Blake Morgan celebrates success in Legal 500

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Lawyers at Reading firm Blake Morgan are celebrating being named as among the best in their field in the prestigious Legal 500 directory.

The 2014 directory published today (Wednesday, October 8), highlights Blake Morgan as having “the strongest presence in the Thames Valley”.

The list reviews the strengths of lawyers across the UK and makes recommendations based on how they are seen by clients and their peers.

The listings cover the year from November 2013, prior to the formation of Blake Morgan by the merger of the leading law firms Morgan Cole and Blake Lapthorn in July 2014.

Elizabeth Carr, Blake Morgan’s Chief Operating Officer, is identified as a “leading individual”, along with Guy Constant who is praised for his work in banking and finance.

Other Reading-based lawyers recommended by the Legal 500 include partner Alison Patten-Hall, selected for her work in intellectual property; partner Manoj Styche-Patel, head of Blake Morgan’s commercial services division; Blake Morgan co-chair Bruce Potter for his work in the health sector and corporate and commercial; corporate and commercial partner Stephen Tainsh for health, project finance and corporate commercial; and Michael Stace, joint head of Blake Morgan’s Thames Valley corporate team, for corporate and commercial work.

The directory notes that Blake Morgan has huge strength across the Thames Valley, with more than 30 solicitors from the firm’s Oxford office also recommended.

On the merger which created Blake Morgan, the directory noted: “Blake Morgan now has the strongest presence in the Thames Valley.

“The combination of Blake Lapthorn’s expertise in areas such as aviation and construction with Morgan Cole’s legacy strength in big-ticket commercial work for the public sector makes for a unique new challenger in the market.”

In total Blake Morgan, which has offices in Cardiff, London, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton and Swansea, is in the directory’s top tier in 42 practice areas, recommended in 49 practice areas, has 20 lawyers named as leading individuals and has 144 recommended lawyers.

Walter Cha, Blake Morgan’s Managing Partner, said: “We set ourselves the highest possible standards in all we do and we are delighted that this has been recognised by our clients and peers, whose feedback has ensured that Blake Morgan features strongly in the Legal 500.”