Sarah Murray > Stevens & Bolton LLP > Guildford, England > Lawyer Profile

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Work Department

Dispute resolution.


Partner and Head of Commercial Litigation from May 2019, with a broad range of experience in handling commercial disputes both for clients across the UK and internationally. Provides strategic expertise and commercially focused risk management advice aimed at resolving disputes quickly, effectively and commercially. Particular experience of cross border litigation, both leading and supporting, seeking urgent injunctive relief and international arbitration. Extensive experience and expertise in ADR techniques.


Trained Herbert Smith, qualified 2003; senior associate 2005 made partner 2013.


St Catherines College, Oxford, BA (hons) in Law – 2000; College of Law, Guildford, LPC – 2001.


Reading, music and the theatre.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton LLP has ‘an excellent, hardworking commercial litigation team‘. It advises on joint venture disputes, warranty claims, and shareholder and partnership issues. Other areas include trading disputes, fraud, bribery, professional negligence claims and contentious trusts. Richard Mumford, who left for REN Legal, was replaced as team head by Sarah Murray in 2019. Managing partner Richard KingMichael Frisby and Andrew Quick are also key advisers. James Lister  was promoted to the partnership.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Franchising

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s franchising team sits within the firm’s corporate and commercial department and includes practitioners from the dispute resolution, real estate and banking and finance teams, among others. Nicola Broadhurst heads up the group and has notable expertise in international franchise expansions, master franchise agreements, area development agreements and international unit franchise agreements. The practice also handles franchise business establishments, international issues, franchise disputes, IP-related work, ethical franchising, e-commerce matters, network resales and property mandates. Sarah Murray and Andrew Quick are the key contacts for contentious work, Andrew Steele handles real estate matters and Helen Wheddon focuses on property disputes, and Tom Lingard is an expert in brand protection and enforcement issues.

South East > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex

One of the largest regional teams, Stevens & Bolton LLP‘s disputes resolution group takes on large-scale litigation and international arbitration. It serves clients in myriad sectors and includes those that are USA-based. Its work also encompasses advising on commercial disputes in areas such as trading disputes, shareholder actions, fraud and negligence. Team head Sarah Murray  acts for well-known, international retail clients and Richard Mumford focuses on the aviation sector. Michael Frisby and Richard King provide a wealth of experience in both litigation and arbitration and Andrew Quick has expertise in professional negligence and franchising disputes.