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Blake Morgan LLP

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Rachel Gwilliam

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Blake Morgan LLP

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Qualified 2001.


Society of Construction Law; Forum for the Built Environment, West Wales.

London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

The substantial, multi-disciplinary team at Blake Morgan LLP is highlighted for providing 'excellent service'. Matthew Smith, who is especially adept in all aspects of non-contentious and contentious employment matters and has chaired a number of disciplinary and appeal hearings for universities, heads the practice. It acts for a range of higher education clients as well as having links with education bodies such as the Association of University Legal Practitioners and the Sixth Form Colleges' Association. The team is acting for Swansea University and the trustees of the university pension scheme in relation to a case that is examining the meaning of ‘unfavourable treatment’ under section 15 of the Equality Act 2010 – an action  brought by a former employee. Emyr Lewis advises on a wide range of commercial matters and Richard Wade is advising Keble College, Oxford on a construction project that will extend the college’s campus. Other key partners include Susie Dryden; Rachel Gwilliam, who advises on areas such as construction and engineering; and Penri Desscan, who specialises in procurement and other commercial matters.

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Wales: Real estate


Within: Construction

The 'responsive, knowledgeable and experienced' two-partner team at Blake Morgan LLP provides contentious and non-contentious expertise to public and private sector clients across a broad range of construction mandates including retail and leisure, energy, health and education projects. The 'very professional and personable' Rachel Gwilliam  has 'extensive industry knowledge' and is particularly accomplished at handling adjudication work. Gwilliam recently secured a notable victory at adjudication for United Welsh Housing Association in a claim brought against the contractor regarding latent defects to the Association's office headquarters in Caerphilly. 'Very knowledgeable in her field', Joanna Rees  handles both contentious and non-contentious matters and is appreciated by clients for her 'clear and precise advice' and 'ability to work well under pressure'. Aided by the 'responsive and knowledgeable' Simon McCann on the procurement front, Rees is advising Transport for Wales on the production of a bespoke suite of construction contracts for use in connection with the extensive rail infrastructure improvements that will be central to the new Wales and Borders rail franchise, which is due to be awarded later in 2018, and the South Wales Metro programme. Associate Kate Howell is also recommended.

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