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Blake Morgan LLP

6 NEW STREET SQUARE, LONDON, EC4A 3DJ, ENGLAND
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www.blakemorgan.co.uk

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP is known for business process outsourcing and services supply agreements, with particular expertise in the food businesses, manufacturing and retail sectors. The firm also has experience handling cross-border and technology-related matters. Simon Stokes leads the team and specialises in IP, technology and competition law.

Practice head(s):Simon Stokes

Key Clients

Wiggle

Harlequin Football Club

Hana Group

Kerry Foods

The Women's Prize Trust/Women's Prize for Fiction

Work highlights

  • Advised Wiggle on a wide range of commercial and IP work.
  • Advised the Women's Prize Trust on its commercial arrangements, including sponsorship and other arrangements in relation to the prestigious 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction.
  • Advising longstanding client Harlequins on a range of commercial matters.

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 6

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP 'provides fantastic advice' in regulated mortgage contracts and consumer credit issues in respect of bank lending and security, as well as assessing compliance with consumer credit legislation and FCA rules. Clients include retail banks, insurance companies, IFA networks, insurance intermediaries and individuals. Richard Humphreys leads the team and specialises in financial services work, with particular experience advising equipment finance lessors and motor vehicle financers. Also notable is legal director Felicity Rowan, who specialises in financial services regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):Richard Humphreys

Other key lawyers:Felicity Rowan

Testimonials

'Great in-depth knowledge of the subject and excellent advice'

'Pragmatic advice, efficient delivery and fantastic partner engagement'

'Felicity Rowen is very well-informed and intelligent'

'Richard Humphreys is knowledgeable and commercially aware'

Key Clients

Investec Asset Finance Ltd (IAF)

Metro Bank Plc

Hitachi Capital UK Plc

Virtual Lease Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Reviewing and revising regulated business overdraft facility terms and conditions for a retail bank.
  • Advised a large insurance intermediary on a Master Services agreement to provide outsourced services.
  • Advising an insurance intermediary on CCA issues and an FCA remediation project.
Rising stars

Felicity Rowan - Blake Morgan LLP

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 3

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's 'unique' practice focuses on the small and mid-market segments, primarily on equity fundraising and domestic acquisitions, although with a growing international element. The London office acts as a focal point for the firm's regional practice, which is particularly active in the technology, travel and leisure, retail and real estate sectors. Martin Kay heads the practice, and has a number of AIM-quoted companies as clients.

Practice head(s):Martin Kay

Other key lawyers:Lawrence Phillips; Stojan Essex

Testimonials

'Blake Morgan is able to make complicated matters straightforward for clients.'

'The whole team consistently exceed expectations in their willingness to accommodate difficult timetables and the knowledge and understanding they bring to the table'

'Stojan Essex is one of the most impressive partners I've met while working in London, he takes the time needed to understand his clients'

'Lawrence Phillips is an good communicator and a very strong solicitor'

Key Clients

Air France KLM

Altour Limited

Brown Retail Holdings Ltd

Brown Shipley & Co. Limited

Cogora Group Limited

CVS Group Plc

Cream UK Ltd

Empiribox Limited

Forbidden Technologies plc

Go Ahead GmbH

Jota Aircraft Leasing Ltd

KCR Residential REIT plc

Kerry Group plc

Olivetti SpA

Osirium Technologies plc

OS3 Digital Limited

Pandox AB

Petards Group Plc

Reward Technology Ltd

Telecom Italia Sparkle SpA

Tempest Resourcing Ltd

Virtual Clarity Limited

W K Webster & Co Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Ickenham Travel Group on its merger with Timely Travel Limited.
  • Acted for Ovation Travel Group on its acquisition of Chartwell Travel Limited, its first acquisition in the UK.
  • Advised Petards Group on its £2.1m acquisition of RTS Holdings and its subsidiary.
  • Advised the shareholders of Esstoo Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company.
  • Advised the shareholders of Eduzone Limited, a company specialising in education materials, on the sale of the entire issued share capital.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP is 'a real alternative to large City firms for commercial litigation, with particular strength in international cross-border work', according to clients. The practice has particular specialisms in financial, technology, IP, hospitality and gaming disputes, as well as civil fraud. Sarah Rees and Justin Weare are the key advisers.

Practice head(s):Sarah Rees

Other key lawyers:Justin Weare

Testimonials

'A go-to team for difficult and complex shareholder and stakeholder disputes, especially those involving trusts and asset tracing'.

'Sarah Rees is extremely personable, on top of the detail in every case and with a strategic vision that is rarely seen'.

'Justin Weare is bright, thoughtful and sensible, with considerable experience of heavyweight commercial litigation'.

Key Clients

The Ritz Hotel Casino

The Kerry Group

Robert Terry

Roman Pipia

Buyer's Dream

Aristides Potamianos

Work highlights

  • Acted for Transworld Payment Solutions UK (and its liquidator) in a fraud-related claim against First Curacao International Bank.

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Mediators
Mediators - ranked: tier 5

David Miles - Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's consultant David Miles has been a practising mediator since 1991 and is highly regarded for construction disputes.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP is 'a first-rate firm, with huge experience in professional discipline'. The practice is best known for acting for professional regulators, particularly in the fields of healthcare, legal, education, accountancy and engineering; it has also undertaken defence work before regulators such as the GMC, the General Chiropractic Council, Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Eastleigh-based Bradley Albuery heads the regulatory practice group and recently acted for a healthcare regulator, which investigated a case in which the registrant was charged and acquitted of gross negligence manslaughter; this was believed to be the first time in this regulator's history that it had considered the fitness to practise of a registrant, whose alleged omissions were said to have contributed to a patient's death. Nick Leale heads the professional regulatory England group, which also includes senior associates Christopher Pataky in London, and James Danks, Guy Micklewright and Antonia Dowgray, who split their time between the London and Reading offices.

Practice head(s):Bradley Albuery; Nick Leale

Other key lawyers:Christopher Pataky; James Danks; Guy Micklewright; Antonia Dowgray

Testimonials

'Bradley Albuery has wide experience; he is also wise and a good judge of matters. He gets on well with everyone and leads the team well'.

Key Clients

Council for Licensed Conveyancers

Association of Project Managers

National Counselling Society

Architects Registration Board

Association of Accounting Technicians

Bar Standards Board

Royal Institute of British Architects

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants

Football Association

General Osteopathic Council

Work highlights

  • Was legal adviser to the professional conduct panels of the Teaching Regulation Agency in relation to approximately 70 separate disciplinary proceedings against teachers.
Leading individuals

Bradley Albuery - Blake Morgan LLP

Nick Leale  - Blake Morgan LLP

Rising stars

Antonia Dowgray - Blake Morgan LLP

Guy Micklewright - Blake Morgan LLP

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP has offices in various locations throughout England and Wales and services charities, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises across London and beyond. The group advises on a broad spectrum of charity law issues such as charity legacies, safeguarding and charity retail. Other areas of expertise include advising on joint ventures and collaborations between charities and private and public sector organisations. Legal director Ben Brice heads the team and is experienced at dealing with the Charity Commission and the Privy Council.

Practice head(s):Ben Brice

Other key lawyers:Kirsteen Hook; Rachel Sales

Testimonials

'It deals with complex issues with ease. The communication that we have received is consistent and appropriate for the level of contact that we need, particularly at times when we are faced with deadlines'.

'Kirsteen Hook gives excellent support. She understood our particular structure, ethos and therefore requirements, interpreting this to provide appropriate and timely advice'.

'Kirsteen Hook was particularly helpful'.

'Rachel Sales is always willing to respond to questions and produces high quality documentation'.

'Rachel Sales stands out as exemplary. She responds promptly with well thought through answers and is very clear when she might not have the answer and needs further advice'.

'It is obvious that members of the team communicate well with each other and put each other's expertise to good use'.

'The housing and charity teams have an outstanding degree of expertise in their respective fields and deal with complex issues that we have presented to them with ease'.

Key Clients

Oxfam

United Bible Societies Association

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)

Association for Project Management

Tenovus Cancer Care

Nekton Foundation

Women's Prize Trust

Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association

The National Library of Wales

Portsmouth Catholic Diocesan Trust

Royal Naval Benevolent Trust

Wessex Children's Hospice Trust

Winchester Housing Trust

St John Cymru Wales

University of Chichester Multi Academy Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Nekton Foundation on the negotiation and drafting of sponsorship and grant agreements to fund deep sea research missions.
  • Advised on the successful application to register The Women's Prize Trust (which operates the Women's Prize for Fiction) as a charity with the Charity Commission.
  • Advised Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA) on the secondment of staff and the governance and structuring of the charity and its trading subsidiary.
  • Advised United Bible Societies Association on the urgent transfer of funds to a volatile jurisdiction in a manner consistent with the charity's objectives.
  • Advised Wessex Children's Hospice Trust (trading as Naomi House and Jack's Place) on governance restructuring.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 6

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP advises on a wide range of matters for families but is particularly experienced in advising on complex financial matters with an international dimension. Head of team Flora Grossman also has substantive experience of dealing with children matters. The department advises on all Children Act matters from child arrangements through to removal cases. Farhana Shahzady is now at Irwin Mitchell .

Practice head(s):Flora Grossman

Other key lawyers:Amy Fullerton

Testimonials

'Flora Grossman has excellent analytical skills and she works in a such a creative way to ensure that she achieves the most appropriate outcome for her clients'.

'Flora Grossman is building a very successful financial remedies practice and has garnered some high profile clients (including a household name) and many high earning / high net worth individuals. She has a fantastic bedside manner - calm, conservative and yet genuinely concerned for her clients'.

'Flora Grossman is a highly skilled, calm, driven and measured solicitor. She has excellent client care skills, is an effective communicator with a reputation for thorough and careful preparation'.

'Flora Grossman is great with clients and really knows her stuff when it comes to complex cases'.

'Flora Grossman and Amy Fullerton handled the issues immaculately and provided superb and realistic advice'.

'Amy Fullerton is thorough and effective. Her manner with clients is superb'.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 5

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP has a particular focus on advising on the holding and acquisition of UK residential property and owner-managed businesses. The team routinely advises on issues relating to the tax efficiency and management of property holdings from an investment and development point of view. In addition the group advises on the full gamut of tax matters from inheritance tax to issues on residency and domicile for primarily non-resident and/or non-domiciled individuals, trusts and corporate entities. It is also adept at advising on the administration of estates with cross-border elements where there are conflict of law issues or disputes between beneficiaries. Mark Spash heads the team

Practice head(s):Mark Spash

Other key lawyers:Arshoo Singh

Testimonials

'Arshoo Singh is superb.'

'Arshoo Singh was exceptionally friendly and courteous in her dealings with me.'

'Arshoo Singh is an excellent private client lawyer who has the great advantage of understanding the contentious side. She is delightful to work with.'

'Mark Spash has good client-handling skills.'

Work highlights

  • Representing the executors of an estate of an Australian domicile in connection with the deceased's multimillion-pound UK business assets.
  • Providing estate planning advice on a literary estate.
  • Advising in connection with a client's income tax and capital gains tax liability on undeclared offshore income and gains of a six-figure sum.
  • Advising on the legal and beneficial ownership of the client's corporate and/or trust structures.
  • Advising and supporting  two different generations of a family.
Next Generation Partners

Arshoo Singh - Blake Morgan LLP

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 3

Blake Morgan LLP

The team at Blake Morgan LLP handles a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters, led by Cardiff-based Matthew Smith. The group has in its remit specialist education work, employment matters and sector specialties in construction. Richard Wade and Rachel Gwilliam are currently undertaking advisory work for universities; Graham Miles handles regulatory work; and Ben Brice is recommended for his expertise in advising charities and public sector clients.

Practice head(s):Matthew Smith

Other key lawyers:Richard Wade; Graham Miles; Rachel Gwilliam; Ben Brice

Key Clients

New College, Oxford

Balliol College, Oxford

Cardiff University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Oxford Foundation for Theoretical Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence

University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth Diocesan Trust

University of Reading

Christ Church College, Oxford

Brasenose College, Oxford

University College, Oxford

University of Winchester

University of Chichester

Hereford Sixth Form College

Swansea University

Magdalen College, Oxford

University of South Wales

Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association

Work highlights

  • Advising New College, Oxford, on the procurement approach, appointment of its design team and construction contracts in relation to its proposed redevelopment of a new quadrangle within the college estate.
  • Advising an education sector client on a long-running unfair dismissal and sex discrimination claim.
  • Advising an education sector client on a number of matters, including complex negotiations regarding the secondment of staff from a third party to ensure that trustees are sufficiently able to direct that the strategy set by the board is implemented properly.
  • Acting as legal adviser to professional conduct panels of the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) in relation to disciplinary proceedings against teachers that have been referred to the TRA in furtherance of its statutory functions.
  • Continuing to advise Cardiff University on the property and construction aspects of a new £300m research center, known as the "Innovation Campus".

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 4

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP has a wide education law offering and is skilled at handling high-value transactional work and litigation for schools and academies. Led by Cardiff-based Matthew Smith, the practice group, which spans across six offices, is known for its academy conversions and special education needs (SEN) expertise. The team includes employment specialist Tim Forer; Sarah Peacock, who provides advice on contentious and non-contentious employment-related matters; and managing partner Mike Wilson, who acts for schools, colleges and other higher education institutions. Penny Rinta-Suksi is also a key name to note for her considerable commercial experience.

Practice head(s):Matthew Smith

Other key lawyers:Sarah Peacock; Tim Forer; Mike Wilson

Key Clients

Magdalen College School

King Edward VI School

St Swithun's School, Winchester

Capital City Academy Trust

University of Chichester Multi-Academy Trust

The Portsmouth Grammar School

St Marylebone Church of England Academy

Portsmouth Catholic Diocesan Trust

Stockley Academy

The Cherwell Academy

Winchester Diocesan Board of Finance

Solent Academies Trust

The Gregg School

Work highlights

  • Advising an academy trust company, having been instructed following a successful proposal in mid-2017.
  • Providing governance, employment and education advice to a charitable organisation which operates independent schools in Hampshire.
  • Acted as legal adviser to professional conduct panels of the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) in relation to disciplinary proceedings against teachers that have been referred to the TRA in furtherance of its statutory functions.
  • Acted as legal adviser to fitness to practise committees, investigation committees and suitability committees of the Education Workforce Council (EWC) in relation to proceedings against registered educational practitioners in Wales referred to the EWC in furtherance of its statutory functions.
  • Provided schools within a diocese with advice on all aspects of employment law.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP has notable expertise advising a mix of public sector clients, private healthcare providers and medical technology companies on financing models and specialised commissioning. Key examples in this area include advising NHS England on PPRS arrangements, commercial access agreements and managed access agreements for new and innovative drugs, as well as assisting Irish healthcare provider Charter Medical with developing an arrangement in which Irish patients are referred to the UK for routine procedures. Bruce Potter spearheads the practice and specialises in public and drug procurement, with a niche specialisation in innovative high-cost treatments. Richard Jones specialises in mental health law and Alison Patten-Hall focuses on advising independent providers on all aspects of commercial trading. Stephen Tainsh departed to Capsticks LLP in July 2018.

Practice head(s):Bruce Potter

Key Clients

InHealth Limited

University College London NHS Foundation Trust

Medical Imaging Partnerships Limited

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended NHS England in a complex and highly publicised  procurement claim brought by AbbVie Limited relating to Hepatitis C.
  • Assisting Oxford Academic Health Science Network with the development and commercialisation of an online platform, eMAPs, a market access online information tool for partners.
Leading individuals

Bruce Potter - Blake Morgan LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 4

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėcommercially aware and proactive‚Äô practice is engaged for a broad array of commercial property projects including development, investment, asset management and corporate occupier affairs. Practice head Tony Coyne¬†is well-versed in acting for UK and overseas lenders and borrowers on high-end projects and counts a number of Far Eastern entities among his client base. Other particular strengths within the team include investment acquisitions and sales, leasing matters for both landlords and tenants as well as portfolio transactions. The restaurant and leisure sectors are also a specific focus.

Practice head(s):Tony Coyne

Other key lawyers:Matthew Bell; Prashant Dave

Testimonials

'Mark Hiley deals with matters quickly and has has a good commercial awareness.'

'Michelle Davenport deals with matters promptly and gives good advice.'

'Commercial approach, exactly understood the requirements and worked as a team to meet them. Focused and well resourced.'

'Commercially aware, proactive, understanding of our business.'

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 5

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėcommercially aware and proactive‚Äô practice is engaged for a broad array of commercial property projects including development, investment, asset management and corporate occupier affairs. Practice head Tony Coyne¬†is well-versed in acting for UK and overseas lenders and borrowers on high-end projects and counts a number of Far Eastern entities among his client base. Other particular strengths within the team include investment acquisitions and sales, leasing matters for both landlords and tenants as well as portfolio transactions. The restaurant and leisure sectors are also a specific focus.

Practice head(s):Tony Coyne

Other key lawyers:Kate Silverman; Mark Hiley; Prashant Dave; Gareth Williams

Testimonials

'Mark Hiley deals with matters quickly and has has a good commercial awareness.'

'Michelle Davenport deals with matters promptly and gives good advice.'

'Commercial approach, exactly understood the requirements and worked as a team to meet them. Focused and well resourced.'

'Commercially aware, proactive, understanding of our business.'

Key Clients

Igloo Regeneration (General Partner) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Igloo Regeneration (General Partner) Ltd on all issues arising out of the Porth Teigr regeneration scheme.

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėcommercially aware and proactive‚Äô practice is engaged for a broad array of commercial property projects including development, investment, asset management and corporate occupier affairs. Practice head Tony Coyne¬†is well-versed in acting for UK and overseas lenders and borrowers on high-end projects and counts a number of Far Eastern entities among his client base. Other particular strengths within the team include investment acquisitions and sales, leasing matters for both landlords and tenants as well as portfolio transactions. The restaurant and leisure sectors are also a specific focus.

Practice head(s):Tony Coyne

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Taylor; Neil Stafford

Testimonials

'Mark Hiley deals with matters quickly and has has a good commercial awareness.'

'Michelle Davenport deals with matters promptly and gives good advice.'

'Commercial approach, exactly understood the requirements and worked as a team to meet them. Focused and well resourced.'

'Commercially aware, proactive, understanding of our business.'

Key Clients

Edwardian Group

Cockpit Hotel (London) Ltd

Britannia Hospitality (The Stafford)

Marriott Hotels

FS JV Co (owners of the 'Planet' portfolio)

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Blake Morgan LLP

A key development for the Blake Morgan LLP planning team saw an uptick of instructions received by utilities companies and airport operators to handle a number of infrastructure and expansion projects respectively. The team is currently acting for the developers of a number of build-to-rent schemes as well as enjoying a steady diet of residential and mixed-use development projects in London and rural areas. National planning head, Sara Hanrahan, provides CPO and section 106 expertise in regards to regeneration projects, and also cites niche experience with handling planning mandates for international investment banks. Recent contentious issues involved both appeals against planning permission refusals and planning proposal objections that conflict with clients' interests. Senior associate Keith Lancaster is highly praised by clients for assisting on a broad range of issues including highways agreements and matters pertaining to CIL.

Practice head(s):Sara Hanrahan; Guthrie McGruer

Other key lawyers:Keith Lancaster

Testimonials

'An excellent team.'

'Has a very valuable in-depth knowledge of the planning system.'

'Sara Hanrahan is very capable and gets on well with clients, as well as managing her team very effectively.'

'Excellent attention to detail with an ability to make the most complex case seem simple to clients. Very good client care.'

'The team at Blake Morgan is head and shoulders above the others.'

'Keith Lancaster is an excellent technical lawyer who will nail his colours to the mast to make important decisions.'

'Sara Hanrahan's advice is strategic and based on a wealth of experience. She is very knowledgeable and approachable.'

'Sara Hanrahan is an absolute star. Her wealth of experience and first rate legal mind enables her to offer pragmatic solutions.'

'The team provides a very responsive, approachable and competitive service.'

Key Clients

Meadows Residential

Lidl

Clarion Housing

Berkeley Southern

Peabody Housing

Metro Bank

Welsh Government

Welsh Ambulance Service

Renewal Group Ltd

London Luton Airport Operations Ltd (Luton Airport)

Southern Water plc

Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd

Hollybrook Homes

Bathurst Partners

Optivo

M&M Assets

HSBC

Metro Bank

Dorrington plc

Swansea City Council

Joseph Homes

Agudas Israel Housing Association

Regus

Bedfordshire Pilgrims HA

Investec

St Modwen Properties

Barnardos

Richmond HA

Winchester HA

Sutton and East Surrey Water

Milford Haven Port Authority

London Oxford Airport

Southampton Airport

Hewlett Packard

Victoria Land Limited

Beachcroft Developments Ltd

Work highlights

  • Appointed to act for the Welsh Ambulance Service to represent their interests in the Wylfa Nuclear Power Station DCO project.
  • Acting for Renewal Group concerning the £1bn New Bermondsey regeneration scheme in south London.
  • Represented Cooper Estates Limited in the defence of a village green application.
  • Ongoing instruction by Peabody in relation to the £1.5bn regeneration in Thamesmead.
  • Advising a client on their development of 155 new residential units and a new football stadium.
Leading individuals

Sara Hanrahan - Blake Morgan LLP

Rising stars

Keith Lancaster - Blake Morgan LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP counts clearing private and international banks among its clients (particularly financial institutions from the Far East and Middle East), in addition to property and equity funds and mezzanine funders. The team advises on investment and development finance and secured finance, and is particularly active in relation to commercial real estate projects. Practice head Tony Coyne advises on commercial and high-end residential property finance.

Practice head(s):Tony Coyne

Other key lawyers:Meera Jansen

Testimonials

'Blake Morgan provides a very efficient service, keeping the client fully updated at all stages of the case process.'

'Tony Coyne is always very professional, sharing his knowledge and experience in the real estate sector. He is always very approachable, easy to contact and nothing is too much trouble.'

'Blake Morgan offers good value for money - the team delivers quality advice for sensible fees.'

'Meera Jansen provides consistent, solid delivery of service.'

'I have been extremely impressed with the initiative taken by the team. They understand how the client wants to operate and can act independently and make pragmatic decisions on the client's behalf.'

'The individuals within in the team are efficient, friendly and knowledgeable.'

Key Clients

KCR Residential REIT PLC

Dorrington PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising KCR Residential REIT PLC on the acquisition of a new-build block of 27 flats.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

Blake Morgan LLP

Noted for its 'commercial focus and determination to obtain the best result for the client', investor and developer clients routinely instruct the 'tenacious' team at Blake Morgan LLP to assist with landlord and tenant and development disputes, in both the commercial and residential property sectors, such as breach of contract matters and dilapidation claims. Claire Lamkin, who divides her time between London and Oxford, and 'real fighter' David Wadsworth jointly head the team following former practice head Daniel Kidd's departure in 2018.

Practice head(s):Claire Lamkin; David Wadsworth

Testimonials

'Always delivers a bespoke service with every effort to keep costs down and results as favourable as possible.'

'David Wadsworth has a an almost surgical skill to get to the heart of any legal matter extremely quickly while the client is made aware at every stage of what is happening.'

'David Wadsworth seems to be ten steps ahead of any situation and uses this ability to reassure his clients.'

Key Clients

Meadow Partners

Oxfam

Dorrington Properties

Maker Properties

Space NK

Molton Brown

Bouygues UK

Melia Hotels

Work highlights

  • Assisted the landowner client with a dispute over overage payment due to the client under a development contract with a national housebuilder.
  • Acting for the Peabody Trust in a dispute over costs incurred when replacing cladding in a building, in which the client owns 30 flats.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP handles IT transactions for suppliers and users of technology; it also has particular experience in the financial services sector, but also counts retail and e-commerce companies, digital media providers and charities among its client base. Simon Stokes heads up the practice and has notable expertise in outsourcing, cloud services, data protection and software IP issues.

Practice head(s):Simon Stokes

Key Clients

Forbidden Technologies

Caretower

Virtual Clarity

Moss Bros

Work highlights

  • Instructed by IT consultancy Virtual Clarity on several matters including its investment from CSC.

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Travel: regulatory and commercial - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP has a 'solid team of practitioners with a wealth of experience in travel law'. The team handles a range of commercial, corporate, finance, regulatory and advisory work for airlines, travel management companies, leisure and tour operators, destination management companies and travel agents. Ian Skuse leads the commercial and regulatory offering and led advice for Air France on the establishment of a website offering flash sales of branded package holidays, fulfilled by Perfectstay. The travel personal injury department, which is led by Daniel Scognamiglio and features senior associate Eleanor Armstrong, acts for claimants and defendants on cross-border personal injury claims. It handles claims from across the globe but offers particular expertise in acting for cases in the USA and within the EU, and is involved in a number of high-value cases involving complex jurisdictional and evidential issues. The team recovered a high value sum for a claimant and his insurers in England, who suffered significant injuries in France while travelling in a Swiss vehicle.

Practice head(s):Daniel Scognamiglio; Ian Skuse

Other key lawyers:Stojan Essex; Michelle Davenport; Eleanor Armstrong; Katherine Ettridge

Testimonials

The lawyers are true specialists who leave no stone unturned for their clients.

Daniel Scognamiglio is an excellent lawyer with great attention-to-detail.

Daniel Scognamiglio is very client focused.

Katherine Ettridge is up and coming, very competent, and will be a future star.

Key Clients

AXA Insurance/AXA Travel Insurance

Cigna (brands include AA Travel Insurance, RSA, MoreThan Travel Insurance)

DAS

Ageas

MAAF (French insurer)

Travelers

ERV previously ETI

Air France/KLM

Abbey Legal/ Markel Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Ovation Travel Group on the acquisition of Chartwell Travel.
  • Advised Altour International on a hosting agreement with another business travel agent, where bookins are made under the Altour licenses for shared commission.
  • Advised Essor on settling trading terms and conditions with new products to be available online.
  • Representing a claimant who sustained serious orthopaedic and psychological injuries following a motorcycle accident in France.
  • Representing a claimant who sustained significant orthopaedic injuries in a motorcycling accident in France.
Leading individuals

Daniel Scognamiglio - Blake Morgan LLP

Ian Skuse - Blake Morgan LLP

Rising stars

Eleanor Armstrong - Blake Morgan LLP

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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS ‚Äď CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.