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Blake Morgan LLP

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James Hawkeswood

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Blake Morgan LLP

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James is a corporate finance lawyer based at the firm’s New Kings Court office in Southampton. In addition to the significant number of corporate transactions with which he has been involved, James has also been instrumental in helping to restructure and focus Blake Morgan’s company secretarial team that not only serves the firm as a whole, but also an increasing number of its clients.


Qualified 2000; partner Blake Lapthorn 2010.


Chatham House Grammar School, Ramsgate; UniversitĂ© d’Aix-Marseille III, France (1995, DiplĂŽme de Droit Français PrivĂ©); University of Exeter (1996, LLB with European Study) (1997, LPC).

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire

Within: Corporate and commercial: Hampshire

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 tax

Within: Corporate tax

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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