Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole to merge to create Blake Morgan

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Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole have today announced they are merging to create ‘Blake Morgan’. The launch date for the new firm will be 1 July.

The combined firm will have 120 partners, a total workforce of approximately 900 and a combined annual turnover of £72 million. Blake Morgan will be a leading firm in the south of England and Wales operating from seven locations: London, Cardiff, Reading, Southampton, Oxford, Portsmouth, and Swansea.

Walter Cha, managing partner at Blake Lapthorn, said "We’re excited by what the new firm can achieve; with a broader and deeper capability across the sectors that the two firms are already known for such as regulatory, public sector, development and construction and banking and finance. Our combination with Morgan Cole positions us as a major player in Wales and the Southern England and will provide us with a strong platform to invest in London and the Thames Valley."

Elizabeth Carr, managing partner at Morgan Cole, said "We have been looking for the right partner to enable us to grow our business. This move will provide greater opportunities for us to leverage our sector expertise in Health & Social Care, Social Housing, Central, Local and Devolved Government amongst others over a greater geographical area.

We have an ambitious strategy to deliver the right capability in the most efficient and effective way. We are enthused by what the new firm can deliver in terms of investment in legal talent, training and technology to benefit all our clients."