owners (including venture capital tax schemes) and works closely with Fox Williams’ professional practices and employment groups in relation to the tax issues arising in the context of partnerships and LLPs and the remuneration of employees, directors and partners.

Jo advises UK and overseas clients including listed companies, mid-tier corporates, owner-managed businesses, partnerships and LLPs and individuals in a wide range of business sectors including travel and leisure, real estate, banking, financial services, technology and digital and fashion.

After working for Travers Smith for eight years, Jo spent several years as a tax knowledge lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and joined Fox Williams as Tax Director in May 2018.

Joanne Varia, Tax Director


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Mark Watson

Partner

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Mark is a partner in the employment department and has worked at Fox Williams specialising in employment law for more than 25 years. He became a partner in 1989. Mark advises on all aspects of employment law, including the employment aspects of acquisitions and sales, redundancies, restrictive covenants and difficult problems relating to TUPE and outsourcing. He has wide experience acting for senior executives as well as advising employers on complex board issues and shareholder disputes. His extensive business experience at a senior level enables Mark to assist clients in finding pragmatic solutions to strategic boardroom issues. He acts for many US companies on employment matters, either directly or through their UK subsidiaries.

Mark has considerable experience of defending and bringing claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal in the employment tribunal and of supervising junior lawyers in undertaking this work for employers and employees.

Mark is a Past President of the Labour Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats and the immediate Past President of the UK National Committee of that organisation.

'Mark Watson is a "key partner" and "is frequently engaged to advise on discrimination matters."'
(Chambers UK, 2014)

'Mark Watson gives "measured and consistent advice."'
(Legal 500, 2013)

'One satisfied client notes that "he is extremely professional, responsive, knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with at all times."'
(Chambers UK, 2013)

'Mark Watson "makes you feel in expert hands"'
(Legal 500, 2012)

 

Mark Watson, Partner


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Ryan Weeks

Paralegal

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email: rweeks@foxwilliams.com

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Ryan is a paralegal in the Commerce and Technology department. He assists clients with their intellectual property portfolios, including trade marks, designs and domain names.

Ryan graduated from Bournemouth University in 2015, with a Bachelor’s degree in Law, and graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2017 with a Master’s degree in International Commercial & Business Law. Before joining Fox Williams in 2018, he worked for international law firm Bird & Bird, and intellectual property law firm A. A. Thornton & Co.

Ryan Weeks, Paralegal

Thomas Westford

Associate

telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2690
email: twestford@foxwilliams.com

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Tom joined Fox Williams LLP in September 2019 as an Associate in the Corporate department.

Tom’s experience includes advising public and private companies on a broad range of matters, including domestic and cross-border mergers & acquisitions, private equity investment, corporate reorganisations and general corporate advisory work.

Prior to joining Fox Williams, Tom trained at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, spending six months on secondment in Prague. Tom graduated with an upper second class honours degree in English from the University of Nottingham and gained a distinction on the Legal Practice Course.

Thomas Westford, Associate

Sean Williams

Legal Director

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email: swilliams@foxwilliams.com

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Sean deals with a wide range of corporate and commercial matters for both public and private companies. Particular areas of specialisation include mergers and acquisitions, company start-ups and joint ventures, corporate finance, employment related corporate matters, and a broad range of commercial contracts.

Having graduated from the University of Sheffield with an honours degree in law and subsequently spent a year at law school in Chester, three years at Allen & Overy, during which time he established their highly successful banking information unit and assisted in the introduction of the University of Banking, an award winning training course.

Sean then moved on to train at Rosling King where he qualified into the company/commercial department in September 1998. After two further years at Rosling King, including a promotion to senior associate, Sean left to join Fox Williams. He spent four years in the corporate department where he became a senior associate in May 2004. Sean went on to work at Fortune Law, a firm specialising in public company work, in April 2005. He returned to Fox Williams as a senior associate in July 2006.

"Sean Williams at Fox Williams has been, on more than one occasion, an invaluable support to the business. His pragmatic, sensitive and commercial advice has been instrumental in protecting the business and providing it with a platform to grow. His speed of execution and strategic thinking has enabled us to make quick and effective decisions during periods of real uncertainty. I would highly recommend him."
Ben Stones
Managing Director
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Sean Williams, Legal Director


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Tina Williams

Strategic Consultant

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telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2502
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Tina is one of the UK’s leading partnership and limited liability partnership experts. She advises on establishment, structuring, partnership documentation, management and remuneration issues, mergers and other types of combinations and affiliations, regulation, partner and team moves, discrimination, administration and dissolution. She frequently works on international transactions and has represented many of the US law firms that have established an EU presence.

Tina is also a hugely experienced corporate lawyer, specialising in cross-border M&A.

Tina graduated from the University of Oxford with a masters degree in modern languages. Following graduation she qualified as a solicitor and, in 1989, co-founded Fox Williams. Tina was Senior Partner from 2005 to 2013, when she became Chair of the firm with a special focus on international business. As Strategic Consultant she continues to focus on international business and on professional partnerships.

Click here to view Tina Williams' experience

What others say about her

"Her experience in this sector is unrivalled"
(Chambers UK, 2020)

"She is thoroughly knowledgeable and provides practical advice in a calm and thoughtful manner."
(Chambers UK, 2020)

"A strong presence in this field"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"Her experience is second to none and this makes for simple, pragmatic commercial solutions – coupled with great client service, this is the compelling combination that all clients are seeking"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

Tina Williams is "an incredibly sound adviser with a wealth of experience of exactly the kind needed to help guide me and the business through the issues that we faced. Her capabilty and knowledge were very apparent from the start."
(Chambers UK, 2018)


 

  

Tina Williams, Strategic Consultant


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Eleanor Wilson-Holt

Associate

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Ellie joined Fox Williams’ dispute resolution team as an associate in February 2019.

She graduated from Durham University in 2010 with an honours degree in Classics, before completing her training at RPC where she qualified into the contentious energy insurance team in September 2016. Ellie has spent time on secondment at both LDC, a private equity subsidiary of Lloyd’s Banking Group, and Sompo, a Japanese insurer.

Ellie has experience in complex, multi-party commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation. She has worked on disputes and advised companies and individuals across a wide variety of sectors including insurance, natural resources, art, construction and retail. She has a special interest in the fashion sector, having worked as an assistant producer at My Beautiful City, a production company responsible for a number of London Fashion Week shows including Vivienne Westwood, Temperley and Julien Macdonald, for a year after she graduated.

Eleanor Wilson-Holt, Associate

Nicole Wong

Associate

telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2690
email: nwong@foxwilliams.com

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Nicole joined Fox Williams LLP in September 2019 and is an associate specialising in financial services regulation.

Nicole advises on a range of UK and EU regulatory matters, including regulatory processes such as authorisation and change in control applications, and has a particular interest in FinTech regulation and investigations. She has previously advised a number of digital disrupter banks and other FinTechs on payments and other regulatory perimeter issues, and on the drafting of various terms and conditions. She also has experience with internal investigations, as well as regulatory investigations involving the Serious Fraud Office and the London Metal Exchange.

Nicole graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a BA in Psychology, and from the University of Bristol in 2014 with an MA in Law. She then completed her Legal Practice Course at BPP University in London. Nicole trained at Traver Smith LLP and qualified in September 2017. 

Nicole Wong, Associate

Andrew Woolf

Partner

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Andrew has over 20 years’ M&A and investment experience as a corporate lawyer. Having also been a corporate financier at Credo Group and an in-house lawyer at Capita Group, Andrew has a broad practical experience that he can bring to transactions.

Andrew advises a broad spectrum of clients in a number of sectors but has a particular interest in the financial services and technology (including FinTech) sectors. He advises clients on public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, flotations and off market fundraisings (private equity, venture capital and high net worth investment). Example recent transactions include:

  • Advising Wadhawan Global Capital on its investment into Zopa Group Limited;
  • Advising DueDil on it recent fundraising from Augmentum FinTech, Notion Capital and others;
  • Sale of the wealth management software business, Pulse, to Australian listed, IRESS;
  • Sale of the investment management software business, Cymba Technologies, to NYSE listed, Factset;
  • Listing of Nano technology business, Directa Plus plc on AIM; and
  • Fundraising for Blis Mobile from Unilever Ventures, Endeit and Beringea.

Andrew is the founder of the business network, the Trusted Network, a Governor at Arnold House School and is also a member of the firm’s Partnership Board. He graduated with an honours degree in History from the University of Southampton and subsequently earned his LLB from Cambridge University. Andrew obtained a First in his Law Society Finals and qualified as a solicitor in 1994.

 

Andrew Woolf, Partner


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Blair Wright

Business Support

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Blair Wright, Business Support

Peter Wright

Partner

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Peter is a litigation partner specialising in Financial Services regulatory issues and is a leading member of the firm’s financial services group. He belongs to the firm’s groups that advise clients on the Senior Managers & Certification Regime and the Senior Insurance Managers Regime. He graduated with an honours degree in law from the University of Bristol in 1997 and then trained with London firm Russell Jones & Walker, where he qualified and specialised in commercial litigation.

Having qualified in private practice, Peter was recruited by the Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) Enforcement Division’s Legal Group, where he was quickly appointed to the position of senior lawyer advising on various high-profile matters arising out of the financial crisis, including the published action taken against individual directors of Northern Rock.  

Peter has substantial experience in conducting disciplinary cases before the FSA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee and before the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber). He has also acted as an FSA prosecutor and helped the regulator secure one of its earliest convictions and a custodial sentence for an unauthorised stockbroker acting in breach of the Financial Services and Markets Act. He also has higher rights of audience (civil) as an advocate which he has exercised in a number of insolvency cases for the regulator.

Department head Peter Wright is widely consulted for his expertise on regulatory issues. He has commented in the Financial Times, New Model Adviser, FT Adviser, Bloomberg Law and a number of other leading media organisations. He has also been consulted as an expert and delivered lectures on regulatory issues to various professional networks including the UK Fraud Lawyers Association. 

Peter is advising clients following the EU referendum vote, ensuring they are ready to take advantage of the opportunities, mitigate risks, and have the processes and people in place to manage a period of uncertainty.

An experienced litigator in the High Court, Peter often obtains emergency orders in relation to various forms of investment fraud, both in a domestic and international context in relation to share frauds, illegal deposit taking schemes and other activities. He also conducts litigation matters in corporate and commercial, civil fraud, insolvency litigation and disciplinary cases, including sports disciplinary work.

Peter has been listed in Financial News' top 40 under 40 rising stars in legal services, 2014, a list comprising some of the brightest and most talented young lawyers who have “helped drive the development of Europe’s financial legal industry”. 

He recently co-authored the UK chapter of Chambers first Global Practice Guide for FinTech. The 2018 guide provides expert legal commentary on key issues for businesses and covers the important developments in the most significant jurisdictions.

Peter has been quoted in IFLR in an article headed “In-House lawyers could be considered senior managers,” in July 2018.

Peter is also recognised as a leading regulatory practitioner in the major legal directories. Recent directory comments include: 

"Peter Wright is a clear leader in this area"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Peter Wright heads the team and in my view is one of the leading financial services lawyers around. He is the obvious choice for any contentious FS work"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"First rate"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"He is a really smooth operator and pretty cautious. He does not put clients into a battle that they are going to lose, and that is a real strength."
(Chambers UK, 2020)

"He is very good at negotiating positions and demonstrating something to the authorities, giving the opposition pause for thought that they have to do things differently."
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"Incredibly knowledgeable and calm"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Peter Wright is said to have "really good instincts in terms of litigation and dealing with the FCA."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

 

  

Peter Wright, Partner


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FW partner Peter Wright named in Financial News’ top 40 under 40 rising stars in legal servicesmore
Fox Williams partners in first FinTechCity Londonmore
FW financial services team look at the issue of black holes and the importance of disclosure and transparencymore
Peter Wright (ExFSA lawyer) - The FCA must change small firm supervisionmore
The Financial Services Act 2013 – the dawn of a new horizon? more
Shades of monochrome in the Black & White case: The PPI mis-selling saga continuesmore
Have you been caught out by film partnerships?more
The CEO Agenda 2013 – Welcome to the FinTech Revolutionmore
Ban the boss...more
Down to the wire – What are the implications of Rajat Gupta’s conviction for insider dealing?more
Peter Wright features in the new Counter Fraud Practitioner\'s Handbook looking at the policing and regulation of the financial services sectormore
Kumagai’s cautionary talemore
An FSA cuckoo in the boardroom nest?more
What does a \"skilled person\" mean to the insurance professionmore
Will the creation of the FCA (and the changes to the draft legislation proposed by the Treasury Committee) bring with it a truly novel approach to financial regulation?more
FW\'s Top Tips on what to do when faced with an FSA investigation feature in the Bloomberg law reportmore
FW\'s Financial Services Partner Peter Wright comments for Reuters on the FSA report on RBSmore
Top Tips for a FSA Investigationmore
FSA clamps down on unauthorised contracts of insurancemore
Fox Williams appoints financial services regulation specialist from FSAmore

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