New name for Portsmouth law firm as merger creates Blake Morgan

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One of Portsmouth’s best-known law firms has a new name after a merger which puts it in the UK’s top 50.

Blake Lapthorn, founded in Gosport in 1869, will now be known as Blake Morgan after combining with Morgan Cole to create the merged firm.

The firm already works with many of the Solent region’s corporates, small and medium sized businesses, not-for-profit organisations and individuals.  

The merger will enable Blake Morgan to build on this client base and reputation and offer clients in the Solent region an even broader range of legal skills, reinforcing the breadth and depth of services on offer.

Martin Hirst, regional senior partner at Blake Morgan, said the new firm will build on its strong foundations in the city.  “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. We see one another as an excellent match, not only because of shared ethos and culture, but also because of the complementary strengths of our practice groups.”

Mr Hirst added that the newly-merged firm would be well-placed to take on some of the most challenging work the region has to offer, much of which has traditionally gone to London firms. Blake Morgan is keen to play a key role in regeneration projects in the city.

“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.”

In Portsmouth the firm is involved in a host of initiatives ranging from Shaping the Future of Portsmouth, The Partnership (Portsmouth and SE Hampshire Partnership and The Partnership Foundation), and the Portsmouth Festivities to providing trustees and governors to local charities and schools. 

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