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David Murphy


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David guides HR, management and in-house legal teams through difficult employment situations and advises senior individuals when they join and leave their employers or face challenges during their employment.

Described in Legal 500 as 'first class', David advises on issues ranging from difficult employee relations matters, such as performance management, dismissals and exit packages through to tribunal litigation, restrictive covenants and the employment aspects of business re-organisations and corporate transactions.

As an experienced employment lawyer and partner, David has considerable experience of defending and bringing employment tribunal claims (including discrimination, whistleblowing, unfair and wrongful dismissal claims) and of supervising other more junior lawyers in undertaking this work for employers and employees.

Whilst his corporate client base has a strong focus on the financial services sector he also acts for a number of other clients including professional services firms and barristers chambers. His individual clients include fund managers, board directors, investment bankers, HR professionals and lawyers.

David co-authors the UK Employee Rights chapter of Global Investigation Review's Practitioner's Guide to Global Investigations and has featured in City AM's "Ask the Guru" column. He has also written articles for the Daily Telegraph, and Personnel Today. He contributes to HRLaw.co.uk, the firm’s employment law website, and edited and produced the City HR Association's best practice guide on bullying and harassment issues. David has delivered training to the CIPD and appeared on Channel 5 News on the subject of maternity-related rights. On World Mental Health Day 2018, he spoke at an HR in Law seminar looking at how London law firms are approaching wellbeing and mental health issues.

After university, David spent a semester at law school in Houston and now regularly advises US clients with UK interests on their HR and employment matters. He trained with Nabarro, qualified in 2004 and joined Fox Williams in 2007. David was promoted to Partner in 2018.

"Provides consistently pragmatic and timely advice in a calm and reassuring way"
(Legal 500, 2019)

'Clients single out "exceptional" David Murphy'
(Legal 500, 2017)

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  • Top Ranked Chambers UK 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Ranked in Chambers Europe 2013 - Leading Individual
  • Ranked in Chambers Global 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Legal 500 - Leading Firm
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