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Richard Fox, who heads up Kingsley Napley’s employment practice, is good to have on speed dial if you’re a top City executive or an employer. Skilled in a wide range of contentious employment issues, the solicitor is often praised by peers for being ‘punchy and pragmatic’ and ‘quickly understanding issues’. He appreciates the ‘wider framework’ his role enables access to. ‘It’s not only an understanding of the law, but an understanding of what makes people and businesses tick,’ maintains Fox. He co-chairs Kingsley Napley’s Business Services Group. These days many employment issues require a deep appreciation of the commercial context and related areas of law such as regulatory and immigration. Fox’s most memorable case is acting for a senior police officer who took on the then Home Secretary, which he procured an ‘extremely satisfactory’ settlement for. He recalls giving the client an hour on a Monday morning to decide if he wanted to take on the government. He replied with a confident ‘yes!’ as Fox has previously told Spear’s, adding that the client’s ‘steely resolve’ was admirable, avoiding an enormous legal bill and ‘a huge amount of egg on his face, in a public context as well’. Fox is an ex-chair of the national Employment Lawyers Association and remains an active member of its Legislative & Policy Committee. He often leads discussions around important employment law reforms with government. The variety is what makes the seasoned solicitor tick: ‘It’s constant flux — that’s what kept me so interested for three decades.

Richard Fox