Optimism as businesses celebrate Blake Morgan launch in Reading

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Growth and optimism were the themes as business leaders from across the Reading area gathered to celebrate the launch of newly-merged law firm Blake Morgan.

A reception at the Sir John Madejski Art Gallery at Reading Museum officially marked the creation of Blake Morgan, which took place through the merger of Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole in July.

Welcoming guests, Mike Wilson, Blake Morgan senior partner for the Thames Valley, said: “The firm may be new and some of the faces will be too, but its parents, Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole, have both been built on the same traditional values – excellent client service and close client relationships.”

Bruce Potter, Reading-based partner and co-chairman of Blake Morgan, then spoke of how the merger created diverse opportunities for businesses in the region.

He said: “This is an exciting time to be in Reading and we are seeing many opportunities for growth – both the firm and the region are seeing the benefits of inward investment.

“Crossrail and the development of Reading station are examples of developments that are bringing huge potential to the area. At the same time as a result of the merger, we are investing in new talent and have a real mix of skills and services to offer the region.

“We are seeing new development areas open up, for example in banking and finance, as well as building on our reputation in sectors such as health and insurance.”

Bruce toasted Blake Morgan’s “clients, connectors and friends” and spoke of Blake Morgan’s close links to the community.

He thanked representatives from two charities the firm supports – Connect Reading, which supports disadvantaged people with in-kind support from businesses, and Flag DV, which provides free legal advice to victims of domestic violence.

Blake Morgan was highlighted in the recently-published Legal 500 directory, which reviews the strengths of lawyers and legal firms in the UK, as having “the strongest presence in the Thames Valley”.

Blake Morgan operates from seven locations – Cardiff, London, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton and Swansea.