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Helen Murphie

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Royds Withy King

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Employment and business immigration.


A former journalist at the BBC and London Tonight, Helen has risen through the ranks to partnership at Royds. She specialises in employment law and business immigration with a keen interest in discrimination law. Helen advises a variety of clients, including high-net-worth individuals and industry heads to medium sized employers and SMEs. Helen has also acted for a number of individuals and council employees in respect of unfair dismissal and age discrimination claims. Helen’s hands-on approach means that she regularly works with companies and their HR professionals in connection with recruitment, reorganisation and merger strategies, advising on contractual and legal issues arising from redundancy, TUPE and general employment. Helen represents both employers and individuals in respect of business immigration issues, in particular providing advice on sponsor licences, the points-based system and visa applications under Tiers 1 to 5, and other immigration matters ranging from business visitors, entry clearance as a sole representative of an overseas business and spousal and dependent applications.


Worked as a print and TV journalist. While working as a journalist, attended university to study law. Joined Royds Solicitors in 2003 as a trainee solicitor and qualified as a solicitor in September 2005.


Bancrofts School, Essex; Queen Mary University (Law Degree 2:1).


Spent a year in Central America learning to speak Spanish and surf. Also enjoys spending time with her son, horse riding and cycling.

London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

In Royds Withy King's 'responsive, thorough and highly tactical team', Caroline Doran Millett attracts praise as 'a calm, clear-headed and careful lawyer who provides considered advice throughout and fully supports and reassures her clients'; other key names include 'highly experienced' group leader Richard Woodman, racing industry specialist Gemma Ospedale, discrimination expert and 'impressive and tenacious adviser' Helen Murphie and David Israel, who joined from Wedlake Bell LLP in 2017. The practice is noted for its contentious expertise, particularly in discrimination issues and unfair dismissal claims.

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