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

Employment: senior executives Tier 1

Specialist employment firm CM Murray LLP advises a range of multinational employers and senior executives on both domestic and cross-border matters. Sectors covered by the London firm include technology, manufacturing and financial services. Managing partner and firm founder Clare Murray leads the team - in 2018 she was appointed as an adviser to the House of Commons Women & Equalities Committee for its inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace. Other key members of the practice include David Fisher, who has expertise with regards to High Court injunctions, and former Memery Crystal LLP employment head Merrill April, who joined the firm in May 2019.

Testimonials

‘A highly effective team, both in terms of legal knowledge and practical application of the law. They box way above their weight, providing excellent value to clients.’

‘Clare Murray – to quote Tina Turner, is simply the best. The perfect combination of superb technical expertise and the calmest, most supportive attitude.’

‘David Fisher is focused, aggressive but never uncommercial. Excellent at what he does.’

‘Sarah Chilton is comprehensively prepared, determined and with her clients all the way. A very skilled practitioner.’

‘Really expert at what they do – not just legal but tons and tons of practical experience.’

Partnership Tier 1

CM Murray LLP is a specialist UK partnership firm, with 'one of the legal world's strongest offerings in this area'. The group's main focus is contentious work, including partner conduct, performance, team movement and restrictive covenant issues, all of which are areas of expertise for Sarah Chilton and founding partner Clare Murray, who is noted by one client as 'one of the industry's most energetic and driven practitioners'. It is also developing an active non-contentious practice under the leadership of Zulon Begum; handling matters such as LLP agreement reviews, new law firm office set-ups, partner remuneration advice and review of partnership indemnity agreements and structures for both domestic and international law firm structures. David Fisher is another key name with experience in advising on partner team moves, lateral hires and the enforcement of partner restrictive covenants, while Samantha Mangwana draws on extensive experience in partnership litigation involving partner discrimination and whistleblowing claims, often working with Beth Hale, who was promoted to partner in January 2019. Esther Martin left the firm in 2019, going in-house at the Financial Ombudsman.

Testimonials

What sets it apart is its phenomenal team of truly first-class individuals.

Clare Murray is an expert negotiator and the person you want on your side in a brawl.

A dynamic and enthusiastic team that really knows its stuff.

This is a specialist firm with the highest reputation in partnership issues, both traditional and LLP; they also address employment issues and the interface between the two.

Employment: employers Tier 5

Specialist employment firm CM Murray LLP advises a range of multinational employers and senior executives on both domestic and cross-border matters. Sectors covered by the London firm include technology, manufacturing and financial services. Managing partner and firm founder Clare Murray leads the team - in 2018 she was appointed as an adviser to the House of Commons Women & Equalities Committee for its inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace. Other key members of the practice include David Fisher, who has expertise with regards to High Court injunctions, and former Memery Crystal LLP employment head Merrill April, who joined the firm in May 2019.

Testimonials

‘CM Murray is now head and shoulders above its competitors as a niche employment and partnership firm.’

‘This firm is accurately described as the premier high value partnership/LLP and employment law boutique. It has one of the legal world’s strongest offerings in this area.’

‘Clare Murray is excellent – impeccable judgement, wonderful manner, very practical and easy to work with.’

‘Across the board, the partners and associates are of genuinely high quality with breadth and depth of knowledge and experience in specialist areas. In addition the firm has a well-deserved reputation for being excellent in its customer service and its commercial approach. The leadership of Clare Murray has created something very special.’

‘Fantastic depth of knowledge and experience.’

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
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.