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 conduct and performance issues, partner exits, team moves and restrictive covenants, as well as partner discrimination and whistleblowing complaints and litigation.
Clare has advised on many sexual harassment matters in law and accounting firms, and in multi-national organisations, and has extensive experience of representing complainants, firms and employers, and those accused of alleged harassment. In March 2018 Clare was appointed as the specialist adviser to the House of Commons Women & Equalities Committee in respect of its Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Inquiry.
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. Clare was instrumental in setting up global employment law alliance, Innangard.
Legal 500 2018 named her a “Leading Individual”, saying “‘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.”
Clare is also described as “an outstanding lawyer” with “[…] particular expertise handling team moves, restrictive covenant issues, whistleblowing claims and discrimination cases.”
Chambers and Partners UK 2019 ranked Clare as a “Star Individual” in Partnership Law (Contentious) and in Band 2 for Partnership Law (Non-Contentious): “‘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.”
Clare is also ranked in Band 1 for Employment Law (Senior Executive), and is noted for advising 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.”
Clare is ranked in Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders Global Elite: Labour & Employment 2019 as the number one “Global Elite Thought Leader” in Europe by Who’s Who Legal Labour and Employment 2019. Clare 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.’
Clare is also listed in Spear’s 500 2019 as “Outstanding in field” among its “Top Recommended Employment Lawyers”.
AN OUTSTANDING LAWYER
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.
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
“charming, tough, pragmatic, and very easy to deal with. Obviously tremendously experienced.”
Legal 500 2015
“combines effortless charm with an incisive mind, displaying, when necessary, the steely determination of an expert litigator’
“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.
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.
- 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 the American Bar Association (ABA), Labor & Employment section.
- Member of the American Employment Law Counsel
- Member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.