Richard Fox

Partner and Head of Department


"Gave far more than was required to assisting [us] and we really appreciated your understanding of our position."

A Client

Richard Fox is a Senior Partner and Head of Kingsley Napley's Employment practice. He is known for his straightforward commercial advice and his vast knowledge and experience of employment matters, particularly those that involve litigation or the prospect of litigation through the Employment Tribunals and the Courts. Richard graduated from Manchester University in 1983, qualified with the firm in 1986 and became a partner four years later in 1990. He set up Kingsley Napley’s Employment Department in 1997.

Richard acts for corporates, organisations and high profile individuals in relation to the full range of employment matters with a specific focus on confidentiality and restrictive covenants including related litigation, executive pay, bonus and severance arrangements, unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing, business reorganisation and redundancy. Richard also has a particular interest in advising US corporates and LLP's operating in the UK.

Richard served as Chair of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)  from 2012 to 2014, was Deputy Chair 2010 to 2012 and was Chair of ELA’s Legislative & Policy Committee (the Committee responsible for responding to the Government on all consultation papers relating to proposed new legislation on employment matters) between 2008 and 2010. Richard was previously President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (2000 to 2002) having been its Hon Secretary for many years.

Richard has a particular interest in employment law reform, having chaired numerous Employment Lawyers Association working parties responding to consultations on law change. He has led and continues to lead many teams to see Government to discuss such proposals, particularly BEIS and the Ministry of Justice.

In 2013, Richard was invited to sit on an Independent Advisory Panel at the Cabinet Office, chaired by Oliver Letwin MP to examine the Governments approach to Consultations of the kind in which ELA and other organisations are involved. It reported in November 2013. Richard is a popular commentator on these issues, appearing frequently in the Press and on TV/Radio.

Richard has published numerous articles, and given many lectures on employment topics of all kinds, including Employment Tribunal Reform and dispute resolution procedure, flexible working, race discrimination, e-mail policies, social media, conditional/contingency fees and search orders. He has been appointed by the High Court on a number of occasions to supervise the execution of search orders, having obtained and defended search orders many times in the past.

What clients and directories have said

"...particularly gifted in dealing with highly sensitive issues'..."

Legal 500 UK, 2012

"commercially minded and switched-on

Chambers UK, 2012

"possesses wide-ranging employment expertise, although he has a particular talent for dealing with employment fraud issues"

Chambers UK, 2012

"gave far more than was required to assisting [us] and we really appreciated your understanding of our position"


"He seems to know everything"

Chambers UK, 2011

"is lauded for his "commitment and speedy, commercial solutions."

Chambers UK, 2011


Professional Societies and memberships


Publications and Media Appearances

Richard has been quoted extensively in the national and employment press over many years, particularly in relation to employment law reform and the role of ACAS and the Employment Tribunals in the resolution of disputes in the workplace.

Some of the numerous articles published in legal and human resources journals, and the National Press, are set out below: 


further information

  • Chair of the Employment Lawyers Association
  • Former Chair of the Legislative and Policy Sub-Committee of the Employment Lawyers Association and Chair of many working groups on issues such as Employment Tribunal monitoring, the new ACAS Code of Practice on Dispute Resolution Procedures, Age Discrimination and Illegal Working
  • Former President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (2000 to 2002)
  • Articles published, and has lectured on employment and litigation topics of all kinds including Employment Tribunal Reform and the law on dispute resolution, Anton Pillar/Search Orders, conditional/contingency fees, Race Discrimination, Blogging and Parental Leave.
  • In 2016, Richard was included in the Fourth Edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for Employment Law.


"well respected in the market as an expert in contentious employment issues. He assists both employers and employees on matters including restrictive covenant enforcements, discrimination claims and mass redundancies and restructurings."

Chambers UK 2017, A Client's Guide to the legal profession

"punchy and pragmatic" and praised for "quickly understanding issues then finding ways to resolve them'"
Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2015

"... an 'expert in his field' ... capable of giving clients 'exactly the sort of professional advice that they need'."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"Richard Fox earns the respect of market sources with his 'very wide and impressive knowledge' of employment law"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Comment from Richard

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Briggs report and how it will affect employers and HR practitioners

The Courts have now clarified that employers can “snoop” on their employees e-mails. Or have they…

Case update: Can someone bring a complaint of indirect discrimination when they themselves do not have the relevant protected characteristic?

Will a death in service case change the way employers are able to exercise their discretion?

Legal update - Providing consideration for the imposition of additional restrictive covenants on existing employees

Employment Tribunal user group meeting in Watford - Another step forward?

Can employees bring claims if they have been employed illegally?

Acas Early Conciliation – what’s the story so far?

Employment Tribunal Former President is looking forward and thinking out of the box, says Fox!

Employment Tribunals – is East London bucking the trend?

Employment Law changes are afoot…

Employment tribunal statistics – the reckoning

Parental leave - a problem shared is a problem halved

The “secret” proposal to protect trade secrets?

Sharon Shoesmith – a salutary lesson for employers

Fun (yes I mean fun!) at the Employment Tribunal User Group meeting in Watford!

Early Conciliation – Are you ready?

Employment lawyers and the changing workforce - are we just playing catch up or are we in the vanguard of change?

Employment Tribunal users meeting at London Central has the power to surprise

Growth and Infrastructure Bill passed, but at what cost?

Ending the Employment Relationship – further clarity provided, but more needs to come, and soon

Nothing is to stop the employee shareholder proposals...

The Government's latest employment proposals

Employment Ministers – all change?

Employment Tribunals - new rules, new times

Supreme Court rules on Compulsory Retirement Age

2012 Olympic Games - are employers going to be as flexible as the gymnasts?

What the employment tribunal fees ruling means for business

What the Taylor review says about tax and employment

Win, lose and draw – three Manifestos, three approaches to Brexit for the General Election

A case on service of a Notice to terminate a Contract of Employment … and yes, it's interesting!

Courier case: are we anywhere near the end of the road or just on our way?

Proposals for a single employment court

Early Conciliation through Acas proves its worth

Legal update: Religious dress and discrimination in the workplace

Legal Update: Whistleblowing - the public interest test

Tribunal fees question moves from court to politics

Acas statistics for Early Conciliation - 6 months on

Legal update: Can employers be responsible for the discriminatory effect of their income replacement policy?

Acas - your flexible friend

Case summary: Employer liability for victimisation after an employee has left

Employment Heads Up - January 2014

Employment Heads Up - October 2013

Can you have a second bite at the disciplinary cherry?

Employment Law: The Queen’s Speech – Damp squib or important sign that times are a-changin’

Employment Law Reform: Is the Government changing its tune on the Red Tape debate?

Employment Law: 2012 – All Change!

Setting the agenda for the resolution of employment disputes in the future – Vince Cable speech to the EEF this morning

Is the proposal to dispense with unfair dismissal claims a good thing for employers?

This is no way to deal with employment law reform!

Modern workplaces and red tape

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