// Home / Profiles

Paul Osborne

Senior Partner

telephone: +44 (0)20 7614 2503
email: plosborne@foxwilliams.com
vcard: add to your contacts

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 is "highly sensible" and "works extremely effectively to get the job done."'
(Chambers UK, 2014)

'Paul Osborne, rates "very highly for its excellent response times and its long-term strategic view".'
(Legal 500, 2013)

'Clients recommend Paul Osborne, recognising him to be "very user-friendly and commercially aware."'
(Chambers UK, 2013)

'Paul Osborne is a "skilful negotiator and draftsman."'
(Legal 500, 2012)


Related news

Fox Williams boosts corporate practice with appointment of partner Dearbhla Quigley more
Fox Williams significantly strengthens travel sector capability with appointment of new partner Rhys Griffiths more
Fox Williams significantly strengthens offering in securities litigation with appointment of Andrew Hill more
Fox Williams LLP handles the sale of leading mobile and fixed line solutions provider, Adam Phones Limited, to Radius Payment Solutions Limited more
Fox Williams advises Ticketer - the UK’s leading provider of bus ticketing technology on a transformational private equity investment more
Leading Fox Williams practitioners recognised in the first Legal 500 UK Hall of Fame more
Two new lateral hires for Fox Williams real estate and tax teams more
New Partner and Director promotions demonstrate Fox Williams' core values of great client service and its people more
Fox Williams advised Crisp Group Holdings Limited on its acquisition of specialist air conditioning business more
Fox Williams advises Plexus Holdings plc on the sale of its wellhead exploration for jack-up applications business for up to £42.5 million to a subsidiary of TechnipFMC more
Fox Williams LLP completes acquisition for Tennants Consolidated more
Fox Williams advises founder and chief executive on Tatton Asset Management’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) and admission to AIM more
Fox Williams LLP acts for selling shareholders as part of a transaction under which First Mile received first round investment from Growth Capital Partners. more
Fox Williams boosts Capital Markets practice more
Fox Williams acts on sale of Hong Kong brand and customer experience design consultancy more
£6 million strategic fund raise for AIM listed Plexus more
Fox Williams advises on disposal of majority stake in leading international software company more
Fox Williams LLP advises on sale of Hospitality and Events Company more
Fox Williams LLP advise quoted company Plexus Holdings PLC on transformational transaction - China more
Fox Williams LLP continues to advise in tech space, acting for Miura Systems on funding from venture capital syndicate led by DFJ Esprit more
Fox Williams continues to grow its financial services sector team with an exciting new Partner hire from industry more
Key lateral hires join Fox Williams more
Fox Williams appoints Jonathan Segal to bolster FinTech and Alternative Finance Practice more
Fox Williams LLP complete the multi million pound sale of the Costa Coffee franchise partner, Coffee Snobs Limited. more
Fox Williams LLP announces new partner promotions more
Fox Williams LLP acts for Tennants Consolidated Limited on cross border acquisition more
Fox Williams LLP acts for Plexus Holdings plc more
FW Successfully complete strategic UK acquisition for new Finnish client, Teleste Corporation more
Paul Osborne is featured in the FT answering the Business Question: Are warranties worthwhile? more
FW advises on the sale of a major outsourcing company, Citation Holdings Ltd more
Shareholders agreement with a US company? Key points to consider more
Cagey joint venture partner makes me nervous more
Fox Williams LLP advises on sale of Tomorrow Communications Limited to CACI Ltd more
FW act for Plexus Holdings plc on share placing to new and existing institutional investors more
Fox Williams LLP acted for Sumatra Copper & Gold plc, which is quoted on ASX (Australian Stock Exchange ) under SUM, on a placing which raised A$2,500,000. more
Fox Williams LLP acted for City of London Group plc more
Fox Williams advises incoming Chairman on his investment in Bart Spices more
FW acts for City of London Group PLC on strategic investment more

Paul Osborne image


icons Addthis Print Contact Register


tel: +44 (0) 20 7628 2000
10 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AF
View map


  • Top Ranked Chambers UK 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Ranked in Chambers Europe 2013 - Leading Individual
  • Ranked in Chambers Global 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Legal 500 - Leading Firm
  • The Lawyer UK 200 - Listed Firm
  • The Law Society Excellence Awards 2012 - Shortlisted
  • Investors in People - Bronze