New name for Southampton law firm as merger creates Blake Morgan

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The firm, which has offices at New Kings Court, Chandler’s Ford, will now be known as Blake Morgan after combining with Morgan Cole.

While it will be business as usual for the south coast division of Blake Morgan, the merger will enable the firm to build on its client base and reputation and offer clients in the region an even broader range of legal skills, reinforcing the breadth and depth of services on offer – from private law for individuals to a full range of services for local businesses, including corporates, small and medium sized business and public sector and charity organisations.

Martin Hirst, regional senior partner at Blake Morgan, said the new firm will build on its strong foundations in the region.

“We have a distinguished history of service to the local community and to businesses in the region - as well as being a trusted advisor for our private clients. Morgan Cole, equally, is a firm with very established bases in Cardiff, Swansea, Oxford and Reading. The merger will bring together complementary strengths of the two firms in its chosen sectors.”

Mr Hirst added that the newly-merged firm builds on the talent of the existing firm and makes it well-placed to take on some of the most challenging work the region has to offer. Blake Morgan is keen to play a key role in the ever increasing regeneration and development projects in the Solent region.

In Southampton the firm is involved in a host of initiatives ranging from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce to providing trustees and governors to local charities and schools. 

“Our continuing commitment to the local community will be a very important part of our offering,” he said. “Both firms are well embedded in their respective local communities and our people are encouraged to play an active part in the work of those communities.”

Walter Cha, the managing partner of Blake Lapthorn, becomes the managing partner of Blake Morgan.  The Co-Chairs will be Stephen Murfitt, the chairman of Blake Lapthorn, and Bruce Potter, the chairman of Morgan Cole.