Welcome to CM Murray LLP

CM Murray LLP provide confidential, strategic UK employment and partnership law advice to multi-national and UK corporations and senior executives, professional partnerships and partners.

Our employment law practice focuses primarily on sensitive City issues and international employment arrangements and disputes.

Partner exits, team moves, restrictive covenants and litigation are key aspects of our partnership law expertise.

Professional Practices Alliance

CM Murray LLP is a founder member of the Professional Practices Alliance, a unique multi-disciplinary alliance between leading independent legal and accountancy advisers to professional services firms. Other members of the alliance are Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP, Buzzacott LLP and Hierons LLP.   Members of the alliance advise on all key areas affecting professional practices including partnership. employment and corporate law, tax, accounting and compliance, to name a few.  The Alliance website can be found here and you can follow us on twitter at: @PartnershipAlln.

Who’s Who Legal – Labour & Employment 2015

We are delighted that Who’s Who Legal has recently identified CM Murray LLP’s Managing Partner, Clare Murray as one of the five most highly regarded individuals in Europe in their 2015 guide of Labour & Employment Law.

Who’s Who Legal states that ‘founding partner Clare Murray is considered the “real deal”.  She is “particularly strong” on handling sensitive City HR issues, internal investigations and international employment arrangements and disputes’.  Who’s Who Legal also praises Clare’s ‘”much-admired” colleagues: Bettina Bender, who specialises in strategic HR issues, discrimination claims and exits: and Anna Birtwistle who also has a particular interest in discrimination issues.’

What the Directories say about Us


“Top-notch boutique offering expert counsel”.  The “absolutely brilliant” Clare Murrayremains one of the outstanding lawyers in the field.  Clients have the highest possible regard for her: “She’s charming, tough, pragmatic, and very easy to deal with. Obviously tremendously experienced.” Bettina Bender is “first-rate, and really on the ball” and Susanne Foster has “particular prowess in partner team moves and complex partner discrimination litigation.” Chambers & Partners 2016 (ranked at Band 1)

“CM Murray LLP’s managing partner Clare Murray ‘combines effortless charm with an incisive mind, displaying, when necessary, the steely determination of an expert litigator’. The team, which also includes the ‘highly likeable’ Bettina Bender and Esther Martin, stands out for its contentious work, having represented a PR firm in High Court proceedings relating to alleged misconduct by a partner in the LLP.”  Legal 500 2015


“CM Murray LLP, led by the ‘incredibly effective’ Clare Murray, is frequently instructed to advise international subsidiaries operating in the UK, and has an excellent reputation acting for senior executives. Bettina Bender is ‘extremely solution focused’, and David Fisher is ‘the epitome of professionalism’.”  Legal 500 2015

CM Murray LLP has a “Deep reservoir of employment knowledge with notable expertise on matters involving senior executives. Also known for its employer work with a range of professional and financial services firms.”  “The team are efficient, timely and uniformly clever.” Clare Murray is a “standout” adviser for employment disputes. and is “very commercial”. Bettina Bender is praised for “her technical knowledge and effective approach to disputes and Anna Birtwistle is praised for being “experienced and savvy” and “unflinching and tenacious”. Chambers & Partners 2016