Richard Fox

Partner and Head of Department

Employment

"hugely impressive"

Chambers and Partners, 2019

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

A Client

Richard Fox has been at Kingsley Napley throughout his career.  He is a Senior Partner and Head of Kingsley Napley’s Employment Practice.

 He graduated from Manchester University in 1983, qualified with the firm in 1986, became a partner four years later and in 1997 established Kingsley Napley’s Employment Department. 

Richard acts for corporates, organisations and senior individuals in relation to employment matters of all kinds.  These include confidentiality and restrictive covenants, executive pay, bonus and severance arrangements, unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and redundancy programmes.  He is frequently asked to advise in situations involving allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace following the rise of the #MeToo movement, and the cases that have followed.

After having been President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (2000 to 2002) Richard became an active member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA).  He was Chair of ELA’s Legislative and Policy Committee (the committee responsible for responding to Government on all consultations proposing new legislation on employment matters) between 2008 and 2010 and he remains an active member.

Richard was appointed Deputy Chair of ELA in 2010 and served as ELA Chair from 2012 until 2014.

Richard continues to be very much involved in many ELA teams responding to Government and bodies such as the Law Commission and the Solicitors Regulation Authority in relation to proposals for employment law change.

In 2013, Richard was invited to sit on an Independent Advisory Panel at the Cabinet Office. Chaired by Oliver Letwin MP, it was tasked with examining the Government's approach to consultations.  It reported in 2013.

Richard has published numerous articles on employment topics of all kinds, including employment tribunal reform, employee/worker status, and allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Richard is a well known commentator on employment law issues, appearing often in the Press (The Times, The Financial Times, People Management, HR Magazine etc) and on TV/ Radio (BBC, ITV, Sky and Radio 4).

WHAT CLIENTS AND DIRECTORIES SAY

"Acts for both senior executives and employers, particularly in the financial services sector. Sources say he is "sensible, commercial and gets things done without letting ego get in the way," and that "he is somebody you could trust to act in your best interests.""

Chambers UK 2018, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Clients single out group head Richard Fox, who has significant experience representing senior individuals in the banking and financial services sectors, as well as media and sport. On the employer side, Fox acts for professional partnerships, as well as corporates and not-for-profit organisations. 

Legal 500 UK

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

Legal 500 UK

"commercially minded and switched-on

Chambers UK

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

Chambers UK

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

Client

"He seems to know everything"

Chambers UK

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

Chambers UK

 

PUBLICATIONS

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: 

 

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

 

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.

"highly regarded for his confidentiality and restrictive covenants expertise."

Legal 500 UK, 2019
 

"Sources say he is "sensible, commercial and gets things done without letting ego get in the way," and that "he is somebody you could trust to act in your best interests."

Chambers UK 2018, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession
 

"Clients single out group head Richard Fox, who has significant experience representing senior individuals in the banking and financial services sectors, as well as media and sport. On the employer side, Fox acts for professional partnerships, as well as corporates and not-for-profit organisations."

Legal 500 UK 2017

"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

Insight from Richard

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Blogs

Where now for tribunal fees?

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?

Data Protection and the Law of Unintended Consequences…

Is Section 40 of the Equality Act due a comeback?

Brexit: whisper it quietly, but I think we might actually be back in business...

The pitfalls of employee immigration status

Fair investigation of sexual harassment claims in the workplace

Employment tribunal fees - what took them so long?

Hardened practitioners miss a trick by not attending ET users meetings

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

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Contact Richard

+44 (0)20 7814 1285

rfox@kingsleynapley.co.uk

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