Arabella Murphy

Director  |  Propitious (London) Ltd

England and Wales (non-practising)


Family governance/succession planning
Risk planning
Mediation/alternative dispute resolution


Strategic Advice & Mediation


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

I’ve been doing pandemic related planning, looking at the purely practical risks - who’s on the board or the bank mandate, and who has enough knowledge to step in at short notice if anyone falls ill. And I’ve enjoyed helping families who are taking this time to look at the future differently - resolving disputes, or finding a plan to make their business or trust work more smoothly.

How did you get into private client?

I qualified into Private Client at Allen & Overy and became a partner there, then in 2009 I helped set up Maurice Turnor Gardner. I specialised in UHNWI work throughout.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Listen to what the client is really asking you: not for evidence of your technical knowledge, but for your judgment, to give guidance on what he/she should do.

What is your favourite quote?

"I don't want a lawyer to tell me what I can't do; I hire him to tell me how to do the thing I want to do," JP Morgan.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

In normal times, I love the theatre, skiing and travel. This year, I’ve enjoyed gardening, bike rides and walks on our (very empty!) local beach. The nicest thing about 2020 has been finding a greater appreciation of small treats.

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

I split my time between London and Sussex. In London, my favourite restaurant is Taberna Etrusca in Bow Churchyard for its delicious Italian food. In Sussex, it’s Billy’s on the Beach - an old lifeboat station serving great seafood.