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Moore Blatch LLP

GATEWAY HOUSE, TOLLGATE, EASTLEIGH, SO53 3TG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 023 8071 8000
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Fax 023 8033 2205
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38507 SOUTHAMPTON
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www.mooreblatch.com
London, Lymington, Richmond, Southampton

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire
Corporate and commercial: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Moore Blatch LLP (Southampton)

Excellent on every level’ according to clients, the team at Moore Blatch LLP advises lenders and businesses on data protection matters, private equity investments and shareholders agreements. It advised Adapt Services on its sale to a US purchaser, which involved assisting with the associated warranties and structuring of the transaction. Other highlights included acting for Ardbid on the £57m divestment of its Trustmarque Solutions division to Capita and advising the same client on the £43m sale of Liberata to Outsourcing UK. Other highlights included assisting the shareholders of Opus Telecom and its subsidiary Phipps Communications with the restructuring and sale of the latter to NIX Communications Group. The practice is also able to leverage the firm’s tax and employment teams where necessary. Blue Chip Data Systems, Liberata and Tilney Bestinvest Group are all clients. Roger Bailey leads the practice and specialises in joint ventures as well as M&A work. He is assisted by John Warchus, who focuses on commercial IT and IP matters; Peter Jeffery, who ‘works unbelievably hard and has a very good relationship with his clients’ and is an expert in corporate finance; and Jeremy Over, who is adept at handling capital markets work.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP (Southampton)

Moore Blatch LLPis very commercially aware and tailors its advice with maximising net recoveries in mind’. During 2016 the firm advised a number of clients on debt recovery matters for mortgage repossessions, unpaid invoice claims and cross-border litigation for unpaid sums. The firm also advises on insolvency matters and pursuing credit card debts for lenders. Clients include Moreton Smith, Bank of China and United Utilities. Mark Osgood heads the department, which includes Lisa Saxby; both are ‘technically excellent and commercially astute’, according to clients. Other key figures include Peter Worrall and Susannah Marsh, who ‘provide clear, thorough and concise advice’, and Sarah Watley.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP (Southampton)

Moore Blatch LLP’s insolvency and corporate recovery team has particular expertise in advising banks, crowd funders, directors and practitioners on claims against insolvent borrowers or guarantors and negligent lenders and bankruptcy advisers. Other strong sectors include transport, marine, IT, leisure and healthcare. Team lead and insolvency litigator Mark Osgood is based in Southampton, together with associate solicitor Lisa Saxby (who is also known for working on director disqualification matters), asset recovery expert Peter Jeffery and associate restructuring solicitor James Allen. Osgood and Allen represented Smith & Williamson as administrators of peer-to-peer lending platform Funding Knight Holdings regarding the latter’s £1.75m refinancing, while Jeffery handled the reorganisation of the Ardvarna Investment Capital company group, including several members’ voluntary liquidations and the termination of the main company and its subsidiary Ardbid. The team has also previously represented Moore Stephens, Liberata, Begbies Traynor and Chantrey Vellacott.

Next generation lawyers

Lisa Saxby - Moore Blatch LLP

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP (Southampton)

Moore Blatch LLPhas very good industry knowledge and responds quickly to a crisis’. The practice works closely with the firm’s corporate and commercial team for matters, such as assisting Drake & Morgan with the employment law aspects of its share purchase agreement following its acquisition of Corney & Barrow Bars. Other areas of expertise include employment termination matters, restricted covenant disputes and discrimination mandates. Department head Katherine Maxwellis technically strong and able to apply commercial understanding to projects’; she is ably supported by media and advertising employment matters specialist Naomi Greenwood. Paul Whitaker retired in May 2016.

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Moore Blatch LLP (Southampton)

At Moore Blatch LLP’s ‘exemplary and dedicated’ clinical negligence department, the ‘outstanding lawyer and critical thinkerTim Spring has a specialty for encephalitis cases, while the team also handles other infectious brain diseases, neurosurgery and cerebral palsy. Spring, who leads the practice, is recommended for his ‘tenacity’ and ‘dogged pursuit of even the most contested cases’. ‘Excellent’ neurological injury lawyer Sarah Stanton’s ‘understanding of clinical negligence work is second to none’, while the ‘impressive’ Mala Sidebottom, who is a dual-qualified anaesthetist and focuses on obstetrics and epilepsy cases, is described as ‘a real fighter for her clients’. Maya Sushila brings experience in cauda equina matters, while Victoria Hydon works on inquests and diabetical complications. Also recommended are the ‘persevering and determined’ Anne Cassidy, who is dual-qualified and focuses on neurological injury, and the ‘hardworking’ Paul Kingsley, who is an expert in acute disseminated encephalomyelitis and vasculitis. Other services provided in conjunction with this department include healthcare, community care (via Paula Barnes, who has expertise in cancer misdiagnosis and gynaecological claims) and education law. Senior solicitor Sarmad Gassoub joined from Kingsley Napley LLP in October 2016.

Next generation lawyers

Maya Sushila - Moore Blatch LLP

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Moore Blatch LLP (Southampton)

The Southampton-based personal injury practice of Moore Blatch LLP handles a variety of matters involving catastrophic brain, spinal cord, psychological injuries as well as amputation cases and fatal accidents. Practice lead Damian Horan also advises on jurisdictional issues and acts as a professional deputy for clients. He represents a client who sustained a severe brain injury as well as several orthopaedic injuries in a road traffic accident; the defendant had been driving the vehicle in which the claimant had been sitting at the time of the incident. Matthew Claxson joined from Slater and Gordon in November 2016.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP (Southampton)

Moore Blatch LLP has significant expertise handling complex group actions arising from secured lending, and retains a strong base of lender clients. The firm also advises on actions against solicitors, valuers, high street banks and public bodies, and has strong experience across the construction, professional services, real estate and financial sectors. Recent work includes acting for an individual in a claim for losses arising from negligent advice from former solicitors who had advised the client on complex divorce proceedings. It also represented various football leagues in a £6m claim concerning a negligent valuation of a business. Key practitioners include Mark Osgood, who is noted for his expertise in actions arising from tax mitigation schemes and insolvency, and Rob Evans, who handles financial mis-selling claims.

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP (Southampton)

The ‘experienced and highly professional’ team at Moore Blatch LLP provides ‘a great level of service’, and is ‘commercial, responsive, sure-footed and client-focused’. The practice advises on all aspects of rural business, including agricultural trusts and taxes, farm and land acquisitions, tenancy advice and estate management. The team has notable expertise in acting for landowners in land sales to developers, and also receives strong mandates from the housebuilding sector. Practice head Edward Whittington is ‘reasonable, commercial and sensitive to client needs’, and Philip Whitcomb is also recommended.

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Family: Hampshire
Family: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Moore Blatch LLP (Southampton)

Moore Blatch LLP fields a ‘top-drawer’ family practice that is praised for its ‘good commercial acumen and eye for detail’. The practice is well-versed in wealth protection matters, including cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements, financial remedy arrangements and commercial asset management issues, drawing on the expertise of the firm’s strong corporate and commercial teams when necessary. It also has extensive expertise in private law children matters, particularly concerning contested proceedings and matters involving either national or international relocations, and is recommend for cases that intersect with tax and trusts mandates. Clients include high-net-worth individuals and agricultural business owners. Debra Emery leads the team in Hampshire and is ‘thorough and robust in her negotiations, whilst being pragmatic and collaborative in seeking solutions’. She is an expert in business asset management during divorce settlements and is an accredited collaborative solicitor and mediator. Clients also single out matrimonial finance specialist Katy Barber, who ‘is a reliable and thoughtful adviser’.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Moore Blatch LLP (Southampton)

Moore Blatch LLP is ‘excellent on all fronts’. Tax planning, including succession matters and inheritance tax advice is an area the firm excels in; it also regularly handles probate issues and matters involving vulnerable or mentally incapacitated persons. The team also advises international clients on tax planning, offshore assets and investments into UK assets among others. Practice head Carla Brownhas a good knowledge of the topic and presents articulate and relevant options’. She is assisted by senior solicitor Philip Whitcomb, who is noted for his ‘friendly but professional approach’, the ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ Tom Lacey, Fiona Heald, who is a key contact for Court of Protection work. Barry Adamson, joined in December 2016 as head of private client from Irwin Mitchell. Joyce Bradbeer retired.

Leading individuals

Carla Brown - Moore Blatch LLP

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South East: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 4

Moore Blatch LLP (Richmond)

Moore Blatch LLP has recently handled a number of High Court and Court of Appeal cases in relation to special educational provisions, and has notable expertise in Judicial Review applications against local authorities arising from failure to make appropriate provisions for SEN children. The group also advises parent and guardian organisations on the effective application of litigation to ensure the best level of educational provision following the SEN reforms. Tim Spring is the key name to note.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Moore Blatch LLP (Southampton)

Moore Blatch LLP has ‘a long history of successful work in the healthcare field’, making it ‘an excellent choice for dealing with all types of cases’. The firm regularly advises on challenging decisions made by public bodies and on refusal of medical care and services, and also assists individuals with applications for continuing care from the NHS and local authorities. The team also has strong expertise in housing issues, particularly with regards to specially adapted social housing, and regularly advises on disability discrimination matters. Paula Barnes has solid experience in administrative and public law matters, and assists a number of high-profile charities and education centres with regards to community issues. Tim Spring is the name to note for clinical negligence cases, and Trevor Sterling specialises in accidents resulting in major trauma.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Hampshire
Commercial property: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Moore Blatch LLP (Southampton)

For some, Moore Blatch LLP is ‘head and shoulders above the competition’. The firm has a fine reputation for freehold and leasehold acquisitions, plot developments and planning matters for commercial developers, lenders and banks. The firm advised Greenham Common Community Trust on the £5m sale of a leasehold interest to Nationwide, and assisted Drake & Morgan with on property issues arising from its acquisition of shares in Corney & Barrow Bars. It advised the same client on acquiring a lease for two Manchester venues. Relcap Developments, Foreman Homes and Churchill Retirement Living are also clients. Mike Wilson heads the real estate practice, which includes Luc Algar who is ‘like a business partner for clients and always thinks of the long-term relationship’; land development expert Martin Duck; and land acquisition specialist Charles Cantoni. The firm saw two new partner hires in 2016: planning expert Bernard Ralph joined from GCL Solicitors (Gellhorn Cooney Laugharne), and property finance expert Lee Edwards joined from Irwin Mitchell.

Next generation lawyers

Luc Algar - Moore Blatch LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP (Southampton, Whiteley)

At Moore Blatch LLP, Sarah Watley specialises in asset recovery litigation, commercial and residential possession claims, as well as debt recovery and professional negligence claims on behalf of major insurers and mortgage providers. The group also advises on commercial landlord and tenant disputes, and undertakes repossession litigation nationwide for its extensive list of lender clients. Highlights included representing Commercial First Business in a claim for the recovery of monies for outstanding mortgage payments.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP (Richmond, Southampton)

The ‘high-quality’ practice at Moore Blatch LLP handles IT supply and services contracts, outsourcing, and matters arising out of corporate transactions, among other work. Dorothy Agnew is advising longstanding client Bytes Software Services on contracts relating to the provision of third-party cloud technology and software to its clients, while ‘sound adviserJohn Warchus and corporate partner Peter Jeffery advised the management at Ardbid on several matters connected to the £57m sale of Trustmarque Solutions to Capita, which included transitional IT service agreements and negotiating terms. On the disputes side, the firm has experience in technology, software development and breach of contract matters. Atmel Corporation, GFG Education and babylon are also clients.

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