Fox is a leading figure within the professional services having previously run a commercial law firm, a major barristers chambers and a Top 20 UK accountancy practice. This unique experience will enable him to build on Druces’ recent success and position the firm for future growth as a specialist business and private wealth law firm, with a leading family office practice.
Fox started his management career at Boots plc, before going on to spend four years as Head of Client Development at global law firm DLA Piper. In 2001, he was headhunted by solicitors Collyer Bristow as their first ever Chief Executive. In 2006, Fox became Chief Executive at St Philips Chambers, the second largest set of Chambers in the UK, where he oversaw the largest merger ever seen at the Bar. He then joined Saffery Champness in 2008 where he was quickly elected the firm’s first non-accountant Managing Partner. During his time in the role the firm had its most successful year of trading in 160 years.
Last year, Fox founded College Road Consulting, an advisory firm to those running professional services firms. It is within his role as founder of the consultancy that Fox will be stepping up as CEO for Druces.
The appointment of a CEO is the latest in a series of major steps for Druces. Over the last three years, the firm has deepened its expertise by hiring specialists in banking, finance, capital markets, commercial litigation, planning and, most recently, private international tax planning and fiduciary with the appointment of a team led by two partners from Penningtons Manches, Rob Macro and Neil Morris.
Jonathan Fox comments:
“There is no doubt that this is an exciting time to be joining Druces, and I am honoured to have the opportunity to build upon the firm’s recent momentum and success.
“We aim to continue to go from strength to strength and truly establish Druces as the number one choice for high-value legal services in our specialist business and private wealth sectors.”
Fox will take the reins from Jeremy Dutton, who has stepped down as Managing Partner to pursue a keen and long-standing interest in his family-based property business.