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Blake Morgan LLP

SEACOURT TOWER, WEST WAY, OXFORD, OX2 0FB, ENGLAND
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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

Blake Morgan LLP has 'an excellent range and depth of team knowledge and good commercial understanding' according to clients. One of the largest teams in the South East, it is equipped to handle the full range of corporate and commercial work and private equity investments. It can also draw on its specialist expertise in areas including franchising, restructurings, acquisition finance and capital markets. It attracts clients ranging from SMEs to AIM and publicly listed companies in diverse sectors such as healthcare, education, technology and retail. James Hawkeswood heads an 'outstanding' team that includes 'outstanding negotiator' Mark Hepworth, who is 'diligent, knowledgeable and professional with great pragmatism'. Stephen Archibald and Simon Treherne are other core team members together with 'experienced and trusted adviser' Gemma Spiceley and Jasmin Eames, who is 'excellent on detail and holding people to account'. Mary Chant  joined Thrings LLP in June 2017.

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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 has a strong reputation for servicing technology transactions out of the firm’s Oxford and Reading offices, including spinouts, M&A and equity/debt fundraises. Simon Staples joined the team in April 2017, having previously headed the equity capital markets team at Ashfords LLP, and specialises in advising high-tech companies. Staples and Guy Constant acted for Medical Imaging Partnership in its acquisition of the MRI business of Nuada Medical Specialist Imaging, including the transaction’s ancillary equity fundraising issues, while Staples and Mark Hepworth handled Swanton Holdings (Jersey)’s £40m sale of Swanton Care & Community to an Apposite Capital SPV buyer. Alison Patten-Hall heads the firm’s commercial offering, working for public and private sector providers on a range of commercial projects, including IT and outsourcing projects. One recent highlight on this front saw Stephen Tainsh and legal director Elisabeth Bell advise Utilita Energy on a range of commercial projects relating to the provision of utility services to consumers. Significant new client instructions have been received from Nutriment, Label Express and Teathers Financial. Penny Rinta-Suksi splits her time between Reading and Oxford; associate Tim Coles and consultant Dionne Simpson are other key figures in the practice.

Next generation lawyers

Elisabeth Bell - Blake Morgan LLP

Tim Coles - Blake Morgan LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

The corporate tax practice at Blake Morgan LLP provides '100% commitment to clients - the team is always available and completely "on it", ensuring all the small print is read, understood and challenged where necessary'. Headed by Simon Court, the practice's 'deep sectoral knowledge' extends to recruitment, education, healthcare, medical devices, charities and retail. It regularly handles equity fundraising matters for venture capitalists; management incentive agreements; tax structures for investment funds; corporate reorganisations, including stamp duty issues; and commercial property projects for developers, farmers, local borough councils and social housing landlords. It has been highly active in transactional tax matters; Mark Hepworth ('an outstanding negotiator - diligent, knowledgeable, pragmatic and negotiator') acted for the founders of TTC Group, a provider of road user and cycling education courses, on its sale to a management team backed by Palatine Private Equity. In another highlight, James Hawkeswood acted for Ground Control Holdings on the acquisition of the Litterboss Group.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Hampshire
Commercial litigation: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

The 'excellent' Blake Morgan LLP fields a substantial team of litigators, with the team recently handling judicial reviews and Supreme Court cases. It serves local, national and international clients in an array of sectors on matters ranging from contractual breaches and construction-related disputes to negligence claims and IP cases. In a recent highlight, it is defending NHS England after it refused to approve a medical service for treatment of cranial tumours. Jill Bainbridge leads the team, which includes Richard Portlock and   Susie Dryden, who have 'high-level expertise and vast experience', and senior associate Dan Geddes, who joined from Lester Aldridge LLP in March 2017.

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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

The team at the 'very reputable' Blake Morgan LLP handles complex and high-value commercial disputes for international and national corporations, with a broad range of specialisms including fraud and asset tracing, asset finance disputes and warranty claims. Practice head Chris Potts continues to defend Transworld Payment Solutions UK and its liquidator in proceedings filed in Curaçao by its former parent company First Curaçao International Bank (FCIB), assisting with securing evidence relating to fraud, corresponding with authorities in the UK, France and Holland, and co-ordinating litigation in two jurisdictions. Construction partner James Bessey has been advising Haribo on a series of disputes arising from the construction of a £92m factory facility, with mediation on the matters anticipated. Senior associate Nicola Diggle has been acting for a shareholder in a nationwide coffee bar chain in relation to an unfair prejudice claim being brought by another shareholder of the company. Clients include Investec Asset Finance, Miele and Grant Thornton. Also recommended are Stephanie Walls and senior associate Stephen Schneider].

Leading individuals

Chris Potts - Blake Morgan LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LL

Blake Morgan LL is outstanding for debt recovery and related litigation. Although it acts for clients in a wide range of industries, it is particularly well known for handling high-value work in the automotive sector and undertakes a considerable volume of litigation for insurance companies. The highly regarded Sadak Miah has considerable expertise in the area and 'a high degree of integrity while dealing with potentially very difficult situations'. Elizabeth Bowden is another key team member and has 'good technical capabilities' and 'will go the extra mile' for clients. Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, British Credit Trust and Toyota Financial Services are some of its key clients.

Leading individuals

Sadak Miah - Blake Morgan LL

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Headed by Kath Shimmin, Blake Morgan LLP's practice has the critical mass across the South East to provide clients, which include institutional lenders and major corporates, on a wide range of financing transactions. Particular areas of strength include providing asset finance advice to car finance companies, leasing companies and aircraft manufacturers; advising on loan funds, including handling regulatory issues; and real estate finance. Recent highlights include advising HSBC on an $18.5m term loan facility for the management buyout of car parts manufacturer China Tools, which was secured across subsidiaries in the UK, Hong Kong, China, Turkey and the USA. Steve Cole led on that matter and is singled out for his track record in shari'ah-compliant financings; he recently acted for the borrower on a commodity murabaha facility arranged with Bank of London and the Middle East to finance the development of retirement accommodation in London. Guy Constant is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Guy Constant - Blake Morgan LLP

Kath Shimmin - 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 'provides an extremely efficient service with a quick turnaround and a sensible commercial approach in pursuing claims and securing the client's objectives as quickly and cost-effectively as possible'. The practice covers corporate and personal administrations, liquidations, bankruptcies, receiverships and voluntary arrangements, as well as transactional and advisory matters. The lawyers have experience in the construction and real estate, healthcare, leisure, retail, technology, utilities and motor sectors. In a recent highlight, the team represented RSM Restructuring Advisory as proposed administrator of online poker companies PKR and PKR Technologies in claims brought by the online platform provider which acted as creditor, and in the sale of the database, software and IP rights. Other key clients include Critchleys and Begbies Traynor. The noted individuals are 'excellent litigator' and senior associate Katie James, who 'has the gravitas and commercial sense of a partner', and senior chartered legal executive Claire White. James leads the team from Reading and Oxford. Senior associate Dan Geddes joined the Southampton office from Lester Aldridge LLP in March 2017. Partner Chris Potts in Oxford specialises in High Court fraud and corporate litigation matters.

Next generation lawyers

Katie James - Blake Morgan LLP

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South East: Human resources

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

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP¬†provides ‚Äėvalue for money' and a¬†'practical‚Äô service, led by the head of the firm‚Äôs employment, pensions, benefits and immigration team,¬†William Downing.¬†Clients of the practice include Oxford BioMedica, Brasenose and Worcester Colleges, Oxford, and Keyzone Computer Services. Downing primarily works out of the firm‚Äôs Oxford office, while spending some time in Reading, and assists a number of large Thames Valley-based corporates including Grafton, Cobham and GreenSquare Group. Downing advised Medical Imaging Partnership on the removal of its chief executive alongside the ‚Äėexcellent, confident‚Äô Rajiv Joshi,¬†dealing with sensitive internal issues and liaising with the client‚Äôs private equity investors. Joshi‚Äôs client base ranges from key technology sector clients, including NTT Security and Inmarsat, to clients in the health and social care sectors and local and police authorities. Rebecca Ireland¬†operates alongside Joshi in Reading and focuses her attention on the technology and education sectors. Ireland also assists the Thames Valley commercial and insolvency teams, primarily on TUPE-related issues, and is the firm‚Äôs client relationship partner with the University of Reading. Associates Rhiannon Jenkins¬†and Vicky Schollar¬†are rising stars.

Next generation lawyers

Rajiv Joshi - Blake Morgan LLP

Rhiannon Jenkins - Blake Morgan LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's health and safety clients include a number of UK and European businesses, for which it handles a significant amount of non-contentious work in addition to more conventional civil and criminal litigation. The practice is also on the panel of two legal expenses insurers. John Mitchell, Tim Williamson and Simon White are the key figures in Southampton - they link up with practitioners in the firm's Wales office to handle regulatory investigations, provide post-incident reviews, and advise on issues arising from historic practices that might give rise to future liability for occupational illnesses such as asbestos-related diseases.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

The ‚Äėvery responsive team‚Äô at Blake Morgan LLP¬†is ‚Äėexcellent in all areas, very responsive and always has good advice‚Äô, while being ‚Äėpunctual in all work and quick to react to short-term issues‚Äô. The team advises a mixture of trustees and employers, and has its own independent professional trusteeship service. The ‚Äėpersonable, responsive and practical‚Äô John Hamilton¬†leads the practice; he is assisting SAS International on an ongoing basis in relation to its closed defined benefit pension scheme and has been acting for Olivetti on various matters, including a project to correct its pension benefits and a feasibility study for a buy-out of scheme benefits with an insurance company. The team‚Äôs longstanding relationship with AJ Gallagher, handled primarily by legal director Rupert Graham-Evans,¬†allows the team to service wider benefits considerations including healthcare trusts and life assurance documentation work. Legal director Adrian Lamb¬†and senior associate Sean McNulty¬†are other key team members.

Leading individuals

John Hamilton - Blake Morgan LLP

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP continues to handles a range of professional negligence matters across an array of professions, including acting on behalf of lenders in claims regarding over-valuation; disputes involving pension schemes and trusts; claims against solicitors and financial advisers; and disputes related to residential property redevelopment. Richard Portlock heads the team and regularly acts for companies, trustees, not-for-profit organisations and individuals in cases involving solicitors, property professionals, financial and pension industry advisers, and insurance brokers. Other key figures include senior associate Dan Geddes, who joined in 2017 from Lester Aldridge LLP, and Stephen Cannell. Karl Cameron joined Trethowans LLP.

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's team handles the full gamut of agricultural law issues for national and local clients including families with landed estates, landowners, farmers, agricultural businesses and a variety of trusts, partnerships, corporate bodies and institutions involved in the rural sector. Areas of expertise include tax and trust advice; strategic planning and restructuring; advice relating to renewable energy projects; assisting with employment issues including contract farming agreements and farm business tenancies; rural land issues, including equine property; and advising farmers and rural landowners on development issues. Oliver Sowton heads the practice, which includes Caroline Lindon-Morris.

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

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP acts for a wide range of charities, not-for-profits and social enterprise programs, including the RSPCA, Oxfam and British Red Cross, on M&A transactions, issues arising from creating and amending Royal Charters, and restructuring charitable groups and trusts, among other matters. It also acts for a number of Diocesan authorities, including Portsmouth Catholic Diocesan Trust, for which the team recently handled a large-scale academy conversion project. Other highlights included advising Portsmouth Sailing Trust on a proposed merger with the Simpson Sailing Foundation, and assisting The Sailors' Society with a range of governance, commercial and fundraising matters. Ben Brice heads the team following Christopher Williams' departure to Geldards LLP.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's practice handles a range of disputes, including contentious legacy matters on behalf of national charities, Inheritance Act claims involving estates worth in excess of £1m, and Court of Protection work involving children, young adults and elderly clients. Stephanie Walls heads the team and brings more than 30 years' experience handling contentious probate matters.

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Family: Hampshire
Family: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP¬†has extensive experience in resolving the financial consequences of relationship breakdowns, especially concerning high-net worth cases involving business and land owners, where it is able to call upon the firm's wider tax, corporate and real estate expertise as needed. It employs alternative dispute resolution means such as mediation and arbitration and also handles children-related disputes and domestic violence. The ‚Äėknowledgeable and responsive' Simon¬†Burge¬†provides ‚Äėgood, pragmatic advice‚Äô and Rachel¬† Giles¬†and associate and trained mediator Sarah¬†French¬†are also key members of the team.

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

Blake Morgan LLP

The team at Blake Morgan LLP¬†provides ‚Äėan excellent overall level of service‚Äô. Head of practice Christine Plews¬†is a ‚Äėvery experienced and dedicated family lawyer‚Äô, who ‚Äėalways strives to achieve for her clients‚Äô. Plews is recognised for advising high-net-worth individuals on divorce and cohabitee disputes and business asset division, as well as cross-border cases relating to children or multi-jurisdictional assets. Senior solicitor Laura Bennett¬†‚Äėlistens well, is empathetic, very knowledgeable, and a very good person to have on your side‚Äô, and senior associate Catherine Morgan‚Äôs ‚Äėprofessionalism is exceptional‚Äô. Senior associate James Davies¬†joined at the end of 2017 from Field Seymour Parkes LLP.

Leading individuals

Christine Plews - Blake Morgan LLP

Next generation lawyers

Catherine Morgan - Blake Morgan LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's projects practice provides 'a very good service - response times and value for money are particularly strong areas'. Headed by Penny Rinta-Suksi (who 'knows her subject area well and provides proactive and commercial advice'), the practice has an extensive track record handling leisure, housing, health and education PFI and PPP projects, as well as advising on secondary market work. Recent highlights include acting for Places for People Leisure on the development of new software with its software partner to enable better tracking of users of the client's leisure facilities; and advising Fenland District Council on a leisure management procurement for four sites, which is being undertaken under a PPP solution. Other key figures include Stephen Tainsh, who is noted for his healthcare-sector expertise, Bruce Potter, who advises a number of public-sector entities, and Simon McCann, who splits his time between Reading and Cardiff and has more than 20 years' experience advising local government and public-sector bodies.

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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 is, according to one client, 'the leading firm in our area when it comes to large and complex cases' and provides an 'exemplary' service. The team has notable expertise in wealth protection and its clients range from private individuals, business owners, including farming and landed estate owners, to families and executors. The team has considerable experience in probate, trust administration, Court of Protection and tax matters and is able to draw on the firm's wider real estate, family and commercial expertise when required. Helen Bunker heads the group together with Simon Treherne, who combines 'great knowledge with being balanced and objective and very on the ball'. Other key names include Douglas Smith, who is 'a true expert with a helpful attitude'; director Jessica Wiltshire, who has 'deep knowledge in the areas of wills, trusts, and all associated tax planning'; associate Darren Price, who combines 'professional skill with a kind' manner; and senior associate Jonathan Sleep, who joined from Coffin Mew LLP and is noted for his 'excellent legal insight and for being very good with clients'.

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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¬†handles a broad range of succession and tax services out of its Oxford office, assisting clients with inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning, high-value estate administrations, and complex will drafting, and advising owner-managed businesses on the link between their business interests and family affairs. The team also specialises in applications for grants of representation. James Greig¬†specialises in trusts, high-end probate and inheritance tax planning, with niche areas of specialism including section 11 IHTA maintenance trusts and advice on the restructuring and termination of trusts. ‚ÄėVery thorough and efficient‚Äô associate Alison Craggs¬†leads the Oxford wills team, while senior associate Kate Allred¬†and associates¬†Philip Allen¬†and Kathryn Woodward¬†are other important team members. Solicitor Robert Mulvany¬†recently joined from Morrisons Solicitors LLP.

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South East: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP fields a 'very accessible and personable' education team that is noted for its willingness to accommodate clients, 'even when time is scarce and the need is urgent'. The firm's clients include a number of Oxford colleges, for which it handles a range of matters, including recently negotiating and redrafting an agreement with an outside education organiser for use of an Oxford college, and redrafting agreements for student accommodation. The practice also acts for a number of other universities, including Cambridge and Reading, for which it handles governance, administration, and charities regulation, among other matters. Sheilah Mackie in Southampton acts for a number of higher education clients and educational bodies. Also recommended are employment specialist Mike Wilson and commercial property expert John Deech, both based in Oxford.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's clients include NHS trusts, social enterprises, GPs and health regulators, which the healthcare team advises on the full spectrum of matters including procurement, competition issues, joint ventures and inquests. Bruce Potter is the key figure. Gayle Curry joined BrookStreet des Roches.

Leading individuals

Bruce Potter - Blake Morgan LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP provides 'an exceptional service' to clients, who single the firm out for its 'in-depth knowledge of the local government sector and precise, accurate and prompt responses to queries'. Penny Rinta-Suksi's team handles a range of public and private sector work, including leisure and housing projects, joint ventures, urban regeneration, procurement and construction. Clients include an increasing number of London authorities, as well as unitary and district councils such as Cherwell, Stratford Upon Avon and Exeter City councils. On the leisure development front, the practice advised Exeter City Council on the first Passivhaus leisure centre in the UK, and advising Fenland District Council on a leisure management procurement project for four sites, including one newbuild project. Other key figures include associate Jennifer Sore, who 'provides excellent service and is very knowledgeable of all areas of local government work'.

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 acts for house builders and asset managers and acts for an impressive number of clients in the retail, public and charities sectors. Regional regeneration programmes, landlord and tenant issues, and property finance are other areas of expertise. The team is acting for Metro Bank on a range of freehold and leasehold acquisitions and counts Berkeley Homes, Bellway Homes, Costa Coffee and Premier Inns among its clients. Sean Palka leads the team; Christopher Dolan focuses on residential developments; and Oliver Sowton's expertise spans commercial developments and landlord and tenant matters, particularly in the retail and leisure sectors. Dan Curtis and Alan Harlow are other key practitioners. John Russell and Andy Peck have retired.

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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

Ruth Leadbitter¬†heads the team at Blake Morgan LLP,¬†which is recommended for ‚Äėa great overall level of service and knowledge‚Äô and providing advice ‚Äėwith a commercial view in mind‚Äô. The healthcare, science and technology, energy, central and local government, and development sectors are particularly important for the practice. Leadbitter is particularly experienced in the public sector and acts for clients from the healthcare and local, central and devolved government sectors, with one ongoing matter seeing her advise Harwell Innovation Centre on the continuing development of its science park. Andrew Miscampbell¬†is known for his experience in the healthcare and renewable energy sectors, with key clients including Barclays Bank and MedicX/Octopus. Michael Ward¬†advises numerous medical practices on all aspects of surgery development and assists healthcare developers with the provision of care home facilities, while senior associate Deryn Bassett¬†is well regarded for her expertise in the energy sector, particularly with respect to coal and gas power projects. Paul Brame¬†left the team to join Pitmans LLP.

Leading individuals

Ruth Leadbitter - Blake Morgan LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

'Excellent on all counts', Blake Morgan LLP's construction practice has 'knowledge and experience of construction law that is second to none; advice provided is always appropriate and specific to the needs of the client, and the team has great strength-in-depth'. It acts for public and private sector purchaser and contractors across a number of sectors, including retail and leisure, energy, health, local and national government, banking and education. Non-contentious highlights included acting for Bouygues UK on the reconfiguration of its contracting supply chain following its acquisition mod Leadbetter Construction and Denne Construction, and advising Victoria Quay Estate on the proposed development of a 400-berth marina in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, which involved negotiating a suite of construction consultation appointments along with other construction issues arising from the ongoing development. On the disputes side, the practice is acting for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council in a series of issues and disputes arising from the Pennine Reach project, which formed part of the transport infrastructure improvements as part of the Northern Powerhouse, including the termination of the original contractor and issues relating to alleged defamatory statements. Richard Wade heads the team, which includes James Bessey, Catherine Melis and Jessica Tresham.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP attracts praise for providing 'practical advice based on an in-depth understanding and appreciation of legislative issues'. The planning practice acts for a growing number of large corporate clients, including global food producer Kerry Foods, and has a particularly strong reputation for handling judicial review work. Recent highlights include acting for Kerry Ingredients in negotiating an agreement with Network Rail related to a compulsory purchase order affecting land adjacent to and forming part of the manufacturing area operated by Kerry, resulting in the withdrawal of objections to the order by Kerry. It also acted for Vale of White Horse District Council on s106 agreements related to two major housing developments, and assisting BT offshoot Telereal Services with residential unit scheme in Ealing which was the subject of a complex s106 agreement involving connection to a borough-wide heating source network. Guthrie McGruer heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Guthrie McGruer - Blake Morgan LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP fields a team of 'very professional, client-oriented and focused' construction specialists who provide 'swift and positive outcomes'. The leisure and retail sector is a key area of focus for the practice, which acts for national brands such as Costa Coffee on commercial landlord and tenant issues related to its national portfolio of stores. Other key clients include the Peabody Trust, which the practice advises on the recovery of rent arrears, premises repossessions and dilapidations; Canary Wharf Group, for which it handles contentious issues arising from the client's retail portfolio; and Portsmouth Diocesan Trust, for which the practice handles rights of way, property damage and boundary disputes. Helen Dickie heads the practice, which includes Rachel Gimson and Claire Hitchman, who are noted for their 'professionalism and great communication skills'.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP attracts praise for its 'responsive, thorough service and sound knowledge in the area'. The practice is active across the full spectrum of social housing work, including advising on housing led regeneration, complex mixed-use, mixed-tenure developments, employment issues, and governance matters. In an illustration of its ability to handle construction matters, Richard Wade acted for Peabody Trust in obtaining an urgent without notice prohibitive injunction arising from an adjoining owner demolishing its property in contravention of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. Kate Silverman took over as head of the practice following John Russell's retirement in April 2017.

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP¬†provides a ‚Äėvery good overall service‚Äô, with ‚Äėgood quality lawyers and very good value for money, particularly in comparison to City firms‚Äô. Team head Sheilah Mackie¬†has particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional software development and licensing, hardware procurement, and outsourcing projects for customer-side clients. Legal director Elisabeth Bell¬†leads the technology group in the Thames Valley and its GDPR initiative, and has been advising Artemis IT Solutions on the negotiation of a long-term arrangement with one of its customers. In other work highlights, senior associate Ben Evans¬†advised longstanding client Neural Technologies on the protection of its Optimus brand and Guy Constant¬†handled Medical Imaging Partnership‚Äôs acquisition of the MRI business of Nuada Medical Specialist Imaging, with assistance from Bell and Rajiv Joshi. Susie Dryden¬†is recommended for her ‚Äėstrong legal knowledge‚Äô and for being ‚Äėvery responsive, practical and hands-on‚Äô.

Next generation lawyers

Elisabeth Bell - Blake Morgan LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP¬†has a wide-ranging industry specialism in IP work, in particular handling matters in the charities, education, professional regulation, and retail and leisure sectors, as well as the public sector. With ‚Äėcarefully thought-out advice‚Äô and a ‚Äėcommercial approach‚Äô, practice head¬†Jill Bainbridge¬†is experienced in dealing with a wide range of trade mark matters and in particular cases involving cross-jurisdictional issues. Bainbridge defended multinational publisher Informa in proceedings brought against the client for copyright infringement relating to articles published online, co-ordinating with¬†Mishcon de Reya LLP, which acted for Euromoney in an almost identical claim brought by the same claimant.¬†Sheilah Mackie¬†specialises in non-contentious matters including IP-rich corporate transactions and brand management, and also advises on IP exploitation in the education, charities and technology sectors. Senior associate and trade mark attorney¬†Ben Evans¬†continues to advise Be Wiser Insurance on brand protection, IP rights enforcement and its portfolio. Legal director¬†Chris Williams¬†specialises in all areas of contentious IP, with a particular focus on trade marks and technology.¬†¬†Gayle Curry¬†left the practice to join¬†BrookStreet des Roches.

Next generation lawyers

Ben Evans - Blake Morgan LLP

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