David Murphy


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)

Read more of my articles:

GIR Practitioner's Guide to Global Investigation: Employee Rights: The UK Perspective

Dos and don't when recruiting

Ask Auntie - TUPE/Collective Redundancies

All change please - top tips on changing terms and conditions of employment

Shared Parental Leave: Calculating Entitlement

Share purchases and TUPE

Dealing with interim relief applications: An employer's guide

TUPE changes 2014

Probationary periods - are they worth it?

HR Law TUPE Survey Results

Can unenforceable restrictive covenants be rendered enforceable by an employee's promotion?

Disciplinary and dismissal cases update

Objecting to TUPE transfers

"Spare some change?" Recent case law on amending terms and conditions

The Agency Workers Regulations - what are they all about?

Employment Tribunal Changes - What's Happening?

The abolition of the Default Retirement Age - HR's silver bullet to improve performance management

Abolishing the Default Retirement Age

Dismissing quickly with little or no process

Top Tips for Dealing with Employment Tribunal Disclosure

The twelve cases of Christmas