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OUR REPUTATION

OUR REPUTATION FOR EMPLOYMENT LAW

Chambers & Partners UK 2020: 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 financial services. Also has expertise in dealing with cross-border employment law issues, drawing upon its extensive network of legal partners across Europe.

Strengths:

Sources say: “They’re top-notch lawyers and are very knowledgeable, dedicated and reliable. The team is particularly business-minded and operates with an international mindset, meaning that they are very comfortable with cross-border issues.”

A further interviewee comments: “They’re an awesome boutique firm with very professional and dedicated lawyers”, adding: “The team shows great subject knowledge combined with a pragmatic attitude.”

Another client describes this as “a very astute firm with a strong focus on quality and the ability to deliver work in a very cost-effective way.”

Notable practitioners

Clare Murray is described as an “incredibly dynamic and driven lawyer who is helpful, thoughtful and great to work with.” She wins widespread acclaim for her work representing senior executives and partners in complex employment disputes.

Impressed clients highlight Merrill April for her “empathy, legal knowledge and quick responsiveness.”

Sarah Chilton is increasingly recognised for her work representing individuals in investigations and disciplinary proceedings, as well as regularly advising on restrictive covenants. Clients describe her as “highly professional, engaging and knowledgeable.”‘

Legal 500 2019 Ranking: Employment (Senior Executive) Tier 1 / Employment (Employer) Tier 5

Specialist employment firm CM Murray LLP advises a range of multinational employers and senior executives on both domestic and cross-border matters. Sectors covered by the London firm include technology, manufacturing and financial services. Managing partner and firm founder Clare Murray leads the team – in 2018 she was appointed as an adviser to the House of Commons Women & Equalities Committee for its inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace. Other key members of the practice include David Fisher, who has expertise with regards to High Court injunctions, and […] Merrill April, who joined the firm in May 2019.

Practice head(s): Clare Murray

Other key lawyers: David Fisher; Merrill April

Who’s Who Legal 2019

Managing Partner Clare Murray has been named the number one “Global Elite Thought Leader” in Europe by Who’s Who Legal: Labour & Employment 2019 as  and is described as ‘“an excellent litigator” with a “very, very strong reputation in the space”. She is noted for her standout work representing law firms.’

Our Partners David Fisher and Sarah Chilton are also named as “Experts” in Labour & Employment law.

Chambers & Partners UK 2019: 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 financial services. Also has expertise in dealing with cross-border employment law issues.

Strengths (quotes mainly from clients): 

The team is lauded for being “absolutely brilliant at being personable, sympathetic and pragmatic.”

Another source notes: “They are a top-notch boutique labour and employment firm. I would use them readily again and recommend them to others.”

Work highlight: 

Acted for Protect (formerly Public Concern at Work) on its intervention before the Court of Appeal in a case regarding the scope of whistle-blowing protection for junior doctors.

Notable practitioners: 

Clare Murray advises clients on a range of disputes faced by senior executives such as complex restrictive covenant, unfair dismissals and whistle-blowing cases. She is well known in the market and is renowned for fighting her client’s corner.

Legal 500 2018 Ranking: Employment (Senior Executive) Tier 1 / Employment (Employer) Tier 6

Fantastic boutique‘ CM Murray LLP has ‘a reputation that can’t be beaten‘ for senior executive work and ‘dominates the market in the partnership space‘. Managing partner and firm founder Clare Murray is an outstanding lawyer and has particular expertise handling team moves, restrictive covenant issues, whistleblowing claims and discrimination cases. In a recent highlight, David Fisher acted for Protect (formerly Public Concern at Work) in litigation relating to the scope of whistleblowing legislation. Other key practitioners include ‘tough yet pragmatic opponent‘ Sarah Chilton, and Samantha Mangwana, who ‘wins clients’ confidence with a superb manner‘.

Managing Partner Clare Murray is named as a “Leading Individual”.

Who’s Who Legal 2018

CM Murray LLP is recognised in the Who’s Who Legal: Labour & Employment 2018 as a “Leading Firm” in Europe for employment law.

Managing Partner, Clare Murray, has been named as one of the top ten “Thought Leaders” in Europe and is widely recognised as “a leading light” in employment law. She acts for US and UK firms and investment management firms and has in-depth expertise in sexual harassment and partner misconduct issues. Sources call her “a real force” and “an innovator in the field.”

Our Partner David Fisher has also been ranked in Who’s Who Legal: Labour and Employment 2018 for his employment law expertise.

Chambers & Partners UK 2018: 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.  Acting for clients from a range of sectors including technology and the financial services.  Also has expertise in dealing with cross-border employment law issues.

Strengths (quotes mainly from clients):

“The firm is very human.  They demystify employment law and bring it down to a practical human level,” notes one client.

Another adds: “They were thorough and thoughtful and it was an excellent experience all around.”

Notable practitioners:

According to clients, Clare Murray “is incredibly professional and paints a combination of the legal picture and the reality of what is attainable.”  She is known for her representation of senior executives in cross-border matters, particularly relating to the USA.

Legal 500 2017: Ranking: Employment (Senior Executive) – Tier 1

CM Murray LLP’s ‘first-rate’ practice provides ‘prompt, to-the-point and professional’ advice for senior executives, often handling mandates with cross-border elements. The […] ‘consistently strongDavid Fisher led advice to whistleblowing charity Public Concern at Work on its intervention in high-profile litigation before the Court of Appeal concerning whistleblowing legislation. Fisher also acted for a former employee of a Russian investment bank in an Employment Tribunal claim alleging sex discrimination and victimisation. Other key names include the ‘client-friendly’ Clare Murray, who is ‘a brilliant innovator’; […] The group was strengthened by the addition of Sarah Chilton from Fox. Other clients include XR Trading, Adam Hall Group and Phillip Jeffries.”

Clare Murray is named as a “Leading Individual”. David Fisher and Sarah Chilton are listed as “Recommended Lawyers”.

Chambers & Partners UK 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 (quotes mainly from clients): 

“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 had 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.

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, ..and David Fisher, who specialises in High Court injunctions.

Clare Murray is named as a “Leading Individual”.

Chambers & Partners UK 2016: Ranking: Employment (Senior Executive) – Band 2 / Employment (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.

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. David Fisher is ‘the epitome of professionalism’.

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 is 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.

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 and 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 UK 2020: Ranking: Partnership – 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 whistle-blowing cases. Increasingly active on cross-jurisdictional work and especially praised for its handling of partner discrimination issues and matters involving distressed law firms. Notable expertise in representing individual partners during exit negotiations and investigations into allegations of misconduct.

Strengths One client commends the firm as “simply excellent,” adding: They are commercially minded and very clear and practical in their advice.”

Another client says the team is “strong, personable and really cares about the outcome for the client and doing the right thing for them.”

Notable practitioners:

Managing partner Clare Murray is highly regarded for the strength of her partnership practice, particularly with regard to sensitive disputes involving partner exits, discrimination claims and allegations of sexual harassment. A source says she is “as good as it gets” for partnership disputes, adding: “She is hugely experienced and charming, has fantastic people skills and is a true expert in this area.”

Sarah Chilton is adept at handling contentious partnership matters, including disputes over serious allegations of misconduct, discrimination or harassment. One source remarks: “She took a pragmatic approach to each situation and was always able to discuss our next steps with both the bigger picture and the granular detail in mind.

Zulon Begum specialises in non-contentious partnership work and receives high praise from sources, one of whom says: Her experience and understanding of partnerships makes conversations easy as she starts from a strong base of knowledge – not only of the law but also of general practice and culture, meaning we are more likely to arrive at a solution for the client that works commercially.” Her caseload includes advising financial and professional partnerships on M&A transactions, restructuring and LLP conversions.

Legal 500 2019: Ranking: Partnership – Tier 1

CM Murray LLP is a specialist UK partnership firm, with ‘one of the legal world’s strongest offerings in this area’. The group’s main focus is contentious work, including partner conduct, performance, team movement and restrictive covenant issues, all of which are areas of expertise for Sarah Chilton and founding partner Clare Murray, who is noted by one client as ‘one of the industry’s most energetic and driven practitioners’. It is also developing an active non-contentious practice under the leadership of Zulon Begum; handling matters such as LLP agreement reviews, new law firm office set-ups, partner remuneration advice and review of partnership indemnity agreements and structures for both domestic and international law firm structures. David Fisher is another key name with experience in advising on partner team moves, lateral hires and the enforcement of partner restrictive covenants, while Samantha Mangwana draws on extensive experience in partnership litigation involving partner discrimination and whistleblowing claims, often working with Beth Hale, who was promoted to partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s): Clare Murray; Sarah Chilton; Zulon Begum

Other key lawyers:David Fisher; Samantha Mangwana; Beth Hale; Merrill April

Testimonials

“What sets it apart is its phenomenal team of truly first-class individuals.”

Clare Murray is an expert negotiator and the person you want on your side in a brawl.'”“A dynamic and enthusiastic team that really knows its stuff.”

2A dynamic and enthusiastic team that really knows its stuff.”

“This is a specialist firm with the highest reputation in partnership issues, both traditional and LLP; they also address employment issues and the interface between the two.‘”

Chambers & Partners UK 2019: Ranking: Partnership – 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 whistle-blowing cases. Increasingly active on cross-jurisdictional work and especially praised for its handling of partner discrimination issues and matters involving distressed law firms. Notable expertise in representing individual partners during exit negotiations and investigations into allegations of misconduct.

Strengths (quotes mainly from clients): 

One source notes: “I particularly appreciate the depth of specialist expertise made available to clients, the firm’s commitment to problem solving in a commercial manner and its ability to shepherd clients through a partnership dispute without losing sight of the client’s overall goals.”

Interviewees note: “They are responsive, commercial and have a strong grounding in the real world, which is always helpful.”

Notable practitioners:

“Superb litigator” Clare Murray is highly commended for her deep experience in partnership disputes. She is particularly adept at handling sensitive matters related to partner exits, discrimination claims and whistle-blowing cases. Clients say: “She is extraordinarily capable, extremely responsive to the client’s goals and needs, very commercial in her attitude and with a real understanding of the legal and commercial issues relating to partnerships. She is a genuine expert.”

Partner Zulon Begum advises clients in the professional services market on the partnership aspects of corporate transactions. Her clients include private equity, architectural, accountancy and law practices.

Sarah Chilton heads the firm’s Scottish partnership practice and is praised by sources as a “really impressive” lawyer who is “extremely knowledgeable.” She is particularly experienced in disputes concerning contract terminations, discrimination and partnership dissolution.

Legal 500 2018: Ranking: Partnership – Tier 1

‘Top-flight’ boutique CM Murray LLP houses the best contentious partnership lawyers in the City. The team is most known for advising international law firms and other professional services firms on partner exits, team moves, restrictive covenants, discrimination and whistleblowing issues. It has developed a particular niche in handling sexual harassment allegations made by and against partners; a service that was greatly boosted in February 2018 by the arrival from Slater and Gordon of Samantha Mangwana (who has ‘very strong expertise in discrimination cases’).

‘Head and shoulders above her peers in the industry’, founding partner and team leader Clare Murray is the ‘go-to’ lawyer for partnership disputes and is noted for her ‘superb judgement’ and significant experience. ‘Brilliant’ Sarah Chilton is recommended for international partnership disputes […] David Fisher has significant experience in team moves, lateral hires and restrictive covenant enforcement […] it gained ‘highly capable’ non-contentious partnership expert Zulon Begum, who joined from Addleshaw Goddard.

Chambers & Partners 2018: Ranking: Partnership – 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.  Increasingly active on cross-jurisdictional mandates and especially praised for its handling of partner discrimination issues and matters involving distressed law firms.

Strengths (quotes mainly from clients):

The practice’s position as a top-ranking partnership team is explicitly stressed by several commentators, one identifying its lawyers as “the leading partnerships disputes people,” and another observing that it is “comparable to any leading firm in the world.”

Notable practitioners:

Managing partner Clare Murray wins praise as a “fantastic, innovative and responsive lawyer,” who offers “top-notch technical competence, sound judgement and a good way with people in difficult situations.” She enjoys a near-unrivalled reputation as an adviser on partnership disputes, including partner discrimination cases and whistle-blower claims, and also handles matters such as partner exits and team moves.

Legal 500 2017: Ranking: Partnership – Tier 1

CM Murray LLP is ‘a standout niche firm in the field of partnership’ and is particularly ‘impressive’ in contentious matters. The firm specialises in acting for firms and individuals in distress situations, where there are serious threats to reputation and where there are multiple jurisdictions involved. Additionally, the team undertakes non-contentious advisory work and advises in relation to agreements such as LLP amendments. Under the leadership of Clare Murray, ‘the firm has gone from strength to strength’. She is ‘a very special lawyer’ and has not only been involved in some of the most substantial partnership disputes, but has also been at the forefront of thought leadership in the field, having been a founding member and first honorary secretary of the Association of Partnership Practitioners. The ‘safe and reliable’ David Fisher has expertise in team moves, lateral hires and restrictive covenants. In 2016, […] Sarah Chilton joined from Fox.

Clare Murray is named as a “Leading Individual”. David Fisher and Sarah Chilton are recommended.

Chambers & Partners 2017: Ranking: Partnership – 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.” 

Chambers & Partners 2016: Ranking: Partnership – 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, 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.”

Legal 500 2016: Ranking: Partnership – 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.

Clare Murray is named as a Leading Individual.

Legal 500 2015: Ranking: Partnership – 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 […] 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
  • Clare Murray was shortlisted for the European Women in Business Law Awards 2015 – Labour and Employment
  • 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.”