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What others say about us

 Fox Williams is recognised by the two pre-eminent legal directories; Chambers and The Legal 500. This is what they say about the firm:

Capital Markets

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)

Fox Williams LLP’s team is noted for its ‘outstanding technical understanding of the drivers of an IPO’. Its notable sector specialisms are in technology and financial services (including FinTech), as well as natural resources.
(Legal 500, 2017)

Guy Morgan ‘marries an eye for detail with a commercial nous that really cuts through the issues.’ 
(Legal 500, 2017)

Corporate and commercial

M&A

"The team works strongly as a cohesive unit, and the advice and demonstrable knowledge constantly reassured us that we were making the desired progress"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"The service is excellent"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"Good at meeting tight deadlines"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

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

"Mary Elliott  is very hands-on and excellent."
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"Mary Elliott 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)

"Paul Taylor is pleasant to deal with, accessible, communicates clearly and takes a very practical approach"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"Noted for its expertise in financial services, technology and natural resources"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Clients say: "They're a bunch of really switched-on people who understand the needs of small business owners. They see the long term in a relationship, so we get value."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

Sources highlight the firm's "overwhelming sense of commerciality and strong ethos of customer service."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

Paul Osborne is "a fantastic, commercially minded lawyer who goes above and beyond."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

Mary Elliott continues to impress market sources, who describe her as "absolutely fantastic on a transaction" and laud her "quick turnaround."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

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

Sources say Paul Taylor has "excellent legal and management skills." 
(Chambers UK, 2017)

The "calm, capable and thorough" Mary Elliott advises on domestic and cross-border M&A.
(Chambers UK, 2017)

Fox Williams LLP’s ‘responsive, client-oriented’ team is ‘practical’ and ‘good value for money’. It also ‘works well with in-house teams’, and has a ‘hugely helpful understanding of early-stage businesses’.
(Legal 500, 2017)

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

Commercial Contracts 

"They're excellent. They keep themselves up to date and are polite, courteous and efficient."
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"They're efficient and quick to react."
(Chambers UK, 2019)

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

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

One client says: "I'm very impressed. They provide a very good service."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

Stephen Sidkin is described as an "excellent lawyer" who produces "prompt correspondence and thoughtful work."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

'"Great to work with"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"I found them to be very good; they were very knowledgeable and their advice was sound." 
(Chambers UK, 2017)

Stephen Sidkin is held in high regard for his significant expertise in commercial transactions. He is particularly highlighted for his in-depth knowledge of agency agreements. Impressed sources say that "he knows his stuff and is highly efficient," and also mention "he is a good technical lawyer steeped in commercial law." 
(Chambers UK, 2017)

Fox Williams LLP, whose work predominantly has an international dimension, has a particular strength in acting for clients in the fashion and technology industries.
(Legal 500, 2017)

Led by Stephen Sidkin, who ‘possesses tremendous gravitas.'
(Legal 500, 2017)

Partnership

"Very knowledgeable and efficient"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"Strong partnership capabilities"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"They have got the big picture and know the details. They inspire confidence"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"Tina Williams' 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)

Gavin Foggo is an "excellent litigator"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

Gavin Foggo "argues points very convincingly"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"Daniel Sutherland's 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)

"A fantastic firm with all-round strength in the partnership area" 
(Legal 500, 2019)

Tina Williams is "a strong presence in this field"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Gavin Foggo "commands confidence and exhibits great judgement" and he is "the man you want on your team for partnership litigation"
(Legal 500, 2019)

The team is noted for its provision of "high-end, pragmatic advice"
(Chambers UK, 2018)

"They staff matters according to the needs of the client, which is very pragmatic and tailored to the job"
(Chambers UK, 2018)

"They were available when we needed them, provided prompt turnaround and stuck to deadlines"
(Chambers UK, 2018)

"We needed a law firm that would understand the need to hit the ground running and meet our very aggressive timetable and we were very satisfied with their timeliness."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

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)

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)

The "user-friendly and solution-focused" Daniel Sutherland is commended by clients for his provision of "practical advice based on solid technical knowledge."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

"A fantastic, top-notch team of great depth and breadth."
(Chambers UK, 2017) 

Gavin Foggo is a "very good and effective litigator," sought out in partnership-related disputes for his "very impressive command of the subject and factual information," and for his "ability to give solid legal and commercial advice not only as to the merits of the case, but also as to how matters are likely to pan out." 
(Chambers UK, 2017)

Tina Williams is generally acknowledged as a "complete expert in this field," set apart by her "extraordinary depth of knowledge and experience, especially for bigger picture, strategic issues" on the non-contentious side, including cross-jurisdictional mergers. Sources also prize her as "an experienced, measured and calm voice in the noise of stressful situations: she tells you how it is." 
(Chambers UK, 2017)

"They're very dedicated to client service which is very important to us, and they work at the same speed as we do." 
(Chambers UK, 2017)

Fox Williams LLP is ‘absolutely superb’ in drafting partnership arrangements, increasingly on the international stage, and is well-equipped to advise on the regulatory issues at each stage of the life-cycle of a partnership.
(Legal 500, 2017)

Practice head, Tina Williams, is known for the ‘high level of personal commitment’ she devotes to her work.
(Legal 500, 2017)

Daniel Sutherland has ‘excellent knowledge’ of LLPs and law firm regulation and regularly acts for international law firms.
(Legal 500, 2017)

Financial Services, Contentious Regulatory, corporates and individuals

"They are nimble and responsive, know our business and do a good job"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"They are always very responsive and on the money with their advice, and they have a very reliable and hands-on approach."
(Chambers UK, 2019) 

Peter Wright "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)

Peter Wright: "incredibly knowledgeable and calm"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"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)

Chris Finney: "excellent experience and insight into regulatory issues and the regulator's approach"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"Pragmatic, candid and helpful"
(Legal 500, 2019)

A client notes: "I found their client service, commerciality, value for money and billing transparency all to very much exceed my expectations."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

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

"It is clearly an area which they know very well. They're very good professionally and the insight they have is unique and very helpful."
(Chambers UK, 2017)

"They have a good level of practical knowledge and they're very efficient in how they deal with it. The support I get from them is first-rate."
(Chambers UK, 2017)

Peter Wright
is highly regarded for the quality of representation he offers when it comes to handling FCA investigation activities, whether that be for corporate clients or individuals. Interviewees highlight his "excellent interpersonal skills" as well as his "cerebral" approach to solving complex legal problems.
(Chambers UK, 2017)

James Carlton is a commercial crime and compliance partner at Fox Williams LLP. Sources note: "He inspires total confidence from his clients, has a wonderful knack of making them feel comfortable and superbly represented, while not pulling any punches in terms of problems they may face."
(Chambers UK, 2017)

Fox Williams LLP provides a ‘commercial and responsive service’ across both non-contentious and contentious matters.
(Legal 500, 2017)

Peter Wright is well-placed toadvise clients on how the FCA will react and respondand providesclear, accurate and sensible advice' to clients facing FCA investigations. 
(Legal 500, 2017)

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

International Arbitration 

Peter Ashford is "very experienced"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Tom Custance and Gavin Foggo are "great tacticians"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Clients praise Peter Ashford, saying: "He provides realistic appraisals of the situation, and is both diligent and professional in all his behaviour." 

(Chambers UK, 2017)

Commercial Litigation

"Excellent in all respects, namely its knowledge of the law, acumen and creativity"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Peter Ashford is "bright, involved and always available"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Fox Williams LLP’s ‘partners are fully engaged in the conduct of cases’.
(Legal 500, 2017)

Gavin Foggo ‘has immensely good judgement’.
(Legal 500, 2017)

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

Peter Ashford is ‘trusted by clients'.
(Legal 500, 2017)

Fraud: Civil

"Excellent niche City commercial practice"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"Able to hold its own in litigation against much larger firms"
(Legal 500, 2019)

David Butler is "realistic and imaginative, with great offshore experience"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Gavin Foggo is "hugely experienced and thoughtful in the way he approaches litigation"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Fox Williams LLP is ‘more than capable of dealing with major cases’, and the team is ‘able to get to grips with complex facts and present them in the form of clear and concise instructions’.
(Legal 500, 2017)

Practice head Gavin Foggo is ‘careful, analytical and has immensely good judgement.'
(Legal 500, 2017)

Fraud: White-Collar Crime

"Fantastic Fox Williams LLP provides great response times, brilliantly focused advice and cost-efficient delivery"
(Legal 500, 2019)

James Carlton is "charm personified, able to move cases in the direction he wants effortlessly and a real operator on every level"
(Legal 500, 2019)

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

The ‘professional and experienced’ team at Fox Williams LLP is ‘a significant player in the white-collar crime environment’ and ‘has a strong reputation in the market’.
(Legal 500, 2017)

Practice co-head James Carlton has ‘a first-class knowledge of the law and also empathises with his clients, making them feel that he is on their side’.
(Legal 500, 2017)

Peter Wright is ‘excellent in his field’.
(Legal 500, 2017)

Human resources

"Knowledgeable and effective department fields a team of talented individuals"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Emma Bailey is "a thoughtful and competent tax lawyer with excellent industry insight"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"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)

Jane Mann is described as "very switched on and able to give clients really clear advice"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

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

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

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

Jane Mann is "highly professional and experienced"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Joanna Chatterton is "incredibly reliable"
(Legal 500, 2019)

David Murphy "provides consistently pragmatic and timely advice in a calm and reassuring way"
(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)

Jane Mann is said to be "highly knowledgeable, with excellent experience and judgement."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

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

Joanna Chatterton "is extremely responsive and has an excellent approach to client care."
(Chambers UK, 2017)

Jane Mann is well renowned for her severance negotiations work and is said to be "highly knowledgeable, with excellent experience and judgement."
(Chambers UK, 2017)

"They are very good at being proactive - they put on a load of seminars and tell their clients on a timely basis about changes in legislation and things they should be thinking about."
(Chambers UK, 2017)

The ‘fantastic’ department at Fox Williams LLP is ‘extremely experienced’ and ‘efficient’ in handling contentious matters for both employers and senior executives.
(Legal 500, 2017)

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

Clients single out ‘exceptional’ legal director David Murphy
(Legal 500, 2017)

'Strong advocate’ Joanna Chatterton, who ‘never fails to offer measured advice’.
(Legal 500, 2017)

Emma Bailey is ‘knowledgeable, very smart and an impressive operator’.
(Legal 500, 2017)

Fox Williams LLP’s ‘extremely professional’ practice provides ‘thorough and robust advice’ with a substantial focus on the financial services 

Immigration

"Excellent grasp of the technicalities of immigration law"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Sacha Schoenfeld has a "great eye for detail" and is "extremely good at communicating in a timely manner and responding to questions and enquiries"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Adele Standard is "really pro-active and responsive"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Fox Williams LLP achieves ‘very good response times’, and is ‘efficient and helpful with difficult situations’
(Legal 500, 2017)

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

Real estate

"The whole team acts in a very straightforward manner, being timely and very thorough in their approach and advice. They have always exceeded our expectations on every transaction."
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"Their local knowledge and contacts in other areas of the property business are impressive, along with a good understanding of the market and deals that are being done."
(Chambers UK, 2019)

Elizabeth Ruff is "diligent, practical and professional"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

[Clients] praise Elizabeth Ruff's "availability at all times to assist with any queries we may have had."
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"A firm that definitely puts its clients first", Fox Williams provide "timely and commercial advice" and "punches well above its weight"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Phillip Hope: "a wealth of real estate experience"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"The experience was first-rate. They were good communicators, very thorough, commercially aware and turned around documents quickly."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

"The firm is able to offer a wide range of services and advice to international clients. We're very happy with their service"
(Chambers UK, 2018)

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

"The firm offers client-focused, commercial advice."
 
(Chambers UK, 2017)

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

Simon Smith is considered by his clients to be "a commercially minded solicitor who gets to the nub of the issue quickly, providing pragmatic advice and solutions." 
(Chambers UK, 2017)

Fox Williams LLP is ‘quick to respond with relevant and practical advice’ and the team continues to handle a number of investment deals in the hotel and leisure sectors.
(Legal 500, 2017)

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

Simon Smith is ‘focused and reliable’
(Legal 500, 2017)

‘Knowledgeable' Elizabeth Ruff
(Legal 500, 2017)

Intellectual property

"Superb intellectual property department at Fox Williams LLP provides proactive but practical advice"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Simon Bennett is "smart and focused" and is "considered a mastermind in intellectual property matters"
(Legal 500, 2019)

TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Simon Bennett of Fox Williams LLP has an all-embracing IP practice and an estimable client following in energy, fashion, financial services, IT and media. Sources say he has "very good strategic vision" and makes "clear recommendations."
(Chambers UK, 2017)

The ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ Simon Bennett
(Legal 500, 2017)
 

FinTech

Fox Williams LLP’s department is ‘well versed in market developments’ and provides ‘very good regulatory and commercial advice’ to fintech start-ups.
(Legal 500, 2017)

‘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)

The ‘pragmatic’ Nigel Braham has ‘deep commercial experience’, especially in e-trading and blockchain
(Legal 500, 2017)

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Accreditations

  • 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