Adam Murdoch

Senior Associate | Reading

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Adam is an experienced Senior Associate. He advises businesses and individuals throughout the UK on a full range of employment and related issues. Prior to joining Doyle Clayton, Adam worked at another specialist employment law firm.


Recognised by the legal directories as a leading employment lawyer, listed as a “Key Lawyer” in The Legal 500 and both a “Notable Practitioner” and an “Associate to Watch” in Chambers & Partners, UK Guide 2022. Comments and feedback include-

  • "Adam Murdoch is extremely thorough, always goes the extra mile and provides clarity so that you can understand why to act in a certain manner." (Chambers and Partners)
  •  "He is astute and insightful in his legal assessments and always good at communicating where we stand."  (Chambers and Partners)
  • “He will go into great detail and will ensure we understand the implications of an action or understand what our options are. Adam would often send us documentation / leaflets / invitations to webinars that would be useful for us as a company to ensure we are always kept up to date” (Legal 500)


Work for employers

Adam works with HR teams, in house lawyers and senior management at a wide variety of organisations. These range from FTSE 100 companies through to privately held businesses and a number of overseas companies with operations in the UK. Areas he typically advises on include: defending Employment Tribunal claims, new employee hires and terminations, redundancy projects, changes to terms and conditions, conducting internal investigations, enforcing restrictive covenants, incoming regulatory development such as furlough leave and IR35 as well as the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (“SM&CR”). 


 Recent examples of his work for employers include-

  • Advising a subsidiary to a global bank for a number of years on day to day employment matters as well as defending numerous Employment Tribunal claims. These have included claims for disability discrimination, sexual harassment and unfair dismissal.
  • Advising a privately held company defend a union backed worker status group action.
  • Acting as part of a team of investigators, investigating allegations at a high-profile company in the tech sector.
  • Advising a provider of office space on a large redundancy project and the termination of employment of a number of its senior executives.
  • Advising a FTSE 100 company for a number of years on around 10 or so separate Employment Tribunal claims.


Work for employees 

Adam provides support to individuals, usually employees, but also to directors, consultants and LLP members. This includes advice on entry into an employment contract, disputes arising during employment such as challenges to bonuses or equal pay, as well as negotiating successful exits.

Recent examples of his work for employees include-

  • Successfully obtaining an unfair dismissal finding for a former employee of a leading academic institution.
  • Negotiating “Good Leaver” status under a Long Term Incentive Plan (“LTIP”) for an employee accused of gross misconduct, which was extremely valuable in the circumstances.
  • Advising a departing employee on the terms of his restrictive covenants and the subsequent establishment of his business.
  • Obtaining a substantial judgment against a company arising from representations made by an employee of the company, who had acted with the apparent authority of the company.
  • Obtaining many six figure settlements for individuals against current/former employers, often without the need to issue litigation.


Experience and qualifications -

  • Qualified in September 2014
  • Specialist in Employment Law since 2014
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