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CLARE MURRAY

Managing Partner
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Clare Murray is the founder and Managing Partner of CM Murray LLP, specialising in partnership and employment law.

Clare acts for US and UK professional services firms (particularly in the legal sector), and for equity partners in professional services and investment management firms.  She has particular expertise in the strategic handling of partner exits, team moves and partner restrictive covenants, as well as partner discrimination and whistleblowing issues and related litigation.

Clare played a leading role in the creation of the Professional Practices Alliance.

Clare is also regarded as a market leader in providing strategic advice to senior executives, founders, US and multi-national companies with UK operations, and US and UK law firms on their employment law issues.

Many of the employment law matters in which Clare is involved are cross-border.

Together with Bettina Bender, Clare was instrumental in setting up global employment law alliance, Innangard.

 

 

REPUTATION, NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS

FANTASTIC LITIGATOR & PROBLEM SOLVER

Chambers & Partners 2017

Partnership law (Star Individual):

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.”

Employment law (Senior Executives) (Band 1):

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.

Legal 500 2016

Clare Murray is named as a Leading Individual for her Partnership and Employment law work and described as ‘knowledgeable and supremely strategic’.

Chambers & Partners Global 2016

Clare Murray of CM Murray LLP 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. She is also notable for her work on employment matters with a US element.

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’.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

Partnership:

“absolutely brilliant”

“charming, tough, pragmatic, and very easy to deal with. Obviously tremendously experienced.”

Employment:

“standout”

“very commercial”

Legal 500 2015

Partnership:

“combines effortless charm with an incisive mind, displaying, when necessary, the steely determination of an expert litigator’

Employment:

“incredibly effective”

Clare Murray, is frequently instructed to advise international subsidiaries operating in the UK, and has an excellent reputation acting for senior executives.”

Who’s Who Legal 2015

Clare Murray is listed in Who’s Who Legal 2015 under the Management Labour & Employment Law section.

Clare Murray is identified 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’.

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.

Expert Guides

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

POSITIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
  • Founder 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.
  • Past Chair of the International Committee of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) and past member of the ELA Management Committee.
  • Founder member and past Chair of XBHR: Global Forum for Cross-Border HR Experts: xbhr.com.
  • Member of American Bar Association, Labor & Employment section.
  • Member of American Employment Law Counsel
  • Member of European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)
RECENT MATTERS

Partnership Law

  • Clare advised an international law firm on the performance management of a group of UK partners.
  • Clare advised a professional services firm on the exit of a senior equity partner who sought to lead a team move from the firm.
  • Clare advised a UK law firm on the proposed expulsion of a number of partners for behavioural issues.
  • Clare advised a partner in the Paris office of a global firm (with an English law LLP Agreement) on his proposed expulsion from the firm and eventual exit on agreed terms.
  • Clare advised a private funds LLP partner and founder in relation to his proposed expulsion and agreed retirement from a private equity fund, including on issues relating to his restrictive covenants, investor contact and access to track record.
  • Clare advised a US attorney working in London for a global firm, on his exit from that firm to join a US firm, including the conflict between the client’s extensive English law obligations and restrictions on the one hand, and his New York Bar professional conduct obligations.
  • Clare advised a US attorney partner working in London for a leading US law firm, on his threatened expulsion on grounds of conduct, and subsequently on his amicable departure on agreed terms.
  • Clare advised a high profile senior equity partner threatened with expulsion and facing significant reputational damage, in relation alleged conduct issues, and subsequently advised on his retirement from the firm on an agreed and confidential basis.

Employment Law

  • Clare advised a senior executive employed by an international investment bank in the context of regulatory investigations being conducted in both the UK and the US.
  • Clare advised the founder and former employee of a multi-national services company on the enforceability of extensive vendor restrictive covenants.
  • Clare advised the UK General Counsel of an international organisation in relation to her whistleblowing and sex discrimination grievance and subsequent agreed exit from the company.
  • Clare advised a Board Member of an international services group in relation to the proposed termination of her employment in connection with her serious health issues.

Pro Bono

  • Clare provides ongoing advice and support to the leading UK whistleblowing charity, Public Concern at Work. She was the lead partner in PCaW’s intervention in the Supreme Court appeal in Clyde & Co v Bates Van Winkelhof, which determined that LLP members are “workers” for the purpose of whistleblowing and other worker protections.