Firm Profile > Blake Morgan LLP > Cardiff, Wales

Blake Morgan LLP
ONE CENTRAL SQUARE
CARDIFF
CF10 1FS
Wales

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

David Mortimer

Other key lawyers:

Claire Rawle; Tina Whitman; Alison Huckle

Commercial litigation Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Lee Fisher

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Manship; Joanne Thompson; Sarah Whittle

Testimonials

‘Provides a cost-effective service’

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

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

Key clients

NHS England

Welsh Ministers

Clarins (UK) Limited

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

Personnel Hygiene Services Limited (part of the PHS Group)

University of South Wales

Greater Manchester Combined Authority – Greater Manchester Police

Future Inns

Tinopolis Plc

Infinite Renewables Limited

Construction Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Joanna Rees

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Gwilliam; Simon McCann

Testimonials

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

Provides a high-quality and efficient service

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

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

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

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

Joanna Rees is leading in her field

Key clients

City of Cardiff Council

Wales & West Housing Association

Ledwood Mechanical Engineering

Igloo Regeneration (General Partner)

Transport for Wales

Eastbourne Council

Balliol College, Oxford

Corporate and commercial Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Robert Cherry (Corporate) Penri Desscan (Commercial)

Other key lawyers:

James Williams; Karl Foster; Richard Jones; James Vaughan

Testimonials

Very strong team.

James Williams is very active in the local market.

 

Key clients

Shelton Care

Nigel and Bridget Roberts – former owners of Paramount Office Interiors

Shareholders of Fostering Together Limited

Cambrian SW Limited

Management team in connection with secondary buyout of Amberon Group

ZWPV Limited (Zip World Group)

Amzac Estates

Employment Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Joanne Davies

Other key lawyers:

Paula Kathrens; Matthew Smith; Ian Jones; Rhiannon Jenkins

Testimonials

‘Professional and personable.’

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

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

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

‘Matthew Smith provides, pragmatic and considered advice.’

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

 

 

Key clients

PHS Group Plc

Welsh Government

The NHS in Wales

Swansea University

Cardiff International Airport

Gower College, Swansea

Principality Building Society

Russell & Bromley

Trivallis Limited (formerly RCT Homes Limited)

Dolce & Gabbana UK

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Charbonnel et Walker Limited

Wales Audit Office

Health and safety Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Claire Rawle

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A very user-friendly and experienced team.’

‘Very good knowledge of the subject area.’

‘Claire Rawle has a very broad range of experience.’

 

Key clients

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

 

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Paul Caldicott

Other key lawyers:

Sophia Farmer

Testimonials

Strength-in-depth and a great team ethic

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

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

Intellectual property Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Lee Fisher

Other key lawyers:

Emyr Lewis; Karl Foster; Sarah Whittle; Joanna Corbett-Simmons

Testimonials

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

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

 

Key clients

Infinite Renewables

Fortune Woods (UK)

Cardiff University

Steritouch

The Welsh Ministers

DHAIS Plc and Hearing Health and Mobility

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Vansdirect

Symrise

Clarins UK

IT and telecoms Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Emyr Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Simon McCann; Karl Foster; Jon Belcher; Kevin Manship

Testimonials

It is a very committed and professional team

The firm provides excellent leadership and governance

Emyr Lewis is very dedicated and committed.

Key clients

Welsh Government

NHS England

Greater Manchester Police

NHS Wales Informatics Service

Admiral Insurance

Wales and West Utilities

Pensions Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Gillian McCue

Other key lawyers:

Ron Burgess

Testimonials

‘Very helpful and supportive.’

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

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

Key clients

UNIVERSITY OF WALES SUPERANNUATION SCHEME

MICHAEL WEINIG (UK) PENSION AND ASSURANCE SCHEME

MILFORD HAVEN PORT AUTHORITY RETIREMENT BENEFITS SCHEME

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PENSION SCHEME

ABERYSTWTH UNIVERSITY PENSION SCHEME

NHS ENGLAND

WELSH GOVERNMENT

PERSONNEL HYGIENE SERVICES

NURTURE LANDSCAPES LIMITED

WALES AND WEST UTILITIES LIMITED

PANASONIC MANUFACTURING (UK) LIMITED PENSION AND ASSURANCE SCHEME

Property litigation Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Sian Jones

Other key lawyers:

David George

Key clients

Welsh Government

Canary Wharf Group

RPS Group

NHS England

Triumph Furniture

Crabtree & Evelyn

Cardiff Council

Seiko

Eagle One Group

Royal National Institute for the Blind

Public sector Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Eve Piffaretti

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

The very pragmatic team provides an extremely responsive service

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

The firm knows how to litigate a procurement case

Emyr Lewis is experienced, wise calm and courteous.

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

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

Joanne Thompson is a diligent, capable and experienced procurement litigator

Key clients

Welsh Government

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

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

NHS England

Transport for Wales

Welsh Language Commissioner

Greater Manchester Combined Authority – Greater Manchester Police

Teaching and Regulation Agency

Social Care Wales

Education Workforce Council

Social housing Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Sian Jones

Other key lawyers:

Louise Howells; Penri Desscan

Key clients

Pennaf Group

Newport City Homes

Cardiff Community Housing

Melin Homes

Wales and West Housing Association

Linc-Cymru Housing Association

Pobl Group

Peabody Group

Midland Heart

Tai Tarian

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Ben Brice (based in Reading but works across all offices including Cardiff)

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

St John Cymru Wales

Tenovus Cancer Care

Hafal

MacIntyre

Chwarae Teg

Cardiff and Vale College

Royal National Institute for the Blind

United Bible Societies

The National Library of Wales

Commercial property Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

James Egan

Other key lawyers:

Geoff Reed; Nigel Griffiths; Louise Howells; Daniela Smith; Dawn Smith

Testimonials

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

James Egan has a broad understanding of property and tenancy matters

Louise Howells is very experienced in social housing work

Key clients

Canary Wharf Group Plc

Welsh Government

Cardiff Metropolitan University

NHS Wales

The Royal National Institute for Blind People

Rightacres Property Company

Barola Property Holdings

Hodge Bank

HSBC

Pennaf Housing Association

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Lisa Davies

Other key lawyers:

Nicky Sherrard; Ben Coulson

Testimonials

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

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

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

Lisa Davies is very trustworthy

Banking and finance Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Reshma Jogia

Other key lawyers:

Ewelina Wagiel; Paul Duggan

Testimonials

Very professional and business-oriented service

Key clients

Milford Haven Port Authority

Julian Hodge Bank

Valleys to Coast Housing

HSBC UK Bank

MedicX Fund Limited (Octopus Healthcare)

Trivallis Limited

Llechwen Hall Hotel Limited

Amzac Estates Limited

Banking and finance Tier 1

The banking and finance team at Blake Morgan LLP advises a mix of borrowers and lenders across various sectors including healthcare, education, retail and renewable energy, with a particular focus on the smaller and mid markets. The practice is well known for being on the lending panels of most of the UK clearing banks, as well as a substantial number of retail and investment banks. Expertise in Islamic finance and specialist asset finance advice for lenders are other areas of strength. Kath Shimmin heads the practice from Southampton. Guy Constant and Rebecca McCabe-North, who are both based in the Thames Valley offices, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kath Shimmin

Testimonials

Always contactable, knowledgeable and keen to assist and advise.

An extremely competent team, capable of handling complex finance transactions.

Kath Shimmin is an excellent, very commercial and responsive partner.

Rebecca McCabe-North is excellent. Her great sector knowledge and experience, combined with her pragmatic and responsive approach, gets deals done.

Rebecca McCabe-North is knowledgeable, responsible and flexible.

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank PLC

Santander UK PLC

Coutts

Investec Bank PLC

Metro Bank PLC

Royal Bank of Scotland

Clydesdale Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken

Aldemore Bank

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

'One of the very best firms nationally', Blake Morgan LLP has further strengthened its 'excellent' practice group with its acquisition of BL Claims Solicitors. The seasoned team skilfully handles high-value and complex claims pertaining to cerebral palsy, brain injury, and catastrophic injury. Practice head and qualified doctor John White handles mainly large complex catastrophic injury claims, and senior associate and former midwife Patricia Wakeford is 'thorough and determined in the pursuit of claims for clients'.

Practice head(s):

Kym Provan; John White; Alison McClure

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘John White has a formidable intellectual mastery of the topic with real human warmth.’

‘John White’s experience shines through everything he does; he is extremely well organised, clear-thinking, client-focused, and keeps things moving’

‘Kym Provan is gritty, persistent, and showed her mettle in a tricky long-running case.’

Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP's commercial litigation team focuses on the healthcare, IT, manufacturing and retail sectors, where it advises public and private sector entities alike. Practice head Jill Bainbridge is the name to note for complex IP disputes and has significant experience of working on cross-border matters. Susie Dryden, who 'picks out the key issues and gets to the heart of the matter', has a longstanding role as intervention agent for the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Legal director Michael Colledge joined from Russell-Cooke LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jill Bainbridge

Other key lawyers:

Susie Dryden; Ben Evans; Dan Geddes

Testimonials

A friendly and approachable team that works well with in-house lawyers‘.

Deeply experienced and highly committed‘.

Jill Bainbridge is a stand-out partner and expert in her field. She is great with clients and always ready to discuss and progress the matter at hand‘.

Ben Evans is excellent, helpful, knowledgeable and approachable‘.

Dan Geddes succeeds in ‘boiling down’ his advice into clear options and a recommendation. This makes it far more straightforward for us to make the best decision and get on with running the business‘.

Key clients

Solicitors Regulation Authority

NHS England

Kerry Foods

CSC Computer Sciences

Lendy

DAS

Cigna

Sutton and East Surrey Water

Bainbridge International

IBM UK

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

Blake Morgan LLP boasts 'one of the largest and most experienced litigation team in the South East' with a strong track record acting in corporate and commercial disputes, professional negligence, fraud and asset tracing and asset finance disputes, among others. The department also provides specialist expertise in construction, insolvency, technology and property litigation. Practice head Chris Potts is experienced in shareholder, fraud and company law disputes, and is often supported by associate Nicola Diggle , who is also active on IT and contractual disputes.

Practice head(s):

Chris Potts

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Blake Morgan have a very strong team and a good reputation in the Thames Valley as a result of being one of the larger firms. The size of the firm means that they have good internal capability to bring in extra resources for non-contentious matters (tax planning, for example) arising form commercial matters

Blake Morgan have an extremely dedicated and professional litigation team who get alongside their client through thick and thin, providing a reassuring presence but equally not shying away from giving robust advice when needed.’

Chris Potts is an excellent and tenacious lawyer.’

Nicola Diggle is very responsive and committed to the client’s cause.’

Key clients

Investec Asset Finance

NHS England

Miele Company Limited

Hitachi Capital UK Plc

Grant Thornton

Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP's property group encompasses a new homes sales team, which is devoted to major development projects. Elsewhere, the firm has an excellent record of assisting household retailers with store roll-out and distribution centre programmes. On the financing side, it has recently seen a stream of new mandates from operators and lenders providing finance to the healthcare property and retirement living sectors. Group head Sean Palka regularly works with clients in the charity sector. Oliver Sowton's practice is focused primarily on the retail and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Sean Palka

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Sowton; Chris Dolan; Alan Harlow; Graham Bennett; Ian Howlett; Anna Larbi; Daniel Curtis

Testimonials

A robust partner-led team that responds efficiently to client’s needs‘.

Has a strong understanding of ‘real life’ commercial issues‘.

Always on the ball‘.

Anna Larbi is knowledgeable, proactive, collaborative and communicative‘.

Key clients

Berkeley Homes Limited

Bellway Homes Limited

Persimmon Homes

Severnside Distribution Land Limited

The Barker-Mill Trustees

Barclays Bank Plc

HSBC

Santander

Clydesdale

Nat West

RBS

Coutts & Co

Metro Bank

Shawbrook Bank

Specsavers

Beale

Premier Marinas

The Southern Co-operative

David Lloyd Leisure

Costa

Premier Inn

Department of Health

UK Space Agency

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocese

Winchester Diocesan Board of Finance

The Methodist Church

Sailors’ Society

St John Ambulance

St John’s Winchester

Fitzroy Support

University of Chichester Academy Trust

Kings Group Academy

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

Blake Morgan LLP significantly expanded its real estate practice with the addition of practice head Andrew Farmery from Shoosmiths LLP and Sophie Boswell, formally  in-house counsel at DX Group, in August 2018 to add complimentary expertise to Jannicke Brar and George Panteli who joined in earlier in the year.  The group is best known for its strong work for major corporate occupiers, such as IWG plc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, in addition to advising developers, institutional investors, local government as well as household names in the health, education, technology and energy sectors. Other figures to note are Michael Ward, who leads the 'superb' real estate finance team; Oxford-based Ruth Leadbitter, Andrew Miscampbell and Dominic Elster are particularly noted for their expertise in the public sector and primary care partnerships.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Farmery

Testimonials

The team gives a very good service, simply. They are responsive and make you feel like a valued client. They take the time to understand the clients’ requirements and invest in the relationship. ‘

Andrew Farmery and George Panteli always go above and beyond. They are extremely talented lawyers, who are committed and totally engaged.

Key clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Anheuser-Busch In Bev

Cellnex Limited

Canary Wharf Group Plc

Construction Tier 1

The ‘highly attentive and supportive‘ construction team at Blake Morgan LLP is active in both corporate work and dispute resolution. In Southampton, Edward McMullen leads on construction and engineering transactions for regional property developers and contractors, public service entities and clients operating in the financial services sector. Also based in Southampton is Jessica Tresham, who represents both specialist contractors and commercial entities in adjudications. In Oxford, practice head Richard Wade and James Bessey are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Richard Wade

Testimonials

James Bessey and Jessica Tresham have in-depth knowledge and experience of the construction sector‘.

Jessica Tresham is a leading light in construction in the Southampton area‘.

Key clients

Southampton International  Airport Limited

New College, Oxford

Southern Water

Mytime Active Trust

Peabody Trust

Gigaclear Plc

Metro Bank Plc

Balliol College, Oxford

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 1

Corporate restructurings, disposals and refinancing are among the key workstreams for Blake Morgan LLP's corporate team. It has a strong reputation for work arising from the healthcare, education, technology and retail sectors. Team head James Hawkeswood focuses on handling M&A, joint ventures and private equity matters for private entities. Commercial IP specialist Sheilah Mackie departed for an in-house position at BAE Systems in 2018. In another development, corporate tax specialist Simon Court retired from private practice.

Practice head(s):

James Hawkeswood

Other key lawyers:

Mark Hepworth; Stephen Archibald; Mat Wilson; Gemma Spiceley; Jasmin Eames

Testimonials

The team was totally professional, dedicated and resourceful‘.

Our deal was completed with the utmost care and attention‘.

Highly responsive‘.

The team adapts its practices to fit the needs of the client‘.

Steven Archibald instilled us with complete confidence from the beginning of the deal to the end‘.

Gemma Spicelely is calm and pragmatic – she ensured we saw our deal through to completion even when circumstances became testing‘.

Key clients

CVS Group plc

Kendalls Group

Oyster Yachts

Cornerstone Healthcare

Gresham Technologies

Be Wiser Insurance Services Limited

Harwood Wealth Management Group

Lucketts Holdings Limited

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

Blake Morgan LLP offers 'the superb quality standard of a City firm with a personable touch at competitive rates'. The department is divided between the Reading and Oxford offices and is 'the go-to firm' for technology transactions, including spinouts, M&A and fundraising. Sectors of expertise include healthcare, education and charities. Corporate lawyer Simon Staples specialises in M&A and disposals while commercial partners Alison Patten-Hall and Penny Rinta-Suksi are recommended for projects in IT and education sectors and advising local authorities. Elisabeth Bell is experienced in IT and procurement projects. Senior associate Timothy Coles is recommended for equity investments and IPOs on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.

Practice head(s):

Simon Staples, Alison Patten-Hall

Testimonials

An excellent firm with the expertise and high quality of a City firm and yet it has a highly personable boutique feel to it. Superb attention to detail and excellent follow-through. ‘

The team at Blake Morgan have expertise in their particular area of service, and provide a personable approach allowing clients to fully understand the legal terms, implications and strategies‘.

Key clients

Places for People Leisure

University of Reading

Artemis IT Solutions

Regus

Oxford Academic Health Network

Corporate tax Tier 1

The corporate tax team at Blake Morgan LLP is best known for its focus on the tax-related aspects of acting for both companies and venture capitalist firms on equity fund raising and mid-tier M&A activity. The practice has a growing portfolio of public and private companies and has been increasing its involvement in cross-border deals with incoming investment from the US into the UK and Europe as well as UK’s expansion into the US. Legal director Cathy Bryant heads the practice nationwide. Senior solicitor John Shallcross is a name to note in the Southampton office. Simon Court has retired.

Practice head(s):

Cathy Bryant 

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Richard Kendall and Others

Oliver Sargent

Gresham Technologies plc

Andrew Dunkerley and others

Harwood Wealth Management Group plc

Lucketts Holdings Limited

CVS (UK) Limited

Debt recovery Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP has 'a wide ranging breadth of knowledge' in debt collection, particulaly in the vehicle finance sector, where it counts Mercedes Benz Financial Services and Toyota Financial Services as long-standing clients. The practice also has notable expertise in landlord and tenant claims, insurance debt purchase and commercial B2B debt recovery. The team, led by Sadak Miah also work closely with the insurance team to handle small claims contractual disputes and landlord and tenant repossessions. Associate Elizabeth Bowden is noted for her 'great attention and focus whilst dealing with potentially very difficult situations'.

Practice head(s):

Sadak Miah

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Blake Morgan have a wide ranging breadth of knowledge and at all times consider how they can best meet their client’s needs whilst collecting overdue debt in what can be difficult circumstances.

Sadak Miah and Elizabeth Bowden are excellent, they fully understand the client’s needs in this very sensitive area. The team also keeps clients well informed and ensure that they deliver work to the highest standard using up- to-date processes and software‘.

Key clients

Mercedes Benz Financial Services

British Credit Trust

Toyota Financial Services

DAS Insurance

Education Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP has a notable presence in the further and higher education sectors. It also acts for independent and faith schools and multi-academy trusts. The firm's education offering is multi-disciplinary, providing expertise from all areas of the firm's wider practice. Operating out of the firm's Southampton office, Sarah Peacock is a key contact for employment matters, while Oxford-based John Deech is the name to note for property work. Employment-focused associate Vicky Schollar is considered one to watch for the future. Sheilah Mackie departed the firm in 2018. The national practice head, Matthew Smith is based in Cardiff.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Smith

Testimonials

The firm has an excellent understanding of the education market.

In the context of education work, they are especially well placed in handling Equality Act 2010 claims.’

I would thoroughly endorse them in this area.

Vicky Schollar has an excellent understanding of equality law and in all the cases we have worked together on I have been very impressed by her.

 

Key clients

New College, Oxford

Balliol College, Oxford

Oxford Foundation for Theoretical Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence

Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association

University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth Grammar School

Portsmouth Diocesan Trust

University of Reading

The Gregg School

Christ Church College, Oxford

Magdalen College, Oxford

Brasenose College, Oxford

University College, Oxford

University of Winchester

University of Chichester

Magdalen College School

King Edward VI School

St Swithun’s School, Winchester

Capital City Academy Trust

Bourne Academy

Catch22

University of Chichester Multi-Academy Trust

St Marylebone Church of England Academy

Portsmouth Catholic Diocesan Trust

Stockley Academy

The Cherwell Academy

Winchester Diocesan Board of Finance

Solent Academies Trust

Hereford Sixth Form College

Employment: Hampshire Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP has built up a sizeable client following among national and international clients, particularly from those in the retail and leisure, education and charities sectors. It has had a notable influx of data protection mandates recently, with practitioners advising clients on the impact of the GDPR and Data Protection Act in their capacity as employers. Corporate support work is another driver of activity. In addition, the firm distinguishes itself in discrimination cases brought in the SEND Tribunal; associate Vicky Schollar is the name to note in this space. Team head Lisa Wallis, and associates Holly Cudbill and Natalie Painter, regularly provide bespoke employment and regulatory training courses for employers and HR professionals.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Peacock; Tim Forer

Testimonials

The employment team are very knowledgeable; they give you the answers you need promptly‘.

Both partners and associates are highly competent‘.

Sarah Peacock and Lisa Wallis are friendly and knowledgeably but also pragmatic; they are both risk-sensitive and balance the client’s needs against potential costs‘.

Key clients

Apollo Fire Detectors

Cobham

CVS

Halma

HCL Technologies

JE Beale

PETA Limited

Park Lane Assets

Portsmouth Diocesan Trust

Portsmouth Grammar School

SPI Lasers

University of Portsmouth

Utilita Limited and Utilita Energy

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

Spread out across the Oxford and Reading offices, Blake Morgan LLP's employment practice continues to retain a strong roster of corporate clients including those in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors. It has also recently won several new instructions from small and medium-sized enterprises. The firm advises  public sector institutions such as Thames Valley police, schools and universities and social housing providers. Practice head William Downing divides his time between both offices and has significant experience handling Employment Tribunal and Court claims and advising on large-scale outsourcing projects. Rajiv Joshi has expertise in complex discrimination and TUPE matters and advising in the niche areas of police and health sector workforce issues. Rebecca Ireland left for gunnercooke LLP in June 2018, Sara Thompson left for an in-house position at the University of Oxford in November 2018. Senior associate Paul Hayward joined from Royds Withy King in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

William Downing

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Blake Morgan always provides excellent advise with great customer service. They have also supported with training and the feedback from these sessions has also been excellent.

William Downing is highly rated; he has helped my business with extremely complicated and difficult matters when issues needed escalating. He is very personable and can translate difficult areas of law into operational practice with skill.

 

Key clients

Grafton Merchanting GB

Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust

Oxford Pharmagenesis

Thames Valley Police

Family: Hampshire Tier 1

In the financial relief sphere, Blake Morgan LLP's family team handles both complex high-value cases and limited asset matters. Contested Children Act proceedings are another key area of expertise.  Practice head Simon Burge is an expert in the financial consequences of a relationship breakdown, as well as matters concerning child arrangements, including those involving international relocations. Senior associate Jennifer Williamson joined the team in October 2018 from Stowe Family Law LLP.

Practice head(s):

Simon Burge

Other key lawyers:

Adam Cooper; Rachel Giles

Testimonials

Adam Cooper is incredibly sharp – a real asset to the Blake Morgan team. He lives in the real world I couldn’t rate him any higher’.

Rachel Giles was my first contact; she reassured me of my legal situation at a time when I was in great fear and guided me through my divorce‘.

The lawyers are always courteous, understanding, supportive and kind‘.

Simon Burge advised me on my very complicated divorce; he never pressed me into expensive litigation for the sake of it, and instead informed and supported me through complicated decisions‘.

Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP has expertise across the full spectrum of family law, with notable strengths in dispute resolution and mediation, including representing clients in complex and high-value divorce proceedings, often with international assets. Mediation specialist Christine Plews leads the team which includes associates James Davies and Catherine Morgan, both of whom are experienced in high-value divorce cases.

Practice head(s):

Christine Plews

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Highly professional team with very good experience in handling complex divorces.

The team works well together, all members are responsive –real experts in their field.’

Very efficient, supportive and client-focused practice.

Christine Plews is highly experienced and comes across as authoritative, reassuring, calm and in control. Highly recommended for divorces and financial issues.

‘James Davies is incredibly knowledgeable and thorough.’

Health Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP advises healthcare providers on a wide range of matters and assists a number of large healthcare providers, including national bodies. One of the firm's key focus areas is medical technology, advising clients in the industry on commercial and IP matters. The firm also advises on large-scale transactional matters and financing work. Bruce Potter heads the team and is noted for his significant expertise and track record in procurement matters.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Potter

Testimonials

The firm always provides pragmatic advice in a timely manner.

Bruce Potter always responds in a timely manner and will make himself available so that he fully understands our needs as a client.’

Key clients

NHS England and NHS Wales

University College London NHS Foundation Trust

Medical Imaging Partnerships Limited

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (all 7 Local Health Boards (Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, Cwm Taf University Health Board, Powys Teaching Health Board, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Hywel Dda University Health Board ) and all 3 NHS Trusts in Wales( Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust , Public Health  Wales NHS Trust and Velindre NHS Trust ))

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Oxford Academic Health Network

Charter Medical

Intellectual property Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP fields a highly rated IP group, especially its trade mark protection team which includes senior associate Ben Evans who is also a trade mark attorney. The practice acts for clients in an array of sectors including the charity, public, retail and leisure areas, servicing clients on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious matters. In addition to brand protection, it advises on  copyright disputes and reputation management. The team is headed by Jill Bainbridge who handles contentious cases as well as trade mark prosecution work. Sheilah Mackie departed the team for an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Jill Bainbridge

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The quality of their advice is on par with London firms and their fees are significantly lower.’

They have a very pragmatic approach to tackling legal issues.’

‘They are very friendly, professional and responsive.’

Key clients

Kerry Group PLC

Charles Tyrwhitt

Trussell Trust

Wiggle

Feelunique

Be Wiser Insurance Services Limited

Nokia

Clarins

Transport for Wales

Sutton and East Surrey Water

Local government Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP fields a strong local government team, advising a wide range of councils on various matters. The leisure sector is a focus - it advises local authorities on the development, procurement, and management agreements for their leisure projects. 'First-class practitionerPenny Rinta-Suksi leads the regional team, and is particularly notable for her work on leisure projects and housing partnerships. Employment specialist Rajiv Joshi also acts for several local government clients on employment issues, particularly regarding discrimination and TUPE.

Practice head(s):

Penny Rinta-Suski

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is extremely flexible and very commercially minded.’

They understand the clients needs and challenge when appropriate.

Penny Rinta-Suksi understands the commercial trade-off of the legal positions and advises accordingly.’

‘penny ultimately, she executes her clients instructions to perfection and always delivers.

 

Key clients

Reading Borough Council

Chiltern District Council

North Norfolk District Council

Fenland District Council

Thames Valley Police

Oxfordshire County Council

Tandridge District Council

London Borough of Merton

Test Valley Borough Council

Cherwell District Council

Dover District Council

Pensions Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP advises trustees and employers on various pension schemes such as defined contribution scheme work, auto-enrollment and life assurance work. The practice also regularly provides technical support to specialist pension providers of SSAS and SIPP products and pensions tax issues (including international tax). Practice head John Hamilton and life assurance schemes specialist Rupert Graham-Evans also advise on pension issues in the public, charitable and social housing sectors.

Practice head(s):

John Hamilton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team are responsive, approachable, pro-active and very personable.

John Hamilton has been invaluable to my business – he is very responsive, approachable and very thorough.

I rate John Hamilton as the best I have dealt with. He combines good technical input with a clear understanding of where we lay trustees are starting from.’

Blake Morgan stands out head and shoulders in front of others.

Key clients

Arthur J. Gallaghers

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP's personal injury practice group is adept at handling complex claims, particularly brain injury and spinal cord injury cases in a 'robust and realistic' manner. Head of the team John White has expertise in catastrophic injury claims, whilst co-head Allison McClure has a strong background in health care litigation. Senior associate Julia Prior's areas of practice include brain injury, accidents at work claims, and public liability claims.

Practice head(s):

John White; Allison Mcclure

Other key lawyers:

Julia Prior; James Wood

Testimonials

‘Julia Prior exemplifies the calm and competent manner of this firm. She is very good at handling clients in a way that helps them understand what is going on and what they need to do, which in turn helps them maximize their claims.’

‘The team is well organised, where the basic things are done right, which sounds like faint praise but isn’t; it’s surprisingly rare. They are a pleasure to work with.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP's succession and tax practice is led by Simon Treherne, who specialises in advising entrepreneurial private clients on business ownership issues. The 'down-to-earth' team offers a broad range of wealth protection services including tax and trust planning,  drafting of wills and corporate advice on business structuring. The group collaborates with the firm's litigation and built environment teams in relation to contentious trusts and probate and landed estate matters. Senior associate Jonathon Sleep assists individuals with mitigating against inheritance tax and care fees, and also advises on safeguards against losing mental capacity.

Practice head(s):

Simon Treherne

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Sleep

Testimonials

I had every confidence in senior associate Jonathon Sleep‘.

Senior associate Jonathon Sleep was exceptionally supportive and gave me excellent advice to guide me through a somewhat complicated situation; I was pleasantly surprised by his genuine concern for me‘.

My advisers were very pleasant and extremely knowledgeable they quickly took my concerns on board‘.

Douglas Smith was particularly impressive and exhibited a very wide and detailed knowledge of his practice‘.

Darren Price is very personable and competent‘.

Knowledgeable, experienced and empathetic with client needs‘.

Laura Richard is an an emerging talent. Helen Bunker has lots of experience and knowledge of client needs‘.

Jonathan Sleep explained things very clearly and concisely and was the perfect calm adjudicator, working with me to create a solution. He proved to be an excellent listener – truly kind and sympathetic‘.

Planning Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP has a strong record of acting for major housing developers on planning matters, and is also becoming increasingly active in the advice to large corporate clients, such as global food entities. The firm, which has an in-house team of planning consultants, is particularly strong in contentious judicial reviews. Guthrie Mcgruer, who leads the practice, has experience of handling statutory challenges under the Town & Country Planning Act.

Practice head(s):

Guthrie McGruer

Key clients

Euro Foods Group Limited

Welsh Ambulance Service Trust

Public Health Wales

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Oxford Preservation Trust

Cooper Estates Strategic Land Limited

Metro Bank PLC

Vitacress Salads Limited

Amber Builders Ltd

Lunar Stockton S.A.R.L.

Professional discipline Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Bradley Albuery; Nick Leale

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Council for Licensed Conveyancers

Association of Project Managers

National Counselling Society

Architects Registration Board

Association of Accounting Technicians

Bar Standards Board

Royal Institute of British Architects

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants

Football Association

General Osteopathic Council

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP’s client base for agriculture and estate work includes families with landed estates, landowners, farmers, agricultural businesses, as well as a number of trusts, partnerships, corporate bodies, registered charities and institutions involved in the rural sector. The team specialises in succession planning, land ownership advice, planning, agricultural tenancies, taxation, financing and diversification. Oliver Sowton heads the practice. Senior associate Caroline Lindon-Morris is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Sowton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The Blake Morgan team is able to address any legal matters we encounter  which means the firm can address the legal matter without needing to go to another firm for specialist advice‘.

I enjoy working with Oliver Sowton and Caroline Lindon-Morris as they understand how we work and they always give good practical advice which enables us to move forward with property negotiations‘.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

At Blake Morgan LLP, practice head Ben Brice has significant expertise advising charities and NFP organisations on mergers and partnering arrangements, joint ventures, social enterprise, income generation, governance and regulatory matters. The practice also offers additional expertise in areas such as tax and employment. Associate Kirsteen Hook is particularly well known for her work with academy trusts where she assists with conversions, new academies, transfers, restructuring and governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Ben Brice

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is more than helpful and always quick to respond, displaying expertise around charity law and housing issues.’

‘Ben Brice is very responsive and his knowledge of this specialist sector is second to none. His advice was very clearly given and the options, where applicable, were similarly clarified.’

‘The group, led by Ben Brice provides excellent and accurate advice, and are particularly experienced in quite complex and technical charity and company structural issues within the Trust.‘

Key clients

Oxfam

Royal Naval Benevolent Trust

Wessex Children’s Hospice Trust

University of Chichester Academy Trust

Nekton Foundation

Health and safety Tier 2

At Blake Morgan LLP, risk and compliance specialist John Mitchell’s practice involves identifying regulatory risks, proposing contractual or procedural solutions to achieve compliance and representing businesses which are under investigation or are subject to a regulatory process or prosecution. On the contentious side, senior associate Tim Williamson regularly represents corporate clients and individuals in regulatory body or police investigations.

Practice head(s):

John Mitchell

Other key lawyers:

Healthcare Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Bruce Potter

Key clients

InHealth Limited

University College London NHS Foundation Trust

Medical Imaging Partnerships Limited

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP is notable for its work with new and growing technology businesses on issues relating to domestic and international expansion, set-up and initial contracts, and brand clearance and protection. The firm also has a significant IT litigation capability, with team leader Susan Dryden having considerable experience in IT contract disputes. On the non-contentious side Alison Patten-Hall is a key name, specialising in outsourcing and procurement issues, acting for both providers and customers and Elisabeth Bell handles a range of IT projects and data protection matters from a commercial point of view. Former practice head Sheilah Mackie departed the firm for an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Susie Dryden

Key clients

Neural Technologies Limited

Enterprise Architecture Solutions Limited

HP Risk Management Limited

Cubic Corporation

IBM United Kingdom Ltd

Gresham Technologies plc

Juriba Limited

Taylor Made Computer Solutions

Flight Data Services Ltd

HTEC Ltd / Universe Group plc

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP is most notable for its work on reputation management matters, often acting for clients in defamation cases. The firm also has key sector expertise in both the arts - advising on a range of disputes - and publishing, where it advises on ethics, libel, and defamation. Jill Bainbridge heads the team, while senior associate Ben Evans is particularly adept in reputation management work concerning the internet and social media.

Practice head(s):

Jill Bainbridge

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is very pragmatic in terms of delivery of legal services

They provide cost effective services without compromising quality

They are very friendly, professional and responsive’

Key clients

Kerry Group PLC

Charles Tyrwhitt

Trussell Trust

Wiggle

Feelunique

Be Wiser Insurance Services Limited

Nokia

Clarins

Transport for Wales

Sutton and East Surrey Water

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

Blake Morgan LLP's private client practice is known for its breadth of knowledge in administration of trusts and estates, wills, wealth and tax planning in addition to contentious and Court of Protection work. James Greig is a ‘well-respected trusts, inheritance tax and probate advisor in the Oxford area’. Other key figures in the team include  Robert Mulvany and senior associates Kathryn Woodward, who is also a Notary Public, Kate Allred and Alison Craggs as well as associate Philip Allen.

Practice head(s):

James Greig

Testimonials

‘Blake Morgan’s private client team are technically very capable at dealing with complex situations but also friendly and approachable.

James Greig is very approachable and knowledgeable and comes up with pragmatic solutions for his clients.

Professional negligence Tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP's practice is routinely involved in claimant work catering to professional services such as solicitors, property professionals and financial advisers. Headed by Richard Portlock, the team has recently acted for a client in a negligence claim against a solicitor pertaining to the latter's failure to advise on the existence of a restrictive covenant. The group has also made a number of notable recruitment, which saw Michael Colledge join from Russell-Cooke LLP, and Nichola Gordon-Jones from TWM Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):

Richard Portlock

Other key lawyers:

Heather Welham

Testimonials

‘Richard Portlock is very experienced in professional negligence work, and guides his more junior team members accordingly and engages with counsel rather than simply relying on or deferring to counsel.’

‘Heather Welham is thorough, thoughtful and intuitive in her approach to the development of litigation.’

The team is very responsive, user-friendly and has a great rapport with clients, witnesses, and experts.’

All members are thorough, thoughtful and intuitive.

Property litigation Tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP has an excellent reputation in commercial asset management, where it handles contentious property issues for clients from the banking, retail and leisure, manufacturing and public sectors. Elsewhere, the firm advises other clients on real property disputes (including overage, easement and covenant disputes) and residential landlord and tenant work. Sean Palka is the practice head. Associate Claire Hitchman has niche expertise in mooring rights.

Practice head(s):

Sean Palka

Other key lawyers:

Social housing Tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP acts for most of the main housing associations in southern England and it also has a notable housebuilder client base. Its team has experience of advising developers on building their own estates and the sale of both private and affordable units. Elsewhere, the group is knowledgeable about governance, commercial and procurement issues, construction (both contentious and non-contentious), refinancing and charging, and social care. Practice head Sean Palka acts for residential developers on matters ranging from initial acquisitions to final plot sales. Chris Dolan advises on all aspects of land acquisition and assembly.

Practice head(s):

Sean Palka

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Radian Group

Aster Group

Vivid Homes

Network Housing Association

Peabody

Greensquare Group

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Ben Brice

Other key lawyers:

Kirsteen Hook; Rachel Sales

Testimonials

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

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

Kirsteen Hook was particularly helpful‘.

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Oxfam

United Bible Societies Association

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)

Association for Project Management

Tenovus Cancer Care

Nekton Foundation

Women’s Prize Trust

Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association

The National Library of Wales

Portsmouth Catholic Diocesan Trust

Royal Naval Benevolent Trust

Wessex Children’s Hospice Trust

Winchester Housing Trust

St John Cymru Wales

University of Chichester Multi Academy Trust

Education: institutions Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Matthew Smith

Key clients

New College, Oxford

Balliol College, Oxford

Cardiff University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Oxford Foundation for Theoretical Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence

University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth Diocesan Trust

University of Reading

Christ Church College, Oxford

Brasenose College, Oxford

University College, Oxford

University of Winchester

University of Chichester

Hereford Sixth Form College

Swansea University

Magdalen College, Oxford

University of South Wales

Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Blake Morgan LLP's insolvency team in Reading regularly acts for banks, landlords, investors, insolvency practitioners and directors of distressed companies on the full spectrum of insolvency work. Working with other departments in the firm, the team is able to offer an all-encompassing service to clients. Leading the team is Katie James, who was promoted to partner in May 2018. James specialises in all forms of insolvency law and has particular expertise in distressed care homes, having previously dealt with the administration of eight different care home groups, comprising at least 50 care homes.

Practice head(s):

Katie James

Other key lawyers:

Dan Geddes

Testimonials

‘Blake Morgan are market leaders in Insolvency and Corporate Recovery in the South East. The team are able to handle complex, and high value cases with skill, efficiency, and commercial intelligence.’

‘We deal with Blake Morgan primarily in their capacity as an HSBC restructuring panel law firm.’

‘Dan Geddes is a stand out individual in the team. He combines an in-depth knowledge of insolvency law with a keen eye for detail and a down to earth, responsive, and pragmatic approach to resolving cases.’

‘Our dealings have primarily been with the Reading office where Katie James, is first class.’

Key clients

Gibson Hewitt

Metro Bank Plc

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Crowe Clark Whitehill

Critchleys LLP

Fieldstead Insolvency Limited

Lendy Limited

Beacon Insolvency Practitioners

McTear, Williams & Wood

Quantuma LLP

CVR Global

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Martin Kay

Other key lawyers:

Lawrence Phillips; Stojan Essex

Testimonials

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

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

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

Lawrence Phillips is an good communicator and a very strong solicitor

Key clients

Air France KLM

Altour Limited

Brown Retail Holdings Ltd

Brown Shipley & Co. Limited

Cogora Group Limited

CVS Group Plc

Cream UK Ltd

Empiribox Limited

Forbidden Technologies plc

Go Ahead GmbH

Jota Aircraft Leasing Ltd

KCR Residential REIT plc

Kerry Group plc

Olivetti SpA

Osirium Technologies plc

OS3 Digital Limited

Pandox AB

Petards Group Plc

Reward Technology Ltd

Telecom Italia Sparkle SpA

Tempest Resourcing Ltd

Virtual Clarity Limited

W K Webster & Co Ltd

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Tony Coyne

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Bell; Prashant Dave

Testimonials

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

‘Michelle Davenport deals with matters promptly and gives good advice.’

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

‘Commercially aware, proactive, understanding of our business.’

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Tony Coyne

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Taylor; Neil Stafford

Testimonials

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

‘Michelle Davenport deals with matters promptly and gives good advice.’

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

‘Commercially aware, proactive, understanding of our business.’

Key clients

Edwardian Group

Cockpit Hotel (London) Ltd

Britannia Hospitality (The Stafford)

Marriott Hotels

FS JV Co (owners of the ‘Planet’ portfolio)

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Blake Morgan LLP handles contentious legacy matters (where it acts for national charities) and professional negligence claims in the context of succession and estates. Team head Stephanie Walls is experienced in high-value and complex Inheritance Act claims. Court of Protection work is another mainstay of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Walls

Testimonials

Blake Morgan have a reputation for advising charities, specifically in relation to a range of matters including wills, probate and the administration of estates‘.

Blake Morgan’s ability to bring in additional expertise from within the firm’rs other departments (tax planning, corporate) to resolve contentious trust matters had always impressed me‘.

Stephanie Walls and Caroline Wild were honest, knowledgeable, constructive and helpful at all times; formal advice was presented in a timely and clear manner that was suitable for the layman, necessitating little need for clarification‘.

James Grieg was outstanding in his attention to detail and willingness to listen. Arshoo Singh is tenacious and inventive; clients have confidence that she will promote their interests‘.

Stephanie Walls has lots of experience and a firm sense of how cases should be run for the benefit of her clients‘.

Education: schools Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Matthew Smith

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Magdalen College School

King Edward VI School

St Swithun’s School, Winchester

Capital City Academy Trust

University of Chichester Multi-Academy Trust

The Portsmouth Grammar School

St Marylebone Church of England Academy

Portsmouth Catholic Diocesan Trust

Stockley Academy

The Cherwell Academy

Winchester Diocesan Board of Finance

Solent Academies Trust

The Gregg School

IT and telecoms Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Simon Stokes

Key clients

Forbidden Technologies

Caretower

Virtual Clarity

Moss Bros

Planning Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Guthrie McGruer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

An excellent team.

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

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

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

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

 

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

Key clients

Meadows Residential

Lidl

Clarion Housing

Berkeley Southern

Peabody Housing

Metro Bank

Welsh Government

Welsh Ambulance Service

Renewal Group Ltd

London Luton Airport Operations Ltd (Luton Airport)

Southern Water plc

Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd

Hollybrook Homes

Bathurst Partners

Optivo

M&M Assets

HSBC

Metro Bank

Dorrington plc

Swansea City Council

Joseph Homes

Agudas Israel Housing Association

Regus

Bedfordshire Pilgrims HA

Investec

St Modwen Properties

Barnardos

Richmond HA

Winchester HA

Sutton and East Surrey Water

Milford Haven Port Authority

London Oxford Airport

Southampton Airport

Hewlett Packard

Victoria Land Limited

Beachcroft Developments Ltd

Commercial property: development Tier 5

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

Practice head(s):

Tony Coyne

Other key lawyers:

Kate Silverman; Mark Hiley; Prashant Dave; Gareth Williams

Testimonials

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

‘Michelle Davenport deals with matters promptly and gives good advice.’

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

‘Commercially aware, proactive, understanding of our business.’

Key clients

Igloo Regeneration (General Partner) Ltd

Mediators Tier 5

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

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

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

Practice head(s):

Mark Spash

Other key lawyers:

Arshoo Singh

Testimonials

Arshoo Singh is superb.

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

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

Mark Spash has good client-handling skills.

Property litigation Tier 5

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

Practice head(s):

Claire Lamkin; David Wadsworth

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Meadow Partners

Oxfam

Dorrington Properties

Maker Properties

Space NK

Molton Brown

Bouygues UK

Melia Hotels

Commercial contracts Tier 6

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

Practice head(s):

Simon Stokes

Key clients

Wiggle

Harlequin Football Club

Hana Group

Kerry Foods

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

Family Tier 6

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

Practice head(s):

Flora Grossman

Other key lawyers:

Amy Fullerton

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

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

Practice head(s):

Richard Humphreys

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great in-depth knowledge of the subject and excellent advice’

‘Pragmatic advice, efficient delivery and fantastic partner engagement’

‘Felicity Rowen is very well-informed and intelligent’

‘Richard Humphreys is knowledgeable and commercially aware’

Key clients

Investec Asset Finance Ltd (IAF)

Metro Bank Plc

Hitachi Capital UK Plc

Virtual Lease Services Limited

Property finance Tier 6

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

Practice head(s):

Tony Coyne

Other key lawyers:

Meera Jansen

Testimonials

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

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

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

Meera Jansen provides consistent, solid delivery of service.

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

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

Key clients

KCR Residential REIT PLC

Dorrington PLC

Commercial litigation Tier 7

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

Practice head(s):

Sarah Rees

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

The Ritz Hotel Casino

The Kerry Group

Robert Terry

Roman Pipia

Buyer’s Dream

Aristides Potamianos

Travel

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

Practice head(s):

Daniel Scognamiglio; Ian Skuse

Other key lawyers:

Stojan Essex; Michelle Davenport; Eleanor Armstrong; Katherine Ettridge

Testimonials

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

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

Daniel Scognamiglio is very client focused.

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

Key clients

AXA Insurance/AXA Travel Insurance

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

DAS

Ageas

MAAF (French insurer)

Travelers

ERV previously ETI

Air France/KLM

Abbey Legal/ Markel Group

South East > Real estate > Planning Tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP has a strong record of acting for major housing developers on planning matters, and is also becoming increasingly active in the advice to large corporate clients, such as global food entities. The firm, which has an in-house team of planning consultants, is particularly strong in contentious judicial reviews. Guthrie Mcgruer, who leads the practice, has experience of handling statutory challenges under the Town & Country Planning Act.

Practice head(s):

Guthrie McGruer

Key clients

Euro Foods Group Limited

Welsh Ambulance Service Trust

Public Health Wales

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Oxford Preservation Trust

Cooper Estates Strategic Land Limited

Metro Bank PLC

Vitacress Salads Limited

Amber Builders Ltd

Lunar Stockton S.A.R.L.

With 115 partners and over 900 staff working across southern England and Wales, Blake Morgan is one of the leading full-service law firms, providing its clients with access to a depth of legal skill and experience.

The firm: Blake Morgan acts for large corporates, SMEs, entrepreneurs, public sector and charity organisations, as well as private individuals and their families.

Clients have a deep reservoir of goodwill for the firm as a result of its ‘exemplary service’ code of practice, its heritage and the access it provides to expertise, resource and sector specialisms.

The firm has an active CR programme which focuses on local and business communities, encouraging its people to be actively engaged, whether through advising on the Local Enterprise Partnerships for Regeneration, sporting networks or charitable endeavours.

Types of work undertaken: Blake Morgan advises corporates, entrepreneurs, private wealth, public sector organisations and charities in a full range of legal services.

Banking and finance: acting for three of the four high street banks in the UK, as well as niche high street local lending banks.

Charities: acting for over 500 charities and not-for-profit organisations in England and Wales.

Development and construction: acting for four of the top 10 UK house builders and leading regional house builders.

Education: act for over 100 state maintained and public schools, academies, colleges and universities.

Health and social care: lead legal advisers to the NHS in Wales and appointed to panels such as NHS England and NHS shared business services.

Professional regulators: acting for regulators, firms and practitioners at each stage of the regulatory process.

Retail and leisure: four out of the top 10 supermarkets and advisers to major high street retailers and national leisure retailers.

Social housing: advising over 80 social housing providers across Wales and southern England.

The firm also acts for private individuals and entrepreneurs, advising on a range of personal and business issues from tax, succession and wealth planning to property matters, family law and disputes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Mike Wilson
Chair Bruce Potter
Chief operating officer Elizabeth Carr
Number of UK partners : 115
Number of other UK fee-earners : 359