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James Fox

Senior Associate

James specialises in patent, Standard Essential Patents (SEP) and FRAND litigation across all areas of technology, but with a specific focus on the High Tech and telecoms fields. 

James has particularly expansive experience of working with a diverse range of clients, with recent cases focussing on technologies such as SEP in the telecoms sphere, LED lighting special effects for film and television and laser-based countermeasures against heat-seeking missiles.

James has a passion for the High Tech field and has advised on some of the biggest, most complex and globally high profile pieces of litigation in the sector. James has spoken at international conferences on the subject of jurisdictional challenges facing the resolution of global telecommunications, FRAND and SEP disputes.

James read law at the University of Cambridge, where he was an Exhibitioner of Peterhouse and served as President of the Cambridge University Law Society. Before joining the firm James spent time on secondment at GlaxoSmithKline.

Published Work

  • Fox, J. et al. (2018); 40 Issue 2 “UK Threats: Worldwide Consequences” European Intellectual Property Review,

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest Speaker, “Should FRAND Licensing Rates be Global?”, OxFirst IP and Competition Forum: Building Bridges in Turbulent Markets, Brussels, [06/02/2020]

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Member, IPSoc Member, AIPPI (Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle)
James Fox – Bright, extraordinarily charming and tactically astute. An outstanding associate who is destined not to be one for much longer!
Legal 500 UK: Intellectual Property: Patents 2022
James Fox is an associate that took my breath away. He is an absolute class act and is a star partner in the making.
Legal 500, 2021



Admitted as Solicitor, England and Wales, March 2015


MA, Law, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, 2011

President, Cambridge University Law Society, 2010-1011

Postgraduate Diplomoa in Intellectual Property Law and Practive, University of Oxford, 2017

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.