Helen Murphie - London Employment Lawyer | Royds Withy King

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Helen Murphie


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Helen is a partner in our Employment & HR and Immigration teams in London. She advises on a wide range of employment law matters and has a particular specialism in discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistle blowing claims in the Employment Tribunal, acting for senior and high net worth individuals and companies. Helen is recommended by the Legal 500, where she is recognised as being “extremely knowledgeable” about employment law (Legal 500 2016).

Helen’s professional advice and personal counsel were invaluable during a very difficult time for me. I really appreciated the extra effort that she made to talk to me ‘out of hours’, as and when circumstances required, and for her resilience and constantly positive approach during my case.

C Twamley

About Helen

Helen is a tough negotiator in settling complex claims on good financial terms under settlement packages. Her commercial clients include IT and software firms, food and fashion retailers, international galleries and banks.

Helen also provides legal advice on all aspects of business immigration, from sponsorship, applications under the Points Based System (PBS) and entry into the UK outside of the PBS including business visas and Representatives of Overseas Business visas. Helen can also assist with indefinite leave to remain, residence card and naturalisation applications.

Helen joined the legal profession after a change of career from journalism and has built a reputation for herself in discrimination law following her success in a number of high profile employment cases.

Helen’s work highlights include:

  • Age discrimination and unfair dismissal claims: John Wooster v Tower Hamlets Council. Mr Wooster won his claims for unfair dismissal and age discrimination after the council unlawfully made him redundant prior to his 65th birthday to avoid incurring substantial pension costs. The council unsuccessfully appealed the decision at the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Helen successfully negotiated a settlement in this case.
  • Age discrimination and unfair dismissal claims: Walsh v Tewkesbury Borough Council. Helen successfully negotiated a settlement package on behalf of Mr Walsh after he won his claims in the Employment Tribunal. He was unlawfully made redundant to avoid pension costs.
  • Disability discrimination, unfair dismissal, and breach of the part time workers’ regulations claims. Helen successfully acted for a cancer sufferer who was dismissed on the spot after being told that her part time working arrangement was no longer working for the business.
  • Wendi Lancaster vs Fidessa Plc (2015): direct and indirect sex discrimination, sexual harassment, unfair dismissal and breach of the part time workers’ regulations claim for a working mother who was forced into redundancy.


Helen is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association.


It is important for clients to see and feel that you are fighting their corner, and, of course, succeeding. I make sure that I know my case inside out to get the best possible outcome for my clients, whether in court or out.

Helen Murphie

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