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OUR REPUTATION

OUR REPUTATION FOR EMPLOYMENT LAW

Chambers & partners 2017: Ranking: Employment (Senior Executive) Band 1

What the team is known for:  Leading senior executives-focused firm, with notable expertise in whistle-blowing, discrimination claims, and restrictive covenants and their enforcement.  Acts for clients from a range of sectors including technology and the financial services.

Strengths:

“They are cohesive and progressive – I always felt I was in good hands with them.”

“They are an efficient team, and they are very considered and thoughtful in assessing strategy and tactics prior to acting.”

Work highlights: Acted for Svetlana Lokhova, a former employee of Sberbank CIB, in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. The team were successful in ensuring that the lower tribunal’s finding, that the claimant has been discriminated against because of her sex, was upheld.

Notable practitioners:

Clare Murray advises senior executives on all areas of employment law, with particular experience in grievances and severance negotiations. Clients particularly praise her work on restrictive covenants, with others adding that they “find her to be very sophisticated and savvy – she is quite a good strategist.” Her employment practice is complemented by her extensive partnership knowledge.

Anna Birtwistle has been described as “a champion among lawyers,” with clients valuing “her ability to communicate in a way clients can take on board.” She regularly assists senior executives from large corporations on a range of disputes.

Bettina Bender offers day-to-day employment advice to employers, as well as assisting senior executives with complex whistle-blowing claims and exits. Clients state that she is “very thoughtful, analytical and patient with explaining and clarifying details.”

Legal 500 2016: Ranking: Employment (Senior Executive) Tier 1 / Employment (Employer) Tier 5

CM Murray LLP ‘excels in its representation of senior executives’, particularly in cross-border issues and whistleblowing matters. The international strength also transfers to the firm’s employer practice, which regularly acts for multinationals with UK operations. Key names include managing partner Clare Murray, Bettina Bender, the ‘professional and extremely knowledgeable’ Anna Birtwistle, Esther Martin and David Fisher, who specialises in High Court injunctions.

Clare Murray is named as a Leading Individual.

Chambers & Partners 2016: Ranking: Employment (Senior Executive) Band 2 / (Employer) Band 6

What the team is known for 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.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“The whole firm is focused on employment and that makes a big difference; there is a sense that although one solicitor leads a case, they are drawing on a vast pool of experience throughout the firm.”

“The team are efficient, timely and uniformly clever.”

Notable practitioners

Clare Murray is described by sources as a “standout” adviser for employment disputes. She is known for being “very commercial” by clients, who also stress the high quality of service that she provides.

Praised for being “experienced and savvy,” as well as “unflinching and tenacious,” Anna Birtwistle advises on contentious and non-contentious employment disputes, including discrimination issues.

Bettina Bender specialises in employment and partnership law, and is well regarded in both fields. Sources praise her technical knowledge and effective approach to disputes.

Significant clients Public Concern at Work

Legal 500 2015: Ranking: Employment (Senior Executive) Tier 1 / Employment (Employer) Tier 5

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’. Fisher, Anna Birtwistle and Esther Martin were promoted to the partnership in May 2015.

Chambers & Partners Global

Chambers & Partners Global lists Clare Murray as a “foreign expert” for her work in UK Employment Law and notes “Clare Murray of CM Murray LLP is considered one of the leading lawyers in London for representing senior executives.   She is considered “an extremely good relationship builder and a great communicator” and is adept at handling matters with an international edge, especially US-related matters.”

Spear’s 500

Clare Murray is listed in Spear’s 500 2016 as a “top” Employment Lawyer. They describe Clare as “one of the most respected lawyers in her field” and note that she is “pre-eminent in financial services disputes, and market authorities cite an ‘unparalleled reputation within the claimant arena’, adding: ‘She knows when to be tough and when to turn on her charm’.”

Who’s Who Legal 2015

Clare Murray, Bettina Bender and Anna Birtwistle are listed in Who’s Who Legal 2015 under the Management Labour & Employment Law section. In their 2015 guide of Labour & Employment Law, Who’s Who Legal identify Clare Murray as one of the five most highly regarded individuals in Europe. They note 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 notes that “much-admired” Bettina Bender specialises in strategic HR issues, discrimination claims and exits and that Anna Birtwistle has a particular interest in discrimination issues.

Super Lawyers 2015

Clare Murray is ranked among the Top 100 London “Super Lawyers” and the Top 50 Women London “Super Lawyers” in 2015 for her work in Employment Law and Business Affairs. Super Lawyers is a solicitor-rating service and is part of Thomson Reuters. The Super Lawyers selection process is designed to find indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Esther Martin is named as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2015.

Expert Guides

Clare Murray and Bettina Bender are listed by Expert Guides for their work in the Labour and Employment law field. Clare Murray was also listed in the Expert Guide: Women in Business Law publication for her work in Labour and Employment law.

OUR REPUTATION FOR PARTNERSHIP LAW

Chambers & Partners 2017: Ranking – Band 1

What the team is known for:  Extensive, expert coverage of partnership matters with key strengths in the legal and investment fund spheres and long experience advising UK and US firms on individual and team moves, restrictive covenants and discrimination issues. Regularly advises on complex cross-border matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

“They are very knowledgeable about all types of UK law in this field. They are open to strategies which are international and they are a great pleasure to work with. I can’t think of anything I would have wanted done differently.”

“We were impressed by their responsiveness, their ability to come up with different solutions, and by the reassurance that they’d been there, seen that and done it too.”

Notable Practitioners:

Clare Murray is characterised by one source as a “fantastic litigator and problem-solver, still very much at the pinnacle,” while another reports that she “uses her insights to divine how matters will turn out and advises accordingly.” She is “universally respected as a star performer in the contentious sphere,” and is valued for her “keen understanding of what will motivate the other side to make a deal happen.” 

Bettina Bender “really knows her stuff in this field and is great with clients.”  One such client praises her “very sensible, commercial advice which made the process much smoother than it might have been.” 

Recently promoted partner Esther Martin offers “wonderful experience of how the court system works in the UK and knowledge of how the law affects partner relations, and of the time frames within which claims need to be made.” She also attracts praise for excellent client focus and constructive engagement with opposing parties, one source describing her as “very composed, straightforward and good to deal with.”

Chambers & Partners 2016: Ranking – Band 1

What the team is known for Top-notch boutique offering expert counsel to, in particular, professional services and hedge fund clients. Maintains an excellent reputation for partner exits and team moves, and recently completed a very successful engagement regarding the worker status of LLP members.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They went to great lengths to keep me updated. And then there was the human element – they took the trouble to guide me through things in a very human way and encouraged me to think beyond the end of the process – I really appreciated that.”

“We see them a lot and are really impressed with the quality of the people there – really high-quality lawyers.”

“Excellent handle on the law and what is common practice in the City.”

Work highlights Acted for Public Concern at Work, the UK’s leading whistle-blowing charity, on a case which resulted in LLP members being classified as ‘workers’, and consequently winning the right to all relevant whistle-blowing protections.

Notable practitioners

The “absolutely brilliant” Clare Murray, the firm’s founder and managing partner, is a specialist in partnership and employment law. She was a key figure in the creation of the Professional Practices Alliance this year, and remains 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 highly knowledgeable in partnership law, with particular experience in issues involving maternity and contentious partner exits. One source says that she is “first-rate, and really on the ball.”

Susanne Foster has particular prowess in partner team moves and complex partner discrimination litigation.”

Legal 500 2016: Ranking: Tier 2

CM Murray LLP’s team of ‘truly focused partnership experts’ is headed by the ‘knowledgeable and supremely strategic’ Clare Murray, and leverages its ‘excellent reputation in handling team moves, partner exits and associated disputes’ to handle a regular flow of contentious work, often with cross-border elements.  Other key figures include the ‘forthright, concise and highly skilled’ Bettina Bender, and Esther Martin, who attracts praise for her ‘very strong people skills’.

Clare Murray is named as a Leading Individual.

Legal 500 2015: Ranking: Tier 2

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.

NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
  • Bettina Bender won a Lawyer Monthly “Women in Law Award” in 2016 for her outstanding legal expertise and contribution within the practice area of Business Torts.
  • Anna was awarded the Finance Monthly Award for UK Labour & Employment Lawyer of the Year 2016.
  • Clare Murray was shortlisted for the European Women in Business Law Awards 2015 – Labour and Employment.
  • Anna Birtwistle won a Lawyer Monthly “Women in Law Award” for her work in the Management Labour and Employment sector in 2014.
  • CM Murray LLP was shortlisted for Boutique Law Firm of the Year (City) in the 2013 The Lawyer Awards
  • CM Murray LLP was shortlisted for the Excellence in Exporting Legal Services Award at the 2013 The Law Society Awards
CLIENT FEEDBACK

“A really expert team but also really friendly and approachable – nothing is too much trouble”.

“They are always on the end of the phone”.

“The thing that distinguishes them from other lawyers is the strong interest in knowing your client and getting to know the needs of your client”.

“The team invest their time to build personal relationships”.

“The whole firm is focused on employment and that makes a big difference; there is a sense that although one solicitor leads a case, they are drawing on a vast pool of experience throughout the firm.”

“The team are efficient, timely and uniformly clever.”

“They went to great lengths to keep me updated. And then there was the human element – they took the trouble to guide me through things in a very human way and encouraged me to think beyond the end of the process – I really appreciated that.”

“We see them a lot and are really impressed with the quality of the people there – really high-quality lawyers.”

“Excellent handle on the law and what is common practice in the City.”