James Murray

Legal Director | London (City)

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James is an employment and higher education legal director, who advises both individual academics and academic institutions.

He has a particular expertise on the law around academic freedom and free expression on campus, on which he has advised institutions, academics, think tanks, politicians and the Government, often on complex employment and free expression issues, including both disputes and compliance matters.

He has published multiple articles on academic freedom, in addition to submissions of evidence to the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of expression, the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights, and the House of Commons Public Bill Committee in relation to the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Act 2023 (both individually and in collaboration with English PEN, one of the world’s oldest human rights organisations).

James is a Research Fellow (Law and Policy) at the University of Buckingham, and has published several academic papers on the law concerning academic freedom and free expression on campus, a topic on which he regularly speaks and has been quoted in the national press.

Media Coverage

‘James Murray is a master of the field of education law and one of the smartest lawyers with whom I have worked. His advice is characterised not only by a deep knowledge of the law, but also by a tactical deftness and shrewdness of judgment that make his advice doubly valuable. His counsel is regularly a model of clear exposition, impressive argument, and succinctness. Not a word, nor a moment of time, is wasted.’

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Experience and Qualifications

  • Qualified in 2015

Professional memberships

  • Employment Lawyers’ Association (ELA)
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