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Clare Murray

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CM Murray LLP

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Employment and Partnership Law


Managing Partner


Clare Murray is the Founder and Managing Partner of specialist UK employment and partnership law firm, CM Murray LLP. She represents professional services firms, and equity partners on partnership law issues and multinational employers and senior executives on employment law matters; much of Clare’s work is multi-jurisdictional.

Clare has particular expertise in the strategic handling of partner conduct and performance issues, partner team moves and partner restrictive covenants, as well as partner discrimination and whistleblowing issues and related litigation. Clare has advised on many sexual harassment matters relating to law firms and other professional services firms. She has acted on all sides of the allegations in those matters, having represented the law firm, the complainant, and also the alleged harasser, which gives her a particular insight into these issues.

Clare is ranked as a Leading Individual in Chambers and Partners and as a leading employment lawyer worldwide. She is recognised as one of the Top Ten Thought Leaders in Europe by the International Who’s Who of Labour & Employment Lawyers.  

Clare gave evidence before the House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee in its Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Workplace in January 2018, and was appointed as specialist adviser to the Parliamentary Committee in that Inquiry.


  • Founding member and first Honorary Secretary of the Association of Partnership Practitioners (APP). The APP is the leading representative body in partnership law and practice. Clare remains an active member of the APP and regularly speaks to the APP membership on a range of partnership law issues.
  • Co-chair of International Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Past Chair of the International Committee of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) and past member of the ELA Management Committee
  • Founding member and past Chair of XBHR: Global Forum for Cross-Border HR Experts
  • Member of the American Employment Law Council (AELC)
  • Member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)
  • Co-founder of global employment law alliance, Innangard


Queen Mary University of London (LLB Hons); Admitted as a solicitor in 1993; Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme Graduate 2017

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Leading individuals

Clare Murray - CM Murray LLP

Within: Partnership

'Top-flight' boutique CM Murray LLP houses the best contentious partnership lawyers in the City. The team is most known for advising international law firms and other professional services firms on partner exits, team moves, restrictive covenants, discrimination and whistleblowing issues. It has developed a particular niche in handling sexual harassment allegations made by and against partners; a service that was greatly boosted in February 2018 by the arrival from Slater and Gordonof Samantha Mangwana (who has 'very strong expertise in discrimination cases'). 'Head and shoulders above her peers in the industry', founding partner and team leader Clare Murray is the 'go-to' lawyer for partnership disputes and is noted for her 'superb judgement' and significant experience. 'Brilliant' Sarah Chilton is recommended for international partnership disputes, while 'excellent' Partner Anna Birtwistle specialises in advising partners in relation to restrictive covenants. David Fisher has significant experience in team moves, lateral hires and restrictive covenant enforcement. Although the team lost Bettina Bender to Winckworth Sherwood LLP  in June 2018, it gained 'highly capable' non-contentious partnership expert Zulon Begum, who joined from Addleshaw Goddard.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Leading individuals

Clare Murray - CM Murray LLP

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

'Fantastic boutique' CM Murray LLP has 'a reputation that can't be beaten' for senior executive work and 'dominates the market in the partnership space'. Managing partner and firm founder Clare Murray is 'an outstanding lawyer' and has particular expertise handling team moves, restrictive covenant issues, whistleblowing claims and discrimination cases. In a recent highlight, Anna Birtwistle and David Fisher acted for Public Concern at Work in litigation relating to the scope of whistleblowing legislation. Other key practitioners include 'tough yet pragmatic opponent' Sarah Chilton, the 'stellar' Esther Martin and Samantha Mangwana, who 'wins clients' confidence with a superb manner'. Bettina Bender joined Winckworth Sherwood LLP in 2018.

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