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Moore Blatch LLP

GATEWAY HOUSE, TOLLGATE, EASTLEIGH, SO53 3TG, ENGLAND
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38507 SOUTHAMPTON
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London, Lymington, Richmond, Southampton

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and Commercial: Hampshire
Corporate and Commercial: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Moore Blatch LLP

In addition to acting for entities in the technology, financial services and manufacturing & logistics sectors, Moore Blatch LLP generates work from private entrepreneurs. Its practice covers M&A, IPOs, private equity transactions, fundraisings, buy-ins and buy-outs. The team is experienced in assisting clients with strategic serial acquisitions. Peter Jeffery is sought out to act for management teams, with a primary focus on the tech sector. Dorothy Agnew is the name to note for IT contract work.

Practice head(s):Roger Bailey

Other key lawyers:Peter Jeffery; Jeremy Over; Dorothy Agnew; David Bright; Thomas Clark

Key Clients

ICS Group Holdings

Churchill Retirement

F.T.E Group

MCT Engineering

Peach Technologies

Venture Equity Partners

Excalibur Unified Communications

Motorcare Motor Factors

Work highlights

  • Assisted the shareholders of ICS Cool Energy with the sale of the company to Ingersoll Rand.
  • Assisted Whiteley based multi-award-winning technology provider Peach Technologies with its acquisition of Taylor Made Computer Solutions.
  • Assisted a client with two rounds of bidding pertaining to an off-shore manufacturing business.
  • Assisted with the disposal of the entire issued share capital of Motorcare Motor Factors to Alliance Automotive Group.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Hampshire
Commercial litigation: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP

Rob Evans leads the commercial litigation department at Moore Blatch LLP. The team primarily handles commercial and IP-related disputes for larger SMEs, owner-managed businesses and entrepreneurial private clients. Disputes arising from corporate transactions are a key area of expertise, specifically warranty claims and restrictive covenant disputes. Claire Haverfield is recommended.

Practice head(s):Rob Evans

Other key lawyers:Mark Osgood; Claire Haverfield; Andrew Reid; Marina Clinnick

Key Clients

Creation Flooring

Swiftime

Work highlights

  • Representing Creative Flooring in a contractual dispute arising from a joint enterprise with a national supplier of construction materials; the claim is worth over £3m.
  • Asssisted Swiftime with recovery of significant debt paid by the client to a property developer, where the property developer then suffered significant losses following the crash in 2008.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP handles debt offering ranges from advising on pre-issue recovery, issuing claims in the County Court and High Court and enforcement of judgements. Associates Peter Worrall and Susannah Marsh are the main practitioners and have a strong track-record in trade debt collection and working with letting agencies and landlords in the collection of rent arrears.

Practice head(s):Peter Worrall

Other key lawyers:Peter Worrall; Susannah Marsh

Key Clients

Tetnet Communication Services LLP

Octopus Property

Futurebuild Recruitment Limited

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Rising stars

Peter Worrall - Moore Blatch LLP

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South East: Finance

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

Moore Blatch LLP

Led by specialist insolvency lawyer Heather Dobson, the insolvency and restructuring team at Moore Blatch LLP's Southampton office has rapidly grown its client base and volume of instructions over the last 12 months, doubling its turnover and exceeding its targets. The team undertakes the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious restructuring and risk advisory work. The team is also able to work in many complementary areas that cross over into insolvency, including financial services, banking and professional negligence, charity, property, family and probate.

Practice head(s):Heather Dobson

Other key lawyers:Heather Dobson; Rebecca Chaplin; Lisa Saxby

Key Clients

Begbies Traynor

CVR Global

James Cowper Kreston

Mazars

Menzies

Moore Stephens

PWC

Quantuma

RSM

Smith and Williamson

Work highlights

  • Advising the liquidator of Parnham Coaches Limited (in Liquidation) on the implications of a failed disguised remuneration tax avoidance scheme.
  • Advising the administrator of The Royal National Rose Society (in Administration), a charity and the world’s oldest plant society, having been formed in 1876.
  • Advising on the pre pack administration of Process Projects Limited (in Administration)
Next Generation Partners

Heather Dobson - Moore Blatch LLP

Rising stars

Lisa Saxby - Moore Blatch LLP

Rebecca Chaplin - Moore Blatch LLP

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP is known for assisting clients operating in the technology, advertising, media, financial services and hospitality sectors. Its practice covers the employment aspects of corporate transactions, unfair dismissal claims, reorganisations and restructurings, and senior executive terminations. Katherine Maxwell, who leads the group, advises employers and senior executives.

Practice head(s):Katherine Maxwell

Other key lawyers:Naomi Greenwood; Emma Edis

Key Clients

No 1 Lounges

Southern Communications

Monarch Laundry

Chichester Trees and Shrubs

SKS Business Services

Stable Family Home Trust

ICS Group Holdings

Peach Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised No 1 Lounges with the employee aspects of a business transfer agreement related to the acquisition of five airport lounges owned by Etihad; assisted with all employee due diligence and employee terms in the agreement.
  • Assisted Peach Technologies with all the employment aspects of its initial reorganisation, refinancing and subsequent acquisition of Taylor Made Computer Solutions
  • Supported Stable Family Home Trust in relation to two employment tribunal matters; the first relating to disability discrimination and the second relating to automatic unfair dismissal following an alleged protected disclosure.
  • Assisted ICS Group Holdings with the employee due diligence process in the context of the sale of the company to Ingersoll Rand.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP is best known for its work defending fatal and serious injury cases, particularly within the construction, manufacturing, food and drink and transport industries. Regulatory expert David Thompson is the key advisor for clients seeking representation in investigations by the Health and Safety Executive or defence when faced with serious violation offences.

Practice head(s):David Thompson

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Moore Blatch LLP

The clinical negligence team at Moore Blatch LLP specialises in infectious diseases of the brain, neurosurgery, cauda equina syndrome, and rare endocrinological conditions. The team is led by Tim Spring and includes Maya Sushila, who handles complex catastrophic claims pertaining to gynaecological incidents. Other key members include Victoria Hydon, who handles neonatal deaths.

Practice head(s):Tim Spring

Other key lawyers:Maya Sushila; Victoria Hydon

Next Generation Partners

Maya Sushila - Moore Blatch LLP

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP deals with severe brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, complex musculoskeletal injuries, and other fatal accidents. Under the leadership of Damian Horan, the team has handled numerous multimillion-pound matters pertaining to serious brain injuries. Fadwa Errhioui is an increasingly visible adviser in the personal injury field and is building a reputation for securing rehabilitation and settlements for her clients. Another name to note is Richmond-based Trevor Sterling, who has a focus on trauma cases.

Practice head(s):Damian Horan; Trever Sterling; Matthew Claxson

Other key lawyers:Fadwa Errhioui; James Glasper; Martin Usher

Work highlights

  • Handling a £5m spinal cord injury claim.
  • Handling a £6m spinal cord injury claim.
Leading individuals

Damian Horan - Moore Blatch LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP has established a strong track record of claimant-focused professional negligence work that ends in favourable commercial settlements for their diverse client base. Practice head Rob Evans has expertise in tax-related claims, whereas Mark Osgood handles insolvency matters. Also recommended is associate Andrew Reid who handles financial miss-selling claims.

Practice head(s):Rob Evans

Other key lawyers:Mark Osgood; Andrew Reid

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP’s rural services sector team deals with a wide range of matters across private client, property, land development, planning, litigation, employment and family and company structures. The client portfolio includes owners of landed estates, farms, large country homes, polo and horse racing businesses, stud farms and veterinary practices. Sarah Jordan heads the practice in Southampton. Ed Whittington in Southampton and Phillip Whitcomb in Lymington office are other names to note.

Practice head(s):Sarah Jones

Other key lawyers:Ed Whittington; Phillip Whitcomb

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Family: Hampshire
Family: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Moore Blatch LLP

Matrimonial finance and children matters are cornerstones of Moore Blatch LLP's family practice, with the firm mainly acting for high net worth individuals. The firm has recently handled a significant number of cross-border mandates and maintains a notable reputation for wealth protection work. Team head Debra Emery specialises in the management of business and property portfolios upon divorce, particularly cases involving complex or unusual assets, such as farms and business structures. Associate Katy Barber is recommended for private law children issues.

Practice head(s):Debra Emery

Other key lawyers:Katy Barber; Sarah French

Work highlights

  • Handled a high asset divorce case run and resolved under the bespoke HFLS Collaborative model – including financial and family consultants from the outset.
  • Handled a mediation case where one party had a brain injury with resulting mental health issues. The marital finances and arrangements for the children were resolved and uniquely the children were part of the mediation process.
  • Handled a difficult divorce case where the unrepresented spouse was particularly hostile however despite proceeding being issued for finances and children, both were resolved by consent.
  • A business divorce case which involved cross-practice collaboration across the firm's private client, corporate, employment teams to arrive at a successful resolution.
  • Represented a client in a successful  post-separation High Court dispute with her ex-partner over their £1m home.
Next Generation Partners

Katy Barber - Moore Blatch LLP

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

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP's diverse client roster includes SME business owners, high net worth individuals, trustees, attorneys and deputies. Its team has expertise in business property relief and care fees planning, and also advises on asset protection and complex tax planning matters. Team head Phillip Whitcomb is an expert in issues specific to clients in rural and farming communities. The firm also has a specialist sub-division which focuses on Court of Protection work; Fiona Heald is recommended in this space. Carla Brown departed for Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):Philip Whitcomb

Other key lawyers:Alison Lloyd; Fiona Heald; Matthew Billingsley; Peter Stagg; Kate Marsh

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South East: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP focuses on individuals dealing with the education sector, acting primarily for parents and guardians. The firm predominantly works on special educational needs issues and frequently represents clients in SEN tribunal proceedings. it also handles exclusion and school choice matters. Former practice head Erin Smart departed the firm for Irwin Mitchell in November 2018, while former team member Janata Ali rejoined to head the team from Boyes Turner.

Practice head(s):Janata Ali

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP focuses its healthcare practice on individuals, providing a wide range of services for those with care and support needs. The practice  acts on behalf of adults and children, as well as working on Court of Protection matters. Tim Spring heads the overall healthcare practice, and is particularly focused on clinical negligence matters, while Mea North heads the community care team following Paula Barnes' departure for Lester Aldridge LLP in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Tim Spring

Other key lawyers:Mea North

Rising stars

Mea North - Moore Blatch LLP

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Hampshire
Commercial property: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Moore Blatch LLP

In May 2018, Moore Blatch LLP merged with real estate firm Dempster Binning, which saw name partner Peter Dempster and Dawn Searles join the amalgamated commercial property team. Acquisitions and disposals of commercial property portfolios, property financing work and landlord and tenant transactions are notable mainstays of the work. The land development arm of the practice regularly acts for national housebuilders. Martin Duck is the team head. Luc Algar has specialist experience of acting for transport, logistics and marine sector clients.

Practice head(s):Martin Duck

Other key lawyers:Julian Parkes; Luc Algar; Charles Cantoni; Bernard Ralph, Lee Edwards, Stephen Ball; Peter Dempster; Dawn Searles

Key Clients

Rosa’s London

Darwin & Wallace

Purlieu Construction Company

Henty

Wright & Bell

Almax Group

Foreman Homes

William Grant & Sons

Hampshire Homes Group

Commercial First

Albion & East

Work highlights

  • Assisted Rosa's London with the sale of its very successful Thai restaurant business comprising 14 restaurants, with three others exchanged prior to completion of the sale.
  • Assisting Henty with a long-term option to sell land to Linden Homes and Miller Homes for residential development.
  • Assisted Foreman Homes Limited with negotiating and agreeing all relevant documents to enable an approximately £6m site to be purchased with its joint venture partner.
  • Assisted William Grant & Sons, the privately-owned Whiskey Distiller which produces Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Hendricks Gin, purchase a new £28m headquarters in London.  
  • Asssisted Commercial First with the transfer of 5,000 mortgages between it and another morgage lender, and all property aspects therein.
Leading individuals

Luc Algar - Moore Blatch LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP's contentious property work is managed by the asset recovery & dispute resolution team. Its client roster includes property developers, landowners and banks and lenders. Sarah Watley heads up the asset recovery litigation and sales teams, which are active in commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters. Mortgage repossessions are another key area of specialisation. Chris Marsden heads the real estate litigation team, while Thomas Middlehurst works on complex boundary disputes.

Practice head(s):Sarah Watley

Other key lawyers:Chris Marsden; Thomas Middlehurst

Key Clients

Commercial First Business Limited

Sidha Investments Limited

Richmond Charities

Work highlights

  • Acted for landlord client in its opposition to the renewal of a lease by a retailer tenant.
  • Acted for an international pharmaceuticals firm on its relocation to new premises, which included advice on a dilapidations claim relating to the old premises and a £2m JCT contract dispute (relating to fit out of new premises) and adjudication with the main contractor.
  • The firm is acting for the owner of a large parcel of land in West Sussex valued at £6m, but which is subject to a number of agreements with national telecommunications providers. It is advising on the various issues arising under the code in order to obtain vacant possession of the land.
  • Acting for a client who is the freehold owner of two residential blocks of flats, the title of which includes a rear car park. The client is pursuing a claim in trespass against the neighbouring owner for Wrotham Park damages assessed at £220,000.
  • The firm is acting for a number of leaseholders of a large  block of residential flats in South West London to challenge the overcharging of an estimated £500,000 of service charges and administration charges against the leaseholders under various section 20 notice in respect of extensive renovation works to the building.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP provides a wide range of commercial IT services, and is noted for its particular expertise in data analytics, often advising clients in relation to new and emerging technologies in the sector. The practice also advises on data protection, outsourcing and framework and re-seller agreements for technology providers. Department co-head Dorothy Agnew has a broad commercial IT practice, while practice head John Warchus is the president of pan-European technology law network, the IP and IT Law Group.

Practice head(s):John Warchus

Other key lawyers:Dorothy Agnew; Sarah Crookall; Jasnoop Cheema

Key Clients

Bytes Technology Group UK

Core Technology Systems (UK)

Best Invest (Brokers) and Tilney Bestinvest Group

Intellectual Property Online / Web TMS

Kyocera SGS Precision Tools Europe

NAK Consulting Services

Cluttons LLP

Datamatics Business Solutions

Box-It Data Management

Talisman Innovations

Work highlights

  • For Bytes Technology Group, updating customer agreements drafted in previous years to reflect changes introduced by the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018, as well as advising on using a sub-processor based in India to process customers' personal data, drafting data processor agreement sbased on the EC’s standard contractual clauses.
  • Ongoing advice to Core Technology Systems in relation to master services agreement and framework agreements.
  • Reviewed and amended Kyocera SGS Precision Tools’ new privacy notice and data protection policies initially drafted internally.
  • Drafting a master services agreement and service schedules for the provision of the client's services.
  • Drafted a reseller agreement for the resale of the Omnidox record management software application and platform.
Leading individuals

Dorothy Agnew - Moore Blatch LLP

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