Murray L. Murphy, QC, CPHR


“Everyone talks about rock these days; the problem is they forget about the roll.”
- Keith Richards


What do the practice of law and rock n’ roll have in common, you may ask.  Those who excel have keen instincts, a good ear, and an uncommon touch. 

There is more to being a good lawyer than analyzing facts and applying legal principles. Clients want answers and need solutions to problems. Understanding a client’s needs and relating to people are essential.  This is where Murray excels – looking at the big picture, overcoming obstacles, and figuring out common sense solutions.


Murray practises labour & employment and workplace human rights law.  He represents leading institutions and businesses in a variety of sectors, including education, medical services, construction, primary resources, IT, governments and media; providing strategic advice and counsel.

Murray is committed to solving problems.  He gives clients straight answers in respect of legal challenges they face, and he offers practical, common sense advice to help clients overcome hurdles in their paths.

Murray has extensive experience in Labour Relations Board matters, employment standards proceedings, human rights complaints, and grievance arbitrations.  Murray is also a certified Canadian Human Resources Professional. He represented one of PEI’s largest private sector employers in one of the longest and most significant proceedings to ever come before the PEI Labour Relations Board.  He has served as counsel on numerous human rights cases, including a recent case of national importance, on behalf of a large institutional employer.

Murray is a labour relations arbitrator, appointed by the PEI Minister of Labour, and has presided over several labour arbitrations.


  • Labour and Employment
  • Workplace Human Rights


Prince Edward Island, 1996


Law Society of Prince Edward Island


University of New Brunswick, LL.B., 1995
University of New Brunswick, B.A. (honours), 1992
Certified Canadian Human Resources Professional




  • Member, Partnership Board, Stewart McKelvey, 2015 to present
  • Member, Prince Edward Island Rules of Court Committee, 2016 to present
  • Firm practice group leader, Labour & Employment, Stewart McKelvey, 2013 to 2014
  • Member, Mayor’s Task Force on Arts and Culture for the City of Charlottetown, 2012
  • Labour & Employment practice group lead (Prince Edward Island), Stewart McKelvey, 2011
  • President, Law Society of Prince Edward Island, 2011 to 2012
  • Chair, National Administrative Law Section, Canadian Bar Association, 2011 to 2012
  • Past course leader, Administrative Law, Law Society of Prince Edward Island Bar Admission Course, 2009 to 2014
  • Member, Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee to the Federal Minister of Justice, 2006 to 2009
  • Member, Canadian Association of University Solicitors
  • Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
  • Member, Fundraising Committee, East Coast Music Awards 2011
  • Political commentator, CBC Prince Edward Island Television and Radio




Employment Law
Labour and Employment


  • Recipient, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service, 2012
  • Best Lawyers, Labour and Employment Law, 2017-2019


  • Author, Another Last Goodbye: The Life and (Near) Death of Mandatory Retirement in Canada, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers Annual Conference, Montreal, QC, September 2014


  • Crisis Management, Atlantic Association of Universities, Halifax, NS, June 2017
  • Performance Management, HRANS Law Seminar, June 2017
  • Crisis Management (with Maureen Ryan and Brian Johnston, QC), Stewart McKelvey Universities Seminar, March 2017
  • Panelist, Labour & Employment Principles Every Practising Lawyer Should Know, PEI Law Society / CBA PEI, January 2016
  • Restrictive Covenants & Confidentiality Agreements: You Can't Always Get What You Want, Insight Workplace Discipline & Terminations Conference, Halifax, NS, September 2014
  • Another Last Goodbye: The Life and (Near) Death of Mandatory Retirement in Canada, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers Annual Conference, Montreal, QC, September 2014
  • Today's Critical Issues in Employment Law (with Stephen Carpenter, CPHR), Institute of Professional Management, Halifax, NS, October 2013
  • When Employees Bite Back: How Dismissals and Resignations Become Dangerous and Costly, Insight Employee Terminations Conference, Halifax, NS, September 2012
  • Organizer, moderator and host, Administrative Law Boot Camp, Canadian Bar Association, PEI Branch, Charlottetown, PEI, June 2012
  • Labour & Employment Law: Current Issues and Trends (with Stephen Carpenter, CPHR), Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia, Charlottetown, PEI, 2011
  • Organizer, host, moderator and presenter, Stewart McKelvey Post-Secondary Institutions Client Seminar, October 2011
  • Moderator, Panel on Standards of Review, Canadian Bar Association National Administrative, Labour & Employment Law Conference, Ottawa, ON, November 2010
  • Panelist, Multi-Jurisdictional Administrative Tribunals ("Super Tribunals"), Canadian Conference of Administrative Tribunals Annual Conference, 2009

65 Grafton Street
P.O. Box 2140
Charlottetown, PE, Canada
C1A 8B9

P 902.629.4558
F 902.566.5283
C 902.626.9652

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