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Blake Morgan LLP

HARBOUR COURT, COMPASS ROAD, NORTH HARBOUR, PORTSMOUTH, PO6 4ST, ENGLAND
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Work 023 9222 1122
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Fax 0844 620 3404
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124490 PORTSMOUTH 9
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www.blakemorgan.co.uk

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and Commercial: Hampshire
Corporate and Commercial: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Corporate restructurings, disposals and refinancing are among the key workstreams for Blake Morgan LLP's corporate team. It has a strong reputation for work arising from the healthcare, education, technology and retail sectors. Team head James Hawkeswood focuses on handling M&A, joint ventures and private equity matters for private entities. Commercial IP specialist Sheilah Mackie departed for an in-house position at BAE Systems in 2018. In another development, corporate tax specialist Simon Court retired from private practice.

Practice head(s):James Hawkeswood

Other key lawyers:Mark Hepworth; Stephen Archibald; Mat Wilson; Gemma Spiceley; Jasmin Eames

Testimonials

'The team was totally professional, dedicated and resourceful'.

'Our deal was completed with the utmost care and attention'.

'Highly responsive'.

'The team adapts its practices to fit the needs of the client'.

'Steven Archibald instilled us with complete confidence from the beginning of the deal to the end'.

'Gemma Spicelely is calm and pragmatic - she ensured we saw our deal through to completion even when circumstances became testing'.

Key Clients

CVS Group plc

Kendalls Group

Oyster Yachts

Cornerstone Healthcare

Gresham Technologies

Be Wiser Insurance Services Limited

Harwood Wealth Management Group

Nick Farrell

Lucketts Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised CVS on the negotiation and agreement of various documents required to enable it to raise new funds worth £60m from investors on the AIM market.
  • Advised Harwood Wealth on its acquisition of AE Financial Services worth up to £6.2m.
  • Advised an AIM-listed client on its share acquisition of a Luxembourg-based technology company worth up to €8.5m.
  • Advised the shareholders of South Africa Lodge Holdings and Kitnocks Specialist Care (collectively known as Cornerstone Healthcare) on the sale of their entire issued share capital to Ignite Growth for an eight figure sum.
  • Advised Lucketts on its acquisition of Mortons Travel.
Rising stars

Gemma Spiceley - Blake Morgan LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP offers 'the superb quality standard of a City firm with a personable touch at competitive rates'. The department is divided between the Reading and Oxford offices and is 'the go-to firm' for technology transactions, including spinouts, M&A and fundraising. Sectors of expertise include healthcare, education and charities. Corporate lawyer Simon Staples specialises in M&A and disposals while commercial partners Alison Patten-Hall and Penny Rinta-Suksi are recommended for projects in IT and education sectors and advising local authorities. Elisabeth Bell is experienced in IT and procurement projects. Senior associate Timothy Coles is recommended for equity investments and IPOs on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.

Practice head(s):Simon Staples, Alison Patten-Hall

Other key lawyers:Penny Rinta-Suksi; Elisabeth Bell; Timothy Coles

Testimonials

'An excellent firm with the expertise and high quality of a City firm and yet it has a highly personable boutique feel to it. Superb attention to detail and excellent follow-through. '

'The team at Blake Morgan have expertise in their particular area of service, and provide a personable approach allowing clients to fully understand the legal terms, implications and strategies'.

Key Clients

Places for People Leisure

University of Reading

Artemis IT Solutions

Regus

Oxford Academic Health Network

Work highlights

  • Assisting the client with the development of an online platform, eMAPs,  a market access online information tool which the client wishes to commercialise. Advised on various IP licensing and commercial matters and in the formation of a commercial vehicle.  
  • Advising the client on its sale to Solid State Plc for approximately £4m.
  • Advised the shareholders of Acuity ETS and Acuity Intelligence in its sale to the world leader in eye-tracking technology, Tobii.
  • Acted for a large utility provider in its recent debt for equity conversion and private placement of a new bond issue.
Leading individuals

Alison Patten-Hall - Blake Morgan LLP

Next Generation Partners

Elisabeth Bell - Blake Morgan LLP

Rising stars

Timothy Coles - Blake Morgan LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

The corporate tax team at Blake Morgan LLP is best known for its focus on the tax-related aspects of acting for both companies and venture capitalist firms on equity fund raising and mid-tier M&A activity. The practice has a growing portfolio of public and private companies and has been increasing its involvement in cross-border deals with incoming investment from the US into the UK and Europe as well as UK’s expansion into the US. Legal director Cathy Bryant heads the practice nationwide. Senior solicitor John Shallcross is a name to note in the Southampton office. Simon Court has retired.

Practice head(s):Cathy Bryant 

Other key lawyers:John Shallcross

Key Clients

Richard Kendall and Others

Oliver Sargent

Gresham Technologies plc

Andrew Dunkerley and others

Harwood Wealth Management Group plc

Nick Farrell and others

Lucketts Holdings Limited

CVS (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Kendalls Group on its sale to Aggregate Industries for an undisclosed eight figure sum.
  • Advised the shareholders of South Africa Lodge Holdings Limited and Kitnocks Specialist Care Limited (collectively known as Cornerstone Healthcare) on the sale of their entire issued share capital to Ignite Growth for an undisclosed eight figure sum.
  • Advised AIM listed client on the share acquisition of a Luxembourg tech company for up to €8.5m.
  • Advised the management team and private investors on the sale of their shares.
  • Advised Harwood Wealth on acquisition of AE Financial Limited for up to £6.2m.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Hampshire
Commercial litigation: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's commercial litigation team focuses on the healthcare, IT, manufacturing and retail sectors, where it advises public and private sector entities alike. Practice head Jill Bainbridge is the name to note for complex IP disputes and has significant experience of working on cross-border matters. Susie Dryden, who 'picks out the key issues and gets to the heart of the matter', has a longstanding role as intervention agent for the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Legal director Michael Colledge joined from Russell-Cooke LLP.

Practice head(s):Jill Bainbridge

Other key lawyers:Susie Dryden; Ben Evans; Dan Geddes

Testimonials

'A friendly and approachable team that works well with in-house lawyers'.

'Deeply experienced and highly committed'.

'Jill Bainbridge is a stand-out partner and expert in her field. She is great with clients and always ready to discuss and progress the matter at hand'.

'Ben Evans is excellent, helpful, knowledgeable and approachable'.

'Dan Geddes succeeds in 'boiling down' his advice into clear options and a recommendation. This makes it far more straightforward for us to make the best decision and get on with running the business'.

Key Clients

Solicitors Regulation Authority

NHS England

Kerry Foods

CSC Computer Sciences

Lendy

DAS

Cigna

Sutton and East Surrey Water

Bainbridge International

IBM UK

Work highlights

  • Representing NHS England in a judicial review challenge by a provider of screening services claiming that commissioned services cannot deviate from  service specification.
  • Acted for Ace Hosting as defendant in a multi-media and copyright infringement claim regarding streaming of content.
  • Representing Shard Financial Medial as claimant in an IP professional negligence claim.
  • Advising Sutton and East Surrey Water on issues ranging from contracts and negligence to IP.
  • Advising Sail Week Croatia on a longrunning dispute with a competitor in both UK and EU IPO proceedings.
Leading individuals

Susie Dryden - Blake Morgan LLP

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Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP boasts 'one of the largest and most experienced litigation team in the South East' with a strong track record acting in corporate and commercial disputes, professional negligence, fraud and asset tracing and asset finance disputes, among others. The department also provides specialist expertise in construction, insolvency, technology and property litigation. Practice head Chris Potts is experienced in shareholder, fraud and company law disputes, and is often supported by associate Nicola Diggle , who is also active on IT and contractual disputes.

Practice head(s):Chris Potts

Other key lawyers:Nicola Diggle

Testimonials

'Blake Morgan have a very strong team and a good reputation in the Thames Valley as a result of being one of the larger firms. The size of the firm means that they have good internal capability to bring in extra resources for non-contentious matters (tax planning, for example) arising form commercial matters'

'Blake Morgan have an extremely dedicated and professional litigation team who get alongside their client through thick and thin, providing a reassuring presence but equally not shying away from giving robust advice when needed.'

'Chris Potts is an excellent and tenacious lawyer.'

'Nicola Diggle is very responsive and committed to the client's cause.'

Key Clients

Investec Asset Finance

NHS England

Miele Company Limited

Hitachi Capital UK Plc

Grant Thornton

Work highlights

  • Acted for the respondents in an unfair prejudice claim and breach of directors' duties claim brought by another shareholder of the Company.
  • Acted for Grant Thornton as the liquidator of a company in proceedings against the ex-director in a substantial fraud claim and in the steps taken to recover substantial assets totaling over £1.7m.  
  • Representing a shareholder in a complex corporate dispute with another shareholder.
Leading individuals

Chris Potts - Blake Morgan LLP

Rising stars

Nicola Diggle - Blake Morgan LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP has 'a wide ranging breadth of knowledge' in debt collection, particulaly in the vehicle finance sector, where it counts Mercedes Benz Financial Services and Toyota Financial Services as long-standing clients. The practice also has notable expertise in landlord and tenant claims, insurance debt purchase and commercial B2B debt recovery. The team, led by Sadak Miah also work closely with the insurance team to handle small claims contractual disputes and landlord and tenant repossessions. Associate Elizabeth Bowden is noted for her 'great attention and focus whilst dealing with potentially very difficult situations'.

Practice head(s):Sadak Miah

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Bowden

Testimonials

'Blake Morgan have a wide ranging breadth of knowledge and at all times consider how they can best meet their client's needs whilst collecting overdue debt in what can be difficult circumstances.'

'Sadak Miah and Elizabeth Bowden are excellent, they fully understand the client's needs in this very sensitive area. The team also keeps clients well informed and ensure that they deliver work to the highest standard using up- to-date processes and software'.

Key Clients

Mercedes Benz Financial Services

British Credit Trust

Toyota Financial Services

DAS Insurance

Work highlights

  • Acting on several debt actions and applications to the High Court for injunctions on multi- vehicle fraud cases.
  • Representing the insurer in several landlord and tenant repossession actions for policyholders. Work in this area includes the recovery of debts in the form of unpaid rent and dilapidations charges.
Leading individuals

Sadak Miah - Blake Morgan LLP

Rising stars

Elizabeth Bowden - Blake Morgan LLP

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

The banking and finance team at Blake Morgan LLP advises a mix of borrowers and lenders across various sectors including healthcare, education, retail and renewable energy, with a particular focus on the smaller and mid markets. The practice is well known for being on the lending panels of most of the UK clearing banks, as well as a substantial number of retail and investment banks. Expertise in Islamic finance and specialist asset finance advice for lenders are other areas of strength. Kath Shimmin heads the practice from Southampton. Guy Constant and Rebecca McCabe-North, who are both based in the Thames Valley offices, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Kath Shimmin

Other key lawyers:Guy Constant; Rebecca McCabe-North

Testimonials

'Always contactable, knowledgeable and keen to assist and advise.'

'An extremely competent team, capable of handling complex finance transactions.'

'Kath Shimmin is an excellent, very commercial and responsive partner.'

'Rebecca McCabe-North is excellent. Her great sector knowledge and experience, combined with her pragmatic and responsive approach, gets deals done.'

'Rebecca McCabe-North is knowledgeable, responsible and flexible.'

Key Clients

HSBC UK Bank PLC

Santander UK PLC

Coutts

Investec Bank PLC

Metro Bank PLC

Royal Bank of Scotland

Clydesdale Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken

Aldemore Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for HSBC Bank Plc on the provision of an additional funding to leading regional pump manufacturer, the Selwood Group. The funds were used to acquire the Siltbuster Group.
  • Advised a global manufacturing group based in India on English law security in connection with €700m facilities relating to multiple subsidiaries in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advised a boutique hotel chain on a secured loan facility to refinance existing borrowing and provide capital for the refurbishment and expansion of the hotel assets.
  • Advised Metro Bank on structured finance facilities to a group of companies, some of which buy residential property from owners wishing to sell quickly, and another which provided bridging loans.
  • Acted for a major UK-based utility provider on a large private placement of senior secured bond notes, the proceeds of which were used to refinance the group's existing debt obligations.
Leading individuals

Guy Constant - Blake Morgan LLP

Kath Shimmin - Blake Morgan LLP

Next Generation Partners

Rebecca McCabe-North - Blake Morgan LLP

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

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's insolvency team in Reading regularly acts for banks, landlords, investors, insolvency practitioners and directors of distressed companies on the full spectrum of insolvency work. Working with other departments in the firm, the team is able to offer an all-encompassing service to clients. Leading the team is Katie James, who was promoted to partner in May 2018. James specialises in all forms of insolvency law and has particular expertise in distressed care homes, having previously dealt with the administration of eight different care home groups, comprising at least 50 care homes.

Practice head(s):Katie James

Other key lawyers:Dan Geddes

Testimonials

'Blake Morgan are market leaders in Insolvency and Corporate Recovery in the South East. The team are able to handle complex, and high value cases with skill, efficiency, and commercial intelligence.'

'We deal with Blake Morgan primarily in their capacity as an HSBC restructuring panel law firm.'

'Dan Geddes is a stand out individual in the team. He combines an in-depth knowledge of insolvency law with a keen eye for detail and a down to earth, responsive, and pragmatic approach to resolving cases.'

'Our dealings have primarily been with the Reading office where Katie James, is first class.'

Key Clients

Gibson Hewitt

Metro Bank Plc

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Crowe Clark Whitehill

Critchleys LLP

Fieldstead Insolvency Limited

Lendy Limited

Beacon Insolvency Practitioners

McTear, Williams & Wood

Quantuma LLP

CVR Global

Work highlights

  • Instructed to act on behalf of Oyster Yachts Limited to purchase the business and assets of Oyster Marine Limited, from the Administrators of Oyster Marine Limited.
  • Instructed on behalf of Lendy Limited and Quantuma LLP to make a hostile appointment of Administrators.
  • Instructed on behalf of Begbies Traynor as proposed administrators of Bestival Limited,  Bestival Group Limited, and Camp Bestival Limited.
  • Instructed on behalf of Metro Bank Plc to carry out a security review and to subsequently appoint LPA Receivers in respect of a property which was used for both commercial and residential purposes
Next Generation Partners

Katie James - Blake Morgan LLP

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP has built up a sizeable client following among national and international clients, particularly from those in the retail and leisure, education and charities sectors. It has had a notable influx of data protection mandates recently, with practitioners advising clients on the impact of the GDPR and Data Protection Act in their capacity as employers. Corporate support work is another driver of activity. In addition, the firm distinguishes itself in discrimination cases brought in the SEND Tribunal; associate Vicky Schollar is the name to note in this space. Team head Lisa Wallis, and associates Holly Cudbill and Natalie Painter, regularly provide bespoke employment and regulatory training courses for employers and HR professionals.

Practice head(s):Sarah Peacock; Tim Forer

Other key lawyers:Lisa Wallis; Vicky Schollar; Holly Cudbill; Natalie Painter

Testimonials

'The employment team are very knowledgeable; they give you the answers you need promptly'.

'Both partners and associates are highly competent'.

'Sarah Peacock and Lisa Wallis are friendly and knowledgeably but also pragmatic; they are both risk-sensitive and balance the client's needs against potential costs'.

Key Clients

Apollo Fire Detectors

Cobham

CVS

Halma

HCL Technologies

JE Beale

PETA Limited

Park Lane Assets

Portsmouth Diocesan Trust

Portsmouth Grammar School

SPI Lasers

University of Portsmouth

Utilita Limited and Utilita Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised the trustees of a historical charity on dealing with the exit of its Chief Executive.
  • Asssisted JE Beales with the employment aspects of its acquisition of two Palmers stores in East Anglia.
  • Assisted veterinary consolidator CVS with the employment aspects of two acquisitions the firm's corporate team handled for the client in 2018.
  • Assisted Harwood Wealth Management Group by drafting complex and lengthy Consultancy Agreements between the client and senior individuals and via service companies with a particular focus on employment status.
  • Acted for The Gregg School in defending first tier tribunal proceedings involving allegations of disability discrimination made against the school for permanently excluding a pupil and for previous fixed-term exclusions.

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Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Spread out across the Oxford and Reading offices, Blake Morgan LLP's employment practice continues to retain a strong roster of corporate clients including those in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors. It has also recently won several new instructions from small and medium-sized enterprises. The firm advises  public sector institutions such as Thames Valley police, schools and universities and social housing providers. Practice head William Downing divides his time between both offices and has significant experience handling Employment Tribunal and Court claims and advising on large-scale outsourcing projects. Rajiv Joshi has expertise in complex discrimination and TUPE matters and advising in the niche areas of police and health sector workforce issues. Rebecca Ireland left for gunnercooke LLP in June 2018, Sara Thompson left for an in-house position at the University of Oxford in November 2018. Senior associate Paul Hayward joined from Royds Withy King in January 2019.

Practice head(s):William Downing

Other key lawyers:Rajiv Joshi; Paul Hayward

Testimonials

'Blake Morgan always provides excellent advise with great customer service. They have also supported with training and the feedback from these sessions has also been excellent. '

'William Downing is highly rated; he has helped my business with extremely complicated and difficult matters when issues needed escalating. He is very personable and can translate difficult areas of law into operational practice with skill.'

 

Key Clients

Grafton Merchanting GB

Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust

Oxford Pharmagenesis

Thames Valley Police

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended five Employment Tribunal claims and are currently instructed on two further claims. The team also provides continued employment support and training to managers.
  • Advised a health sector client on various employment issues, including clawback provisions on training costs, discrimination issues, TUPE, collective agreements and back pay for doctors. Also advised on a major restructuring project involving redundancies of senior members of staff and dealt with an employment tribunal claim for disability discrimination.
  • Successfully assisted to dispose of a complicated grievance relating to an employee made redundant and who threatened a high value claim for unfair dismissal.
  • Represented the police authority in three employment tribunal claims relating to allegations of disability, race and sex discrimination from police officers. Ongoing employment law advise to the in-house legal team on ad-hoc queries regarding TUPE.

Next Generation Partners

Rajiv Joshi - Blake Morgan LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

At Blake Morgan LLP, risk and compliance specialist John Mitchell’s practice involves identifying regulatory risks, proposing contractual or procedural solutions to achieve compliance and representing businesses which are under investigation or are subject to a regulatory process or prosecution. On the contentious side, senior associate Tim Williamson regularly represents corporate clients and individuals in regulatory body or police investigations.

Practice head(s):John Mitchell

Other key lawyers:Tim Williamson

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP advises trustees and employers on various pension schemes such as defined contribution scheme work, auto-enrollment and life assurance work. The practice also regularly provides technical support to specialist pension providers of SSAS and SIPP products and pensions tax issues (including international tax). Practice head John Hamilton and life assurance schemes specialist Rupert Graham-Evans also advise on pension issues in the public, charitable and social housing sectors.

Practice head(s):John Hamilton

Other key lawyers:Rupert Graham-Evans

Testimonials

'The team are responsive, approachable, pro-active and very personable.'

'John Hamilton has been invaluable to my business - he is very responsive, approachable and very thorough.'

'I rate John Hamilton as the best I have dealt with. He combines good technical input with a clear understanding of where we lay trustees are starting from.'

'Blake Morgan stands out head and shoulders in front of others.'

Key Clients

Arthur J. Gallaghers

Work highlights

  • Continues to advise this  key client on documentation issues involving their clients' group life arrangements. Recent clients include Addaction, Diabetes UK, among others.
  • Advising trustees in relation to benefit issues including equalisation of retirement ages for male and female members and also restrictions in the scheme amendment power requiring salary linkage, and most recently GMP equalisation.
Leading individuals

John Hamilton - Blake Morgan LLP

Next Generation Partners

Rupert Graham-Evans - Blake Morgan LLP

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South East: Insurance

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

Blake Morgan LLP

'One of the very best firms nationally', Blake Morgan LLP has further strengthened its 'excellent' practice group with its acquisition of BL Claims Solicitors. The seasoned team skilfully handles high-value and complex claims pertaining to cerebral palsy, brain injury, and catastrophic injury. Practice head and qualified doctor John White handles mainly large complex catastrophic injury claims, and senior associate and former midwife Patricia Wakeford is 'thorough and determined in the pursuit of claims for clients'.

Practice head(s):Kym Provan; John White; Alison McClure

Other key lawyers:Patricia Wakeford

Testimonials

'John White has a formidable intellectual mastery of the topic with real human warmth.'

'John White's experience shines through everything he does; he is extremely well organised, clear-thinking, client-focused, and keeps things moving'

'Kym Provan is gritty, persistent, and showed her mettle in a tricky long-running case.'

Work highlights

  • Represented the claimant who had a pre-existing brain injury, following a significant orthopaedic injury sustained in a fall.
  • Represented the claimant who suffered an anaphylactic reaction to the anaesthetic resulting in a hypoxic-ischaemic brain injury.
  • Represented the claimant in a delay in diagnosis of post-operative complications led to peritonitis.
  • Represented the claimant in a case of misdiagnosis.
  • Represented the claimant in a delay in diagnosis of breast cancer.
Rising stars

Patricia Wakeford - Blake Morgan LLP

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

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's personal injury practice group is adept at handling complex claims, particularly brain injury and spinal cord injury cases in a 'robust and realistic' manner. Head of the team John White has expertise in catastrophic injury claims, whilst co-head Allison McClure has a strong background in health care litigation. Senior associate Julia Prior's areas of practice include brain injury, accidents at work claims, and public liability claims.

Practice head(s):John White; Allison Mcclure

Other key lawyers:Julia Prior; James Wood

Testimonials

'Julia Prior exemplifies the calm and competent manner of this firm. She is very good at handling clients in a way that helps them understand what is going on and what they need to do, which in turn helps them maximize their claims.'

'The team is well organised, where the basic things are done right, which sounds like faint praise but isn't; it's surprisingly rare. They are a pleasure to work with.'

Rising stars

James Wood - Blake Morgan LLP

Julia Prior - Blake Morgan LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's practice is routinely involved in claimant work catering to professional services such as solicitors, property professionals and financial advisers. Headed by Richard Portlock, the team has recently acted for a client in a negligence claim against a solicitor pertaining to the latter's failure to advise on the existence of a restrictive covenant. The group has also made a number of notable recruitment, which saw Michael Colledge join from Russell-Cooke LLP, and Nichola Gordon-Jones from TWM Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):Richard Portlock

Other key lawyers:Heather Welham

Testimonials

'Richard Portlock is very experienced in professional negligence work, and guides his more junior team members accordingly and engages with counsel rather than simply relying on or deferring to counsel.'

'Heather Welham is thorough, thoughtful and intuitive in her approach to the development of litigation.'

'The team is very responsive, user-friendly and has a great rapport with clients, witnesses, and experts.'

'All members are thorough, thoughtful and intuitive.'

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP’s client base for agriculture and estate work includes families with landed estates, landowners, farmers, agricultural businesses, as well as a number of trusts, partnerships, corporate bodies, registered charities and institutions involved in the rural sector. The team specialises in succession planning, land ownership advice, planning, agricultural tenancies, taxation, financing and diversification. Oliver Sowton heads the practice. Senior associate Caroline Lindon-Morris is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Oliver Sowton

Other key lawyers:Caroline Lindon-Morris

Testimonials

'The Blake Morgan team is able to address any legal matters we encounter  which means the firm can address the legal matter without needing to go to another firm for specialist advice'.

'I enjoy working with Oliver Sowton and Caroline Lindon-Morris as they understand how we work and they always give good practical advice which enables us to move forward with property negotiations'.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

At Blake Morgan LLP, practice head Ben Brice has significant expertise advising charities and NFP organisations on mergers and partnering arrangements, joint ventures, social enterprise, income generation, governance and regulatory matters. The practice also offers additional expertise in areas such as tax and employment. Associate Kirsteen Hook is particularly well known for her work with academy trusts where she assists with conversions, new academies, transfers, restructuring and governance matters.

Practice head(s):Ben Brice

Other key lawyers:Kirsteen Hook

Testimonials

‘The team is more than helpful and always quick to respond, displaying expertise around charity law and housing issues.’

‘Ben Brice is very responsive and his knowledge of this specialist sector is second to none. His advice was very clearly given and the options, where applicable, were similarly clarified.’

‘The group, led by Ben Brice provides excellent and accurate advice, and are particularly experienced in quite complex and technical charity and company structural issues within the Trust.‘

Key Clients

Oxfam

Royal Naval Benevolent Trust

Wessex Children's Hospice Trust

University of Chichester Academy Trust

Nekton Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advised the Nekton Foundation, a deep-sea research and marine life trust on collaborative fundraising projects through corporate grants and sponsorship agreements and promotional broadcast arrangements.
  • Provided commercial advice to Winchester Housing Trust in connection to the establishment of trading subsidiary to be registered as a for-profit registered provider of social housing.
  • Advised Portsmouth Catholic Diocesan Trust on various real estate, employment, charity legacy and regulatory issues.
Next Generation Partners

Ben Brice - Blake Morgan LLP

Rising stars

Kirsteen Hook - Blake Morgan LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP handles contentious legacy matters (where it acts for national charities) and professional negligence claims in the context of succession and estates. Team head Stephanie Walls is experienced in high-value and complex Inheritance Act claims. Court of Protection work is another mainstay of the practice.

Practice head(s):Stephanie Walls

Testimonials

'Blake Morgan have a reputation for advising charities, specifically in relation to a range of matters including wills, probate and the administration of estates'.

'Blake Morgan's ability to bring in additional expertise from within the firm'rs other departments (tax planning, corporate) to resolve contentious trust matters had always impressed me'.

'Stephanie Walls and Caroline Wild were honest, knowledgeable, constructive and helpful at all times; formal advice was presented in a timely and clear manner that was suitable for the layman, necessitating little need for clarification'.

'James Grieg was outstanding in his attention to detail and willingness to listen. Arshoo Singh is tenacious and inventive; clients have confidence that she will promote their interests'.

'Stephanie Walls has lots of experience and a firm sense of how cases should be run for the benefit of her clients'.

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Family: Hampshire
Family: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

In the financial relief sphere, Blake Morgan LLP's family team handles both complex high-value cases and limited asset matters. Contested Children Act proceedings are another key area of expertise.  Practice head Simon Burge is an expert in the financial consequences of a relationship breakdown, as well as matters concerning child arrangements, including those involving international relocations. Senior associate Jennifer Williamson joined the team in October 2018 from Stowe Family Law LLP.

Practice head(s):Simon Burge

Other key lawyers:Adam Cooper; Rachel Giles

Testimonials

'Adam Cooper is incredibly sharp - a real asset to the Blake Morgan team. He lives in the real world I couldn't rate him any higher'.

'Rachel Giles was my first contact; she reassured me of my legal situation at a time when I was in great fear and guided me through my divorce'.

'The lawyers are always courteous, understanding, supportive and kind'.

'Simon Burge advised me on my very complicated divorce; he never pressed me into expensive litigation for the sake of it, and instead informed and supported me through complicated decisions'.

Work highlights

  • Represented a mother in divorce, financial and children matters with cross-border issues in Ukraine, Dublin and England.
  • Representing a wife in complex divorce and financial matters, despite relatively low assets, culminating in potential Children Act proceedings.
  • Representing father in urgent Children Act proceedings required for the return of a child who had been taken by his mother, over whom there were serious welfare concerns.
  • Representing a wife in divorce and financial matters, complicated by husband's financial affairs and disclosure of these.
  • Acting for a husband in a complex matrimonial finance matter where the main issue was conduct (dissipation of over £600k by gambling).

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Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP has expertise across the full spectrum of family law, with notable strengths in dispute resolution and mediation, including representing clients in complex and high-value divorce proceedings, often with international assets.  Mediation specialist Christine Plews leads the team which includes associates James Davies and Catherine Morgan, both of whom are experienced in high-value divorce cases.

Practice head(s):Christine Plews

Other key lawyers:James Davies; Catherine Morgan

Testimonials

Highly professional team with very good experience in handling complex divorces.

The team works well together, all members are responsive –real experts in their field.’

Very efficient, supportive and client-focused practice.

Christine Plews is highly experienced and comes across as authoritative, reassuring, calm and in control. Highly recommended for divorces and financial issues.

Leading individuals

Christine Plews - Blake Morgan LLP

Next Generation Partners

Catherine Morgan - Blake Morgan LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's succession and tax practice is led by Simon Treherne, who specialises in advising entrepreneurial private clients on business ownership issues. The 'down-to-earth' team offers a broad range of wealth protection services including tax and trust planning,  drafting of wills and corporate advice on business structuring. The group collaborates with the firm's litigation and built environment teams in relation to contentious trusts and probate and landed estate matters. Senior associate Jonathon Sleep assists individuals with mitigating against inheritance tax and care fees, and also advises on safeguards against losing mental capacity.

Practice head(s):Simon Treherne

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Sleep

Testimonials

'I had every confidence in senior associate Jonathon Sleep'.

'Senior associate Jonathon Sleep was exceptionally supportive and gave me excellent advice to guide me through a somewhat complicated situation; I was pleasantly surprised by his genuine concern for me'.

'My advisers were very pleasant and extremely knowledgeable they quickly took my concerns on board'.

'Douglas Smith was particularly impressive and exhibited a very wide and detailed knowledge of his practice'.

'Darren Price is very personable and competent'.

'Knowledgeable, experienced and empathetic with client needs'.

'Laura Richard is an an emerging talent. Helen Bunker has lots of experience and knowledge of client needs'.

'Jonathan Sleep explained things very clearly and concisely and was the perfect calm adjudicator, working with me to create a solution. He proved to be an excellent listener - truly kind and sympathetic'.

Work highlights

  • Acting for the executors in dealing with the administration of the estate.
  • Acting for the personal representative in administering the deceased's estate under intestacy law.
  • Acting as the professional executors in the administration of an estate.
  • Instructed by client to give tax planning advice.
  • Administering the estate due to complications arising from foreign assets in the estate.
Rising stars

Jonathan Sleep - Blake Morgan LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's¬†private client practice is known for its breadth of knowledge in administration of trusts and estates, wills, wealth and tax planning in addition to contentious and Court of Protection work. James Greig¬†is a ‚Äėwell-respected trusts, inheritance tax and probate advisor in the Oxford area‚Äô. Other key figures in the team include¬†¬†Robert Mulvany¬†and senior associates Kathryn Woodward, who is also a Notary Public, Kate Allred¬†and Alison Craggs¬†as well as associate Philip Allen.

Practice head(s):James Greig

Other key lawyers:Robert Mulvany; Kathryn Woodward; Kate Allred; Alison Craggs; Philip Allen

Testimonials

'Blake Morgan's private client team are technically very capable at dealing with complex situations but also friendly and approachable.

James Greig is very approachable and knowledgeable and comes up with pragmatic solutions for his clients.

Leading individuals

James Greig - Blake Morgan LLP

Next Generation Partners

Alison Craggs - Blake Morgan LLP

Kathryn Woodward - Blake Morgan LLP

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South East: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP has a notable presence in the further and higher education sectors. It also acts for independent and faith schools and multi-academy trusts. The firm's education offering is multi-disciplinary, providing expertise from all areas of the firm's wider practice. Operating out of the firm's Southampton office, Sarah Peacock is a key contact for employment matters, while Oxford-based John Deech is the name to note for property work. Employment-focused associate Vicky Schollar is considered one to watch for the future. Sheilah Mackie departed the firm in 2018. The national practice head, Matthew Smith is based in Cardiff.

Practice head(s):Matthew Smith

Other key lawyers:Sarah Peacock; John Deech; Vicky Schollar

Testimonials

'The firm has an excellent understanding of the education market.'

'In the context of education work, they are especially well placed in handling Equality Act 2010 claims.'

'I would thoroughly endorse them in this area.'

'Vicky Schollar has an excellent understanding of equality law and in all the cases we have worked together on I have been very impressed by her.'

 

Key Clients

New College, Oxford

Balliol College, Oxford

Oxford Foundation for Theoretical Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence

Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association

University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth Grammar School

Portsmouth Diocesan Trust

University of Reading

The Gregg School

Christ Church College, Oxford

Magdalen College, Oxford

Brasenose College, Oxford

University College, Oxford

University of Winchester

University of Chichester

Magdalen College School

King Edward VI School

St Swithun's School, Winchester

Capital City Academy Trust

Bourne Academy

Catch22

University of Chichester Multi-Academy Trust

St Marylebone Church of England Academy

Portsmouth Catholic Diocesan Trust

Stockley Academy

The Cherwell Academy

Winchester Diocesan Board of Finance

Solent Academies Trust

Hereford Sixth Form College

Work highlights

  • Advising New College, Oxford, on the appointment of its design team and construction contracts in relation to its proposed redevelopment of a new Quadrangle within the College estate.
  • Advising on a number of sensitive HR matters for Worcester College.
  • Providing a full legal service to Hamwic Education Trust.
  • Acted for the Gregg School in defending First Tier Tribunal proceedings involving complex and sensitive issues surrounding disability.
  • Advising the University of Reading on unfair dismissal and sex discrimination claims which have been on going for several years and involving a variety of courts at a high level.
Rising stars

Vicky Schollar - Blake Morgan LLP

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP advises healthcare providers on a wide range of matters and assists a number of large healthcare providers, including national bodies. One of the firm's key focus areas is medical technology, advising clients in the industry on commercial and IP matters. The firm also advises on large-scale transactional matters and financing work. Bruce Potter heads the team and is noted for his significant expertise and track record in procurement matters.

Practice head(s):Bruce Potter

Testimonials

'The firm always provides pragmatic advice in a timely manner.'

'Bruce Potter always responds in a timely manner and will make himself available so that he fully understands our needs as a client.'

Key Clients

NHS England and NHS Wales

University College London NHS Foundation Trust

Medical Imaging Partnerships Limited

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (all 7 Local Health Boards (Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, Cwm Taf University Health Board, Powys Teaching Health Board, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Hywel Dda University Health Board ) and all 3 NHS Trusts in Wales( Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust , Public Health  Wales NHS Trust and Velindre NHS Trust ))

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Oxford Academic Health Network

Charter Medical

Work highlights

  • Acting for NHS England in defending a procurement claim brought by AbbVie Limited relating to Hepatitis C.
  • Advising Oxford Academic Health Science Network on various issues relating to the development of the eMAPS online platform, including IP protection as well as contractual matters relating to the licensing models that could be used for the tool and revenue generation models.
Leading individuals

Bruce Potter - Blake Morgan LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP fields a strong local government team, advising a wide range of councils on various matters. The leisure sector is a focus - it advises local authorities on the development, procurement, and management agreements for their leisure projects. 'First-class practitioner' Penny Rinta-Suksi leads the regional team, and is particularly notable for her work on leisure projects and housing partnerships. Employment specialist Rajiv Joshi also acts for several local government clients on employment issues, particularly regarding discrimination and TUPE.

Practice head(s):Penny Rinta-Suski

Other key lawyers:Rajiv Joshi

Testimonials

'The team is extremely flexible and very commercially minded.'

'They understand the clients needs and challenge when appropriate.'

'Penny Rinta-Suksi understands the commercial trade-off of the legal positions and advises accordingly.'

'penny ultimately, she executes her clients instructions to perfection and always delivers.'

 

Key Clients

Reading Borough Council

Chiltern District Council

North Norfolk District Council

Fenland District Council

Thames Valley Police

Oxfordshire County Council

Tandridge District Council

London Borough of Merton

Test Valley Borough Council

Cherwell District Council

Dover District Council

Work highlights

  • Supporting Reading Borough Council on a design, build, operate and maintenance project covering four sites.
  • Supporting North Norfolk District Council on a large leisure project covering up to seven diverse sites (including one replacement new build, one new build and three dual use sites), utilising a leisure operating contract.
  • Represented Fenland District Council on a significant leisure management procurement.
  • Advising the London Borough of Merton on the successful outsourcing of its leisure services at the new Morden leisure centre.
  • Advising a local council  on the first Pasivhaus leisure centre in the UK.
Leading individuals

Penny Rinta-Suksi  - Blake Morgan LLP

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South East: Real estate

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

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's property group encompasses a new homes sales team, which is devoted to major development projects. Elsewhere, the firm has an excellent record of assisting household retailers with store roll-out and distribution centre programmes. On the financing side, it has recently seen a stream of new mandates from operators and lenders providing finance to the healthcare property and retirement living sectors. Group head Sean Palka regularly works with clients in the charity sector. Oliver Sowton's practice is focused primarily on the retail and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):Sean Palka

Other key lawyers:Oliver Sowton; Chris Dolan; Alan Harlow; Graham Bennett; Ian Howlett; Anna Larbi; Daniel Curtis

Testimonials

'A robust partner-led team that responds efficiently to client's needs'.

'Has a strong understanding of 'real life' commercial issues'.

'Always on the ball'.

'Anna Larbi is knowledgeable, proactive, collaborative and communicative'.

Key Clients

Berkeley Homes Limited

Bellway Homes Limited

Persimmon Homes

Severnside Distribution Land Limited

The Barker-Mill Trustees

Barclays Bank Plc

HSBC

Santander

Clydesdale

Nat West

RBS

Coutts & Co

Metro Bank

Shawbrook Bank

Specsavers

Beale

Premier Marinas

The Southern Co-operative

David Lloyd Leisure

Costa

Premier Inn

Department of Health

UK Space Agency

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocese

Winchester Diocesan Board of Finance

The Methodist Church

Sailors' Society

St John Ambulance

St John's Winchester

Fitzroy Support

University of Chichester Academy Trust

Kings Group Academy

Work highlights

  • Assisting Metro Bank with its UK store roll-out programme.
  • Assisting Costa Coffee with multiple store acquisitions.
  • Assisting Specsavers with all of its England and Wales property acquisitions for both the main Specsavers brand and the Newmedica brand.
  • Assisting Southern Co-op with its supermarket and convenience store acquisitions.
  • Assisting a a well-known food retailer with its ambitious store roll-out programme; exchanged and completed over 20 store transactions during the past year.

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Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP significantly expanded its real estate practice with the addition of practice head Andrew Farmery from Shoosmiths LLP and Sophie Boswell, formally  in-house counsel at DX Group, in August 2018 to add complimentary expertise to Jannicke Brar and George Panteli who joined in earlier in the year.  The group is best known for its strong work for major corporate occupiers, such as IWG plc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, in addition to advising developers, institutional investors, local government as well as household names in the health, education, technology and energy sectors. Other figures to note are Michael Ward, who leads the 'superb' real estate finance team; Oxford-based Ruth Leadbitter, Andrew Miscampbell and Dominic Elster are particularly noted for their expertise in the public sector and primary care partnerships.

Practice head(s):Andrew Farmery

Other key lawyers:Andrew Farmery; Sophie Boswell; George Panteli; Jannicke Brar; Michael Ward: Ruth Leadbitter; Andrew Miscampbell; Dominic Elster 

Testimonials

'The team gives a very good service, simply. They are responsive and make you feel like a valued client. They take the time to understand the clients' requirements and invest in the relationship. '

'Andrew Farmery and George Panteli always go above and beyond. They are extremely talented lawyers, who are committed and totally engaged. '

Key Clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Anheuser-Busch In Bev

Cellnex Limited

Canary Wharf Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised IWG on the acquisition of a lease of the Alpheus Building Finsbury Circus, London, which included agreement for leases, several complex ancillary documents and advising on the construction law aspects of major refurbishment of the building.
  • Advised Cherwell District Council on its purchase of Tramway Industrial Estate, Banbury for approximately £9m.
  • Acted for the occupier on the pre-let of office space in heart of brand new science/technology development set in the former BBC site in central Manchester.  High value deal of huge significant as HP was looking to establish a new presence in the region.
  • Represented a care home developer in series of transactions, each over £5m in value.  
Leading individuals

Ruth Leadbitter - Blake Morgan LLP

Next Generation Partners

Michael Ward - Blake Morgan LLP

Rising stars

George Panteli - Blake Morgan LLP

Sophie Boswell - Blake Morgan LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

The ‚Äėhighly attentive and supportive‚Äė construction team at¬†Blake Morgan LLP¬†is active in both corporate work and dispute resolution. In Southampton,¬†Edward McMullen¬†leads on construction and engineering transactions¬†for regional property developers and contractors, public service entities and clients operating in the financial services sector. Also based in Southampton is¬†Jessica Tresham, who represents both¬†specialist contractors and commercial entities in adjudications. In Oxford, practice head¬†Richard Wade¬†and¬†James Bessey¬†are names to note.

Practice head(s):Richard Wade

Other key lawyers:Edward McMullen; Jessica Tresham; James Bessey

Testimonials

'James Bessey and Jessica Tresham have in-depth knowledge and experience of the construction sector'.

'Jessica Tresham is a leading light in construction in the Southampton area'.

Key Clients

Southampton International  Airport Limited

New College, Oxford

Southern Water

Mytime Active Trust

Peabody Trust

Gigaclear Plc

Metro Bank Plc

Balliol College, Oxford

Work highlights

  • The team are presently advising Southampton International Airport Limited on wider issues relating to the client's Master Plan for the airport and associated enabling works.
  • Advising New College, Oxford, on the procurement approach, appointment of its design team and construction contracts in relation to its proposed redevelopment of a new Quadrangle within the College estate.
  • Edward McMullen leads a team of transactional and dispute lawyers tasked with supporting Southern Water during a critical transition period between existing and new framework contracts with their development partners.
  • Jessica Tresham has been advising the Peabody Trust in relation to its portfolio of properties following the tragedy at Grenfell.
  • Assisting new client Gigaclear Plc with various contractual issues arising from its construction of the largest fibre-optic network in the UK.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP has a strong record of acting for major housing developers on planning matters, and is also becoming increasingly active in the advice to large corporate clients, such as global food entities. The firm, which has an in-house team of planning consultants, is particularly strong in contentious judicial reviews. Guthrie Mcgruer, who leads the practice, has experience of handling statutory challenges under the Town & Country Planning Act.

Practice head(s):Guthrie McGruer

Key Clients

Euro Foods Group Limited

Welsh Ambulance Service Trust

Public Health Wales

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Oxford Preservation Trust

Cooper Estates Strategic Land Limited

Metro Bank PLC

Vitacress Salads Limited

Amber Builders Ltd

Lunar Stockton S.A.R.L.

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST) in relation to the proposed Nuclear Power Station at Wylfa Newydd in Anglesey, protecting WAST's interests in ensuring the satisfactory provision in the Development Consent Order process.
  • Acting for Amber Builders Limited on an appeal against the refusal by the Environment Agency to grant an Environmental Permit for the spreading of 47,000cu.m of soil on a former waste tip in Berkshire.
  • Acting for Euro Foods Group Ltd relating to a £7m compensation claim against Transport for London following compulsory acquisition of land for the Crossrail scheme.
  • Successfully negotiating a planning permission for Metro Bank to use a former shop unit in the centre of Oxford for their banking operations.
  • We acted for Cooper Estates as Claimant in a judicial review of the decision of Wiltshire Council to register an area of land owned by our clients as a Village Green in order to thwart development of the site.
Leading individuals

Guthrie McGruer - Blake Morgan LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP has an excellent reputation in commercial asset management, where it handles contentious property issues for clients from the banking, retail and leisure, manufacturing and public sectors. Elsewhere, the firm advises other clients on real property disputes (including overage, easement and covenant disputes) and residential landlord and tenant work. Sean Palka is the practice head. Associate Claire Hitchman has niche expertise in mooring rights.

Practice head(s):Sean Palka

Other key lawyers:Claire Hitchman

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP acts for most of the main housing associations in southern England and it also has a notable housebuilder client base. Its team has experience of advising developers on building their own estates and the sale of both private and affordable units. Elsewhere, the group is knowledgeable about governance, commercial and procurement issues, construction (both contentious and non-contentious), refinancing and charging, and social care. Practice head Sean Palka acts for residential developers on matters ranging from initial acquisitions to final plot sales. Chris Dolan advises on all aspects of land acquisition and assembly.

Practice head(s):Sean Palka

Other key lawyers:Chris Dolan

Key Clients

Radian Group

Aster Group

Vivid Homes

Network Housing Association

Peabody

Greensquare Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for a large registered provider on the acquisition of further phases of a development project from two developers for a site near Salisbury.
  • Acting for a large South Coast and West Country-based client on further phases of the regeneration of a former golf course and construction of a new village on the M27 corridor to provide more affordable housing in an area generally associated with high house prices.
  • Assisting a South Coast-based client with the acquisition of 22 affordable units from two developers for £3.5m.
  • Acting for a large South Coat and Thames Valley-based client on the acquisition of 30 separate 'street properties'.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP is notable for its work with new and growing technology businesses on issues relating to domestic and international expansion, set-up and initial contracts, and brand clearance and protection. The firm also has a significant IT litigation capability, with team leader Susan Dryden having considerable experience in IT contract disputes. On the non-contentious side Alison Patten-Hall is a key name, specialising in outsourcing and procurement issues, acting for both providers and customers and Elisabeth Bell handles a range of IT projects and data protection matters from a commercial point of view. Former practice head Sheilah Mackie departed the firm for an in-house position.

Practice head(s):Susie Dryden

Other key lawyers:Alison Patten-Hall; Elisabeth Bell

Key Clients

Neural Technologies Limited

Enterprise Architecture Solutions Limited

HP Risk Management Limited

Cubic Corporation

IBM United Kingdom Ltd

Gresham Technologies plc

Juriba Limited

Taylor Made Computer Solutions

Flight Data Services Ltd

HTEC Ltd / Universe Group plc

Work highlights

  • Assisting Oxford Academic Health Science Network with the issues around development of a website portal.
  • Providing Artemis IT Solutions with a range of services to support the growing software development business.
  • Assisted the shareholders of a technology company with the company sale and merger.
  • Advised Gresham Technologies on a Luxembourg share acquisition for this AIM listed client.
  • Supporting GKBK on various IT projects related to its development of its IT capability as a new organisation in the set-up phase.
Next Generation Partners

Elisabeth Bell - Blake Morgan LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP fields a highly rated IP group, especially its trade mark protection team which includes senior associate Ben Evans who is also a trade mark attorney. The practice acts for clients in an array of sectors including the charity, public, retail and leisure areas, servicing clients on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious matters. In addition to brand protection, it advises on  copyright disputes and reputation management. The team is headed by Jill Bainbridge who handles contentious cases as well as trade mark prosecution work. Sheilah Mackie departed the team for an in-house position.

Practice head(s):Jill Bainbridge

Other key lawyers:Ben Evans

Testimonials

'The quality of their advice is on par with London firms and their fees are significantly lower.'

'They have a very pragmatic approach to tackling legal issues.'

'They are very friendly, professional and responsive.'

Key Clients

Kerry Group PLC

Charles Tyrwhitt

Trussell Trust

Wiggle

Feelunique

Be Wiser Insurance Services Limited

Nokia

Clarins

Transport for Wales

Sutton and East Surrey Water

Work highlights

  • Providing a full range of brand protection services to Be Wiser Insurance Services including trade mark prosecution and enforcement  in the UK and EU and at the EU Board of Appeal.
  • Advising Wiggle on global brand protection and enforcement, including managing global trade mark portfolios and advising on Canadian infringement issues.
  • Acted for GB Lacrosse in a trade mark dispute with a competing body and secured a favourable settlement.
  • Providing brand clearance, protection, and prosecution advice to publishing start-up Salad Pages.
  • Acting for Ace Hosting in a high-profile, online streaming case and negotiated a settlement favourable to the client.
Leading individuals

Jill Bainbridge - Blake Morgan LLP

Rising stars

Ben Evans - Blake Morgan LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP is most notable for its work on reputation management matters, often acting for clients in defamation cases. The firm also has key sector expertise in both the arts - advising on a range of disputes - and publishing, where it advises on ethics, libel, and defamation. Jill Bainbridge heads the team, while senior associate Ben Evans is particularly adept in reputation management work concerning the internet and social media.

Practice head(s):Jill Bainbridge

Other key lawyers:Ben Evans

Testimonials

'The team is very pragmatic in terms of delivery of legal services'

'They provide cost effective services without compromising quality'

'They are very friendly, professional and responsive'

Key Clients

Kerry Group PLC

Charles Tyrwhitt

Trussell Trust

Wiggle

Feelunique

Be Wiser Insurance Services Limited

Nokia

Clarins

Transport for Wales

Sutton and East Surrey Water

Work highlights

  • Advising start-up publisher Salad Pages on branding
  • Acting for defendant Ace Hosting in high-profile streaming case, securing a settlement favourable to the client.
  • Advising leading insurer Be Wiser Insurance Services in relation to a range of brand and reputation management issues.

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