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CM Murray LLP
36-38 CORNHILL
LONDON
EC3V 3NG
England

Partnership Tier 1

CM Murray LLP's 'deep expertise in both partnership and employment law', makes it well-placed to handle complex and sensitive matters for clients. Although it has traditionally focused on contentious partnership issues, the firm is also developing a strong reputation for its advisory work for professional services firms. Zulon Begum jointly leads the department with Sarah Chilton, who assists LLPs, individual partners and members with issues involving partner wrongdoing and misconduct; these are also areas that founding partner Clare Murray also excels in. David Fisher is another standout practitioner, with experience of partner team moves and the cross-border enforcement of restrictive covenants. In January 2020, Samantha Mangwana left the firm to practise in Australia.

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Testimonials

All of those we have worked with at CM Murray are responsive, commercial and simply a pleasure to work with.’

The benefit of this team is that they have deep expertise in both partnership law and employment law. This is essential when you are seeking advice in relation to partners. I found the team were able to distil a complicated issue, which had many facets, and provide some sensible and practical advice.’

In my view, CM Murray is the leading niche partnership and employment litigation practice. Clare Murray is now head and shoulders above her peers and is the go to lawyer for individuals and businesses.’

Sarah Chilton is exceptional. Very easy to deal with. Gives straightforward and practical advice. You trust the advice you are being given and it is well thought through and practical.’

Zulon Begum has assisted us with restructuring our LLP, which for many members is an emotional challenge as much as a legal one. Her experience and empathy with such challenges is first-rate.’

Senior executives Tier 1

Boutique employment law firm CM Murray LLP is highly respected for its work for senior executives, often drawing mandates from top clients in the financial services, tech, luxury brand and manufacturing sectors. The team’s expertise spans negotiating severance agreements, defending restrictive covenant litigation, raising allegations of unlawful discrimination and harassment, and advising senior executives under investigation for alleged serious misconduct. Managing partner and practice co-head Clare Murray is a leader in this field. The department is also has an active practice for employers, regularly advising on complex and sensitive matters involving allegations of bullying or sexual harassment, and on restrictive covenants. Clients are primarily drawn from sectors such as professional services, tech, pharmaceuticals and luxury brands. Other key names include practice co-head Merrill April, who specialises in board-level issues for PLCs, and David Fisher, an expert in High Court injunctions. Senior associate Nick Hawkins has built an active senior executives practice.

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Testimonials

‘Specialist understanding of discrimination law; outstanding empathy and client care.’

‘Sarah Chilton goes above and beyond; has deep expertise; and is hugely supportive and empathetic to clients.’

‘CM Murray is very clearly a leader in its fields. They have great leadership in Clare Murray herself and the team is well balanced in terms of skills offered.’

‘Clare Murray has a unique sense for what is really going on with the clients, brilliant intuition and eye for detail.’

‘Merrill April is fast-thinking, forward-thinking and responsive.’

‘CM Murray is a niche market leading employment and partnership firm. Without exception, the partners are fiercely intelligent, driven and at the forefront of the issues that affect their clients.’

‘Sarah Chilton is phenomenally bright, decisive and humane; a heavyweight litigator and deft negotiator.’

‘They have immense experience in handling issues for senior executives and are a constant referral from leading magic circle firms because of client conflict issues.’

‘Beth Hale is professional, knowledgeable and generous with time and availability. I valued Beth’s directness and straightforward approach in presenting the realistic set of options and outcomes of my case.’

‘Clare Murray is great – full of energy and ideas and so knowledgeable and excellent at handling clients.’

‘The firm has a stellar reputation for advising senior executives, with tremendous strength across the board. They are dedicated, thorough and uniformly excellent.’

‘Clare Murray has assembled a great team around her, and provides clients with the reassurance that they are in really good hands. The team are quick to recognise where other issues, be they reputational, regulatory or otherwise, need to be addressed, and call on their impressive network of experts to advise alongside to achieve the best result for the client.’

‘Sarah Chilton is a tremendously astute lawyer and an assuring presence for clients. Like all at the firm, she is incredibly hard working and ensures that what needs to be done gets done, regardless of the time pressure.’

‘Nick Hawkins is assured and expert beyond his years. He quickly builds the confidence of clients and has an impressive track record of results.’

‘Clare Murray is unflappable whatever the size and sensitivity of the case. Sees all the risks and provides clear, practical and flexible advice on how to address them. A great team player and a delight to deal with.’

‘This practice is uniquely focused on the legal needs of senior executives, and is uniquely qualified to protect both compensation and careers.’

‘Clare Murray is a dean of the executive advocacy bar, across industries and across borders. She is the go-to person for this work in the UK and for matters over-lapping with the UK.’

 

Employers Tier 5

Boutique employment law firm CM Murray LLP is highly respected for its work for senior executives, often drawing mandates from top clients in the financial services, tech, luxury brand and manufacturing sectors. The team’s expertise spans negotiating severance agreements, defending restrictive covenant litigation, raising allegations of unlawful discrimination and harassment, and advising senior executives under investigation for alleged serious misconduct. Managing partner and practice co-head Clare Murray is a leader in this field. The department is also has an active practice for employers, regularly advising on complex and sensitive matters involving allegations of bullying or sexual harassment, and on restrictive covenants. Clients are primarily drawn from sectors such as professional services, tech, pharmaceuticals and luxury brands. Other key names include practice co-head Merrill April, who specialises in board-level issues for PLCs, and David Fisher, an expert in High Court injunctions. Senior associate Nick Hawkins has built an active senior executives practice.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Beth Hale’s client skills are great and she is sharp and bright.’

‘The CM team is extremely responsive to their client’s needs, which for many international businesses, particularly in today’s difficult economic environment, is their highest priority. Besides having a thorough knowledge of the law, the CM team takes the time to understand their client’s businesses and their advice is both practical and wise.’

‘While all the partners and associates I have worked with are excellent, in particular Clare Murray and Sarah Chilton bring exceptional client skill to the table. They are both extremely responsive and anticipatory of client’s needs and concerns. They are also excellent practitioners. They both understand how to bring together teams of experts both from within their firm, other legal firms and other areas of expertise.’

‘Clare Murray is outstanding as a lawyer and a business leader and an ideas person. She has consistently been the top of her game for many years. It is impressive that she has adapted her practice to market trends. Her firm has lead the way on advising employers on COVID-19 issues with presentations. I have recommended her to many clients, contacts over the years.’

‘Clare Murray – a tour de force. One of the best in the business. Sarah Chilton knows everything there is to know about all areas of employment. Strategic and sensible. Beth Hale – another class act. Always gives rational sensible advice.’

‘Very strong employment law boutique. Entrepreneurial and market leading, and a really good, friendly team.’

‘Clare Murray – entrepreneurial, brimming with energy and enthusiasm and just lovely.’

‘Sarah Chilton – a thought leader in discrimination and whistleblowing.’

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

Preserving Careers, Protecting Reputations, Managing Risk

Principal areas of work
Employment: 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 exits, high-value discrimination, sexual harassment and whistleblowing 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. The firm successfully represented Public Concern at Work (as intervener) in the Court of Appeal in  the  two  leading whistleblowing cases of Chesterton Global v Nurmohamed (2017) (meaning of ‘in the public interest’) and Day v Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust (2017) (the junior doctor whistleblowing case).

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 partnership disputes and also 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 whistleblowing claims, and related litigation (including partnership arbitration).  The firm also has significant experience in advising the exiting partners of hedge funds. The firm successfully represented the intervener, Public Concern at Work, in the Supreme Court in Clyde & Co and Anor v Bates van Winkelhof (2014) which determined that LLP members are ‘workers’ for the purposes of whistleblowing (and related worker protections) including in relation to their exit arrangements and enforcement of restrictive covenants.

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, on a broad range of issues from governance, partner remuneration, 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; Partner Esther Martin is a member of the current Management Committee of the APP.

International work: The firm is a founding member of international employment law alliance, Innangard, whose members are leading specialist employment law practices around the world: Innangardglobal.com.

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: www.XBHR.com.  The firm regularly collaborates with overseas employment lawyers on client matters and international projects and has particularly strong links within the US.
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.

Sectors: CM Murray LLP advises clients across a wide range of sectors, with particular expertise and experience within professional services and financial service sectors including law firms, accountancy firms, hedge funds, luxury brands, and technology, information and communication sectors.
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.

Sponsored briefing: ‘Fantastic boutique CM Murray dominates the market in the partnership space’

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Clare Murray
Employment and Partnership law Clare Murray
Senior Executives Esther Martin
Senior Executives Samantha Mangwana
Multi-national Employers Anna Birtwistle
Multi-national Employers David Fisher
Partnership Disputes Clare Murray
Partnership Disputes Sarah Chilton
Non-contentious Partnership Zulon Begum
Photo Name Position Profile
 Clare Murray  photo Clare Murray Managing Partner
Number of UK partners : 7
Number of other UK fee-earners : 4
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AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
American Bar Association (ABA)
IBA (International Bar Association)
Law Society of England and Wales
Law Society of Ireland

At CM Murray we value diversity and are committed to promoting diversity within the workplace by seeking to ensure that all individuals are treated fairly, with dignity and respect and by recognising and encouraging individual contribution within the Firm.

We aim to ensure that all decisions are taken without reference to irrelevant or discriminatory criteria. We have adopted a detailed Equality and Diversity Policy as a means of helping to achieve these aims. Our policy applies to dealings with clients and third parties as well as to internal matters.