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Moore Blatch LLP

GATEWAY HOUSE, TOLLGATE, EASTLEIGH, SO53 3TG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 023 8071 8000
Fax:
Fax 023 8033 2205
DX:
38507 SOUTHAMPTON
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Web:
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

The lawyers at Moore Blatch LLP are 'exceptionally professional, commercial in approach' and 'always provide exceptional value'. Roger Bailey leads the group and has a wealth of experience in M&A, MBOs, joint venture and private equity matters with a focus on the telecoms, technology and financial services industries. The 'disarmingly sharp' Peter Jeffery, who has 'acute  attention to detail and is incredibly fair and balanced', has notable expertise in the technology and telecoms space. Dorothy Agnew is 'a pleasure to deal with' and has 'an exceptional understanding of the commercial aspects in the technology sector.' John Warchus and Jeremy Over are also key members of the team. Clients include Bytes Technology, Blue Chip Data Systems and Inframon.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP is valued for its 'excellent response times, technical expertise and commercial approach tailored to the size of the debt'. Mark Osgood heads a team where 'the knowledge throughout is very good with no weak links'. Peter Worrall, who provides 'clear and succinct advice', is supported by Lisa Saxby and Rebecca Chaplin, while litigators Sarah Watley and Robert Evans are other key names. In addition to handling matters such as trade and real estate-related debt, the team also advises creditors and debtors on insolvency matters. Its clients are drawn from the banking and finance, automotive, professional services and utility sectors.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP's insolvency team 'always replies promptly to emails, gives sound advice and is very supportive in challenging circumstances'. 2017 saw the arrivals of partner Heather Dobson, who combines 'excellent insolvency knowledge with empathy and an ability to achieve results', and 'natural problem solver' Rebecca Chaplin from Coffin Mew LLP, adding expertise in non-contentious work, as well as the education, leisure and charity sectors, to Mark Osgood's existing team. Other specialist areas of the practice include the representation of banks and crowd-funders against insolvent borrowers, negligent lenders and other professionals, as well as contentious bankruptcy proceedings and insolvencies in the marine industry. In a recent highlight, the team acted for Portland Business & Financial Solutions as administrator of Lavant House School Educational Trust, formulating the strategy of the proceedings and a court application. Osgood and associate Lisa Saxby represented Moore Stephens as administrator of Stay in Style in a highly disputed proceeding worth £2m to £3m. New clients from 2017 include Ashtons Business Recovery, BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency and McTear Williams & Wood.

Next generation lawyers

Heather Dobson - Moore Blatch LLP

Lisa Saxby - Moore Blatch LLP

Rebecca Chaplin - Moore Blatch LLP

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP

The team at Moore Blatch LLP is 'very knowledgeable, commercially focused and makes themselves available at short notice'. It is headed by Katherine Maxwell, who is 'very practical, a steady pair of hands and always mindful of the risk to the business'. The team handles a  broad range of employment matters in conjunction with the corporate group as well as HR advisory work and contentious matters, such as boardroom disputes and high-value terminations of employment. Stephanie Bowen 'stands out' for her quick responses and ability 'to evaluate all possible scenarios' and associate Emma Edis is 'very knowledgeable'. Naomi Greenwood, who 'a strong negotiator', splits her time between the London and Richmond offices.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP fields a 'solid' health and safety practice has a wealth of experience handling high-profile accidents and fatalities on behalf of insurers and companies. It is particularly noted for defending commercial clients in fatal and serious injury cases related to the transport, waste, manufacturing and construction industries. David Thompson heads the practice and regularly acts for companies and individuals facing charges related to health and safety, environmental, transport, corporate crime and professional misconduct. Other key figures include associate Amy Cameron, who regularly represents clients in magistrates, crown court and public inquiries before the traffic commissioner.

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South East: Insurance

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

Moore Blatch LLP

The 'thriving' clinical negligence practice of Moore Blatch LLP meets a 'consistently high standard with thorough and thoughtful work' and consists of 'highly qualified and experienced individuals'. Its range of expertise includes obstetrics, cauda equina, cerebral palsy, infectious brain diseases, neurosurgery, amputations and endocrinological conditions. The team can also refer individuals to the integrated healthcare, community care and education law teams concerning catastrophically injured children matters. Noted members include 'efficient' practice lead Tim Spring , 'intelligent and organised' cauda equina solicitor Maya Sushila and 'outstanding' partner Paula Barnes, who is 'in a league of her own in terms of the affection of her clients, her ability to turn around the most difficult cases and her ability to engage with experts'. In Richmond, clients further recommend partner Sarah Stanton, who 'is an excellent representative and leaves no stone unturned', as well as senior solicitor and 'safe pair of hands' Sarmad Gassoub and associate Mala Sidebottom, who 'has great empathy with clients and a good medical background'.

Next generation lawyers

Maya Sushila - Moore Blatch LLP

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

Moore Blatch LLP

The 'exceptional' Moore Blatch LLP is 'one of the best firms in the region dealing with spinal cord injury work, achieving some outstanding results in this area'. Other key areas of activity are brain, eye and brachial plexus injuries, as well as severe burns, amputation, loss of limb and fatal claims. In a highlight of 2017, senior partner Damian Horan, who has 'exceptional professional knowledge, competence and compassion', represented a claimant who sustained severe brain, orthopaedic and facial injuries after being hit by a car when she was crossing the road via a pedestrian crossing. Clients further recommend head of major trauma Trevor Sterling, who stands out for his 'good judgement and ability to immediately identify the necessities of a claim', partner Matthew Claxson, who is noted for his 'great attention to detail', and 'good communicator' James Glasper . Associate solicitor Martin Usher joined from BL Claims Solicitors in May 2017.

Leading individuals

Damian Horan - Moore Blatch LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP is 'an excellent regional firm' which provides 'an overall level of service that is of a very high standard; the practice's depth of knowledge, quality of work and client relationships are very impressive'. Practice head Rob Evans is noted for his 'superb advice - he works exceptionally hard to achieve successful outcomes in complex cases'. Evans has particular expertise in claims arising from tax mitigation schedule, financial mis-selling, and matrimonial proceedings. His recent work includes acting in a claim arising from negligent advice by the client's former solicitors during their divorce proceedings. Also recommended are Mark Osgood ('an experienced, knowledgeable lawyer with a strong litigation capability'), who is noted for his track record in claims with an insolvency element; associate Andrew Reid, who regularly handles financial mis-selling claims; and Marina Clinnick, who handles claims relating to defective tax advice, negligent conveyancing, and acting for lenders in claims relating to defective security.

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP fields a 'very knowledgeable' rural services team that provides 'good, honest advice, delivered with impartiality and that can be trusted as correct'. Headed by Edward Whittington ('pleasant to work with, able to navigate his way through any problem, and with integrity by the bucketload'), the practice handles the full range of agricultural law matters, with an emphasis on assisting landowners with the sale of land to developers. Other areas of work handled by the team in 2017 included agricultural tenancy advice, tax and trusts advice, employment advice, and inheritance tax succession issues. Philip Whitcomb and Sarah Jordan are also recommended.

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Family: Hampshire
Family: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP's team¬†can handle the full spectrum of family law matters, including nuptial agreements and broader wealth protection where corporate and other assets are involved and is increasingly advising on overseas assets. It is also well regarded for its private children practice and has a strong collaborative and mediation offering.¬†Debra Emery¬†heads the team and has expertise in both matrimonial finance and children issues as does associate Katy Barber,¬†who is ‚Äėutterly calm and unflustered and with excellent judgement.‚Äô¬†Jan Galloway, who¬†is increasingly assisting with family assets located overseas, is ‚Äėexcellent at client relationships; very good at looking at the big picture and is skilled at mastering complex factual cases‚Äô.

Next generation lawyers

Katy Barber - Moore Blatch LLP

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

Moore Blatch LLP

Barry Adamson heads the team at Moore Blatch LLP, which has expertise in administering estates with assets in overseas jurisdictions, complex wills and trusts, and tax planning. It undertakes the full range of tax and private client matters including succession planning, wealth protection and trust work together with related tax advice and areas such as care fees planning. Carla Brown is a noted senior partner. Fiona Heald leads the Court of Protection team; associate Alison Lloyd is head of probate and associate Philip Whitcomb acts for rural and farming clients. The team has recently made several new hires including Roger Crouch, Aimee Dooley-Cox and Benjamin Williamson; the trio joined in July 2017 following the firm's merger with Calvert Smith and Sutcliffe.

Leading individuals

Carla Brown - Moore Blatch LLP

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South East: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP has niche expertise in assisting parents and families with issues concerning children with special educational needs, and has a track record of involvement in a number of landmark High Court and Court of Appeal cases. The education team works closely with the firm's personal injury, clinical negligence and community care teams to ensure children with special educational needs are identified early and supported in appropriate areas. Erin Smart heads the team and has a track record in SEN tribunal claims. Clinical negligence practice head Tim Spring is also recommended.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP's 'excellent' healthcare practice is praised for its 'very good, sound understanding of this complex area of law' and its willingness to go 'above and beyond in providing holistic advice to clients'. The practice acts for individuals and their representatives in issues where they require access to health and social care services from the NHS or local authorities. The 'absolutely excellent' Paula Barnes heads the practice and is noted for her track record in administrative and public law matters, as well as for her advice to charities and education centres. Tim Spring Is the name to note for clinical negligence matters. On the up-and-coming front, Mea Fyfe is 'an excellent lawyer who goes above and beyond for her clients'.

Leading individuals

Paula Barnes - Moore Blatch LLP

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South East: Real estate

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

Moore Blatch LLP

The team at Moore Blatch LLP covers all aspects of land development and commercial and residential property encompassing property finance, investments and landlord and tenant transactions. In one highlight, it advised Churchill Retirement Living on numerous contracts, which were conditional on planning and options for site acquisitions. It also acted for a private investor on the letting of a prime West End retail and office development property, a matter which included the letting of the offices as the London headquarters of a global fashion brand and subsequently selling the property to a foreign investor. Mike Wilson is the head of real estate and Martin Duck leads on land development work. Other highly regarded practitioners include Julian Parkes, Luc Algar and Richard Hughes, who is based in the London office and joined in November 2017 from Boodle Hatfield LLP, is noted for his 'tenacity'.

Leading individuals

Luc Algar - Moore Blatch LLP

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP¬†‚Äėprovides good, commercially relevant advice to clients in a wide range of circumstances‚Äô. Practice co-head Dorothy Agnew¬†possesses ‚Äėexceptional understanding of both the legal and sector-specific commercial aspects in the technology sector‚Äô and is ‚Äėa pleasure to deal with‚Äô. Agnew advised IT services and solutions provider Blue Chip Data Systems on a number of agreements with its customers, including one with top insurance company SunLife, and advised online retailer Mobile Phones Direct on a number of major network dealer agreements with EE, Vodafone and O2. Fellow co-head John Warchus¬† is ‚Äėalways able to help out a client and provide clear, understandable advice‚Äô. Warchus has notably handled a range of projects for specialist healthcare company Proton Partners International, including the negotiation of a master services agreement for the supply of specialist hardware and software with Philips and a collaboration agreement with the University of Liverpool in relation to cancer treatment. Agnew and Warchus are assisted by associate solicitor Sarah Crookall¬†and solicitor Jasnoop Cheema.

Leading individuals

Dorothy Agnew - Moore Blatch LLP

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