Ex-Fox Williams partner creates Docklands firm

A former Fox Williams partner has set up an innovative employment practice in Canary Wharf with the aim of acting for companies and partnerships based in the Docklands.

Clare Murray, who left Fox Williams in February last year for a 12-month sabbatical, has launched the firm in the wake of a raft of new employment legislation and several high- profile cases.

CM Murray, as the firm will be known, will provide both employment and partnership law advice, as well as HR and PR consultancy support to large companies, senior executives, professional partnerships and partners.

“It’s a slight risk because we’re a little ahead of the market, but so far the reaction has been fabulous,” said Murray.

The firm currently employs one HR consultant, one PR consultant and two employment law trainers. Murray is planning to bring in more employment lawyers later this year.

She added that Fox Williams and new neighbour Clifford Chance had been very supportive of her move.

Last week (22 March) also saw the relaunch of the City employment and immigration boutique Aldridge Parker by founding partner Helen Parker. Earlier this year, she and fellow former Bird & Bird partner Corinne Aldridge split up, with Aldridge joining employment boutique Archon.

Parker’s new venture is named Parker & Co, and all three of Aldridge Par- ker’s assistants are joining the firm.