Giles Murphy

Head of Professional Practices, Head of Business Interests

Areas of expertise

Audit; regulatory advice; financial advice; strategic advice to professional services firms.


Giles advises professional businesses regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Solicitors Regulation Authority, Intellectual Property Regulation Board and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. His clients range from specialist niche partnerships to large international firms. He has advised on many financial issues including incorporation, funding mergers and acquisitions, and strategic advice.

Giles is a member of Smith & Williamson’s Group Executive Committee with responsibility for the business lines providing professional services, including audit, to corporate clients. He is also head of professional practices.

Notable achievements

  • Acting for the partners of Russell Jones & Walker on the disposal of their business to Slater & Gordon.
  • Advising on a number of high-profile mergers between professional practice firms.

Professional qualifications/memberships

Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a former Committee Member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners.

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