Blake Morgan LLP > Oxford, England > Firm Profile

Blake Morgan LLP
SEACOURT TOWER
WEST WAY
OXFORD
OX2 0FB
England

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 1

Counting AIM-listed companies and private equity houses amongst its key clients, the Blake Morgan LLP team has extensive experience of handling complex M&A in the technology, education, and social care sectors. James Hawkeswood specialises in joint ventures and private equity investments, representing retail and energy corporations, while Mark Hepworth has in-depth expertise in advising on acquisitions and disposals in the healthcare and special educational needs industries. Stephen Archibald is knowledgeable on public company takeovers, and Gemma Spiceley routinely assists private companies from the franchise and childcare space. Matthew Wilson acts for high-net-worth-individuals. Senior associate Jasmin Taylor focuses on group reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Simon Staples

Other key lawyers:

James Hawkeswood; Mark Hepworth; Stephen Archibald; Gemma Spiceley; Mathew Wilson; Jasmin Taylor

Testimonials

‘The engagement has been proactive, timely and very supportive. Access to partners and associate across the Blake Morgan portfolio has been first class and has given me and my trustees a great deal of comfort to know that we work with skilled and professional lawyers.’

‘Extremely competent team with people who engaged with an appropriate level of detail in an industry that was unusual but with clear ability, competence, and helpfulness. Really effective and gave confidence to us that we could take the step of buying a significant business.’

‘Gemma Spiceley was seriously impressive and helped us understand and negotiate the details with great care and competence. Seriously impressive and we would not hesitate to use the firm again or recommend them in future.’

‘Gemma Spiceley is strong and realistic in her advice. A good lateral thinker to address complex issues.’

‘The Blake Morgan team are professional and thorough. Our company has used them on many occasions and we always get a great service. All of the team that I have worked directly with are knowledgeable and efficient. The benefit to potential clients is the wealth of experience across the firm and their responsiveness, particularly when there is an urgent task to be carried out.’

‘Gemma Spiceley and Jasmin Taylor know our business which is essential. They explain the complex legal jargon in simple terms to make it understood.’

Key clients

Utilita Group Limited

Argentis Group Limited

Applerigg

Gresham Technologies plc

DEKRA UK

Hardide plc

Ridgecrest plc

Vocational Training Charitable Trust

Hughes & Salvidge

Peachstate Hobby Distribution, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Hughes & Salvidge Waste Management on the disposal of its entire issued share capital and subsidiaries, which followed on from an acquisition and previous restructuring exercise.
  • Advised Vocational Training Charitable Trust on the purchase of the entire issued share capital of Skillsfirst Holdings and its subsidiaries, Skillsfirst Awards and Skillsfirst Assess.
  • Advised Eve (the former AIM-listed direct-to-consumer mattress, bed and sleep wellness brand operating in the UK, Ireland and France) and its directors on a strategic review undertaken by way of a 4-month long, takeover code-governed formal sale process.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP‘s corporate and commercial team has demonstrable experience on a broad spectrum of high-end matters with emphasis on the tech, leisure and education sectors. Simon Staples leads on the corporate side, overseeing the team’s deal flow which spans spinouts, cross-border M&A, disposals and equity capital market transactions. Legal director Timothy Coles is also a key corporate name and is an expert in the leisure sector advising on M&A, equity fundraisings, restructurings, and corporate governance matters. Co-head of team and ‘superstar’ Alison Patten-Hall remains a pre-eminent commercial lawyer in the Thames Valley and leads the firm’s nationwide commercial practice. She excels on large-scale projects, especially outsourcing and IT procurements. Tech and GDPR expert Elisabeth Bell bolsters the team’s commercial offering with her know-how on IT projects and issues arising from emerging technologies.

Practice head(s):

Alison Patten-Hall; Simon Staples

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth Bell; Penny Rinta-Suksi; Manoj Styche-Patel; Rob Jefferies; Timothy Coles

Testimonials

‘The team has a high attention to detail and knowledge across multiple sectors which provides a rounded package of support.’

‘Alison Patten-Hall has been amazing to work with. Her knowledge within the sector has been invaluable and she is able to turn around things quickly and to a high standard. Where the work has covered multiple disciplines such as HR and Data Protection she has been able to call on her partners for extra support ensuring that we are fully covered.’

‘Blake Morgan strive to ensure they are part of the team, understanding the problem to be addressed and working alongside the team to resolve rather than just quoting legal-ease.’

‘Alison Patten-Hall is a superstar. Always available to help with all manner of projects, often at short notice, providing pragmatic advice at a reasonable cost. I cannot recommend her highly enough.’

Key clients

University of Reading

Digital Space Group Limited

CRM Students Limited

Miele Company Limited

NHS England

Reading Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Oxfordshire County Council

Langley House Trust

Swansea University

SSE Water

Oxford Technical Solutions Limited

Wiggle Limited

Utilita Energy Limited

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and the Crime and the Metropolitan Police Service

Falanx Group

Dillistone Group plc

Anthesis Consulting Group

Velocys plc

De La Rue plc

Boom Holdings Limited

Lucy Group

Vail Williams

Winterbotham Derby

Surrey and East Surrey Water plc

Timeguard Limited

Osirium plc

Oxford Pharmagenesis

Recarta IT

HCL Technologies UK Limited

Cranstoun

The Guildhall Trust

PolarSeal Tapes and Conversions Limited

Wearegrip Limited

DEKRA UK Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Supporting the inhouse team at the University of Reading on a variety of commercial and IT projects.
  • Provided commercial support to DEKRA including negotiating various agreements with major customers of the client, drafting template agreements as well as acting as advisors for DEKRA’s general ad-hoc legal queries for various group companies all over the world.
  • Advised Timeguard Limited on the sale of its business and assets as a going concern, with the transaction involving assignment of intellectual property and industrial rights along with various licences and distribution agreements.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 1

Acting on behalf of clients in high-value disputes across the IP, public, and manufacturing sectors, the Blake Morgan LLP commercial litigation group is recommended for its ability to handle contractual claims and cross-jurisdictional issues. Richard Portlock typically advises companies within the food, travel, and leisure fields. Dan Geddes boasts 17 years’ experience as a litigator, mainly in insolvency, while Louise Fuller focuses on the superyacht and marine leisure industries. Michael College is an expert on professional negligence matters, while Gemma Spiceley rounds out the roster of recommended practitioners. Former practice head Jill Bainbridge left the firm in September 2023.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Balanced legal view enables good commercial decision making.’

Key clients

IWG

NHS England

Advanced Thinking Systems Limited

Exclusive Luxury Lodges Limited

Wiggle CRC

Utilita Energy Limited

Sutton and East Surrey Water

Mattel UK Limited

IBM United Kingdom Limited

Feelunique

Work highlights

  • Represented SES WATER in several prosecutions under the Water Industry Act 1991.
  • Advising Oyster Yachts on a range of marine-related matters, including sale and purchase contracts, negotiating the terms of the sale of yachts up to model 885, broad management issues and trade mark protection, as well as representing the client in a copyright dispute.
  • Advising Advanced Thinking Systems on the ownership of IP and assets globally, following the purchase of assets of Antenna Audio from administrators.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

The commercial litigation practice at Blake Morgan LLP acts both domestically and cross-border for a client base that encompasses corporations, SMEs, financial institutions and public bodies, among others. The group’s deal flow includes construction, insolvency, breach of contract and property litigation matters. Chris Potts heads the department with over 25 years experience in the space, focusing his practice on fraud and insolvency issues, alongside shareholder and company disputes. Nicola Diggle - who now works as a consultant - is well-known for shareholder and contractual disputes, with particular expertise in the IT sector. The team was bolstered by the arrival of partner Thomas Middlehurst from Moore Barlow after Stephanie Walls  retired in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Chris Potts

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Diggle; Katie James; Thomas Middlehurst; Cherrene Balasanthiran

Testimonials

‘Chris Potts is very committed to getting good outcomes for clients. Determined, strategic and commercial approach to deliver client goals.’

‘I would highly recommend Nicola Diggle. Very commercial advice that is useful to a client.’

‘The team are a pleasure to work with. Their real strength lies in bringing a personal approach to their cases where one is needed. They are excellent at getting to grips with the sector and the business in which their client operates as well; it is not just about giving legal advice, but sitting down with the client on their side of the table.’

‘Cherrene Balasanthiran is someone you want on your side. She is tenacious, hard-working, friendly, and really understands the psychology of litigation.’

‘This firm has a burgeoning reputation in this field, with some impressive practitioners. I have been particularly impressed by their practical and commercial approach to cases.’

‘Thomas Middlehurst. He brings a very experienced private client and litigation specialist, who has a great eye to detail and is commercially focused. He can marshal complex issues at speed, and cut straight through to achieving a practical road map to a realistic and commercially minded resolution of matters.’

‘Efficient and friendly team. They work hard, get results, and are a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Miele Company Limited

Investec Asset Finance

KPMG

NHS England

University of Reading

Grant Thornton

Hitachi Capital UK Plc

Metro Bank

Begbies Traynor

IW Group Services UK (Regus)

Griffins

Harwood Wealth Management Group Plc

Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust

Walkers Global

Work highlights

  • Acting for beneficiaries in a £5m trust dispute relating to a contested estate and ownership of 5 properties.
  • Acting for a client in connected breach of contract claims against a Caribbean bank (FCIB) seeking recovery of £3m.
  • Acted for a US engineering business (Voss) defending a £1.8m commercial agency claim – settled at mediation.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

With offices in Reading, Southampton, Oxford and London in the South East, Blake Morgan LLP‘s commercial recoveries department specialises in finance work, and is especially active in the motor finance industry, as well as the landlord and tenant sector. Group head Sadak Miah is praised for his ‘incredible depth of knowledge and experience‘ and is sought out by high-profile clients such as Mercedes Benz Financial Services UK and Volkswagen Financial Services. ‘Efficient litigatorHannah Smith-Herne heads up the complex team, and handles bespoke and complex litigation.

Practice head(s):

Sadak Miah

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Blake Morgan have swiftly become highly respected partners, valued in particular for their collaborative approach, as well as their emphasis on building long term relationships. The team is incredibly professional, and clearly pride themselves on providing the right outcomes for both our organisation, and our customers.’

‘Sadak Miah’s incredible depth of knowledge and experience make him an invaluable asset to our organisation, especially given how proactive he can be in sharing recent learnings to help us avoid potential hazards.’

‘Sadak Miah has great understanding of the client’s commercial requirements. Hannah Smith-Herne is a very efficient litigator.’

‘The process of amicable engagement with customers prior to litigation has proven to be both highly effective and customer centric.’

‘Sadak Miah and his team are knowledgeable, approachable and on hand whenever you need a face-to-face meeting.’

‘The team works very closely together and has that extra dynamic that other teams lack. They will go out of their way to ensure your requirements are met and are always looking for better ways to do things.’

‘Sadak Miah is an individual that stands out.’

Key clients

Mercedes Benz Financial Services UK Limited

Toyota Financial Services Plc

Fiat Chrysler Automotive

DAS Insurance

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of four household names in the motor finance sector on debt, litigation and regulatory matters, including undisclosed commission cases.
  • Acting on behalf of debt purchase companies on debt recovery, litigation and a number of major projects including global substitution orders.

Employment > Employment: Hampshire Tier 1

Catering to a base of national and international clients across the retail, education, and charity sectors, the Blake Morgan LLP employment department has vast expertise in providing HR legal support and managing employment tribunal proceedings. The team is well placed to deal with complex data protection issues for employers, with the interim head of employment in the south, Rajiv Joshi, contributing extensive experience in assisting businesses within the technology industry from the Thames Valley office. Southampton-based Tim Forer is known for his broad practice advising on contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, while senior associate Vicky Schollar focuses on restrictive covenants and TUPE transfers. Ron Burgess heads up the national employment department, and splits his time between the London and Cardiff offices.

Practice head(s):

Ron Burgess; Rajiv Joshi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Responsive and they make you feel valued’.

‘We tend to work with one particular senior associate, from whom we get exceptional, relevant, considered, succinct and useful advice.’

Key clients

Redgrave Search Limited

Euroflorist

Foreship Oy/UK

Faith in Later Life

Promake Ltd and Promake Healthtech Plc

Employment > Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP is frequently instructed by international corporations, Thames Valley-based SMEs and public bodies on a full-range of employment law matters, particularly those arising out of the tech and education sectors. Contentious work is a core pillar of the group’s practice and includes employment tribunal and High Court claims. In conjunction with employment, pensions and immigration group head Ron Burgess, Rajiv Joshi leads the Thames Valley-based contingent, focusing on the firm’s key clients in the tech sector. He is supported by associate Madeleine Mould on key mandates, who is the go-to name on the team for strategic and human resources advice. Partner William Downing  departed in 2022, joining Mills & Reeve LLP.

Practice head(s):

Rajiv Joshi; Ron Burgess

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Madeleine Mould walked us through a very sensitive employee issue. Her attention to detail and quickness allowed us to have peace of mind with every response and decision we made.’

‘The team are so knowledgeable and personable. Very impressed with their customer service and their commitment to deadlines. We have recently had some difficult pensions changes – the final outcome was excellent and we achieved 100% consent, superbly helped by the Blake Morgan team.’

‘Having working with Blake Morgan now for several years all those I have worked with have been exceptional. They are knowledgeable of our sector, they listen before answering, they provide advice in a measured way. I find them very easy to work with, clear and to the point with guidance.’

‘Madeleine Mould is a pleasure to work with. Excellent customer service and she always keeps to deadlines. My HR team really appreciate working with her.’

‘Madeleine Mould always responds well with advice, supports the teams exceptionally well, and is knowledgeable. The reason I enjoy working with Blake Morgan is because of its people!’

‘Great attention to detail and client knowledge across the team. Always very responsive and great at forward planning.’

‘Madeleine Mould is very knowledgeable, shows great insight into the work of the organisation and always provides a very high standard of work. Maddy develops and maintains very constructive relationships with opposition firms.’

‘We are very happy to use the employment law services of Blake Morgan. The team we work with are exceptionally responsive, offer refreshingly commercial advice and are great value for money.’

Key clients

NTT Security

Thames Valley Police

Westcoast Group

HCL Technologies Limited

Anytime Fitness

Oxford Gene Technologies

Huws Gray

Oxford Technical Solutions

Fairhive Homes Limited

InHealth Group

Work highlights

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

The ‘highly knowledgeable‘ team at Blake Morgan LLP primarily acts for banks and institutional lenders on the full range of mid-market transactions, in addition to dispensing advice to SMEs and social housing providers on development financing matters. Meera Jansen leads the London team, while Southampton-based practice head Kath Shimmin has longstanding experience in financial services compliance, collective investment schemes, and syndicated debt transactions. Leading the Thames Valley practice, advises clearing banks and education charities on mid-market evaluation matters, and associate Jake Holmes is a ‘go-to solicitor‘ who divides his time between the Southampton and Thames Valley offices, contributing his expertise in leveraged and structured finance deals. Former Thames Valley practice head Rebecca McCabe-North has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Meera Jansen; Kath Shimmin

Other key lawyers:

Guy Constant; Richard Humphreys; Jake Holmes

Testimonials

‘Thorough, commercial minded and always meeting deadlines with an impeccable job done. Great teamwork and always someone there to pick up the phone.’

‘Guy Constant has exceptional knowledge in corporate transactions. Jake Holmes is a go-to solicitor, he is very commercially minded and provides great solutions.’

‘Really approachable team, highly knowledgeable, their advice is always highly commercial to guide decision makers on rationale and balance between legal and commercial realities.’

‘Guy Constant and Jake Holmes have excellent teamwork between them and are seamless when giving highly practical and timely commercial advice. My go-to resource for all banking and finance related work.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Santander UK plc

National Westminster Bank plc

Metro Bank plc

Propel Finance plc

Investec Bank plc

Clydesdale Bank plc

Coutts

BAWAG PSK

National Small-bore Rifle Association

Work highlights

  • Acting for Propel Finance Plc on its first private securitisation as part of a £310m financing round.
  • Acting for HSBC in connection with a term and revolving credit facility in the aggregate amount of £30m to the Constantine group, a specialist in fine art logistics.
  • Acting on behalf of HSBC in connection with the provision of sustainability linked term loan facilities in the aggregate amount of £20m and a revolving credit in the amount of £6m to Shoreham Port Authority, a statutory trust port and accredited EcoPort.

Private client > Family: Hampshire Tier 1

The Blake Morgan LLP group is ‘one of the best in the area’, specialising heavily in complex financial work and private Children Act issues. The team has recently grown its expertise in the areas of Schedule 1, TOLATA, and international matters, and boasts a strong mediation offering. Simon Burge leads from Southampton, bringing extensive experience in handling the financial consequences of relationship breakdown and contested child arrangement claims to the team, while Jennifer Williamson focuses on high-value financial and wealth management cases. Associate Rachel Giles routinely deals with divorces and pre-nuptial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Simon Burge

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The family law team, led by Simon Burge, combines experience, wisdom and attention to detail. They are acquainted with a range of experienced barristers and they choose excellent advocates.’

‘Rachel Giles is absolutely fantastic. I have used her twice in separate cases over a period of 5 years and I cannot recommend her enough. Not only is her legal knowledge exemplary, but what stands out to me is how she makes you feel in a period of time that is very anxious. She goes out of her way to get to know you, your case and how you like to recieve updates or advice. There is a real personal feel to her dealings and it feels very much like she goes out of her way to make you comfortable and confident.’

‘Simon Burge brought a wealth of experience to my divorce process. He is calmly reassuring when negotiations or situations are difficult. He explains all options and consequences thoroughly. His responsiveness was unparalleled.’

‘Jennifer Williamson – is able to explain complicated legal jargon in a digestible and human way, and always put me at ease along the complicated twisting and turning journey that we went through together.’

‘There is a good whole-team approach. Even at the most restrictive phases of the pandemic it felt as if the team were communicating and ensuring and assuring a quality of service. This has been sustained.’

‘An excellent team, where all levels of legal professionals are on hand to offer advice and support. I mainly was advised by a solicitor, but my case was discussed with one of the senior partners and legal director due to its complexities. All of the team showed compassion and genuine care, as well as offering excellent advice and explaining all options available to me with their associated costs.’

‘Blake Morgan’s family team is one of the best in the area. They have expertise spanning many years from newly qualified solicitors through to their distinguished head of department, Simon Burge.’

‘There is a broad depth of knowledge within the team as a whole, Simon Burge is well known in the Hampshire area and a good lawyer to oppose due to his collaborative approach. The family team regularly host events which helps create a good sense of community among wider family lawyers. The firm is well equipped using technology to aid the smooth conduct of cases and real-time collaboration.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire Tier 1

From advising high-net-worth-individuals on the use of investment companies, to assisting with the retention of family wealth, to acting as professional trustees, the Blake Morgan LLP private client team offers a ‘first-class service’. The firm has recently established a fintech and crypto assets working group. Practice head Paula Shea boasts 19 years’ experience of assisting sports and media clients with wills, probate, and tax-related matters. Simon Treherne routinely supports farming families and companies with financing and succession matters, while Jonathan Sleep is instructed by individuals to deal with inheritance tax and care fees. Darren Price is knowledgeable on enduring powers of attorney and estate planning. Laura Richards route out the roster of key names. The whole team is based in Southampton.

Practice head(s):

Paula Shea

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Simon Treherne is simply outstanding. He makes complicated matters easily understood. I have dealt with him for over 23 years and cannot speak highly enough of him and his support team.’

‘Jonathan Sleep has delivered an excellent service concerning probate on two occasions. He was focussed and very professional, managing complex communications with an executor and keeping me informed. His approach was efficient and timely.’

‘Darren Price always kept me updated with all concerns and questions regarding the probate and handling of will requests.’

‘The team, led by Paula Shea, offers a first-class service combining legal expertise and excellent client skills.’

‘Paula Shea provides an outstanding service exhibiting the abilities to explain legal issues to clients clearly and patiently, address client queries promptly and fully and ensure the task in hand is completed as soon as possible.’

‘Expertise, professionalism and inter-personal skills with clients. It took me many years to find the right blend of these skills where I was happy to introduce my clients. The team prepares excellent explanatory side notes to sit alongside legal documentation.’

‘The practice delivers a highly professional and reliable service to the clients I have introduced to the team at Blake Morgan. I can be confident my clients are in good hands. They are flexible with their client interface using current technology for meetings where needed.’

‘In particular Paula Shea has helped my clients to work towards solutions which deliver the best outcomes for their individual needs. Her skills in adapting her approach to work best with my client circumstances have built trust and confidence for the clients involved.’

Public sector Tier 1

Local government work is at the heart of Blake Morgan LLP‘s well-established public sector department, which is also reputed in the health and education sectors. Key contacts for the firm's specialism in local authority leisure projects include Penny Rinta-Suksi, Rajiv Joshi and Edward McMullen. Rinta-Suksi leads the local government team and is recommended by clients as ‘a star in the leisure procurement field’, while Bruce Potter is head of the firm’s nationwide health and care practice. Educational lead Matthew Smith and Vicky Schollar specialise in contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Jennifer Sore, who is ‘outstanding in Highway Law’, is a primary contact for the firm’s local authority clients in the Thames Valley.

Practice head(s):

Penny Rinta-Suksi; Bruce Potter; Matthew Smith

Testimonials

‘Very experienced in the leisure contract procurement field. Great subject knowledge and understanding of the key commercial implications of contractual drafting.’

‘Penny Rinta-Suksi is a star in the leisure procurement field. Her contractual knowledge is unmatched and has a high level of commercial awareness.’

‘The subject knowledge of the team in an educational setting is a huge strength of the firm.’

‘Jenny Sore is an excellent solicitor and is very knowledgeable and friendly. She provides good, clear advice on legal matters and is especially outstanding in Highway Law.”

‘Blake Morgan has always been responsive to our needs and always responded in a timely fashion when the named contact was not available.’

‘Jenny Sore is very knowledgeable, and able to get to the real issue and quickly.’

‘Great attention to detail and client knowledge across the team. Always very responsive and great at forward planning.’

‘Rajiv Joshi is very good at identifying the critical issues in any legal matter, and providing a clear rationale for his advice.’

Key clients

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and The Metropolitan Police Service

Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Royal Borough of Kingston on Thames

Westminster City Council

Reading Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Oxfordshire County Council

Test Valley Borough Council

Mansfield District Council

West Berkshire District Council

Buckinghamshire County Council

North Norfolk District Council

Dover District Council

New College, Oxford

Balliol College, Oxford

Oxford Foundation for Theoretical Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence

Portsmouth Diocesan Trust

University of Reading

Christ Church College, Oxford

Brasenose College, Oxford

University College, Oxford

Magdalen College, Oxford

Oxford University Development Limited

University of Chichester Multi-Academy Trust

The Portsmouth Grammar School

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

NHS Resolution

NHS England

NHS Wales

Work highlights

  • Advising New College 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.
  • Continued to provide advice to the NMC’s specialist services team, focusing on complex and high-profile cases, arising from health care settings that have been subject of major investigations and inquiries, for consideration by its Screening Decision Makers.

Real estate > Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 1

Boasting national and international clients from across the property finance, leisure, and agricultural sectors, the Blake Morgan LLP property services group has vast expertise in handling section 106 agreements, as well as landlord and tenant issues. The team works closely with the property litigation department to provide bespoke advice on dilapidation claims, and Southampton-based practice head, Oliver Sowton, specialises in all aspects of landlord and tenant service matters, including lease renewal management. Daniel Curtis focuses on property and development finance, while Elizabeth Covil supports companies with the disposal and asset management of commercial property. Iain Munro has experience of dealing with the developments of food retail outlets, and Hollie Jones routinely handles portfolio management issues for landlords. John Shallcross and Debbie Brown are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Sowton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Iain Munro is excellent.’

‘Debbie Brown – strong commercial real estate professional.’

‘The level of detail with which they engaged and the problem-solving approach they took to the inevitable hurdles. It was all resolved well.’

‘Ian Howlett and the wider team are knowledgeable and capable of a fast turnaround of key matters.’

‘Trusted advisers and safe pairs of hands.’

‘The practice looks after the clients’ interests with great care and attention to detail. I have worked with Andrea and she is thorough, competent and extremely nice to work with.’

‘I have worked with Andrea Mathias and she is thorough, competent and extremely nice to work with. She makes the legal process understandable for me and has lead me through complicated negotiations.’

Key clients

BAE Systems Plc & BAE group companies

Barker Mill Group of Trusts

Clydesdale Bank Plc

Cobra Coffee Limited

Costa Limited

Coutts & Co

David Lloyd Leisure

De La Rue Plc & De La Rue Group companies

Fitzroy Support

Forelle Estates Limited

Gada Property Investments Limited

MSP Capital

Harlequins Football Club

HSBC UK Bank Plc

Inchcape Family Investments Limited

Kerry Group Plc & group companies

Metro Bank Plc

MSP Capital

Port of London Authority

Newbie by KappAhl Limited

Southern Co-operative Limited

Specsavers Optical Stores Limited

St Johns Winchester

The Methodist Church

Work highlights

  • Advise Newbie by KappAhl on its national 25 store acquisition programme.
  • Advising Specsavers on asset management and store roll-out programmes nationally.
  • Instructed as panel members for The Methodist Church nationally, advising on an esoteric mix of property transactions.

Real estate > Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP is home to a full-service real estate group that advises major corporate occupiers, institutional real estate investors and higher education organisations on the whole gamut of commercial property matters. Andrew Farmery leads the Thames Valley team, which is spread across Oxford and Reading. George Panteli focuses his practice on acquisitions, disposal, as well as landlord and tenant matters, whilst Michael Ward is the name for financing, leading the real estate finance and corporate support team within the Thames Valley. Legal director Angela Mildenhall advises institutional investors and occupiers with an emphasis on landlord and tenant work for corporate occupiers.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Farmery

Other key lawyers:

Michael Ward; George Panteli; Robert Lynch; Zoe Wright; Angela Mildenhall; Rachel Sales; Sophie Boswell

Testimonials

‘Blake Morgan are exceptional in what they do, specifically their real estate team in Reading. The team are highly knowledgeable, always on hand when required, proactive and provide a high level service on all transactions that they manage.’

‘Michael Ward is our main contact who is brilliant at what he does. He is highly knowledgeable, friendly, quick to reply to any enquiries, proactive, provides sound advice when needed etc. He is credit to Blake Morgan and is very highly thought of.’

‘Offer a personal service, tailored to our needs.’

Key clients

IWG plc

DX Networks Services Limited (part of DX Group plc)

Canal & River Trust

Sorbon Estate Limited

The Methodist Church

Canary Wharf Group Plc

Aldermore Bank plc

Montpelier Estates Limited

HSBC Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Advised IWG on the project to negotiate lease restructures of a significant proportion office leases
  • Advising DX on a series of leasehold acquisitions over the last year to support its rapid growth plan, alongside the legal aspects of managing its nationwide property portfolio.
  • Acting for Sorbon Estates Limited undertaking estate management work in respect of its office, retail and industrial premises.

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

Providing ‘measured, quality advice’, the Blake Morgan LLP construction group is highly regarded for representing private and public sector organisations in complex contentious proceedings and advising on high-value transactional work. The firm shows significant strength across the retail, real estate, and education industries, with the team frequently drawing upon expertise from its Oxford, London, Southampton, and Cardiff offices. Practice head Richard Wade has vast experience of advising on procurement strategies and drafting development agreements, while James Bessey specialises in handling large-scale construction disputes, both nationally and internationally. Southampton-based Edward McMullen routinely deals with building contracts. At the senior associate level, Simon Lewis is noted.

Practice head(s):

Richard Wade

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They offered up-to-date understanding. When issues or queries arose, they were quick to respond and offer their advice.’

‘The partner and his support team who dealt with us were always available and offered their best support when needed.’

‘Shrewd and experienced, giving measured, quality advice.’

Key clients

IWG / Regus

Sutton and East Surrey Water

Premier Inns/Whitbread

University College Oxford

Diamond Light Source Limited

St Edmund Hall Oxford

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

St John’s Winchester

Beard Construction

Oxford University Developments

Work highlights

  • Advising on the entire life cycle of construction issues across IWG’s extensive portfolio of serviced offices, including negotiating robust protections relating to work procured by landlords, structuring IWG’s fit-out arrangements, carrying out due diligence in the context of corporate transactions, and advising on liabilities for defective design and workmanship.
  • Represented Sutton & East Surrey Water in a dispute relating to the payment provisions under a £20m contract for filter replacement and upgrade of the water treatment works.
  • Provided Diamond Light Source with non-contentious support on a number of projects, including the replacement of the roof to the main Synchrotron building, the construction of two new technical manufacturing facilities, and a significant four-storey extension of the existing headquarters building at the Harwell research facility.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP is regularly sought out by high-profile clients in the education sector including academies, colleges, independent schools, and universities for commercial and technology matters. Alison Patten-Hall in Reading assists IT system distributors and providers with development and licensing agreements in addition to supply terms. Elisabeth Bell is also based in Reading and is adept in health-tech and IT procurement projects, while Michael College in Southampton is noted for his strength in contentious technology matters.

Practice head(s):

Elisabeth Bell; Alison Patten-Hall; Michael Colledge

Other key lawyers:

Mat Wilson

Testimonials

‘Blake Morgan strive to ensure they are part of the team, understanding the problem to be addressed and working alongside the team to resolve it.’

‘Alison Patten-Hall has subject matter expertise.’

Key clients

NHS England

IBM United Kingdom Ltd

Digital Space Group Limited

HCL Technologies

Boom Holdings

Westcoast Group

Utilita Energy

Met Police

SES Water

Nokia

FeelUnique

Work highlights

  • Advised Digital Space Limited with the full range of technology advice services including contractual arrangements, employment and dispute management.
  • Assisted Wiggle CRC with the full range of technology advice on trademarks, contractual arrangements and dispute management.
  • Advised Audioscenic on equity fundraising.

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 1

Fielding one of the largest teams in the country, Blake Morgan LLP is best known for its representation of professional regulators (and those they regulate), particularly in relation to healthcare, education, accountancy and engineering. A longstanding professional discipline specialist, Bradley Albuery in Southampton is regulatory group head; Reading and London-based Clare Strickland leads the Health and Care Professions Council's regulatory advice; and Graham Miles in Cardiff is a client relationship partner for the Teaching Regulation Agency, Education Workforce Council, and Social Care Wales. At legal director level, Antonia Dowgray is the operations manager for the General Pharmaceutical Council, and Nursing and Midwifery Council; and Alison Wood, Sarah Price and Lisa Clark are experienced associates. In May 2023, Delme Griffiths, who is experienced in acting for (and against) professional regulators, and professional discipline expert James Danks were made partners; while former regulatory business group head Nick Leale joined Armstrong Teesdale.

Practice head(s):

Bradley Albuery

Key clients

Health & Care Professions Council

Nursing & Midwifery Council

General Pharmaceutical Council

NHS England

Social Care Wales

Teaching Regulation Authority

Education Workforce Council (Wales)

Architects Registration Board

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Security Industry Authority

Royal Institute of British Architects

Association of Accounting Technicians

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Work highlights

  • Assisted a regulator with the review and revision of its approach to fitness to practise work.
  • Assisted a healthcare regulator with investigating hundreds of fitness to practise allegations.
  • Provided legal advice to independent panels that consider whether to prohibit individuals from practising.

Wales > Corporate and commercial Tier 1

Led on the corporate and commercial front by the 'commercially aware' James Williams  and Penri Desscan , respectively, and also able to effectively leverage resources from across the firm's full-service offering, should the need arise, Blake Morgan LLP provides a 'first-class' service to private and public sector clients across a broad swathe of their transactional and commercial contract needs. Although the team is industry agnostic, it continues to handle a significant amount of activity for owner-managers in the health and social care sector on sales and acquisitions. In addition, under the guidance of the 'calm, confident and unflappable' Richard Jones, it continues to pick up a significant flow of venture capital and private equity mandates, with Jones developing strong ties with a number of institutional investors, as well as regularly assisting founders and management teams on fundraising transactions. Promoted to Legal Director in July 2022, James Vaughan has a diverse practice that includes transactional and day-to-day corporate/commercial work for SMEs, owner-managed businesses, as well as larger corporates, while at the other end of the spectrum of seniority, Robert Cherry  regularly provides vital input to clients in his consultancy role.

Practice head(s):

James Williams (Corporate); Penri Desscan (Commercial)

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team provides first-class M&A advice.’

‘James Williams is an excellent technical lawyer but also very commercially aware. His experience and calm but firm negotiating style is always helpful in getting deals across the line.’

Richard Jones is a highly skilled negotiator who gets his point across confidently, firmly, but politely.’

Richard Jones – a superb, highly commercial corporate lawyer. Never short of the detail but skilled at zooming out and reflecting on the bigger picture. He is calm, confident and unflappable.’

Key clients

Copart UK

Patch Gardens Ltd

UNRVLD Group

LDC

Emera

Motonovo Finance

Enzygo Holdings Limited

Combine AI Limited

Shareholders of Jaderberg Krais Tutoring Limited

Development Bank of Wales

Tinopolis Group

Hodge Group

Stately Albion Limited

Zip World Group

Symrise Limited

Personnel Hygiene Services Limited

SPTS Technologies Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Copart UK Limited in connection with its acquisition of Hills Salvage and Recycling Group a green parts specialist vehicle dismantler and recycling business.
  • Advising Unrvld Group in connection with its acquisition of Made to Engage Group, a Belfast-based digital agency.
  • Advising LDC on its £18m minority investment into TMC Pharma Services, a global pharmaceutical development organisation.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP provides 'well-informed and responsive' advice across a range of high-profile litigation. As well as being able to leverage his overarching IP credentials to good effect on litigation involving, inter alia, copyright, trade mark and misuse of confidential information, team head Lee Fisher is also noted for his aptitude at handling shareholder and unfair prejudice claims for private sector clients. Drawing upon a 'wealth of experience and excellent judgement', Joanne Thompson is best-known for her public sector expertise (including for central and local government, as well as health authorities), including in relation to the defence of public procurement challenges, as well as public inquiry-related work. Recently promoted to legal director, Sarah Whittle is also a key resource to defendants seeking to defend public procurement decisions as well as in the context of judicial review challenges. Whittle has also taken a new role in spearheading the firm's Court of Protection work for local authorities.

Practice head(s):

Lee Fisher; Paul Caldicott

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Thompson; Sarah Whittle; Joanna Corbett-Simmons; Trish D’Souza

Testimonials

‘Blake Morgan has a superb team for litigating high-value procurement disputes.’

 ‘The lawyers are well-informed and responsive.’

They are professional and approachable and provide an excellent service.’

‘The people involved in our court case were polite, interested and always available for advice and clarity when needed. They made us feel at ease and not afraid of looking incompetent if needed to ask questions for clarity.’

‘Joanne Thompson is a first-rate procurement litigator with a wealth of experience and excellent judgement.’

Key clients

National Health Service England (“NHSE”)

Clarins (UK) Limited

Welsh Ministers

Welsh Blood Service

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership

PHS Group/Personnel Hygiene Services Limited

Garrison Barclay Estates Limited

Swansea University

Adferiad Recovery Limited

Capital Green Recycling Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending NHS England in a procurement challenge from Braceurself Limited. The case when to trial this year and made precedent in the areas of manifest error and damages as a remedy in the procurement field. Limited permission to appeal has been granted to the Claimant and further permissions sought by the Claimant from the Court of Appeal.
  • Acting for a local entrepreneur in a number of connected substantial disputes: one relating to a Spanish Villa (where permission to appeal has been granted and is due to be heard by the Court of Appeal in May 2023, the second being three sets of related proceedings including an unfair prejudice proceeding and breach of fiduciary duty allegations which was due in trial for 3 weeks in June 2023 has recently settled on confidential terms.
  • Continuing to represent two core participants, the Welsh Blood Service and NHS England, in the Infected Blood Inquiry.

Employment Tier 1

Well-versed at handling 'all aspects of contemporary labour requirements', the partner-led team at Blake Morgan LLP has an excellent reputation among both private and public sector entities for both contentious and non-contentious work. As well as its strong legal and commercial expertise, the team also has deep industry expertise in core targeted sectors, including healthcare, an area that Paula Kathrens , who is appreciated for her 'great client skills', has developed a market-leading reputation for internal disciplinary proceedings involving doctors in NHS Wales. Matthew Smith  has the ability to deliver 'an unusually business savvy level of service' across a range of contentious matters, including as it relates to unfair dismissal, disability discrimination and whistleblowing cases. Joanne Davies  heads up the team and provides 'commercial, efficient and client focused' advice to private and public sector clients on employment issues associated with their transactional work, including as it relates to business acquisitions and subsequent reorganisations and integration.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Davies

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Smith; Paula Kathrens; Ian Jones

Testimonials

The team is always quick to reply to any call or email, and if not available are great at managing expectations or passing it over to another member of the team who can help sooner.’

The employment team’s capabilities cover all aspects of contemporary labour requirements, and has been especially helpful in managing complex employment relations issues, and ensuring that matters are dealt with thoroughly; speedily; and satisfactorily.’

Genuinely strong in the health sector with a reputation and experience above all other firms and a proven ability advising in the wider public sector.’

Matthew Smith is readily available when I need, and is always willing to get on a call with me to discuss cases in detail. Rather than just tell me his advice, he always explains any risks or things to be aware of.’

Matthew Smith delivers an unusually business savvy level of service, appreciating the requirements of running a business while managing and resolving any ongoing employment law or employee relation issues. He is also skilled in providing alternative solutions to resolving complex situations (rather than just stating the legal parameters).’

Joanne Davies is commercial, efficient and client focused.’

Paula Kathrens is an expert in her field (health sector) and has great client skills.’

Key clients

Welsh Government

The NHS in Wales

Swansea University

University of South Wales

Gower College, Swansea

Russell & Bromley Limited

Trivallis Limited (formerly RCT Homes Limited)

Dolce & Gabbana UK Limited

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Charbonnel et Walker Limited

Wales Audit Office

Escatec

Strutt and Parker Farms Limited

Patch Gardens Limited

One Stop Recycling Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Hywel Dda University Health Board in a complex doctor disciplinary case.
  • Provided employment-related advice pursuant to LDC’s £18m minority investment into TMC Pharma Services.
  • Continue to act for the Health Board in the case of Agarwal v (1) Cardiff University (2) Cardiff & Vale University Local Health Board.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Led by the ‘friendly and knowledgeable’ Claire Rawle , Blake Morgan LLP has an unusually diverse offering, being equally well-versed at prosecuting and defending health and safety prosecutions in the private, public and third sectors. Rawle herself has a national defence practice that continues to thrive, including in the representation of a growing number of health and social care entities seeking to resist high-stakes prosecutions and inquests, often involving vulnerable patients with mental health issues (where she is able to leverage the firm’s broader overarching competence in the  space). Senior associate and practising barrister Tom Walker often undertakes his own advocacy in multi-day trials and inquests in the firm’s role as sole provider of services to HSE’s Prosecuting Panel for Wales and the South of England. Walker also has additional expertise advising companies on risk management issues relating to product liability, as well as on attendant product recalls. Consultant Robin Havard continues to be retained by the HSE to assist in work-related fatalities.  

Practice head(s):

Claire Rawle

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Clare Rawle is friendly and knowledgeable.’

Work highlights

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

Working on a standalone basis, as well as alongside other complementary practice areas, including corporate/commercial and employment, Blake Morgan LLP's Cardiff-based pensions team advises employers and trustees across a range of advisory work, as well as in the context of corporate transactions. 'Focused and responsive' legal director Gillian McCue provides 'very accurate advice', particularly on public and third sector-related pensions matters, where she is able to leverage the firm's overarching understanding of the unique challenges facing clients in the space including health and social care entities and further education providers. Splitting his time between London and Cardiff, Ron Burgess regularly advises trustees on their ongoing fiduciary duties associated with running private sector pension schemes.

Practice head(s):

Ron Burgess

Other key lawyers:

Rupert Graham-Evans; Gillian McCue

Testimonials

Gillian McCue is bright, very focussed and responsive – she provides accurate advice.’

Key clients

NHS England

Welsh Government

Reading Borough Council

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Mous Products

Michael Weinig (UK) Limited 1990 Pension Scheme

BSN Social Care Limited

Trivallis Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a Wales-based engineering company on pensions buy-in insurance contract with JUST Retirement Limited.
  • Providing pensions advice to a theatre and entertainment provider on the takeover of a Welsh theatre venue.
  • Advising a social housing provider on withdrawing from the Local Government Pension Scheme and making changes to its other pension arrangements.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

One of the few standalone insolvency groups in Wales, Blake Morgan LLP has developed excellent ties among lenders and insolvency practitioners (IPs), ensuring that it receives a significant flow of contentious and non-contentious mandates. Himself a qualified IP, team head Paul Caldicott  has been pivotal to the firm’s success, adept as he is at handling both formal insolvency processes, as well as consensual restructuring mandates. As well as assisting on corporate insolvency work, associate Sophia Farmer regularly advises trustees in bankruptcy on personal insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Caldicott

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Baker Tilly Creditor Services LLP

Bridgewood Financial Solutions

Colchester Borough Council

RAM RE Property Advisors

Coventry City Council

McAlister & Co Insolvency Practitioners Ltd

Carter Clark

Mazars LLP

Begbies Traynor Central LLP

Teneo

Evelyn Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted for Evelyn Partners on the sale of online retailer, Snug Shack Limited, via a pre-pack administration.
  • Acted for Evelyn Partners in assisting the joint trustees obtain a suspension from discharge order against an uncooperative bankrupt and realise assets valued in excess of £1m.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Wales > Public sector Tier 1

Public sector concerns inform a significant amount of work handled by the majority of Blake Morgan LLP‘s practice area offerings, from both a contentious and non-contentious perspective. As well as this multidisciplinary approach, the firm also has a core knowledge of pure public law and regulatory matters, enabling it to provide a tailored service addressing issues unique to entities in the space, including at local and central government level. Team head Eve Piffaretti provides ‘expert and sensible advice’ to Welsh public sector and UK regulators across a range of health and social care matters, including on safeguarding issues, mental health and mental capacity law, areas which have an added layer of complexity due to their adherence to secondary legislation which is Welsh specific. Graham Miles ‘ professional regulatory specialism also regularly seems him involved in the health and social care setting, particularly in the context of advising regulatory bodies investigating and presenting fitness to cases involving practitioners in the space. The firm also has vast experience advising public sector bodies on public procurement tenders, as well as in any subsequent judicial review challenges to the process. In this regard, Penri Desscan  and Simon McCann  are very well-known on the contractual side, while Joanne Thompson is recognised as ‘a first-rate procurement litigator with a wealth of experience and excellent judgement’. At a non-partner level, Sarah Whittle is particularly adept at defending health sector clients against challenges to decisions and processes, while Trish D’Souza, who joined from Capital Law Limited in October 2022, has a flourishing reputation advising clients in the education sector.

Practice head(s):

Eve Piffaretti

Other key lawyers:

Penri Desscan; Simon McCann; Siân Jones; Paula Kathrens; Graham Miles; Claire Rawle; Lee Fisher; Joanne Thompson; Joanna Rees; Sarah Whittle; Joanna Corbett-Simmons; Tom Walker; Delme Griffiths; Tomos Lewis; Trish D’Souza; Jermel Anderson; Daniel Taylor; Richard Jones; Emyr Lewis

Testimonials

‘Eve Piffaretti provides expert and sensible advice.’

‘Joanne Thompson is a first-rate procurement litigator with a wealth of experience and excellent judgement.’

‘The practice has extensive knowledge around the Mental Health Act. They are always quick to answer which is a positive when we are unsure if someone’s legal detention is legal or not.’

‘The Mental Health Act Manual is written by one of the members of this practice which means that we are then asking for advice from the person who knows best rather than from someone second hand. Mr Richard Jones is always contactable and supportive when we require urgent information.’

‘The advice we receive is efficient and professional. The lawyers that we work with are friendly and there isn’t anything that is too much trouble for them to explain. We are provided with regular updates and feel able to contact the team whenever required.’

‘All of the lawyers that advise us from Blake Morgan are excellent. The number of matters that are dealt with in very tight timeframes is exceptional. The advice received is always professional but explained in a straight forward manner for clients to understand.’

‘Expert legal advice – swiftly delivered and tailored to our needs.’

‘Professor Richard Jones always responds quickly and with sufficient concise information to enable us to decipher any Mental Health Legislation quandries. Advice is provided speedily with good sound evidence and reasoning when required.’

Key clients

Welsh Ministers / Welsh Government

Health & Care Professions Council

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The NHS in Wales

NHS England

Education Workforce Council

Transport for Wales Limited

Human Tissue Authority

Welsh Local Authorities  (including Bridgend, Flintshire, Carmarthenshire, Isle of Anglesey, Powys, Cardiff City, Pembrokeshire, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Newport, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, as well advising all 22 LA’s via the Welsh Local Government Association)

Social Care Wales

Natural Resources Wales

Welsh Language Commissioner

Senedd Cymru/ Welsh Parliament

Children’s Commissioner for Wales

Equality and Human Rights Commission (in Wales)

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales

Development Bank for Wales

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent

Clwyd Alyn Housing Association

Pobl Housing Association

Gower College

Cardiff Metropolitan University

University of Winchester

University of Reading

University of South Wales

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Wales Co-operative Centre

Wiltshire County Council

Milford Haven Port Authority

Newport City Homes

Cardiff Community Housing

Melin Homes

Wales and West Housing Association

Linc-Cymru Housing Association

Tai Tarian

Work highlights

  • Provided Welsh Government with a broad range of legal support across a range of legal specialisms including advice on infrastructure projects , including IT and Welsh Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Provided legal support to NHS England and the NHS in Wales across a broad range of areas including infrastructure, projects, procurement, construction, healthcare law, inquiries, judicial review, estate, workforce and public land regulatory law advice.
  • Acting for NHS England as a key core participant in relation to the UK COVID -19 Inquiry.

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

Comprising of ‘very skilled and knowledgeable lawyers across all seniorities’, Blake Morgan LLP‘s Cardiff team acts on its own as well as often alongside other lawyers from offices throughout the network on high-profile domestic and UK-wide projects for developers and contractors. Team head Joanna Rees has vast experience advising on construction issues throughout the life cycle of a project  (from tender through the build phase and on any subsequent disputes which may occur) and regularly works alongside public procurement expert Simon McCann on matters where there is involvement with a public sector entity, including on infrastructure and health projects. ‘Exceptionally capable’ senior associate Kate Howell has developed a strong reputation handling contentious matters before the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) as well as in adjudications and risk management assessments, including as it relates to managing large cladding and defects cases in high rise buildings.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Rees

Other key lawyers:

Simon McCann; Kate Howell; Charlotte Neads

Testimonials

‘They have an excellent understanding of the issues that arise in construction cases. The team comprises very skilled and knowledgeable lawyers across all seniorities, and their high reputation in this field is thoroughly deserved.’

‘The team is widely experienced in construction; I found them to be practical and quick to grasp difficult technical issues.’

‘The team has been running some of the leading claims in the TCC over the past few years, including one of the early cladding claims (a huge multi-party dispute in the TCC). 

Kate Howell managed a hard-fought and highly complex TCC trial with enormous skill and dedication. She was completely on top of the huge amounts of documentation and the complex issues, and managed the case with composure and good humour.’

‘Kate Howell is an exceptionally capable and experienced lawyer. She is smart, organised and innovative in dealing with all levels and industry disputes in construction – completely in control even in the most pressured of situations.’

‘Charlotte Neads is commercially aware and focused on delivery.’

 

Key clients

Transport for Wales

The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames

SPTS Technologies UK Limited

Ascent Development Limited

Carmarthenshire County Council

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership – Specialist Estates Services

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

South East Wales Highways Framework managed by Cardiff City Council

Platform Housing Group

Premier Inns/Whitbread

Work highlights

  • Advised Transport for Wales (TfW) on all construction issues including on the procurement of contractors for railway works for the Core Valley Lines, Alliancing agreement, environmental and carbon conscious drafting and preparing a bespoke suite of NEC4 construction contracts for use across all TfW projects in 2022.
  • Advising the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames on its “Transform Kingston” programme which is the regeneration of Kingston City Centre – this includes the Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Guildhall One and Guildhall Two and the future regeneration of the Cattle Market car park.
  • Advising SPTS Technologies Limited, the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturer based in Newport on the procurement of a new state of the art factory with clean room technology.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP has a strong reputation advising England and Wales-based private and public sector clients across a range of property litigation, running the gamut from contested lease renewals and dilapidation claims to development disputes. As well as her broad litigation offering for commercial clients with substantial property portfolios, Sian Jones also regularly provides advice in a risk management context, including on the provision of vital training for housing associations regarding the recently enacted Renting (Wales) Act 2016. Legal director Adam Carbis provides ‘a professional and adaptive service across a wide range of property claims’, including defending public sector clients in CPO compensation claims. Senior associate Tanya Barrett focuses on residential landlord and tenant disputes, including her ongoing work for social landlords defending disrepair claims.

Practice head(s):

Siân Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Keep us updated regularly, and can support you by answering questions about the process throughout.’

‘Adam Carbis has provides a professional and adaptive service across a wide range of property claims.’

 

Key clients

Welsh Government

Canary Wharf Group

Vale Europe Limited

Swansea University

Cardiff University

Wales & West Utilities Limited

Swansea County Council

PHS Group

Royal National Institute for the Blind

Shanly Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Canary Wharf Group on its retail portfolio management including tenant insolvency, forfeiture, rent recovery, dilapidations, enforcement of tenant covenants and break clauses.
  • Advised Newport City Homes in relation to the challenge to the recoverability and service charge costs for major works in the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal.
  • Acting on behalf of the commercial landlord in relation to a claim concerning the validity of the exercise of a tenant break and compliance with break conditions.

Real estate > Social housing Tier 1

The ‘skilled and highly knowledgeable’ team at Blake Morgan LLP provides a ‘prompt and efficient service’ to Wales and England-based housing associations across a myriad contentious and non-contentious issues affecting their operations. Team head Sian Jones is ‘highly knowledgeable in housing law’, and as well as her conventional housing management work  – which includes anti-social behaviour cases – she has also been very active advising individual and consortia of housing associations on the implications of the recently enacted Renting Homes Wales Act. The ‘extremely knowledgeable and gifted’ Louise Howells takes the lead on real estate-related work in the space, including on complex funding issues, acquisitions and onward sales.

Practice head(s):

Siân Jones

Other key lawyers:

Louise Howells; Paula Kathrens; Eve Piffaretti; Penri Desscan; Kate Howell; Tanya Barrett

Testimonials

‘The team is skilled and highly knowledgeable, and provides excellent customer service. They have also ensured that the clients receive a prompt and efficient service while also ensuring value for money.’

‘They are straight talking and address matters head on to ensure we obtain the base possible results.’

‘This is a top-class practice. Where cases have been complex, there is a wealth of knowledge and resource working collaboratively in order to meet deadlines.’

‘Sian Jones has been fantastic to work with, she is highly knowledgeable in housing law and has explained complex legal matters relating to the Renting Homes Wales Act in simple terms and managed risk for us as a Consortium of registered social landlords.’

‘Louise Howells is an extremely knowledgeable and gifted lawyer.’  

‘The exceptionally gifted Louise Howells is solutions-focused and provides an exceptional service.’ 

Key clients

ClwydAlyn Housing

Newport City Homes

Bron Afon Housing Association

Melin Homes

Trivallis

Linc-Cymru Housing

Midland Heart

Sovereign

Melin Homes

Tai Tarian

Fairhive

Wales & West Housing

Work highlights

  • Advice for various housing associations on the implementation of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 which sees a major change in how residential properties are let in Wales bring operational changes for housing associations.
  • Advising various social housing clients in respect of high volume residential disrepair claims including advice in respect of policies and procedures in respect of addressing damp and mould.
  • Acting on the £23.94m acquisition of 143 much needed affordable housing units at Camborne which was time critical to fall within bpha’s financial years and to ensure a continued good working relationship with Taylor Wimpey.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

The 'exceptionally knowledgeable' team at Blake Morgan LLP provides 'first-class' advice to public and private sector clients, including those within the media and retail space, across a broad swathe of non-contentious and contentious IP matters. Team head Lee Fisher has deep knowledge across both "hard" and "soft" IP, leveraging his broader commercial litigation skills to good effect for clients bringing or defending claims, including in injunctive proceedings. Joanna Corbett-Simmons also continues to develop a strong reputation in relation to IP litigation, including on disputes relating to the breach of confidentiality and misuse of confidential information.

Practice head(s):

Lee Fisher

Testimonials

‘The team are exceptionally knowledgeable and provide first-class advice.’

They were efficient, to the point, but empathetic and very keen that we not only understood the options, but that everyone in our team understood why they were giving the advice they were.’

 

Key clients

Clarins (UK) Limited

University of South Wales Trinity Saint Davids

Personnel Hygiene Services Limited

Dot on Technologies Limited

Aquaspira Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Clarins (UK) Limited in relation to grey market imports following the UK’s exit from the European Union including acting on injunctive proceedings against a retailer selling goods outside of the selective distribution network.
  • Provided a government backed IP Audit service to an SME to fully review the existing and potential IP of the business and advise as to the existing commercial licensing terms.
  • Advised eight former employees of Identity Experts Limited in defending injunctive proceedings alleging breach of contract, fiduciary duties and restrictive covenants, misuse of confidential information and unlawful means conspiracy arising out of a team move.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP houses a ‘really excellent‘ team of ‘top-quality lawyers‘, which advises a diverse range of stakeholders, consisting of landlords, distressed company directors and banks. Katie James leads the team from Reading, utilising her ‘first-rate knowledge and experience‘, and is particularly adept in advising on the administration of distressed care homes. In Southampton, Dan Geddes often acts for insolvency practitioners in claims against debtors and company directors. Andrew Murphy has now moved to Manolete Partners Plc.

Practice head(s):

Katie James

Other key lawyers:

Dan Geddes; Chris Potts; Katie Warner

Testimonials

‘Blake Morgan have a lot of top quality lawyers with great emphasis on commercially sensible outcomes. They are calm, experienced and know the law. Very reassuring.’

‘All their insolvency lawyers are really excellent.’

‘They are a specialist team with an excellent working knowledge of insolvency law. They do meticulous preparation for any hearing.’

‘The diversity, breadth of knowledge, attention to detail, overall experience and dedication to outstanding client care and outcomes makes the insolvency offering at Blake Morgan’s Reading office second to none.

‘Their approach and mindset are a breath of fresh air when dealing with contentious insolvency matters; making them without doubt our go-to firm. This team truly adopts the attitude that we’re all in it together, and follow through on that time and time again.’

‘Katie Warner is an outstanding lawyer and has both insight and experience beyond her years. Sharp minded, robust and 100% focused on the task in hand; she makes an impressive mark on every case she touches.’

‘Excellent and responsive team with very good restructuring, recovery, insolvency experience and knowledge. Ongoing development within the team is routine and impressive.’

‘Katie James has first-rate knowledge and experience. Good commerciality to advice given. She is flexible and responsive. Katie provides serious advice, and her considerable experience is evident in the analysis of issues and the solutions that she offers.’

Key clients

Metro Bank Plc

Quantuma Advisory Limited

Begbies Traynor

Fraser Real Estate

Opus Restructuring & Insolvency

Rollings Butt LLP

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

Fraser Real Estate

Azets

Global Corporate Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Rollings Butt LLP, as the liquidators of STA Travel Limited, STA Travel International Limited and STA Travel Management Limited, in relation to customer refunds, the appropriate treatment of guarantee claims made by airlines, disclaimer of leasehold interests, employee issues, a sale of a subsidiary company, a sale of social media accounts and recovery of book debts.
  • Advising on the appointment of administrators of Snug Shack Limited and concluding a pre-packaged sale of the company’s business and certain assets to a national furniture retailer.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Located in Southampton, Blake Morgan LLP handles a breadth of professional negligence claims involving financial advisers, property professionals and solicitors. As of late, the team has been engaged in claims pertaining to construction, insurance legal advice and tax planning. Richard Portlock co-leads the team alongside Michael Colledge whose key strengths lie in insurance coverage disputes. Stephen Cannell is also noted for his knowledge of financial services in addition to pension litigation.

Practice head(s):

Richard Portlock; Michael Colledge

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Michael Colledge is absolutely excellent. Clear, proactive and sensible advice. I could not recommend him more highly and would use him on any contentious property litigation matter.’

‘Responsive, informative, supportive, and thoroughly professional in all their contact and communication.’

‘Working with both Michael Colledge and Stephen Cannell has been such a breath of fresh air. They provide clarity in their approach and are very willing to explain difficult technical jargon.’

 

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP is often engaged in charity matters pertaining to the education sector and is well-equipped to advise clients with governance, grant making, joint ventures, and risk management. Ben Brice leads the team and is supported by Laura Sherratt, both of whom are noted for their expertise in commercial charity matters. Rachel Sales in Oxford is particularly adept in charity property and is supported by consultant Joss Saunders who is also based in Oxford. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Reading, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Ben Brice

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and prompt with willingness to fully understand our perspective and requirements.’

‘The team have a wide knowledge base and understand the sector well. We have always been able to access the correct level of support from across their team.’

‘This team was quick and efficient. I appreciated their mix of sector- and legal-expertise.’

‘Ben Brice replies to any queries with simple and straightforward clarity.’

‘Laura Sherratt handled our needs with professionalism, attentiveness and flexibility. We were delighted with the outcome.’

‘The team at Blake Morgan immediately understood our needs. I would definitely use and recommend them in future.’

‘BM made the process immeasurably easier and got exactly what we wanted done in a timely manner with exceptional professionalism.’

‘The individuals I worked with provided me with a tailored service which ensured that the trust’s needs were met in a rapid and authoritative manner.’

Key clients

Church Mission Society

CSW

Search for Common Ground

Pilgrims’ Friend Society

Linacre College, Oxford

International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists

St Barnabas Society

Armenian General Benevolent Union London Trust

Tricolor Associates

Langley House Trust

The Guildhall Trust

Cranstoun

Women’s Prize Trust

Global Witness

UKNEST

Work highlights

  • Advised Search for Common Ground on the options available for restructuring its group and international network of NGO organisations.
  • Advised Women’s Prize Trust on the transfer of a trust fund.
  • Advised Pilgrims’ Friend Society in connection with the acquisition of two care homes.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

With a ‘burgeoning reputation’, Blake Morgan LLP is led by ‘exceptional solicitor’  Thomas Middlehurst who splits his time between Oxford and the Thames Valley. He is also often engaged in contentious matters pertaining to executors and trustees, the Inheritance Act as well as trusts of land and property ownership. Abbie Coleman in Oxford has been described as ‘excellent.’

Practice head(s):

Thomas Middlehurst

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Thomas Middlehurst  is an exceptional solicitor who is quick to get a grasp on issues and offer advice on a wide range of options.’

‘Thomas Middlehurst is a capable contentious issues solicitor who is very knowledgeable in this area.’

‘Thomas Middlehurst has a growing reputation and fights hard for his clients. He has expertise on cases with a property angle.’

‘Thomas Middlehurst is superb, he is knowledgeable and goes the extra mile to win for his clients.’

‘Thomas Middlehurst is a very experienced private client and litigation specialist who has a great eye to detail and is commercially focused.’

‘Abbie Coleman is excellent and a pleasure to work with.’

‘This firm has a burgeoning reputation in this field, with some impressive practitioners. I have been particularly impressed by their practical and commercial approach to cases.’

‘The quality of their work is excellent.’

Key clients

The Estate of Olujimi Awoyomi

The Beneficiaries of the Estate of Frank Clifford Day

Work highlights

  • Advised beneficiaries of the estate of J Awoyomi in relation to a defence and counterclaim for a beneficial interest in a number of London properties which had been transferred out of the deceased’s name fraud.
  • Advised the beneficiaries of the estate of F C Day in relation to a claim under the Inheritance Act.

Private client > Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Resolving financial issues arising from familial relationship breakdowns is the core currency for Blake Morgan LLP's Thames Valley-based family offering. High-value family litigation is also firmly within the team’s wheelhouse. Team leader James Davies maintains his strong matrimonial finances practice, receiving praise as ‘the very best of Resolution’s code of conduct in practice’. Experienced mediator and former practice head Christine Plews frequently acts on matrimonial finance litigation, whilst legal director Catherine Morgan is another important port of call within the group.

Practice head(s):

James Davies

Other key lawyers:

Christine Plews; Catherine Morgan; Laura Bennett; Amy Maher

Testimonials

‘The team that dealt with my case were extremely professional, has a vast knowledge of the law and helped me all the way through the process. Couldn’t have asked for a better team.’

‘Christine Plews is a practical, hands-on mediator. She is resolution focused and does her best to steer clients away from the court process.’

‘I dealt with Laura Bennett who was a delight to work with. It was nice to deal with someone that took my feelings into consideration. Laura went above and beyond to make me feel at ease and couldn’t have asked more of her. If I ever need help in that department again I will be asking for Laura to be my solicitor.’

‘James Davies is really very strong on the law and very determined to get the right result for his client while always having regard to costs.

‘Amy Maher is wonderful with clients and gives reasoned and clear advice.’

‘Laura Bennett has a measured approach that clients appreciate. She has an excellent manner with clients and is very good at explaining complicated proceedings.’

‘James Davies is a delight to deal with. The very best of Resolution’s code of conduct in practice!’

‘Amy Maher: clever, confident, and a joy to deal with. She has clear strategy from the start of cases and gets great results. Clients like her direct, friendly and empathetic manner.’

Work highlights

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP is known for having the bandwidth to handle the full spectrum of traditional succession and tax services, particularly those involving multiple jurisdictions and overseas assets. Practice leader Susannah Treherne is a go-to name for estate planning and estate administration, and is an expert on cases involving diminished mental capacity. James Greig is a key contact for trusts, high-end probate and inheritance tax planning, whilst senior associate and notary public Kathryn Woodward continues to focus her practice on inheritance tax planning and administering high-net-worth estates.

Practice head(s):

Susannah Treherne

Other key lawyers:

James Greig; Kathryn Woodward; Mary Mulhern; Stephen Evans; Andrew Lane

Work highlights

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Demonstrating ‘broad range and insight’ in relation to all elements of property litigation, the Blake Morgan LLP practice is highly regarded for its advice on judicial review claims in the High Court, and its handling of landlord and tenant disputes. Zoe Wright leads the team from Reading, offering extensive expertise in the telecoms property sector, and regularly handling claims for possession. Southampton-based legal director, Simon Pestell, acts for many commercial property developers, assisting with redevelopment schemes and reviewing property portfolios. In Oxford, Thomas Djan-Krofa focuses on restrictive covenants, easements, and adverse possession claims.

Practice head(s):

Zoe Wright

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Knowledge and teamwork. If they are unable to discuss with the main file handler there is always someone else that is just as knowledgeable about the case.’

‘Thomas Djan-Krofa stands out. He is fully cognisant of all matters in issue and is sure to work closely with counsel to provide a better service for his clients. He is consistently knowledgeable, timely, and involved, thereby obtaining notable results for his clients. He is a joy to work with.’

‘Broad range and insight.’

Key clients

Activate Learning Group

Canal and River Trust

David Lloyd Leisure Limited

IWG Services (Regus)

Medivet

Metro Bank plc

Sorbon Estates Limited

Southern Co-operative Group Limited

Specsavers

St Johns of Winchester

Trustees of Bromham Estate

Wireless Infrastructure Group

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Sorbon Estates to handle work relating to its investment and development property portfolio, including tenant CVAs, tenant default, forfeiture, telecoms wayleaves, disputes regarding restrictive covenants and easements, development access disputes with third party landowners, disputes with long leaseholders, and trespass claims.
  • Acting on behalf of Southern Co-operative Group in a case relating to the unlawful occupation by third party licensees of a property let to Peacocks Stores and threat of application for permission to forfeit resulting in assignment of the lease.
  • Acting for receivers appointed by Metro Bank in respect of a mixed-use building following default by the borrower landlord, disclaimer of the commercial ground floor lease by liquidators for the tenant, and a vesting order application made by the occupying sub-tenant.

Transport > Shipping Tier 2

Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP's education team is instructed by Oxford colleges as well as universities and FE colleges across the country to advise on a wide range of matters and stands out for its deep knowledge of regulatory and student-related issues. Under the leadership of Cardiff-based practice head and employment specialist Matthew Smith, the team has advised education providers on registration and accreditation processes and acted in standout contentious matters related to employee grievances and student complaints. Also in Cardiff, Joanna Rees has advised on major campus developments, and Trish D'Souza, who arrived from Capital Law Limited in October 2022, is a key contact for contentious work and investigations. Oxford-based lawyers Richard Wade, a procurement expert, and John Deech, who advises on property issues, are further names to note.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Smith

Other key lawyers:

John Deech; Trish D’Souza; Joanna Rees; Richard Wade

Key clients

Balliol College, Oxford

Brasenose College, Oxford

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff University

Christ Church College, Oxford

Gower College

Hereford Sixth Form College

Magdalen College, Oxford

New College, Oxford

Oxford Foundation for Theoretical Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence

Oxford University Development Limited

Portsmouth Diocesan Trust

Swansea University

Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association

University College, Oxford

University of Chichester

University of Reading

University of South Wales

Work highlights

  • Advised New College on its procurement approach, the appointment of its design team, and construction contracts in relation to its proposed redevelopment of a new Quadrangle within the College estate.
  • Advised the University of Winchester on a major project to deliver enhanced carbon efficiency across various facilities, which is set to make the University one of the lowest carbon emitting universities in the UK.
  • Advised Cardiff University on its ongoing £600 million campus development programme which includes the Centre for Student Life, a new, bespoke student services hub adjacent to the Students’ Union, and the Innovation Campus/Sbarc Building, a newly-opened £300 million research centre.

Public sector > Healthcare Tier 2

Bruce Potter and Eve Piffaretti jointly head the ‘responsive, experienced, capable and personable‘ practice at Blake Morgan LLP. The group handles the full gamut of relevant matters, including national research programmes and public health initiatives, and public enquiries. In addition to advising conduct regulators, Piffaretti has broad knowledge of issues surrounding the safeguarding of vulnerable children and adults, and has a great deal of experience in handling issues concerning mental capacity and mental health. Utilising his vast experience of public policy within the healthcare arena, Potter regularly dispenses advice on procurement projects, inquiries, and organisational mergers.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Potter; Eve Piffaretti

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Thompson; Richard Portlock; Claire Rawle; Claire Strickland

Testimonials

‘Eve Piffaretti is outstanding in respect of her knowledge of mental health and mental capacity law and practice, and responds rapidly and calmly to critical incidents. She provides clear advice and reassurance to staff working in a challenging area, and supports organisations in considering the whole range of outcomes.’

‘Responsive, experienced, capable and personable team. Look for solutions and deliver good quality work. Good understanding of the NHS, technology, and contracts.’

Key clients

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Health and Care Professionals Council

NHS Resolution

NHS England

NHS Wales

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Human Tissue Authority

InHealth Limited

Social Care Wales

Medway Community Healthcare

Welsh Government

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Work highlights

  • Advising the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s specialist services team on cases arising in healthcare settings which have been the subject of major national investigations and inquiries.
  • Acting for NHS England and the Welsh Blood Service in relation to the Infected Blood inquiry.

Transport > Travel

Blake Morgan LLP‘s ‘super team with a solid grounding in travel law’ has strong expertise in commercial travel, providing such well-known clients as Air France and KLM, with specialist support in relation to such areas as insolvency, employment and IP. Stojan Essex specialises in related corporate advisory work. Ian Skuse leads the regulatory and commercial practice from London. Additionally, the team has notable experience handling the personal injury side of travel; the ‘versatile’ and focused team in this regard is led by ‘standout practitioner’ Daniel Scognamiglio from Southampton. It is well-equipped to handle complex international matters for claimants in matters involving injury ranging from serious to catastrophic. It also acts for defendants, namely package tour operators and liability insurers, on the defence side of such cases. Associates Ian Skuse and Katherine Ettridge are described as ‘super team members’.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Scognamiglio; Ian Skuse

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Ettridge; Ian Jenkins; Isabel Bathurst; Iqval Dale

Testimonials

‘A great team for cross-border work including aviation claims and package travel claims. They are versatile and can cover many different bases. There is solid personnel in the team, with good leadership from the top.’

‘Daniel Scognamiglio is a standout practitioner who is not afraid of taking on difficult cases and running them. He is joined by some super team members in Iqval Dale and Katherine Ettridge.’

‘Blake Morgan’s team has a deep knowledge of the insurance industry.’

‘Daniel Scognamiglio leads the team. His knowledge is of travel law and the insurance industry is outstanding.’

‘A super team with a solid grounding in travel law, unafraid of taking on tricky cases. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone with a travel law issue. Great knowledge base, good leadership.’

‘A friendly and dynamic team offering high quality expertise and service at all levels in this area. They are also a firm ready to fight for consumers at the Court of Appeal.’

‘Isabel Bathurst and Daniel Scognamiglio are both highly personable and experienced travel lawyers. Not many firms have practitioners with such experience in this area.’

‘Ian Jenkins is brilliant, and I thoroughly enjoy working with him.’

Key clients

AXA Insurance/AXA Travel Insurance

DAS

Ageas

Admiral

MAAF (French Insurer)

Travelers

ERV (Previously ERGO/Munich Re)

Air France

KLM

Air France

KLM

Omega World Travel

Altour International Inc.

Ovation Travel

Ickenham Travel Group plc

Great Canadian Railtour Company (Rocky Mountaineer Railway)

Sunset Travel Limited

Meon Valley Business Travel

Healthy Holidays

Travel Talk Adventures

GlobalStar Travel Management

Ski Basics

Work highlights

  • Acted for a claimant involved in a road traffic accident in Mexico involving traumatic brain injury; liability was at issue, but the claim was resolved via mediation for approximately £1m.
  • Defended a claim brought by a policyholder against an insurer client for incorrectly denying a claim pleaded in excess of £1m, leading to significant ongoing difficulties.
  • Acted on behalf of the appellant for alleged breach of contract under the Consumer Credit Act 1974, which gave rise to wider legal issues of general public and legal importance.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Acting on its own as well as often alongside practitioners in the firm's South of England offices, Blake Morgan LLP's 'client-focused' team provides a comprehensive service to debtors and creditors seeking or providing funding on domestic and UK-wide mid-market transactions. Team head Paul Duggan is well-versed across a range of debt financing techniques which he implements to good effect on transactions in the healthcare and hospitality and leisure sectors, in particular.

Practice head(s):

Paul Duggan

Testimonials

The team is client-focused.’

Key clients

Propel Finance Plc

HSBC UK Bank

LDC

UNRVLD

Metro Bank

Development Bank of Wales

Robert Hurd, Andrew Hurd and Lauriane Goupil

Julian Hodge Bank Limited

Nash Business Capital

Swansea Building Society

Work highlights

  • Acting for Propel Finance Plc on its first private securitisation as part of a £500m financing round.
  • Acting for LDC in a debt and equity investment into TMC Pharma Services with a value of in excess of £18m.
  • Acting for HSBC in connection with a term and revolving credit facility of £30m to the Constantine group, a leading specialist in fine art logistics.

Insurance > Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

With a number of Cardiff-based lawyers who have significant exposure to charities-related work as part of their broader substantive law practices, and also regularly working alongside practitioners from the firm’s standalone sectoral team, which is led from Reading by Ben Brice, Blake Morgan LLP is well-placed to advise a broad spectrum of Wales-based charities and third sector clients. The arrival in October 2022 of litigator Trish D’Souza from Capital Law Limited strengthens the firm’s education credentials in light of her governance, commercial and regulatory expertise for clients in the sector. Public sector head Eve Piffaretti  is also a key member of the team, regularly working with charities who provide care and education services on issues specific to their internal policies and procedures, including advice on safeguarding and the interpretation of policies and procedures in the light of legislative change.

Practice head(s):

Ben Brice (Reading)

Other key lawyers:

James Egan; Eve Piffaretti; Trish D’Souza

Testimonials

They provide expert and sensible advice.’

 

Key clients

Melin Homes

Cancer Research Wales

Adferiad Recovery

Pencare

South East Wales Education Achievement Service

Church Mission Society

CSW

Search for Common Ground

Pilgrims’ Friend Society

Linacre College, Oxford

International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists

St Barnabas Society

Armenian General Benevolent Union London Trust

Tricolor Associates

Langley House Trust

The Guildhall Trust

Cranstoun

Women’s Prize Trust

Global Witness

UKNEST

Work highlights

  • Advised Cancer Research Wales in connection with data protection issues and associated charity governance matters.
  • Advised Adferiad Recovery in connection with issues arising from merger including in connection with application to the Charity Commission for authority to introduce new objects.
  • Advised Melin Homes in connection with establishment of subsidiary company limited by guarantee and application to register the subsidiary as a charity with the Charity Commission.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

The ‘experienced and very professional’ team at Blake Morgan LLP has ‘a great depth of knowledge’ across succession and tax planning matters. ‘Extremely proactive’ team head Lisa Davies shows ‘real technical expertise along with practical experience‘, often drawing upon resources from complementary practice areas at the firm, to ensure that clients receive a holistic service in relation to their wealth preservation needs, in particular. Senior associate Nicky Sherrard is also recommended for estate planning matters and administration, as is ‘very professional, yet compassionate’ senior solicitor Holly Jones , including as it relates to the preparation of wills and Power of Attorney.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Davies

Other key lawyers:

Nicky Sherrard; Holly Jones

Testimonials

‘It is an experienced and very professional team with a great depth of knowledge who react quickly and efficiently to client queries. They display a willingness to think outside the box.’

‘The practice is very professional and exceptionally thorough.’

‘Lisa Davies is extremely proactive, responsible and knowledgeable. She showed a real technical expertise along with practical experience.’

‘Lisa Davies has a no-nonsense approach which the clients like – they know where they stand and have the upmost confidence that she always knows what she is talking about.’

‘Holly Jones was extremely helpful in preparing our wills and advising on POA. ’

Holly Jones was very professional, yet compassionate.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property Tier 2

Leveraging complementary expertise across the firm's banking, construction and planning practices, as well as being able to resource matters utilising its own in-house quantity surveyors, Blake Morgan LLP's commercial property team can provide a holistic service throughout the life-cycle of projects, particularly as it relates to high value and complex development sites, infrastructure and energy transactions. Mirroring the firm's cross-practice public sector prowess, team head James Egan  has considerable experience advising both local authorities and central government across a range of matters, including on large-scale development projects. The 'exceptionally gifted' Louise Howells has a focus on social housing real estate work and provides a 'solutions-focused' service to Wales and England-based housing associations across a range of acquisition/disposal and financing work. On the private sector front, Nigel Griffiths maintains a market-leading retail leasing practice as a result of his longstanding representation of Canary Wharf Group Plc. Geoff Reed  is also recommended and has vast experience advising both private developers and commercial lenders on property matters.

Practice head(s):

James Egan

Other key lawyers:

Geoff Reed; Nigel Griffiths; Philip Jardine; Louise Howells; Daniela Smith; Dawn Smith; Charlotte Whitehead; Natalie Lawley; Victoria Morley-Jones

Testimonials

Louise Howells is an exceptionally gifted lawyer, who is solutions focused and provides an exceptional client service.’

Key clients

Canary Wharf Group Plc

Welsh Government

Cardiff Parkway Developments Limited

Cardiff University

NHS Wales

The Royal National Institute for Blind People

Symrise Limited

Newport City Homes Housing Association Limited

HSBC

Linc Cymru Housing Association

Cardiff and Vale College

ClwydAlyn Housing Limited

Swansea University

Transport for Wales

Short Bros (Developments) Limited

Sovereign Housing Association Limited

Work highlights

  • Continued portfolio management and new leases/re-gears for long standing client, Canary Wharf Group, owners of the Canary Wharf Estate.
  • Acting for SPTS Technologies Limited on its acquisition and development of a site at Celtic Way in Newport for a “BREEAM excellent standard” semiconductor and microelectronics manufacturing and production facility.
  • Acting on the £23.94m acquisition of 143 affordable housing units at Camborne which was time critical to fall within bpha’s financial years and to ensure a continued good working relationship with Taylor Wimpey.

Employment > Pensions Tier 3

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Real estate > Environment and planning Tier 3

Demonstrating an ‘in-depth knowledge of both the private and public sectors’, the Blake Morgan LLP planning team specialises in all aspects of residential-led schemes and strategic development projects. The group is well equipped to advise clients from across the leisure, transport and healthcare industries, with considerable strength in supporting joint venture vehicles and local housing authorities. London-based head Amardip Healy is 'held in the highest esteem by her peers', and regularly handles contentious and non-contentious planning matters for developers and property investors. Operating out of the Reading office, senior associate Victoria Charlesson has extensive experience of strategic planning and drafting highway agreements.

Practice head(s):

Amardip Healy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An expert understanding of the workings of the development world, informed by in-depth knowledge of both the private and public sectors.’

‘Amardip Healy – breadth of experience in all aspects of development and planning. There is nothing she does not know about the practical workings of the planning world.’

‘The firm has a highly effective and experienced planning team.’

‘Amardip Healy is a hugely experienced planning lawyer who is held in the highest esteem by her peers. She is very commercially minded and can be counted upon to give sound and practical advice.’

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m Tier 3

Primarily focused on private acquisitions and disposals, the ‘ highly skilled’ corporate team at Blake Morgan LLP acts for international companies, SMEs, founder-managed businesses and start-ups across the technology, media, engineering and financial services sectors. Practice head Martin Kay - praised for his ‘attention to detail’ - is highly experienced in both on and off-market M&A. Michelle Davenport is noted for her expertise on a range of corporate matters, including exit strategies, M&A and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Martin Kay

Other key lawyers:

Stojan Essex; Dov Katz; Lawrence Phillips; Ian Skuse; David Daws; Julian Goulding; Michelle Davenport

Testimonials

‘I found the Blake Morgan team to be highly skilled and experienced lawyers who have a deep understanding of the corporate world and its legal complexities.’

‘The firm’s approach is client-centric, and they take the time to understand their clients’ unique needs and goals. Martin and his team are highly knowledgeable and experienced in most areas of corporate law, including capital markets regulation and corporate governance.’

‘Martin Kay has great attention to detail and his dedication to getting the job done right is truly impressive. Martin is always available to answer questions, provide guidance, and offer support throughout the client relationship, not only on transactions.’

Key clients

Air France KLM

Alexander Associates Technical Recruitment Ltd

Altour Limited

Babylon Park UK Play & Entertainment Ltd

Blackbird Plc

Cogora Group Limited

CVS Group Plc

Empiribox Limited

Engage In-Health Limited

Foster Denovo Group

Globe Invest Limited

KCR Residential REIT Plc

Kerry Group Plc

Marketcom Technology Limited

Multiply AI Limited

NV5 Global Inc

Olivetti SpA

Optimal Ltd

Osirium Technologies Plc

Ramona-Rika Hazan and Global Real Estate Limited (BVI Company)

SP 2018 Limited

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Sustainable Harvest, Inc

Telecom Italia SpA and its subsidiaries

Group JVWEB

Work highlights

  • Acted for Foster Denovo Group Limited on a private equity investment of up to £100m from US private equity group, Crestline, to fuel its consolidation strategy and to grow its business through acquisitions.
  • Acted for NV5 Global Inc. a NASDAQ listed provider of technical engineering and consultancy services in its purchase of the entire issued share capital of L3Harris Geospatial Solutions UK Limited.
  • Advised the shareholders of the Smithers Purslow group on the sale of the group to Gateley Holdings PLC, the legal and professional services group, as part of its expansion into professional services provision.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

The impressive team at Blake Morgan LLP is led by legal director Ben Brice and acts for some of the largest, household name charities, not-for-profits and social enterprise organisations in the UK, alongside smaller charities. Through its various offices in London, Thames Valley, the South Coast and Wales, the group covers the full spread of issues from advising on collaborative working with charities and third parties to the registration of new charities. Brice is adept at covering various aspects of contentious and non-contentious charity law, and Gina Cheetham is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Ben Brice

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Having a range of specialists in one firm means that we don’t have to explain the situation more than once. Property, employment, health, regulation, charity law all in one place provide real synergies.’

‘They have access to a wide range of specialities and are able to respond quickly to our needs. We use them for a wide range of matters and they always seem to deliver.’

‘My main contact is very personable and is able to explain things clearly and concisely. He makes me feel as though he is part of our team, not just an external adviser, and wants the best for us as a charity’.

‘Good advice, practical. Friendly and quick to respond‘.

‘Everyone we worked with was great, timely, professional and delivered what we needed‘.

Key clients

Church Mission Society

CSW

Search for Common Ground

Pilgrims’ Friend Society

Linacre College, Oxford

International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists

St Barnabas Society

Armenian General Benevolent Union London Trust

Tricolor Associates

Langley House Trust

The Guildhall Trust

Cranstoun

Women’s Prize Trust

Global Witness

UKNEST

Cancer Research Wales

Work highlights

  • Advised Search for Common Ground in connection with the options available for restructuring its group and international network of NGO organisations and branches to enable growth and more efficient access to funding.
  • Advised Women’s Prize Trust on the transfer of the trust fund established to generate income for the annual Women’s Prize for Fiction.
  • Advised Pilgrims’ Friend Society in connection with the acquisition of two care homes, one requiring an approach to the Charity Commission to seek the introduction of a new scheme to appoint PFS as sole corporate trustee of the home and the other by way of a more conventional merger by way of transfer of the entire undertaking of the care home.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

With 'a deep understanding of all types of commercial disputes', Blake Morgan LLP predominantly acts in high-value and complex litigation. The 'impressive' Sarah Rees is frequently involved in cases with offshore features; Justin Weare is 'one of the best commercial litigators around'; and Alex Shirtcliff has extensive experience in both domestic and international cases. Elevated to partner in May 2023, Conor Daly, who is 'clear, concise and to the point', specialises in commercial litigation and insolvency litigation.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Rees

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An excellent team that is led by the impressive Sarah Rees.’

‘A versatile team that is capable of managing complex litigation efficiently and effectively.’

‘Justin Weare is a delight to work with – helpful, down to earth, and focused on the client’s needs.’

‘Justin Weare is, without question, one of the best commercial litigators around. Strategic, clever and innovative, Justin is consistently able to find multiple solutions to the most intractable problems that his clients face. A star in his field.’

‘Conor Daly is a safe pair of hands, who is clear, concise and to the point.

‘The team at Blake Morgan has a deep understanding of all types of commercial disputes, allowing them to navigate even the most challenging problems with finesse and precision.’

‘With a diverse range of solicitors willing to go the extra mile for any client, the team provides an extraordinary level of client service.’

‘Clients can rest assured that, if there is a pragmatic and efficient solution to their dispute, the Blake Morgan team will find it.’

Key clients

The Kerry Group

South American Aircraft Leasing

Transomas

Transomas Investments

Awendale Resources

Work highlights

  • Acting for Georgian billionaire and former Prime Minister of Georgia, Bidzina Ivanishvili (and members of his family) in their global claims against entities within the Credit Suisse Group.
  • Acting for Maxim Chechetkin in a Financial Services and Markets Act claim against global crypto platform, Kraken.
  • Acting for Amber Murphy in UK proceedings over the use of the registered trade mark for a series of novels.

Public sector > Education: schools Tier 4

Blake Morgan LLP‘s solid education offering targets both state and private schools as well as sector organisations and spans a range of charity, employment, and governance matters. The practice handles disciplinary investigations as well as serious safeguarding issues and is also active across staff structuring and pension matters, and it is also capable of handling school transfers as well as charity incorporations. Matthew Smith, who has acted in numerous employment tribunal cases, leads the team and often works with Southampton-based employment expert Vicky Schollar on matters with sensitive safeguarding aspects. Cardiff lawyer Trish D'Souza, who joined the team from Capital Law Limited in October 2022, is noted for her governance expertise.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Smith

Other key lawyers:

Vicky Schollar; Trish D’Souza

Key clients

Brighton & Hove City Council

Education Workforce Council

Hamwic Education Trust

Heart of Mercia

Hereford Sixth Form College

King Edward VI School

Portsmouth Grammar School

Solent Academies Trust

St Swithun’s School, Winchester

Teaching Regulation Agency

The Gallery Trust

The Portsmouth Grammar School

University of Chichester Multi-Academy Trust

Winchester Diocesan Board of Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised Launchpad Social Enterprise on general governance matters and provided guidance on the composition of the board of trustees, amending the charity’s Articles of Association, and ad hoc issues.
  • Advised the Education Workforce Council on the drafting and revision of rules and procedures governing their work, including those relating to disciplinary functions and those relating to the assessment of suitability for registration.
  • Advised the Teacher Regulation Authority on disciplinary proceedings against teachers as well as on revisions to rules and procedures.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

At Blake Morgan LLP, head of department, Helen Bunker  does a considerable amount of complex advisory client work. Bunker regularly advises clients who are both UK and non-UK domiciled individuals, trustees and estates and also acts as a professional executor, trustee, attorney and deputy for a number of families. The team advises on a broad array of succession and tax matters and frequently acts for clients with multi-jurisdictional assets.

Practice head(s):

Helen Bunker

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Middlehurst; Karmen Ko

Testimonials

‘Thomas Middlehurst is a very candid solicitor. He works with his client’s best interest at heart and advises on a multitude of scenarios related to very complex matters. This helped us to make the best decisions at each stage of our litigation process’.

‘We work with a number of the solicitors at Blake Morgan. The whole team hold themselves to the highest standards and nothing but perfection will do’.

‘We predominantly work with Helen Bunker and Karmen Ko. The level of detail they require to ensure the correct decisions are being made is outstanding. No stone is left unturned. They are a joy to work with and demand the best’.

Real estate > Planning Tier 5

Blake Morgan LLP handles the full spectrum of planning and environmental matters. The planning team is regularly involved in residential-led schemes, and marine planning work is a particular area of growth for the group. Practice head Amardip Healy boasts public sector experience and over 30 years’ experience as a solicitor, specialising in all aspects of planning and highways. Keith Lancaster left the firm in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Amardip Healy

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Charlesson

Testimonials

‘My go-to planner at Blake Morgan is Amardip Healy, former chair of the Local Government Lawyers’ Association. She has unique insight into both the public and private sector workings of the planning system, drawing on her a wealth of experience on both sides of the fence.’

‘Amardip Healy has a sure sense of the commercial realities of a case. Her client care skills are unparalleled, and she has a refreshingly calm and unflappable approach to even the most complex cases.’

Private client > Family Tier 6

At Blake Morgan LLP, practice head Flora Grossman handles a wide range of matrimonial and cohabitation disputes and has extensive experience in matters concerning companies. In addition, she is experienced in representing clients in disputes regarding arrangements for children, along with more complex children matters involving abuse and domestic violence.

Practice head(s):

Flora Grossman

Testimonials

‘A dedicated family law team which delivers a personal, high-quality service to their clients.’

‘Flora Grossman is highly regarded by those whom she instructs and by those whom she is against. She brings clear-headed good sense to the trickiest of cases, has a very strong practice, and has very good client-care skills.’

‘Diverse team with different professional background under one roof.’

‘Empathetic, knowledgeable and vast experience dealing with family and financial settlement matters.’

‘Flora Grossman manages to combine efficiency, skill and tactical nous with genuine warmth and a constructive attitude.’

‘The Blake Morgan family team has some excellent individuals and in particular Flora Grossman. She is strong with both financial and children matters and very well considered in the family law community.’

‘I particularly recommend Flora Grossman since she is incredibly experienced and skilled and is able to put clients at ease whilst at the same time putting a lot of pressure on her opponent to ensure that the outcome is favourable for her client.’

‘Flora Grossman’s approach is both pragmatic and sensible, quickly bringing a sense of calmness to very difficult cases. Her ability to navigate complex issues in relation to finance, children and property really makes her stand out as truly exceptional solicitor. She brings well-considered strategic and planning advice, which is why she really is top of her game.’

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

Blake Morgan LLP is recommended for development and agricultural finance, as well as secured and portfolio lending. Lead partner Tony Coyne has significant experience in property related acquisitions, disposals, and investments, in addition to corporate real estate matters, with a particular emphasis on management and secured lending.

Practice head(s):

Tony Coyne

Key clients

London Road Block C Limited (subsidiary of Meadow Partners LLP)

Green Lanes Limited (subsidiary of Meadow Partners LLP)

Work highlights

  • Advised London Road Block C Limited (a subsidiary of Meadow Partners Plc) on the final phase of Meadow’s acquisition and financing of a mixed-use development which it purchased for £13.5 million.
  • Advised Green Lanes Limited (a subsidiary of Meadow Partners Plc) on the acquisition and financing of three blocks, comprising of 60 private apartments.

Wales > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

With a number of Cardiff-based lawyers who have significant exposure to charities-related work as part of their broader substantive law practices, and also regularly working alongside practitioners from the firm’s standalone sectoral team, which is led from Reading by Ben Brice, Blake Morgan LLP is well-placed to advise a broad spectrum of Wales-based charities and third sector clients. The arrival in October 2022 of litigator Trish D’Souza from Capital Law Limited strengthens the firm’s education credentials in light of her governance, commercial and regulatory expertise for clients in the sector. Public sector head Eve Piffaretti  is also a key member of the team, regularly working with charities who provide care and education services on issues specific to their internal policies and procedures, including advice on safeguarding and the interpretation of policies and procedures in the light of legislative change.

Practice head(s):

Ben Brice (Reading)

Other key lawyers:

James Egan; Eve Piffaretti; Trish D’Souza

Testimonials

They provide expert and sensible advice.’

 

Key clients

Melin Homes

Cancer Research Wales

Adferiad Recovery

Pencare

South East Wales Education Achievement Service

Church Mission Society

CSW

Search for Common Ground

Pilgrims’ Friend Society

Linacre College, Oxford

International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists

St Barnabas Society

Armenian General Benevolent Union London Trust

Tricolor Associates

Langley House Trust

The Guildhall Trust

Cranstoun

Women’s Prize Trust

Global Witness

UKNEST

Work highlights

  • Advised Cancer Research Wales in connection with data protection issues and associated charity governance matters.
  • Advised Adferiad Recovery in connection with issues arising from merger including in connection with application to the Charity Commission for authority to introduce new objects.
  • Advised Melin Homes in connection with establishment of subsidiary company limited by guarantee and application to register the subsidiary as a charity with the Charity Commission.

Managing Partner: Mike Wilson

Chair: Helen Bunker

Number of partners: 96

Number of employees: 528

Contacts

Administrative & Public Law: Eve Piffaretti

ADR: Chris Potts

Agriculture & Estates: Oliver Sowton

Banking: Meera Jansen

Charities: Ben Brice

Competition: Simon McCann

Commercial Litigation: Sarah Rees (London) Chris Potts (Thames Valley), Dan Geddes (South Coast), Lee Fisher (Cardiff)

Construction: Richard Wade

Corporate & Commercial: Simon Staples & Penri Desscan

Data Protection: Elisabeth Bell

Debt Recovery: Sadak Miah

Education: Matthew Smith

Employment: Ron Burgess, Rajiv Joshi

Environment Law: Amardip Healy

Family Law: Simon Burge (South Coast), James Davies (Thames Valley), Flora Grossman (London)

Financial Services: Kathryn Shimmin

Government: Penny Rinta-Suksi

Health & Safety: Claire Rawle

Health & Social Care: Bruce Potter, David Hill, Eve Piffaretti

Insolvency & Business Recovery: Paul Caldicott

IP: Lee Fisher

IT: Elisabeth Bell

Judicial Review: Joanne Thompson

Mental Health: Eve Piffaretti

Outsourcing: Simon McCann

Partnerships: Andrew Miscampbell

Pensions: Ron Burgess

Planning: Amardip Healy

Private Client: Helen Bunker

Procurement: Simon McCann

Professional Regulatory: Clare Strickland

Public Law: Eve Piffaretti

Publishing: Lee Fisher

Real Estate: Oliver Sowton

Real Estate Litigation: Zoe Wright (England), Siãn Jones (Wales)

Retail & Leisure: Oliver Sowton, Penny Rinta-Suksi

Residential Property: Lorna Munro

Social Housing: Siãn Jones

Tax: Rob Thomas

Travel: Daniel Scognamiglio

THE FIRM

Blake Morgan has a reputation for building life-time relationships with its clients helping them to navigate through the commercial affairs and business challenges that affect their organisation as well as advising them on a range of personal issues. As a full-service law firm with offices across the UK and a wealth of expertise with 96 partners and 528 staff, Blake Morgan uses its unique blend of technical expertise, broader experience and commercial realism to get the best results possible for its clients – be they small businesses, corporates, individuals, families, government, or not-for-profits. The firm is trusted by many of the leading players within the areas in which it specialises. This includes international and national corporate organisations, 20 local authorities, central government departments as well as devolved regional government, four major high street and corporate banks, and leading supermarkets. Blake Morgan also advises over 100 schools, academies and universities on a wide range of legal issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Mike Wilson
Chair Helen Bunker
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Nicola Diggle photo Nicola Diggle Nicola is a Partner in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Division specialising…
James Greig photo James Greig James is head of the Wills, probate, tax and trusts team based…
Catherine Morgan photo Catherine Morgan Family Law solicitor and a Resolution accredited specialist, Catherine advises clients in…
Chris Potts photo Chris Potts Chris leads the Commercial Litigation team in the Thames Valley and London.…
Mike Wilson, Managing Partner photo Mike Wilson, Managing Partner Mike is the managing partner at Blake Morgan. Mike specialises in all…
Kathryn Woodward photo Kathryn Woodward Kathryn is a Senior Associate solicitor and Notary Public, who specialises in…
Number of UK partners : 96
Number of other UK fee-earners : 528

CLIENT: Sean Taylor
COMPANY/FIRM: Zip World
TESTIMONIAL: “I was delighted with the expertise and advice provided by Blake Morgan who continue to deliver high quality advice, support and commitment to the Zip World group at every stage of the process. I was particularly impressed with their ability to deliver effective and pragmatic advice ensuring that the deal completed within the agreed timescales and it meant that I had confidence that all of the important legal aspects of the deal were being dealt with effectively. I would happily recommend Blake Morgan to others.”


CLIENT: Sean Owen
COMPANY/FIRM: RNIB
TESTIMONIAL: “Having taken the role as Head of Property for RNIB, I decided to continue to use Blake Morgan solicitors – they had provided legal support to the organisation in all property matters for a number of years before that. The support given to me by James and his team as I established my role, was exemplary. They fully understood how RNIB worked, provided clear, pragmatic and timely advice consistently, and were always available to discuss ideas and ad hoc issues. I can only offer the highest praise to James and his team for the support provided to me and RNIB.”


CLIENT: Christine Parsloe
COMPANY/FIRM: London Borough of Merton
TESTIMONIAL: “On building projects such as this, combined with the complexities of incorporating a new facility into an existing and improved operational contract it is essential to have a legal team that provides all of the specialisms required. Blake Morgan provided this, ensuring responses were appropriate, timely and ‘right first time’ so we could keep every element of this project running on time and to budget. Merton now have a new facility and a much improved contractual arrangement with the operator as well as a Family Friendly leisure centre that all our community with love end enjoy for many years to come.”


CLIENT: Calum Ewing
COMPANY/FIRM: Metrobank
TESTIMONIAL: “Blake Morgan acts as one team to deliver the requirements of our ambitious store roll out programme, providing property, construction, property litigation and planning assistance advice that is always on point. They are commercial, pragmatic and have aligned themselves with our values and vision. They are great team players”


CLIENT: Paul Metselaar
COMPANY/FIRM: Ovation Travel Group
TESTIMONIAL: “The team at Blake Morgan were consummate professionals who demonstrated strong commercial awareness of the travel industry that ensured the transaction was efficient and completed against a tight deadline. This was an important deal for Ovation and I would like to thank them for getting it across the line.”


CLIENT: Terry Musson
COMPANY/FIRM: Amberon Group
TESTIMONIAL: “We have recently worked with Blake Morgan on two separate occasions and in each case we received excellent advice and support one would expect during both transactions. Well done Blake Morgan.”


At Blake Morgan, our aim is to make a difference for our clients, our people and our communities. We work to ensure that we recognise, support and promote the wide-ranging talents we have within our business, through ensuring that our environment is one that listens, and one where everyone can reach their fullest potential. Our job is to remove barriers to success, and create a platform that enables our people and their talents to drive forward the success of our firm.

That’s why we pledge to:

  • Contribute to a working environment that is without discrimination, accessible, comfortable, healthy, well maintained, welcoming, and free of harassment, victimisation and bullying.
  • Demonstrate and share a commitment to valuing equality and diversity, and develop attitudes and behaviours that support this.
  • Challenge what is considered to be unacceptable behaviour, be pro-active with regard to diversity, and take personal responsibility to promote good practice and create change.
  • Identify individual and firm-wide learning and development needs on equality, diversity and inclusion issues continuously, and undertake relevant training to maintain and improve knowledge and contribute to the learning and development of others.
  • Consider what may be offensive to others.
  • Recognise that it is unacceptable to withhold information and knowledge necessary to allow others to undertake their duties.