Blake Morgan's South Coast team celebrate outstanding success in Legal 500 2016

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Lawyers at leading south coast firm Blake Morgan are celebrating a strong presence in the 2016 edition of the prestigious Legal 500 directory.

The directory, just published, reviews the strengths of lawyers across the UK and recommends them based on how they are seen by clients and their peers.

In a glowing profile, it describes Blake Morgan as “one of the leading full service law firms” and praises its depth of legal skill and experience.

Eight partners from the firm’s Portsmouth and Southampton offices were named as “leading individuals” – the highest accolade the directory can give.

They are commercial litigation partner Susie Dryden; Kath Shimmin, who leads the firm’s Banking and Finance team and is noted for her “strong commercial mindset”; employment partner Max Craft; Elizabeth Davis of the Charities team; Jon Wallsgrove, head of the firm’s south coast licensing practice, described as “well regarded” by the directory; Construction team head Richard Wade and Jill Bainbridge, an intellectual property specialist.

Listed as “recommended” by the directory were 36 lawyers who work across Blake Morgan’s headquarters at New Kings Court, Southampton, and its Portsmouth office at North Harbour.

The Legal 500 placed 19 practice areas in the firm’s South East offices in its top-rated Tier 1 ranking – among them Banking and Finance, Commercial Litigation, Construction, Corporate and Commercial, Employment, Licensing and Local Government.

The directory notes: “Blake Morgan is one of the leading full-service law firms, providing its clients with access to a depth of legal skill and experience. Clients have a deep reservoir of goodwill for the firm as a result of its ‘exemplary service’ code of practice, its heritage and the access it provides to expertise, resource and sector specialisms.”

Mike Wilson, Managing Partner at Blake Morgan, said: “Expertise and outstanding client service are at the heart of everything we do at Blake Morgan. The directory results reflect our continued growth and success this year and we are proud that the expertise and professionalism of our partners and their teams has been recognised by our clients and peers."