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Blake Morgan LLP

NEW KINGS COURT, TOLLGATE, CHANDLER'S FORD, EASTLEIGH, SO53 3LG, ENGLAND
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Work 023 8090 8090
Fax:
Fax 0844 620 3401
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155850 EASTLEIGH 7
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Web:
www.blakemorgan.co.uk

South East: Corporate and commercial

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

Blake Morgan LLP (Southampton, Portsmouth)

Blake Morgan LLP’s β€˜knowledge and experience of corporate transactions is first class’. James Hawkeswood heads the practice, which recently advised the shareholders of Blade Dynamics on its sale to General Electric. Mark Hepworth was part of the team assisting CVS Group in seven acquisitions in 2015, including Highcroft Pet Care. Other clients include BOFA International and Costa.

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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 (Oxford)

Blake Morgan LLP’s β€˜strong team’ is singled out for its ability to deliver β€˜very thoughtful responses, a good perspective on issues and fast response times’. The group has been highly active in the technology and private equity spaces; highlights included acting for Maven Capital Partners and Mobeus Equity Partners, as well as individual management members, on a high-value disposal of Westway Service Holdings. The group also advised The Mission Marketing Group on its acquisition of Chapter Agency. Corporate practice head Michael Stace splits his time between Oxford and Reading and has strong M&A expertise, while Reading-based Alison Patten-Hall leads the commercial team. Also recommended are Guy Constant, who acts for clients in the health sector, and Penny Rinta-Suksi, who regularly advises on commercial contracts.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP (Southampton)

At Blake Morgan LLP, practice head Simon Court has a strong focus on transactional tax matters. The group advised Beagle Healthcare and Albion Ventures on the tax aspects of its sale of joint venture Orchard Portman House to Cygnet Health Care.

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South East: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP (Southampton, Oxford)

Blake Morgan LLP’s dedicated licensing team is headed by the well-regarded Jon Wallsgrove and has undertaken several new licence applications for retail and leisure clients including Waitrose, John Lewis and Park Resorts. Senior associate Caroline Matthews joined the firm from Trethowans LLP.

Leading individuals

Jon Wallsgrove - Blake Morgan LLP

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South East: Dispute resolution

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

Blake Morgan LLP (Southampton)

Blake Morgan LLP successfully defended NHS England against allegations of breach of statutory duties, and represented the Solicitors Regulation Authority in the intervention and closure of Blavo & Co’s offices. Susie Dryden heads the three-partner team, which includes Richard Portlock and Jill Bainbridge.

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 (Oxford)

Blake Morgan LLP’s team has a strong track record across all areas of dispute resolution, including partnership disputes, professional negligence, asset recovery, and commercial and contractual disputes. Highlights included acting for Griffins in a series of fraud claims totalling Β£8m brought against companies involved in VAT carousel fraud. Key figures include practice head Chris Potts, who has extensive experience in High Court litigation; Stephanie Walls, who handles all types of commercial disputes; and James Bessey, who is recommended for construction matters.

Leading individuals

Chris Potts - Blake Morgan LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP (Portsmouth)

At Blake Morgan LLP, Sadak Miah attracts praise for his β€˜exceptional industry knowledge regarding motor finance’. The group is also renowned for its debt purchase work. It continues to act as a sole legal adviser to Mercedes Benz Financial Services.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP (Southampton, Reading)

Blake Morgan LLP is on the lending panels of all of the UK’s clearing banks and also has a significant presence on banks’ retail and investment panels. Kath Shimmin, who is noted for her β€˜strong commercial mindset’, is leading on the finance aspects of the Β£120m redevelopment of Gatwick Airport Station for the Department for Transport. Guy Constant and senior associate Steve Cole, an Islamic finance specialist, are 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 (Southampton, Portsmouth, Oxford)

At Blake Morgan LLP, β€˜knowledgeable and approachable’ senior associate Katie James has been assisting Grant Thornton with the review of security, appointment of administrators and the sale of the business and assets of Closed Loop Recycling.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP (Southampton, Portsmouth)

Blake Morgan LLP defended HCL Insurance BPO Services against several age discrimination claims, and regularly assists RNLI and Costa Coffee on a range of employment matters. The β€˜masterly’ Max Craft heads the practice, which includes Sarah Peacock (who β€˜provides sensible advice’) and the β€˜helpful and commercial’ Tim Forer.

Leading individuals

Max Craft - Blake Morgan LLP

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

Blake Morgan LLP (Oxford)

Blake Morgan LLP provides β€˜a first-class range of services which meet all client requirements’, demonstrating β€˜an in-depth knowledge of all relevant areas of law’. Based in Oxford, practice head William Downing is β€˜good at understanding complex technical issues in niche industries’, and is currently providing a range of employment advice to The Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust, including defending the client in an unfair dismissal suit. Other key figures in Oxford include James Simpson and Mike Wilson. Reading-based Rebecca Ireland is also recommended.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP (Southampton)

β€˜A star performer’ in health and safety, Blake Morgan LLP’s β€˜approachable’ group defends a varied client base ranging from multinational corporates to individuals. Practice head John Mitchell β€˜meticulously prepares defences’ and stands out for his β€˜loyalty, integrity, diplomacy, devotion to duty and expert technical knowledge’. Nikki Hutchins left the firm in 2015.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP (Southampton)

Clients single out Blake Morgan LLP for its β€˜extremely knowledgeable, helpful and supportive’ advice. Practice head John Hamilton β€˜takes the time to help the client understand every aspect of the matter’. Michael Prior and legal director Adrian Lamb are also recommended. Notable clients include Welplan, Wiley Europe and a significant number of trustees.

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP (Southampton)

Blake Morgan LLP’s team of β€˜strong litigators’ has seen an increase in claimant representations. Key names include Susie Dryden, Richard Portlock and senior associate Karl Cameron.

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP (Southampton, Portsmouth)

Mark Charter leads the team at Blake Morgan LLP, which has been kept busy handling property purchases and sales, and refinancing.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP (Southampton, Oxford)

Blake Morgan LLP’s β€˜market-leading’ practice has a particular focus on the healthcare sector and has been handling a number of legacy disputes and mergers between charities. Cients include the British Red Cross and Oxfam. Elizabeth Davis leads the team, which includes real estate specialist Sean Palka. Alison Talbot and Liam Desmond moved to Penningtons Manches LLP and Spratt Endicott, respectively.

Leading individuals

Elizabeth Davis - Blake Morgan LLP

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

Blake Morgan LLP (Oxford)

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Family: Hampshire
Family: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP (Portsmouth, Southampton)

Blake Morgan LLP specialises in mediation and collaborative law. Practice head Simon Burge β€˜displays gravitas and authority’.

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

Blake Morgan LLP (Oxford)

Blake Morgan LLP’s group is headed by Christine Plews who β€˜knows when to push a point, but is also understanding of the client’s needs’. Associate Catherine Morgan is the other key figure.

Leading individuals

Christine Plews - 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 (Portsmouth, Chandler’s Ford)

Blake Morgan LLP’s experience encompasses complex estates, tax planning and trusts matters, often with cross-border elements. β€˜Excellent’ practice head Rachel Brooks is noted for her β€˜ability to look at the practical aspects of cases’. Simon Treherne and Douglas Smith are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Rachel Brooks - 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 (Oxford)

Blake Morgan LLP’s group is singled out for its β€˜clear, professional and ethical’ advice. Rachel Brooks heads the practice, which includes James Grieg, who is β€˜outstanding in all respects’, and Kate Allred, who is recommended for cross-border matters.

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South East: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP (Oxford, Southampton)

Blake Morgan LLP’s β€˜professional, organised and supportive’ team acts for a wide range of schools, colleges and higher education (HE) institutions. Key names include Mike Wilson, Elizabeth Davis and Sheilah Mackie. Alison Talbot joined Penningtons Manches LLP in 2016.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP (Oxford, Reading, Southampton)

Healthcare powerhouse Blake Morgan LLP is well known for its work for NHS bodies, but is increasingly advising private healthcare providers bidding for NHS contracts. Bruce Potter leads the sizeable team, which includes procurement specialist Jason Richards, Stephen Tainsh, Alison Patten-Hall, Mary Chant and Susie Dryden. Gayle Curry is leading a team assisting Ramsay Health Care with its bid to design, build and operate a private hospital on an NHS site.

Leading individuals

Bruce Potter - Blake Morgan LLP

Gayle Curry - Blake Morgan LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP (Oxford, Reading)

In an illustration of its leisure-sector experience, Blake Morgan LLP’s practice assisted the London Borough of Merton with the procurement process for a wet and dry leisure centre in Morden. The β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ Penny Rinta-Suksi leads the β€˜proactive’ team.

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 (Southampton)

Blake Morgan LLP’s team is led by Sean Palka and new recruit Chris Dolan, who joined from Shoosmiths LLP. The practice advised Metro Bank on its store roll-out programme, including a Β£5.5m leasehold acquisition. Martin Hurst joined Foot Anstey.

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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 (Oxford)

Blake Morgan LLP’s β€˜experienced’ team includes Ruth Leadbitter, who has notable public sector experience; Deryn Bassett, who maintains a strong client base in the energy sector; and Andrew Miscampbell, who advises on development and partnership matters for medical practices nationwide. Key clients include Berkley Homes, The British Red Cross and Thames Valley Police.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP (Oxford, Southampton)

Blake Morgan LLP’s broad client base covers both public and private sectors. Highlights for practice head Richard Wade included representing Bouygues UK in adjudication proceedings and acting for Southampton City Council in a claim pertaining to defective building works before the Technology and Construction Court (TCC). David Evans, Edward McMullen, Jessica Tresham and James Bessey, who joined from DWF in 2015, are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Richard Wade - Blake Morgan LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Blake Morgan LLP (Southampton)

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP (Oxford)

Blake Morgan LLP’s β€˜very experienced’ team is led by the β€˜top-notch’ Guthrie McGruer, who acted alongside Keith Lancaster for Berkeley Homes on planning issues related to a residential development.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP (Portsmouth, Southampton)

Blake Morgan LLP is a popular choice for clients in the retail and leisure sector and regularly acts for Costa Coffee on contentious property matters. Senior associates Kate New, Claire Hitchman and Rachel Gimson are the key names.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP (Southampton, Oxford)

Blake Morgan LLP’s β€˜impressive’ sizeable social housing team assisted with some 2,500 purchases in 2015 for clients including Raven Housing Trust and Sentinel Housing Association. Key figures include practice head John Russell and Penny Rinta-Suksi, who is a key name for governance advice.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP (Southampton, Oxford)

Blake Morgan LLP’s seven-partner team is headed by Sheilah Mackie, who advises customers and suppliers on the full range of technology matters, and has particular expertise in cross-border software development. Alison Patten-Hall and Jill Bainbridge are also recommended.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP (Southampton, Oxford)

Blake Morgan LLP’s Jill Bainbridge heads the IP trade mark and prosecution team, and regularly deals with multijurisdictional disputes. Sheilah Mackie specialises in non-contentious matters, and Alison Patten-Hall is recommended for licensing issues.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP (Oxford, Southampton)

At Blake Morgan LLP, Jill Bainbridge handles a range of defamation and reputation management matters, frequently involving issues surrounding social media. London-based Simon Stokes handles non-contentious matters.

Leading individuals

Jill Bainbridge - Blake Morgan LLP

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South East: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP (Southampton)

The team at Blake Morgan LLP is well versed in leasing and financing work and acts for airlines, operating lessors and manufacturers. Ben Graham-Evans and Mark Turnbull led a team assisting Aergo Group with its $85m debt-financed purchase of an Airbus A330 aircraft. The firm’s merger with Piper Smith Watton LLP has brought on board Ian Skuse, who splits his time between London and Southampton.

Leading individuals

Ben Graham-Evans - Blake Morgan LLP

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