Blake Morgan praised as go-to firm in Wales
Blake Morgan’s leading teams and most respected individuals have given a resounding show of strength in Chambers and Partners – the authoritative guide to the legal profession in the UK – with the Cardiff firm being described as a ‘formidable practice’ and the ‘go to firm in Wales’.
Chambers UK has listed 58 of Blake Morgan teams from around the UK in its 2017 edition – with 22 of those achieving the highest Band 1 ranking and 27 rated in Band 2.
It described Blake Morgan’s various teams in glowing terms, describing it as a “pre-eminent full service firm” with “highly-experienced” lawyers and “excellent” client service.
Among those on the directory’s top rung are the firm’s Cardiff-based teams. They were given the top ranking in Administrative and Public Law, Construction, Corporate/M&A, Employment, Information Technology, Litigation, Real Estate, Real Estate Litigation, Restructuring and Insolvency and Social Housing.
Blake Morgan’s Employment practice was given the accolade of being declared a top-tier National Leader outside London, with the directory observing the firm’s “notable offerings” in Cardiff, Oxford and Portsmouth and its expertise in retail, charity and education and both public and private organisations.
The Directory describes the Cardiff firm as being distinguished by its public company expertise and a leading firm in the market with a stellar reputation for its work in outsourcing and other high-value IT projects while being named as the go-to practice for both contentious and non-contentious social housing issues.
The established public sector team advises regulators, local authorities, government departments, and healthcare and education institutions in Wales and England. Expertise includes legislative and regulatory reform, public body governance and defending public law challenges.
The firm, which has offices in Cardiff, London, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading and Southampton, is also celebrating success for its leading individuals, with a total of 82 individuals listed in the directory.
Blake Morgan lawyers achieved an impressive 33 Band 1 rankings, with 16 listed in the second tier, 14 in Band 3, four in Band 4 and two in Band 5.
The directory recognised the firm’s 14 “Associates to Watch”, one Recognised Practitioner, one Senior Statesman, two Star Associates, one “Up and Coming” partner and one “Star Individual”.
Joanne Davies is head of the employment team in Wales. She frequently works for private sector clients and is noted for her work in reorganisations, TUPE and director disputes. The Directory remarks that "she's very knowledgeable and commercially astute."
Partner Meryl Morgan is said to be regarded by peers and clients as a standout figure in the Welsh banking community. She advises on all aspects of secured lending including debt restructuring and syndicated multicurrency facilities. Clients praise her "excellent understanding of the sector".
Chambers UK: A Client’s Guide to the Legal Profession is compiled from research including interviews with clients and other law firms and is widely respected as the leading legal guide in the UK.
Emyr Lewis, Senior Partner for Wales at Blake Morgan, said: “The breadth of our experience and quality of our highly regarded teams is appreciated by our valued clients on a daily basis. As the most authoritative guide to the legal profession in the UK, Chambers UK confirms our position as the go-to firm in Wales describing us as a formidable practice that is distinguished and well established.
“These rankings are based on the views of clients and peers so we can all be very proud of our achievements and our contribution to business life here in Wales.”