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.

"Franchise Leader of the Year", Arab Franchise Awards, 2023
'Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)', ALB Middle East Law Awards 2022 & 2023
'Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year', Legal Era Middle East Law Awards 2021-22


  • 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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Winner of "Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year" award

Legal Era Middle East – Legal Media Group 2022

Winner of "Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)" award

Asian Legal Business Awards – Thompson Reuters, 2022 & 2023

Sources consider Melissa Murray to be an "expert in franchising agreements" who "works both with franchisees and franchisors and will always give well-informed and broad opinions on any legal question.'

Chambers Global, 2021

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