Sarah Murray


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Sarah Murray

Sarah is head of the commercial litigation practice as well as the firm’s international practice group and deals with a wide range of commercial disputes both in the High Court and through arbitration.

Sarah trained at a City firm and joined Stevens & Bolton in 2003. She became a partner in 2013.

Her clients range from large corporates to owner-managed businesses and she provides strategic expertise and risk management advice. Her focus is on resolving disputes quickly, effectively and commercially. She regularly provides advice on contentious issues to a number of household name clients, particularly in the retail, insurance, manufacturing and healthcare sectors.

Sarah is further experienced in advising clients in relation to issues relating to or concerning fraud. She leads a cross-practice team advising clients affected by fraud and is experienced in obtaining interim injunctive relief in support of asset tracing and related litigation as well as dealing with some of the regulatory aspects of fraud work (for example advising in relation to FCA investigations).

Sarah has a wealth of experience in cross border litigation and arbitration and works regularly with lawyers and clients in other jurisdictions, either co-ordinating and leading teams of lawyers or providing support as part of a team. She has strong links with international firms in a number of jurisdictions as a result of her role on the firm’s International Practice Group (responsible for international business development and strategy) and leading the firm’s US Practice Group, managing relationships with law firms and other intermediaries across the USA.

Recent highlights include:

  • Acting for a large insurer in relation to claims against a former agent relating to the mis-selling of PPI insurance dating back to the 1980s
  • Obtaining injunctive relief for a company manufacturing components for the internet of things against a former employee and his new employer for breach of confidence and restrictive covenants
  • Obtaining Norwich Pharmacal relief and advising on claims resulting from an authorised push payment fraud
  • Advising an international manufacturer in the luxury space on the termination of its distribution agreements in Italy and Germany and managing disputes arising as a result
  • Advising a global healthcare manufacturer on a range of disputes relating to its operations within the UK
  • Acting for a subsidiary of a multi-national petroleum company in relation to its English disputes referred to arbitration
  • Acting for a multi-unit franchisee in obtaining an injunction preventing the franchisor terminating its franchise agreements and negotiating a resolution to the dispute
  • Advising a client on the regulatory implications and investigation into the collapse of a cryptocurrency exchange and allegations of fraud arising as a result

Sarah is a member of the International Issues Committee of the Law Society. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and is active in the International Division.

Sarah writes for various industry and legal publications in addition to providing comment for the national press, including The Times. 

Sarah received the Collaborative Leadership award in the Private Practice category at the 2022 Women, Influence and Power in Law UK Awards.

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