About Me

I am the head of the Intellectual Property Group for the Middle East offices and a partner in the International Commercial Group. I've practised in the UAE since 2006 and I'm ranked in IP Stars, Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal for my commercial and intellectual property experience.

I advise our clients on intellectual property, commercial, corporate and general litigation matters relating to their operations in the UAE and the wider Middle East region. This covers matters such as IT, IP, trademark protection, franchising, and commercial licensing of intellectual property, media, healthcare, consumer protection and regulatory issues. I particularly specialise in franchising, distribution and supply agreements having acted for some of the world largest brands when licensing their intellectual property in the Middle East.

My professional memberships include INTA, the American Bar Association as well as a number of UAE, UK, USA, and Australian business associations. I'm also a member the Franchising Committee of the International Bar Association. I also regularly write chapters for legal text books such as the Franchise Law Review, the Life Sciences Reviews, the Franchise Law Journal, the IBA's newsletters and Middle East journals and I'm regularly invited to speak at events throughout the GCC.


  • Queensland University of Technology, Master's, Law
  • Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor's, Law


  • Law Society of Queensland, Australia in 2003
  • Solicitors Regulatory Authority (UK) in 2013
  • Dubai Legal Affairs Department (UAE) in 2008
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Melissa Murray knows a thing or two when it comes to extracting maximum value out of IP assets. The department head "has a positive attitude, is consistently responsive and a real pleasure to work with'.

WTR 1000 2020

Melissa Murray is commended by peers for her non-contentious IP practice. According to one client, Melissa Murray is 'very helpful from a commercial perspective'. She is particularly noted by peers for her wide-ranging franchising experience, and additionally advises international clients on rebranding exercises and filing applications.

Chambers Global 2020 - IP

Melissa Murray has a very good understanding of the laws in the Middle East and the commercial practicalities of the Middle East. She very promptly responds to queries and is readily available.

Legal 500 EMEA 2020 - IP

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