Blake Morgan is celebrating after securing an impressive 49 team rankings in the 2022 edition of the Chambers and Partners Guide, highlighting the firm’s wide range of specialisms and its consistent ability to deliver a best-in-class service.
The Guide, which recognises and recommends the best-performing lawyers and legal firms across the UK, ranked 41 of Blake Morgan’s teams as Band 1 or 2, while 16 individual lawyers were placed within the highest band.
A broad area of disciplines was recognised as the highest performing, with 17 teams from a range of practice areas awarded Band 1 ranking including Planning, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Pensions, Corporate M&A, Real Estate, Restructuring & Insolvency and Social Housing. A further 24 teams achieved Band 2 ranking, including Healthcare: Mental Health Providers and Family / Matrimonial.
There was special praise for the firm’s Band 1 and ‘well-established’ construction offering, while the firm’s Banking and Finance team were labelled as a ‘go-to practice’ owing to their expertise. The guide also praised several other Band 1 practices at the firm, including the ‘stellar’ Employment team, the ‘established’ Administrative and Public Law team were praised for their ‘very strong healthcare expertise’ and the ‘standout’ Professional Negligence team with one client commenting they were ‘impressed by the depth of legal knowledge’ the team has
The Chambers and Partners Guide also recognises lawyers who are leading in their fields. Sixty-three lawyers from Blake Morgan were ranked in total this year, with 32 ranked in either Band 1 or Band 2. One of Rob Cherry’s clients supported his Band 1 ranking by describing him as ‘a pleasure all round’, while Simon Burge’s Band 1 ranking was a result of his ‘creative, thoughtful and highly structured approach’ – a feature of which is his ‘outstanding’ preparation. In addition, Bradley Albuery, Christine Plews, Geoffrey Reed and Richard M Jones were ranked by the guide as ‘Senior statespeople’, and Philip Jardine head of the firms Property Services Group was ranked as an ‘Eminent practitioner’.
The Guide also highlighted the strength and depth of the talent coming through at the firm. The ‘amazing’ and ‘incredibly user-friendly’ Paul Hayward was one of 11 ‘Associates to watch’ listed by the Guide, while Gemma Spiceley, Mathew Wilson, Catherine Morgan and Nicola Diggle were all listed as ‘Up and coming’.
Kath Shimmin, Chair at Blake Morgan, said:
It is always pleasing to see the consistent high performance of so many teams and individual lawyers at the firm recognised and is just reward for everyone’s hard work throughout the past year. To achieve so many high rankings in the Guide is testament once again to the broad and best-in-class offering Blake Morgan is able to provide.
It makes me equally proud to see the up-and-coming stars of the firm be acknowledged by the Guide. At Blake Morgan we are committed to providing a leading service to our clients both now and in the future, and the individuals identified by the Guide will no doubt play a key part in that.