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Eleanor Murray

Head of Enfranchisement and Residential Disputes

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Eleanor Murray is a partner and heads up our enfranchisement and residential disputes team.

She is an expert in all aspects of residential disputes, specialising in enfranchisement, residential service charges and right to manage instructions where her primary role is as the principal legal advisor to The Wellcome Trust Limited (“Wellcome”).

Eleanor has significant experience advising in relation to the 1987 Act Rights of First Refusal and Estate Management Schemes. She also acts for other residential landlords in Prime Central London, including The Portman Estate and a subsidiary of Derwent London as well as investors and large institutional clients such as RBS, Legal & General, Pocket Living, M&G, Prudential UK Real Estate Limited, National Grid and the BBC Pension Fund. 

Prior to joining CMS in June 2013, Eleanor spent 7 years in the real estate disputes team at Speechly Bircham LLP where she acted for the Howard de Walden Estate and RBS. She trained at Jeffrey Green Russell providing Eleanor with a strong litigation background.

Eleanor is recognised as a leading practitioner in enfranchisement and is highly regarded within the Residential Property and Enfranchisement field. She was voted Young Professional of the Year at the 2014 Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards and was Highly Commended for Solicitor of the Year at the awards in 2019. She was also listed in the News on the Block 100 most influential people in residential property 2015-2018. Chambers 2015 Directory says “Eleanor Murray is exceptionally knowledgeable on enfranchisement” and she is described as “an acknowledged star in the Enfranchisement firmament” where she has developed a comprehensive network of enfranchisement professionals.

She sits on the ALEP Advisory Committee (Enfranchisement industry body) and is a member of the Residential BPF Board Committee and was invited to join the Law Commission’s advisory committee established to consult on the proposed reform in enfranchisement. 

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Relevant experience

  • Wellcome’s case on relativity heard in the Upper Tribunal in early 2016. This was one of the biggest cases in enfranchisement in the last decade, the outcome of which has had a significant impact on the valuation of leasehold residential property.
  • Wellcome, the first London estate where long leases of flats and houses have  reached contractual expiry. Formulating a strategy for dealing with expiry, a challenge rarely encountered by landlords until now and successfully managing the myriad of enfranchisement issues that arise.
  • A subsidiary of RBS on tenants’ rights of first refusal under the 1987 Act in respect of the disposal of a £210 million residential property portfolio.
  • A right to manage strategy policy designed to tackle issues raised by the RTM legislation. This considers the practical impact on a freeholder’s ability to enforce covenants, defend itself from criminal prosecution and ensure compliance with health and safety legislation.
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  • Eleanor is co-authoring a legal text book on the Right to Manage.
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  • 2001 - Law LLB Honours, University of Sussex, Brighton 
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