The Team at Fox Whitfield
Paul set up Fox Whitfield in 2010, he manages the Firm as its Principal from the Manchester office in Didsbury.
With over 13 years experience of advising almost exclusively on employment law Paul has built up a strong reputation for providing practical and honest advice to employers and employees.
Paul has acted for all sizes of employers from investment banks going through large scale redundancy programmes to small local employers with Employment law issues with their staff. He regularly appears as an advocate in the Employment Tribunals representing his clients. Paul also has considerable experience and expertise in High Court disputes including team moves, restrictive covenants, protective injunctions and confidentiality.
He has successfully negotiated hundreds of compromise agreements and settlement agreements for employees and employers. He also has considerable experience of dealing with complex bullying, harassment and whistle blowing claims.
Paul is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Industrial Law Society.
Andrew trained at Lamport Bassitt in Southampton and has since worked for Paris Smith and Thomas Eggar. Andrew started working for Fox Whitfield in April 2012 heading up the new Southampton Office.
Andrew has acted for a number of large employers including a major chain of fashion retailers, a global engineering and construction company, and several local authorities. He also acts on behalf of individuals giving him the benefit of being able to see and understand both sides of employment disputes.
He is an experienced tribunal litigator having represented clients many times in the employment tribunal including tribunals in Scotland and Northern Ireland. He can provide advice upon a wide range of issues including TUPE and discrimination law and will also draft contracts of employment, policies, and staff handbooks.
Andrew regularly gives talks on topics relating to employment law and has also written articles for publications such as Personnel Today. He is also experienced in delivering training on employment law to HR professionals and managers.
Sarah works out of the Manchester office and predominantly represents employees. She understands that for most people, seeking legal advice is the last resort in a stressful situation. Her clients frequently report feeling “much better” after their first meeting with her. Sarah is transparent about costs and offers fixed fees where appropriate. Appointments are available in the evening and at weekends, as well as during office hours.
All sorts of people have instructed Sarah, including CEOs, company directors, doctors, engineers, HR and IT professionals, and sales staff. She regularly negotiates on behalf of senior executives who want a “controlled exit” from their employment, and appreciates the importance of securing and protecting each client’s reputation, as well as getting an excellent financial package.
Sarah is passionate about helping those who have suffered unfair dismissal and/or discrimination and has enabled many disabled clients to obtain adjustments at work. Sarah often assists working mothers whose flexible working requests have been declined, or who are being made redundant or mistreated on their return from maternity leave. She recently negotiated a six-figure settlement for a senior employee at a big four accountancy firm who had suffered maternity discrimination.
Sarah qualified as a solicitor five years ago, and has previously worked for Slater & Gordon Lawyers, and in-house for a FTSE 100 PLC.
Mob: 07985 106 233
Tel: 0161 2581338
Iain has been a solicitor for over 20 years and is a very experienced employment lawyer. He was Managing Partner of a Middlesbrough law firm before joining Fox Whitfield. He heads up the North East office of Fox Whitfield from his base in Northallerton.
Iain advises on all aspects of employment law and related HR issues. In addition to advising on and managing redundancy and restructuring programmes, he regularly advises employers and employees on day to day HR and employment law issues including disciplinary and grievance processes, performance management and long term absence.
He is a respected advocate in the Employment Tribunal and County Court.
Mob: 07778 299553
Tel: 01642 712812
Dianna is Fox Whitfield’s Account Manager and manages the Central Office in Manchester.
Having initially worked with Ernst & Young in London, Dianna has worked in legal finance and administration for the last 15 years.
She runs the Firm’s administration and is the main contact for any financial, invoice or payment queries.