Press Release: Richard Fox elected Chair of Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)

25 May 2012

City law firm Kingsley Napley LLP is pleased to announce that Richard Fox, Head of Employment, was elected Chair of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) yesterday following an all-member vote.

Richard has been involved with the ELA for over 17 years and was formerly Chair of ELA’s Legislative and Policy Subcommittee (2008-10) and Deputy Chair of ELA (2010-12). He believes strongly that it should be an active and collective voice for all employment lawyers, including those representing employers and employees, whether in the City of London, or throughout British Isles.

Richard comments on his appointment: “I am honoured to take on this role following in such eminent footsteps.

This is an absolutely critical period for employment lawyers. It is hard to think of a time when employment law was so much in the public eye. The Government is plainly now on the horns of a real dilemma with very different views being expressed amongst the Coalition members. Does it seek to cut down employment "red tape" on the basis that it is this that is preventing employers from hiring? Or does it seek to persuade employers that in fact this is a misconception and employment regulation can be accommodated to balance their interests and that of a fair workplace for employees?

ELA’s job is not to pass political comment on the policy debate itself, but we will continue to be centrally involved in discussing and analysing the practical workability of the various proposals. We are also very happy to continue to assist BIS and other Government Departments when asked our views and to respond to Consultation Papers as they come out.”

Richard has been with Kingsley Napley since qualifying in 1986 and he acts for corporates, organisations and employees in relation to the full range of employment issues, focusing in particular on confidentiality and restrictive covenants, executive pay, bonuses, severance arrangements, unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing, business reorganisation and redundancy. He is supported by a strong team at the firm including 3 partners and 5 associates and solicitors.

His new Chair role at the ELA takes immediate effect.

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