Blake Morgan boosts London presence with merger

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Blake Morgan has today announced its merger with Piper Smith Watton, the Westminster based firm.  The merger will take effect on 1 August 2015, just over a year after the merger of Blake Lapthorn with Morgan Cole.

The merger will boost Blake Morgan’s national presence with the addition of 12 partners, taking the total number of partners to 130, a workforce of circa 1,000, and an annual turnover of £78 million.  It is already one of the largest law firms across southern England and Wales.  In London, Blake Morgan will be a £15 million plus practice in its own right with an increased workforce of around 150 including 30 partners.  The London office will have a significantly enhanced presence in the entrepreneurial private client and corporate market plus a doubling in size of its real estate and litigation practice.  

Walter Cha, managing partner of Blake Morgan, said “This fulfils one of our objectives in London which we committed to in the Blake Morgan merger announcement last July.  This new merger provides us with the resources to handle larger, more complex work particularly for entrepreneurial private clients, to include commercial real estate and high end residential property.  Having a significant presence in London will enhance our position as a firm and provides a stronger platform for growth into the regions and sectors where our clients need us to be.

Mark Spash, senior partner of Piper Smith Watton, said “We have been looking for the right partner to enable us to better serve our clients across a more powerful platform – in terms of complementary skills and resources. Blake Morgan is a firm with clear ambitions and we are delighted to be a part of them and are filled with confidence for our future collaboration.”

Lawrence Phillips, Blake Morgan’s regional senior partner for London, said “We are delighted to welcome Mark Spash, his partners and wider team into Blake Morgan.  The merger represents a complementary fit in terms of clients and culture and a significant step for us in achieving our ambitious growth plans in the buoyant London market, based on our established footprint here.  We are excited by what we can now deliver for our high net worth and entrepreneurial clients in London, nationally and internationally. ”