Clare Murphy Principal Associate

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1999 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  Birmingham

Secondary office:  London

Clare Murphy

Clare is a Principal Associate within our Commercial Dispute Resolution Group based in Gowling WLG's Birmingham office. With over 15 years of experience, Clare can advise on a wide variety of general commercial disputes but also focuses on disputes with a technology bias, including licensing and outsourcing disputes. 

Other areas of expertise are wide-ranging and include:

  • data protection/data breaches;
  • breach of confidence;
  • directors' duties;
  • shareholder disputes;
  • anti-bribery and corruption and modern slavery measures. 

Whilst focused on reaching a commercial and pragmatic solution where possible, Clare is a keen proponent of mediation.  However, with extensive experience of litigation (both in the High Court and the County Courts), she is well-placed to ensure that the full range of options can be explored with the aim of achieving her client's objectives.  

With extensive experience of investigating insolvent companies, bringing winding up proceedings in respect of live companies and pursuing directors' disqualification proceedings on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Clare is also well placed to advise on insolvency-related issues, including the responsibilities of office-holders and directors, and has substantial corporate investigative experience.


  • advising a leading provider of technology and outsourcing services in relation to a dispute relating to outsourced services, culminating in a successful mediation outcome;
  • advising a leading national retailer in relation to a dispute relating to under-licensing concluding in a negotiated outcome minimising exposure to additional licensing costs;
  • assisting a provider of technology services in the negotiations for the finalisation of licensing terms;
  • representing a public body in the course of proceedings taken to prevent the dissemination of confidential information, including securing an urgent interim injunction;
  • advising an international not-for profit organisation in relation to appropriate anti-bribery & corruption procedures to be followed;
  • advising a global provider of engineering design services in relation to a dispute with its group companies;
  • assisting a property development company in the course of resolving a dispute, thereby facilitating payment of outstanding fees.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2016

    • Career
      July 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Principal Associate
    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Senior Associate
  • 1999

    • Career
      December 1999
      Wragge & Co LLP, Solicitor
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1997

    • Career
      October 1997
      TLT Solicitors, Trainee Solicitor
    • Education
      October 1997
      University of West England, Diploma in Legal Practice
  • 1995

    • Education
      October 1995
      Lancaster University, LLB (Hons)