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CM Murray LLP

Work Department

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

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Partnership

(Hall of Fame)

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Having fortified its non-contentious partnership practice in recent years under the stewardship of team co-head Zulon Begum, CM Murray LLP fields a full, 360-degree offering, and is retained by LLPs in the financial services, private equity and legal sectors. Frequently advised on are partner exits, lateral moves, appointments and LLP structuring. Team co-head Sarah Chilton steers the contentious side of the practice, which also includes David Fisher. Regular instructions include misconduct investigations, contentious performance issues and responding to whistleblowing complaints. The practice is particularly invested in dealing with sex discrimination, harassment and bullying allegations, with Beth Hale and Emma Bartlett (who joined the firm from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in January 2021) often assisting, while Merrill April, who is described as ‘a leader who sets a fine example of excellence‘, advises on matters of compulsory retirement. Founding partner and ‘inspirational leaderClare Murray is sought out for advice on the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

London > Employment > Senior executives

(Hall of Fame)

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According to a client, CM Murray LLP  stands out for the ‘diversity of the team, integrity, international view, high technical skills and business oriented approach.’ The team is led by the well-known co-heads Clare Murray, who is considered ‘a role model‘, and Merrill April, who has a wealth of experience advising at board member and company founder levels. Emma Bartlett, who joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in January 2021 brings decades of experience; one client singled her out as ‘extremely honest, truly a warrior to bring justice and never deterred‘. Other highly rated team members ‘who tackle complex matters and make it look easy‘ include David Fisher (who has ‘significant experience working with senior executives, especially with exit and on-boarding strategies‘); Sarah Chilton (who is ‘calm under pressure, pragmatic yet not afraid of a fight’); Beth Hale and senior consultant Pia Sanchez, who collectively advise on the gamut of issues in sectors ranging from financial services and pharmaceuticals to entertainment. The team assists with complex negotiated exits, restrictive covenants and reputational damage considerations through to discrimination, misconduct and whistleblowing cases. The firm also played a key role in the launch of Innangard Executives – an international network set up for the benefit of international executives and founders around the world.

London > Employment > Employers

On the employers side of the employment fence, boutique outfit CM Murray LLP places an emphasis on work emanating from the financial services, professional services, technology, life sciences and luxury brands sectors. The ‘exceptionally bright and knowledgeableClare Murray heads up the practice, which has a substantial track record in highly sensitive sexual harassment and bullying allegations and restrictive covenants. In recent times, Merrill April has excelled in boardroom disputes, while breach of confidentiality issues figure prominently in the practice of David Fisher.