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Success for CM Murray LLP with Legal 500 2023 Results

CM Murray LLP are delighted to announce our rankings in the newly published Legal 500 2023.

As a firm, we have ranked in Tier 1 for both Partnership and Employment: Senior Executives, Tier 5 for Employment: Employers and as a ‘Firm to Watch’ for Professional Discipline, with recognition for the following individuals:

Partnership – Tier 1

‘This entrepreneurial, majority female partnership are leaders and thought leaders in partnership law and practice. As an employment and partnership boutique, CM Murray LLP is uniquely placed to focus on the issues relevant to partnerships, their people and their clients.’

‘As a partner team they share a passion for partnership law and (seemingly endless) positive energy.’

‘New partner Andrew Pavlovic’s specialism in SRA regulation and professional firm disciplinary matters places him at the heart of the thorny issues facing many professional firms.’

Clare Murray – the deserving star of the practice. Extremely hard working, thoroughly thoughtful, a pleasure to work with, and the authority on partnership law. Merrill April – thoughtful, considerate professional. A master tactician, she is calm, cool and collected. And for these reasons she’s a real force to contend with. Louise O’Connor – industrious, extremely bright, emotionally intelligent and strategic in her advice. She’s a rising star and no doubt a huge hit with CM Murray’s clients.’

‘As associate, Louise O’Connor was highly collaborative and I felt listened to throughout our time working together. She clearly has a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience beyond her PQE, and what impressed me the most was how she was able to deploy that knowledge in a practical way that was highly tailored to the strategic approach for my matter.’

‘A really top flight firm. Rightly at the top of the rankings. Superbly responsive, expert and effective. Brilliant with clients. An outstanding firm, especially so in representing individuals. Outstanding leadership and a really good team spirit.’

David Jones is an efficient and very capable associate.’

Leading Individuals: Sarah Chilton; Corinne Staves

Hall of Fame: Clare Murray

‘The deserving star of the practice‘ who ‘is fizzing with ideas.’

Next Generation Partner: Zulon Begum                   

‘Zulon Begum is knowledgeable, pragmatic and commercial. Best of all, she is unflappable!’

Other Key Lawyers: Clare Murray; Corinne Staves; Emma Bartlett; Andrew Pavlovic; Merrill April; David Fisher; Beth Hale

Employment Law (Senior Executives) – Tier 1

‘CM Murray is unique, even among employment law boutiques, in their strength and depth of experts and expertise. They simply cannot be beaten. They are formidable advocates for their clients.’

Clare Murray is not only the founder but the glue who brings her extraordinary team of experts together and clearly empowers them to be best in class. She is supremely knowledgeable, gets quickly to the nub of the legal issues and is a forceful and tenacious advocate while being warm and supportive to her clients. Emma Bartlett is also highly recommended for supporting partners and senior executives in disputed exits.’

‘Highly skilled and focused team specialising in advising senior individuals in employment and partnership law.’

‘A team of sympathetic and professional lawyers. They listened to my problems, and quickly reassured me that they were interested in supporting me. They acted swiftly, predicted the outcome and made feel comfortable.’

‘I valued the team’s efficiency, competence and ability to understand my perspective towards my situation.’

Leading Individual: Emma Bartlett

Emma Bartlett is a solid and well respected employment lawyer who will get things done when under pressure.’

Hall of Fame: Clare Murray

Clare Murray and her team are experts in their field. They are both practical and resourceful. Clare’s attention to detail is extraordinary, but what sets her apart is her compassion to her clients.’

Next Generation Partner: Sarah Chilton                    

Other Key Lawyers: Emma Bartlett; Sarah Chilton

Recommended: Clare Murray, Emma Bartlett, Merrill April, Sarah Chilton

Employment Law (Employers) – Tier 5

‘CM Murray is a unique employment law boutique.’

‘The legal skills of the team and the way they manage the matters is outstanding.’

‘They are proactive, open-minded, and always eager to find solutions to solve the most complex issues.’

‘Very quick reactions, deep knowledge of the client’s industry and tailor-made solutions for each of them.’

‘We find CM Murray to be very proactive.’

‘They provided solutions each time we were faced with issues and were very engaged.’

Clare Murray is very efficient and business-minded. She delivers high quality services. ‘

Other Key Lawyers: David Fisher; Merrill April

David Fisher is also a very reliable and smart lawyer.’

Merrill April gave detailed and practical advice on a complex area of law and a sensitive personnel issue, but also astute of reputational issues.’

Dispute Resolution (Professional Discipline): Firms to Watch

Next Generation Partner: Andrew Pavlovic


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