Blake Morgan celebrates success in Legal 500

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Lawyers at Oxford 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.

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

More than 30 solicitors from the firm’s Oxford office are recommended by the Legal 500, which singled out some for individual praise.

Oxford-based Blake Morgan solicitors recommended in the Legal 500 cover a huge range of sectors including charities, nor for profit and education, construction, commercial litigation, personal tax, trusts and probate, employment, and planning.

The directory shows Blake Morgan has huge strength across the Thames Valley, with Reading-based banking and finance partner Guy Constant and personal injury specialist Nick Richards named as “leading individuals”.

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 feature strongly in the Legal 500.”