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Blake Morgan LLP

ONE CENTRAL SQUARE, CARDIFF, CF10 1FS, WALES
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Work 029 2068 6000
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Fax 029 2068 6380
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33014 CARDIFF
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www.blakemorgan.co.uk

Wales

Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Led on the corporate front by the ‚Äėvery experienced and accomplished‚Äô Robert Cherry,¬†Blake Morgan LLP¬†has strong ties in the local market and beyond for a varied mix of corporates, private equity sponsors and SMEs. Although the firm is active across the spectrum of industry sectors, it has a particular niche acting for owner-managers in the health and social care sectors. James Williams¬†has an excellent reputation in the local market and, alongside senior associate¬†Richard Jones¬†,¬†¬†has recently handled numerous mandates for management teams on investments by UK and US private equity firms.¬†Penri Desscan¬†leads the firm‚Äôs commercial offering and is particularly well-known for her procurement work.

Practice head(s):Robert Cherry (Corporate) Penri Desscan (Commercial)

Other key lawyers:James Williams; Karl Foster; Richard Jones; James Vaughan

Testimonials

'Very strong team.'

'James Williams is very active in the local market.'

 

Key Clients

Shelton Care

Nigel and Bridget Roberts – former owners of Paramount Office Interiors

Shareholders of Fostering Together Limited

Cambrian SW Limited

Management team in connection with secondary buyout of Amberon Group

ZWPV Limited (Zip World Group)

Amzac Estates

Work highlights

  • Advising on the sale of a care business in the Stoke area which has been under the ownership of the Vincent family for 29 years.
  • Advising the former owners of Paramount Office Interiors Limited on their exit from the company via an MBO.
  • Advising the shareholders of the company on its sale to NFA Plc
  • Assisting on the capital reduction demerger of Cambrian Decorators Supplies Limited - resulting in the separation of the property and business assets of the company.
  • Acting for management team in connection with reinvestment terms relating to the sale of the Amberon Group to H2 Equity Partners.
Leading individuals

James Williams - Blake Morgan LLP

Robert Cherry - Blake Morgan LLP

Rising stars

Richard Jones - Blake Morgan LLP

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Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Headed by Eve Piffaretti, Blake Morgan LLP 's eight-partner multi-disciplinary team has a real 'depth of expertise' on behalf of public sector entities across local/central government, health, social housing and education. As well as handling practice specific work affecting those entities (including as they relate to corporate, real estate and commercial work), the team is also recognised for its prowess in relation to pure public law matters, including Welsh constitutional law issues, an area that Emyr Lewis is particularly well regarded. Simon McCann has 'vast knowledge of the public procurement regulations', and is consequently regularly instructed to advise public sector bodies tendering for services on major projects. On the contentious front, legal director Kevin Manship  regularly advises public sector clients facing judicial review challenges, and 'pragmatic' senior associate Joanne Thompson heads up the firm's procurement litigation offering.

Practice head(s):Eve Piffaretti

Other key lawyers:Emyr Lewis; Simon McCann; Penri Desscan; Graham Miles; Kevin Manship; Karl Foster; Joanne Thompson; Sarah Whittle; Jon Belcher

Testimonials

The very pragmatic team provides an extremely responsive service

The superb team at Blake Morgan provides a one-stop-shop for all commercial, procurement, contracts and dispute legal advice.

The firm knows how to litigate a procurement case

Emyr Lewis is experienced, wise calm and courteous.

Simon McCann has superb business acumen and is able to explain complex matters in plain English

Simon McCann has always delivered and is a true gentleman of the legal world.

Joanne Thompson is a diligent, capable and experienced procurement litigator

Key Clients

Welsh Government

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership and all 3 NHS Trusts in Wales

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

NHS England

Transport for Wales

Welsh Language Commissioner

Greater Manchester Combined Authority – Greater Manchester Police

Teaching and Regulation Agency

Social Care Wales

Education Workforce Council

Work highlights

  • Representing the Welsh Ministers in an appeal to the Supreme Court relating to the extension of the Upper Tribunal's jurisdiction under section 72 of the Mental Health Act 1983 to revise conditions imposed by the patient’s responsible clinician under a Community Treatment Order and/or to adjourn proceedings for such conditions to be revised and/or to take into account Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
  • Acting for NHS England in successfully defending a challenge brought by AbbVie Limited relating to the procurement of Hepatitis C treatments and elimination initiatives.
  • Procurement of Fisheries Enforcement Vessels.
  • The firm represented the Welsh Minsters in relation to a judicial review challenge brought by Melanie Woolcock, an individual imprisoned for failure to pay council tax.
  • Provided extensive advice to TfW and the Welsh Government on the procurement and award of the new Wales and Borders rail franchise under the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016.
Leading individuals

Emyr Lewis - Blake Morgan LLP

Eve Piffaretti - Blake Morgan LLP

Simon McCann - Blake Morgan LLP

Next Generation Partners

Kevin Manship - Blake Morgan LLP

Rising stars

Joanne Thompson - Blake Morgan LLP

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Wales: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP 's 12-strong team is praised for its ability to 'handle complex and sensitive litigation' for both private and public sector clients, and has the strength-in-depth to enable practitioners to focus on certain niche areas of expertise. At a partner level, the 'very impressive' Kevin Manship excels at commercial agency disputes, while team head Lee Fisher has developed a strong reputation for shareholder disputes, including unfair prejudice claims. Spearheaded by senior associate Joanne Thompson , the firm also has a strong reputation for bringing and defending procurement challenges.

Practice head(s):Lee Fisher

Other key lawyers:Kevin Manship; Joanne Thompson; Sarah Whittle

Testimonials

'Provides a cost-effective service'

'Their level of expertise and wide range of services offered are greatly appreciated'

'Joanne Thompson provides pragmatic advice, which underscores her strong understanding of the law.'

Key Clients

NHS England

Welsh Ministers

Clarins (UK) Limited

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (all Local Health Boards and NHS Trusts in Wales, including Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust)

Personnel Hygiene Services Limited (part of the PHS Group)

University of South Wales

Greater Manchester Combined Authority – Greater Manchester Police

Future Inns

Tinopolis Plc

Infinite Renewables Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for NHS England in successfully defending a challenge brought by AbbVie Limited relating to the procurement of Hepatitis C treatments and elimination initiatives.
  • Representing the Welsh Ministers in an appeal to the Supreme Court relating to the extension of the Upper Tribunal's jurisdiction under section 72 of the Mental Health Act 1983 to revise conditions imposed by the patient’s responsible clinician under a Community Treatment Order and/or to adjourn proceedings for such conditions to be revised and/or to take into account Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
  • Advising Igloo on the procedural aspects of a multi-disciplinary Property/Construction dispute.
  • Represented the Welsh Minsters in relation to a judicial review challenge brought by Melanie Woolcock, an individual imprisoned for failure to pay council tax.
  • Advising Tanweer Khan in relation to connected harassment and potential defamation proceedings in a dispute with his brother, a tech entrepreneur best known for his role as Head of Special Projects at Spotify.
Leading individuals

Lee Fisher - Blake Morgan LLP

Next Generation Partners

Kevin Manship - Blake Morgan LLP

Rising stars

Joanne Thompson - Blake Morgan LLP

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Wales: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Blake Morgan LLP

Aided by a network of offices throughout the UK, including Southampton and London, Blake Morgan LLP's Cardiff office handles both local and national mid-market new money financings and refinancings for a varied roster of corporates and lenders. As well as her transactional work, which includes a niche speciality in relation to social housing finance, 'strong' team head Reshma Jogia also often provides regulatory advice, primarily in the context of consumer credit matters. Associate Paul Duggan  has a burgeoning reputation in the market and excels at handling financings within the leisure and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):Reshma Jogia

Other key lawyers:Ewelina Wagiel; Paul Duggan

Testimonials

Very professional and business-oriented service

Key Clients

Milford Haven Port Authority

Julian Hodge Bank

Valleys to Coast Housing

HSBC UK Bank

MedicX Fund Limited (Octopus Healthcare)

Trivallis Limited

Llechwen Hall Hotel Limited

Amzac Estates Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising MedicX Fund Limited on the refinancing of its £264.5m loan facilities – originally provided by Aviva Public Private Finance Limited.
  • Advised Valleys to Coast Housing on the £10m term loan syndicated facility provided by the National Westminster Bank (as the original lender) allowing further investments in the social housing sector.
  • Advised HSBC's Wales corporate banking team on an amendment and restatement of their existing £27.5m loan agreement with the Orbis Education and Care Group to provide further funding of approximately £6m to allow the Group to acquire new premises in Tewkesbury.
  • Acted for Llechwen Hall Hotel Limited in connection with its £2m-plus facilities with Assetz Capital Trust.
  • Acted for the Milford Haven Port Authority on its loan from HSBC to refinance its existing borrowings with multiple lenders and for general corporate purposes.
Rising stars

Paul Duggan - Blake Morgan LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

The 'reliable and knowledgeable' team at Blake Morgan LLP has excellent ties with the local arms of national insolvency practitioners (IPs), and continues to pick up a significant amount of contentious and non-contentious work. As well as handling IP-led work, 'technically strong' team head Paul Caldicott also handles a significant volume of restructuring and insolvency work for banks as creditors. Senior solicitor  Sophia Farmer has a focus on contentious matters and has developed a particularly strong practice in relation to personal insolvencies.

Practice head(s):Paul Caldicott

Other key lawyers:Sophia Farmer

Testimonials

Strength-in-depth and a great team ethic

The firm provides a hands-on, tailored service which goes above and beyond normal expectations of a lawyer/client relationship

Paul Caldicott and his team go above and beyond to provide significant added value in addition to the core service provision.

Work highlights

  • Represented Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP in the appointment of administrators and sale of the well-known Bestival music festival.
  • Complex bankruptcy asset realisation where the bankrupt had 'sold' part of his home pre-bankruptcy to a trust company. Difficulties include equity exoneration and occupation rent.
  • CVL and MVL cases involving multiple 'disguised remuneration' tax avoidance schemes and investigation to consider misfeasance claims.
Leading individuals

Paul Caldicott - Blake Morgan LLP

Rising stars

Sophia Farmer   - Blake Morgan LLP

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Wales: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP provides 'balanced and effective advice' to education, retail and health sector entities across the gamut of employment matters, including discrimination and whistleblower matters, and industrial relations issues. With clients including the Welsh government, NHS Wales and numerous Welsh universities, the firm is perhaps best-known for its prowess in the public sector, where the 'professional and personable' Paula Kathrens is noted for her expertise at handling internal disciplinary proceedings involving doctors in NHS Wales. Team head Joanne Davies has particular expertise on TUPE issues, including as it relates to outsourcing in the public sector. The 'unflappable and experienced' Matthew Smith specialises in contentious work, recently handling a high-profile Supreme Court matter which clarified the law relating to "unfavourable treatment" under the Equality Act 2010.

Practice head(s):Joanne Davies

Other key lawyers:Paula Kathrens; Matthew Smith; Ian Jones; Rhiannon Jenkins

Testimonials

'Professional and personable.'

'An incredibly strong team which demonstrates great professionalism and an impressive grasp of employment law.'

'The team interprets and applies legislation as it applies to your situation keeping you in control of making informed decisions.'

'Matthew Smith always makes himself available and provides clear informative advice which sets out the risks, possible solutions and conclusions.'

'Matthew Smith provides, pragmatic and considered advice.'

'Paula Kathren's  straight-talking is matched with a warm and personable style.'

 

 

Key Clients

PHS Group Plc

Welsh Government

The NHS in Wales

Swansea University

Cardiff International Airport

Gower College, Swansea

Principality Building Society

Russell & Bromley

Trivallis Limited (formerly RCT Homes Limited)

Dolce & Gabbana UK

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Charbonnel et Walker Limited

Wales Audit Office

Work highlights

  • Representing the health board in Agarwal v (1) Cardiff University (2) Cardiff & Vale University Local Health Board, the leading authority about an Employment Tribunal's jurisdiction to hear cases involving deductions from an employee's wages, where there is a dispute about the contractual terms on which the employer considers it is entitled to make such deductions.
  • Advised a number of housing associations in Wales in relation to the provision, interpretation and applicability of Schedule 1 of the Housing Act 1996 and Welsh Government guidance RSL005/10, which prohibits certain payments to employees/officers and sets out a number of rules in relation to appointment of staff and grants of benefits.
  • Successfully defended Cardiff & Vale University Health Board from unfair dismissal and discrimination proceedings brought by one its former executive directors.
  • Successfully defended the client in a recent case which has become the leading authority on the meaning of "unfavourable treatment" in disability discrimination, culminating in the decision of the Supreme Court in December 2018.
Leading individuals

Joanne Davies - Blake Morgan LLP

Matthew Smith  - Blake Morgan LLP

Paula Kathrens - Blake Morgan LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Led by the 'results-focused and knowledgeable' Claire Rawle, Blake Morgan LLP's two-partner team has a unique perspective on the market by virtue of its ability to handle civil and criminal health and safety matters, from both a prosecution and defence perspective. The team also handles compliance and management issues for private and public sector clients, with a growing presence in relation to product safety and liability. Robin Havard has vast experience on the prosecution front and is a key member of the team that also includes practising barrister Tom Walker, who is recognised as 'one to watch' for his strong contentious practice, and the development of certain niches including aviation and aerospace/space safety.

Practice head(s):Claire Rawle

Other key lawyers:Robin Havard; Tom Walker

Testimonials

'A very user-friendly and experienced team.'

'Very good knowledge of the subject area.'

'Claire Rawle has a very broad range of experience.'

 

Key Clients

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

 

Work highlights

  • Represented a contractor client in relation to an HSE prosecution arising from an incident when a gas main ignited whilst it was being repaired, injuring two workers.
  • Represented the HSE in the prosecution of a major waste recycling company arising from a fatality involving the failure of a driver to re-connect his trailer to his tractor unit whilst conducting a collection from a customer's premises.
  • Represented a fabrications company in relation to an HSE prosecution arising from a serious incident that occurred due to a failure to remove an unsafe lifting attachment from the workplace.
  • Secured discontinuance in relation to a Local Authority prosecution brought against a publican following an incident involving the use of a deep fat fryer when an employee sustained serious burns.
  • Instructed by the HSE in relation to the prosecution of a farm partnership for failing to maintain the handbrake of a tractor, which resulted in rollaway and a fatal crushing injury to an employee.
Leading individuals

Claire Rawle - Blake Morgan LLP

Robin Havard - Blake Morgan LLP

Rising stars

Tom Walker   - Blake Morgan LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP is particularly accomplished at handling pensions matters for public sector clients, including housing associations, local and central government and universities. On the private sector front, in addition to providing pension-related advice on corporate transactions handled by the firm, it also regularly provides discrete pensions advice for scheme trustees and employers. Team head Gillian McCue  was recently promoted to senior associate in recognition of her strong practice in the area.

Practice head(s):Gillian McCue

Other key lawyers:Ron Burgess

Testimonials

'Very helpful and supportive.'

'The firm has an in-depth knowledge of pensions schemes and legislation.'

'Very experienced in drafting consultation documentation ensuring full compliance with legislative requirements.'

Key Clients

UNIVERSITY OF WALES SUPERANNUATION SCHEME

MICHAEL WEINIG (UK) PENSION AND ASSURANCE SCHEME

MILFORD HAVEN PORT AUTHORITY RETIREMENT BENEFITS SCHEME

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PENSION SCHEME

ABERYSTWTH UNIVERSITY PENSION SCHEME

NHS ENGLAND

WELSH GOVERNMENT

PERSONNEL HYGIENE SERVICES

NURTURE LANDSCAPES LIMITED

WALES AND WEST UTILITIES LIMITED

PANASONIC MANUFACTURING (UK) LIMITED PENSION AND ASSURANCE SCHEME

Work highlights

  • Advised Nurture Landscapes on the pensions liabilities arising from the transfer of staff.
  • Advice to a Welsh County Council on the pensions implications of a re-tender exercise.
  • Advice to NHS England on numerous matters involving the New Fair Deal. Providing pensions drafting in commercial contracts.
  • General day to day scheme governance for Milford Haven Port Authority.
  • Provided the pensions advice pursuant to Shaw Healthcare's sale of a minority stake to Bridges Evergreen Holdings.
Rising stars

Gillian McCue - Blake Morgan LLP

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Wales: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Spearheaded by David Mortimer, Blake Morgan LLP has a 'strong reputation' for handling defence work and is one of the few law firms in Wales with a significant focus on defending clinical negligence claims brought against doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals. The team also has a particular niche acting for doctors sued in their role as experts in personal injury claims.

Practice head(s):David Mortimer

Other key lawyers:Claire Rawle; Tina Whitman; Alison Huckle

Leading individuals

David Mortimer - Blake Morgan LLP

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Wales: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

With a core group of four fee-earners focused on the charities and not-for-profit sector and also aided by lawyers from across other practice areas, including property and employment (should the need arise), Blake Morgan LLP is well-positioned to provide a holistic and comprehensive service to a wide range of Welsh and UK-based charities (where it is also able to leverage the firm's broader national footprint). Particular areas of specialism include advice on governance, transactional matters involving charities (including advice on joint ventures and restructurings), legacies and the creation of and amendments to Royal Charters, as well as advice on statutory charitable bodies. As one of the leading authorities on Welsh public law, Emyr Lewis regularly provides invaluable advice to non-Welsh charities on devolved Welsh law, and Eve Piffaretti provides niche expertise on issues affecting the social care charity sector.

Practice head(s):Ben Brice (based in Reading but works across all offices including Cardiff)

Other key lawyers:James Egan; Eve Piffaretti; Emyr Lewis

Key Clients

St John Cymru Wales

Tenovus Cancer Care

Hafal

MacIntyre

Chwarae Teg

Cardiff and Vale College

Royal National Institute for the Blind

United Bible Societies

The National Library of Wales

Work highlights

  • Reviewing and advising on updates required to the charity's policies and procedures to ensure compliance with law and best practice relating to the Protection of Children and Adults.
  • Various property and construction matters.
  • Advice on charity's governance review exercise.
  • Advising on alterations to charitable Scheme to enable development of property.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Able to leverage the firm's significant corporate client base and also regularly instructed on a standalone ad-hoc basis by high-net-worth individuals, Blake Morgan LLP's team has a strong reputation across estate administration, trusts and succession planning. The 'very professional' Lisa Davies  heads up the four-strong Cardiff team that is also able to tap into the resources and expertise of practitioners throughout the firm's UK offices, should the need arise. Recently promoted to senior associate, Nicky Sherrard regularly deals with the high value administration of estates and trust matters to include overseas assets, agricultural and business property.

Practice head(s):Lisa Davies

Other key lawyers:Nicky Sherrard; Ben Coulson

Testimonials

The firm has an exceptional attitude to ensuring the technical aspects of a matter are understood from the outset and are dealt with correctly throughout the matter.

The firm communicates issues clearly so that everyone can work together smoothly and have the depth of knowledge and access to expert advice to ensure that their work is first class.

Nicky Sherrard has a genuine interest in her clients and the ability to ensure that they receive the best outcome for their situation. Her attention to detail and client care experience makes her an outstanding solicitor for any complex or sensitive private client issue

Lisa Davies is very trustworthy

Work highlights

  • Advised trustees in relation to a potential challenge by a discretionary beneficiary of a trust in relation to a distribution.
  • Dealing with the administration of the cross-border estates of deceased civil partners
  • Acting as executors and in the administration of an estate with challenging family dynamics and advising in relation to an annuity clause contained in the will
  • Acting as co-executors and in the administration of an estate requiring specialist advice in relation to Agricultural Property Relief and Business Property Relief
Rising stars

Nicky Sherrard - Blake Morgan LLP

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Wales: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Led by the 'excellent' James Egan, Blake Morgan LLP's five-partner team handles a balanced mix of work across the private and public sector, in addition to niche social housing-related property matters. The 'very reliable and strong' Geoff Reed excels in handling high-value domestic development transactions, while Nigel Griffiths continues to oversee a thriving retail leasing offering for  landlords and tenants in a major London retail space. As well as being able to call upon the expertise of lawyers, the firm also now boasts a significant non-lawyer in-house capability which includes surveyors, project managers and cost consultants.

Practice head(s):James Egan

Other key lawyers:Geoff Reed; Nigel Griffiths; Louise Howells; Daniela Smith; Dawn Smith

Testimonials

It is a really friendly, approachable team who work hard to meet our deadlines and requirements

James Egan has a broad understanding of property and tenancy matters

Louise Howells is very experienced in social housing work

Key Clients

Canary Wharf Group Plc

Welsh Government

Cardiff Metropolitan University

NHS Wales

The Royal National Institute for Blind People

Rightacres Property Company

Barola Property Holdings

Hodge Bank

HSBC

Pennaf Housing Association

Work highlights

  • The team is acting for the health board on the procurement of the development, by a private sector developer, of a new primary care facility in Brynmawr.
  • Advising the university on the development and leasing of three floors (circa 45,000 square feet) of a new central Cardiff Grade "A" office on a 25 year lease.
  • Acting for the client on its negotiations with Persimmon Homes in respect of the development of strategic land north of Junction 33 on the M4 on mixed use development of approximately 2,000 homes, employment, other associated community uses and a strategic park and ride.
  • Acting for the bank who took security over part of Hartpury College, Hartpury House, Gloucester in consideration of a facility provided to the college to develop a new sports facility
  • Acted for the client on the acquisition of the former Avana Bakery site now known as Avana Business Park, Wern Trading Estate, Rogerstone, Newport.
Leading individuals

Geoff Reed - Blake Morgan LLP

Nigel Griffiths - Blake Morgan LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's multi-office team deploys 'comprehensive business acumen' to contentious and transactional construction matters, ranging from large infrastructure projects through to ad-hoc disputes. Led by the 'very responsive' Joanna Rees, the Cardiff team advises private and public sector purchasers and contractors across a diverse array of industry sectors including residential and commercial development, retail and leisure, energy, banking and education. The 'very professional and personable' Rachel Gwilliam specialises in construction and engineering matters, dealing with contentious, non-contentious and professional negligence issues.

Practice head(s):Joanna Rees

Other key lawyers:Rachel Gwilliam; Simon McCann

Testimonials

The team's knowledge and experience on construction contract law is second to none.

Provides a high-quality and efficient service

The team acts with total professionalism at all times and are very clear with their reporting and advice.

Rachel Gwilliam inspires confidence when suggesting a suitable response to any given scenario.

Rachel Gwilliam has extensive industry knowledge, and is very attentive to detail.

Rachel Gwilliam's legal skills combined with her detailed knowledge of all aspects of construction and standard forms of contract make her a force to be reckoned with in all aspects of construction contract dispute resolution.

Joanna Rees is leading in her field

Key Clients

City of Cardiff Council

Wales & West Housing Association

Ledwood Mechanical Engineering

Igloo Regeneration (General Partner)

Transport for Wales

Eastbourne Council

Balliol College, Oxford

Work highlights

  • Drafting a third iteration of the South East and Mid-Wales Collaborative Construction Framework for the City of Cardiff Council.
  • Prepared an overarching agreement and ancillary contract documentation for Wales & West Housing Association, for an eight-lot long-term Wales-wide contractor procurement for the construction of new homes.
  • Conducting an arbitration on behalf of Ledwood Mechanical Engineering concerning a dispute between two parties in a chain of contracts regarding work carried out at a site of an ethane import and cryogenic storage facility in Middlesbrough.
  • Advising on all issues arising out of the Porth Teigr regeneration scheme for Igloo Regeneration (General Partner) Ltd, including the construction of BBC studios, Gloworks, roads, lock crossings and all associated infrastructure.
  • Working with the procurement team on the preparation of construction contracts for Transport for Wales, for the Infrastructure Delivery Partners of the Wales and Borders Rail Service and South Wales Metro.
Leading individuals

Joanna Rees - Blake Morgan LLP

Rachel Gwilliam - Blake Morgan LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP generates a significant amount of repeat instructions for a range of local and UK-wide landlord and tenants across the gamut of property litigation, including on high-value commercial dilapidations and compulsory purchase order compensation claims. Team head Sian Jones is particularly noted for her social housing-related property litigation prowess and regularly represents housing associations in their most pressing disputes.

Practice head(s):Sian Jones

Other key lawyers:David George

Key Clients

Welsh Government

Canary Wharf Group

RPS Group

NHS England

Triumph Furniture

Crabtree & Evelyn

Cardiff Council

Seiko

Eagle One Group

Royal National Institute for the Blind

Work highlights

  • Representing Clwyd Alyn Housing Association in respect of a breach of lease and breach of management agreement for the provision of support services to people with addiction problems.
  • Contested lease renewal for Eagle One Shopping Village, relating to the landlord's development requirements and the anchor tenant's requirements for a long lease.
  • Advising on the commercial and residential aspects of the regeneration of a former council estate for Newport City Homes - including Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 lease renewals for retail tenants (major chains and local retailers), and variations of long residential leases to ensure that land is available when required for development.
  • Continuing to act for South Wales Land Developments in relation to the claim against Western Power Distribution (South Wales) Limited for damages for breach of covenant contained within a deed of easement in respect of obligations to relocate an electricity pylon.
  • Acted on urgent instructions from Festiniog Railway Company to obtain an injunction against an individual from accessing and interfering with the railway line and endangering members of the public.
Leading individuals

Sian Jones - Blake Morgan LLP

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP has a 'big local presence' among many of the country's most significant housing associations, which appreciate the firm's ability to resource matters utilising practitioners with core social housing knowledge, as well as lawyers in complementary practice areas including employment, property, health, finance and construction who have developed a strong track-record in the sector. Team head Sian Jones excels at handling housing management and leasehold issues, and frequently represents housing associations in anti-social behaviour cases.

Practice head(s):Sian Jones

Other key lawyers:Louise Howells; Penri Desscan

Key Clients

Pennaf Group

Newport City Homes

Cardiff Community Housing

Melin Homes

Wales and West Housing Association

Linc-Cymru Housing Association

Pobl Group

Peabody Group

Midland Heart

Tai Tarian

Work highlights

  • Advised Valleys to Coast Housing on a £10m term loan to facilitate further investments in the social housing sector
  • Acted for Linc-Cymru Housing Association on obtaining possession of an excluded licence in contested proceedings where the occupier raised Equality Act defences, challenged the status of the licence agreement and made personal allegations against staff members
  • Advising Newport City Homes on land acquisition and leasehold portfolio matters (both residential and commercial) to enable regeneration plans to proceed.
  • Advised Clwyd Alyn Housing Association in a complex relocation of residential tenants with physical and mental health disabilities to enable outstanding improvement works to be carried out.
  • Acting for Clwyd Alyn Housing Association in respect of a breach of lease and breach of management agreement regarding the provision of support services to people with addiction problems.
Leading individuals

Sian Jones - Blake Morgan LLP

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Wales: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP is best-known for its work across a range of IT projects (including cloud computing, app development and exploitation, business process and outsourcing) for public sector clients. Simon McCann regularly advises public sector clients on the procurement aspects of major IT projects and is a key member of the team that was enhanced by the arrival in January 2019 of Karl Foster ,  who previously worked as an in-house lawyer at a fintech and financial services intermediary.

Practice head(s):Emyr Lewis

Other key lawyers:Simon McCann; Karl Foster; Jon Belcher; Kevin Manship

Testimonials

It is a very committed and professional team

The firm provides excellent leadership and governance

Emyr Lewis is very dedicated and committed.

Key Clients

Welsh Government

NHS England

Greater Manchester Police

NHS Wales Informatics Service

Admiral Insurance

Wales and West Utilities

Work highlights

  • Advising on the procurement of a network refresh for Cardiff University
  • Advised Greater Manchester Police (part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority) on all aspects of the procurement both of the Strategic Development Partner and various IT contractors for specific work packages.
Next Generation Partners

Karl Foster - Blake Morgan LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP acts for public and private sector clients across a range of non-contentious and contentious IP matters, including as it relates to patents and trade marks. Particular areas of specialism include comparative advertising and advice on anti-counterfeiting and grey market goods. 'Highly intelligent' team head Lee Fisher has a strong track record for handling IP litigation but is also very active assisting clients on the commercialisation of their IPR.

Practice head(s):Lee Fisher

Other key lawyers:Emyr Lewis; Karl Foster; Sarah Whittle; Joanna Corbett-Simmons

Testimonials

The breadth of knowledge and experience of the team sees them as a first choice for complex IP litigation, including injunctive proceedings and issues arising from the use of new technology.

Lee Fisher is the 'go-to' IP litigator in Wales and the West and is able to explain complicated matters involving intellectual property rights and action in layman's terms.

 

Key Clients

Infinite Renewables

Fortune Woods (UK)

Cardiff University

Steritouch

The Welsh Ministers

DHAIS Plc and Hearing Health and Mobility

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Vansdirect

Symrise

Clarins UK

Work highlights

  • Successfully pursued a claim on behalf of Infinite Renewables Limited, Wind Direct Limited, Andrew Crossman and Iestyn Morgan for unfair prejudice against a former director including claims for breach of confidence and breach of copyright
  • Advising Fortune Woods (UK) Limited in relation to the rationalisation of its portfolio of furniture designs and on new designs being placed on the market (and related third-party registrations)
  • Advising Cardiff University on IP protection for an innovative gaming app aimed at changing cognitive behaviours
  • Drafting an exclusive patent licence for Curapel (Scotland) Limited for the manufacture of ground-breaking eczema treatment
  • Advice to Steritouch Limited on the protection of IP in innovative antimicrobial additives
Leading individuals

Lee Fisher - Blake Morgan LLP

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