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Blake Morgan LLP

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Richard Wade

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Blake Morgan LLP

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Head of construction and engineering group. Partner involved in contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering; litigation, adjudication, arbitration and dispute management (including mediation) for businesses operating across construction sector (funders, clients (both public and private sector), developers, contractors, professionals, sub-contractors and suppliers); procurement and negotiation of construction documentation (development agreements, framework agreements, appointments, building contracts, warranties, bonds and guarantees) including all main industry standard forms.


Wilde Sapte 1992-97; Linnells 1997; partner Blake Lapthorn 2001.


Regional co-ordinator for Oxford branch of Society of Construction Law; Constructing Excellence: Adjudication Society; Sustainable Construction Network.


University of Birmingham; Guildford College of Law.


Sport (including rugby, cricket, golf and skiing); music (classical and contemporary); theatre.

London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

The substantial, multi-disciplinary team at¬†Blake Morgan LLP¬†is highlighted for providing 'excellent service'.¬†Matthew Smith, who¬†is especially adept in all aspects of non-contentious and contentious employment matters and has chaired a number of disciplinary and appeal hearings for universities, heads the practice.¬†It acts for a range of higher education clients as well as having links with education bodies such as the Association of University Legal Practitioners and the Sixth Form Colleges' Association. The team is acting for Swansea University and the trustees of the university pension scheme in relation to a case that is examining the meaning of ‚Äėunfavourable treatment‚Äô under section 15 of the Equality Act 2010 ‚Äď an action¬† brought by a former employee. Emyr Lewis¬†advises on a wide range of commercial matters and Richard Wade¬†is advising Keble College, Oxford on a construction project that will extend the college‚Äôs campus. Other key partners include¬†Susie Dryden;¬†Rachel Gwilliam,¬†who advises on areas such as construction and engineering; and Penri Desscan,¬†who specialises in procurement and other commercial matters.

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South East: Real estate


Within: Construction

'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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Social housing

Within: Social housing

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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