CM Murray LLP

London Office

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Managing Partner: Clare Murray
Number of partners: 6
Number of assistant solicitors: 11

Employment & Partnership Law:
Clare Murray
Senior Executives: Merrill April, Sarah Chilton
Multi-nationalEmployers: Merrill April, Beth Hale, David Fisher
Partnership Disputes:
Sarah Chilton, Clare Murray
Non-contentious Partnership & M&A: Zulon Begum

CM Murray LLP is a leading specialist employment and partnership law firm which advises multi-national companies, senior executives, professional partnerships and equity partners.

Preserving Careers, Protecting Reputations, Managing Risk

Partnership: 50%


The employment law practice focuses on advising overseas companies and senior executives. It advises overseas companies on all aspects of establishing, managing and, where necessary, restructuring their UK operations and has a market-leading reputation in advising UK and international senior executives on their appointment and termination arrangements (together with related contentious and non-contentious disputes). Advising on senior executive investigations, exits, high-value discrimination, sexual harassment and whistle-blowing claims, team moves, and enforcement of restrictive covenants is core to the firm’s practice. Many of those employment law matters will have cross-border aspects, and the firm has extensive experience in handling cross-border and UK investigations and litigation.

Partnership Law:
The partnership law practice advises many international professional partnerships, LLPs and their equity partners (individually or collectively), on UK and cross-border partnership issues, particularly in the legal, accounting, patent attorney and financial services sectors. CM Murray LLP has market-leading expertise in both partnership disputes and partnership advisory and non-contentious work. The firm advises on partner departures, team moves, partner restrictive covenants, partner maternity arrangements, partner sexual harassment and other misconduct investigations, discrimination and whistle-blowing claims, and related litigation. The firm also has significant experience in advising the exiting partners of hedge funds.

The firm’s non-contentious professional services advisory and LLP M&A practice advises on all aspects of non-contentious partnership, LLP and M&A work, from governance, partner remuneration and internal restructuring to joint ventures and LLP conversions. The firm specialises in professional services firm M&A and advises US firms on establishing SRA regulated operations in the UK. This is complemented by the multi-disciplinary partnership capability which the firm is able to provide through its membership of the Professional Practices Alliance (PPA), of which CM Murray LLP is a founding member. The PPA is a multi-disciplinary alliance of leading independent advisers to professional services firms. Managing Partner Clare Murray was a founder member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners (APP), the leading UK Association for partnership advisers; Sarah Chilton is a member of the APP Management Committee, and Senior Associate Wendy Chung is a member of the ‘Up and Coming’ Committee of the APP.

The firm is a founding member of international employment law alliance Innangard, and its recently launched senior executive-focused arm, Innangard Executives, whose members are leading specialist employment law practices around the world: CM Murray LLP has a market-leading reputation for its expertise in handling international and cross-border employment and partnership law issues. Managing Partner Clare Murray established, and is past chair of, XBHR, a global think tank for cross-border HR experts:

The firm regularly collaborates with overseas employment lawyers on client matters and international projects and has particularly strong links within the US. The firm recently founded the International Forum of Senior Executive Advisers and hosted the inaugural International Senior Executives and Founders Conference in London, the first event in the world focused exclusively on senior executive and founder issues. All lawyers in the firm are active members of and, in many cases, officeholders in leading international associations, including the American Bar Association (ABA), the International Bar Association (IBA), International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), and the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA). All lawyers in the firm regularly speak at international conferences on employment and partnership law matters. The firm regularly provides comment on employment and partnership law issues in the press and broadcast media, with recent appearances including Sky News, BBC News, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, LBC Radio, The Times and in various industry press.

CM Murray LLP advises clients across a wide range of sectors, with particular expertise and experience within the professional services and financial services sectors, including law firms, accountancy firms, hedge funds, luxury brands, and the technology sector. The firm’s advice is strategic and pragmatic; its approach is direct, firm and focused squarely on achieving its clients’ commercial objectives and timescales. Preservation of client reputation is a core objective of the firm at all times.