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Blake Morgan LLP

Work 023 8090 8090
Fax 0844 620 3401
155850 EASTLEIGH 7

Richard Portlock

Work 023 8085 7158
Blake Morgan LLP

Work Department

Litigation and dispute resolution.


Partner; main areas of work are commercial litigation and arbitration, professional negligence litigation, insurance coverage disputes and pensions-related disputes.


Trained Blake Lapthorn; qualified 1987; partner 1993.


University of Wales (1984 LLB Hons); College of Law.

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Hampshire

Within: Commercial litigation: Hampshire

Blake Morgan LLP attracts praise for its β€˜good commercial sense and ability to advise clients well’. The firm acts for clients in the retail, manufacturing and food sectors in high-value contractual disputes, damages claims and professional negligence matters. In 2016 the team successfully defended NHS England in an alleged breach of statutory duties claim brought by QSRC for not providing an interim contract to the claimant for gamma knife treatment to NHS patients. Other clients include Kerry Foods, the Sixth Form Colleges Association and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Jill Bainbridge (β€˜an excellent lawyer; she has a good commercial sense as well as being excellent at client care’) took over as head of department from Susie Dryden, who is β€˜effective, very personable and good with clients’. They are well-versed in handling Supreme Court and Court of Appeal litigation and commercial IP disputes, respectively. The team also includes insurance coverage expert Richard Portlock, as well as senior associate and professional negligence specialist Karl Cameron.

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South East: Human resources


Within: Pensions

Blake Morgan LLP’s practice is led by John Hamilton, who β€˜distils complex technical matters into clear and practical advice’; he assisted the trustees of C Brewer & Sons retirement benefits scheme with implementing a flexible retirement policy. At legal director level, Adrian Lamb has β€˜detailed knowledge’ and revised Welplan’s trust deed and master trust documentation rules following the establishment of a separate trustee company, and Rupert Graham-Evans, who provides β€˜professional and timely advice’, assisted Epicor Software UK with matters relating to its UK defined benefit scheme and a cross-border corporate transaction. The client roster also includes the trustees of Mizuho International retirement benefits scheme and Knowles (UK) (formerly Syfer Technology). Litigator Richard Portlock is another key contact and heads the pensions disputes practice.

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Blake Morgan LLP continues to handle a strong flow of claims in relation to property professionals, and has also acted in claims in specialist areas such as insurance, employment, financial institutions and medical negligence. Other areas of expertise include claims on behalf of lenders, and cases related to complex pension schemes, inadequate tax planning and financial advice and trusts and regulatory matters. Richard Portlock heads the practice, and has notable experience handling cases involving solicitors, property professionals, insurance brokers and financial and pension industry advisers; his client base includes a mix of insurers, corporate companies, trustees and individuals. Senior associate Karl Cameron acts for SMEs, individuals and mortgage lenders on a range of high value claims, and advising institutional clients on risk and policy coverage issues.

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