Teams and leading individuals from across leading law firm Blake Morgan are celebrating another excellent showing in the 2023 edition of the Chambers & Partners Guide, which recognises and recommends the best performing lawyers and legal firms across the UK.
This year, 42 Blake Morgan practice areas were ranked in the Guide. This included 15 as Band 1, 18 as Band 2, and a further nine ranked as Band 3. Band 1 ranked practice areas in England and Wales included Construction, Litigation, Planning, Banking & Finance, Intellectual Property, Employment, Professional Negligence, Public Law, Corporate/M&A, Real Estate, Restructuring and Insolvency, and Social Housing. In Band 2, the firm also saw Family/Matrimonial, Pensions, Mental Health, Professional Discipline, and Travel among those ranked.
Chambers & Partners 2023
Throughout the excellent accounts from clients, published in the Guide, key themes included praise for Blake Morgan’s ‘commercial awareness and understanding’, ‘pragmatic advice’, and ‘impeccable’ service and client care. Banking & Finance was one of several Blake Morgan practice areas described as having a ‘go-to’ team, while lawyers working on Social Housing were praised for their ‘exceptional service’ where ‘nothing is too much trouble for the team’.
The Guide also recognises leading lawyers from across the industry. This year, 60 of the firm’s lawyers were ranked, with 25 securing Band 1 or 2 status. Those listed in Band 1 included Bruce Potter, Jill Bainbridge, Joanne Davies, Kath Shimmin, Lee Fisher, Matthew Smith, Paul Caldicott, Richard Portlock, Richard Wade, Siân Jones, Simon Burge, William Downing, and Zoe Wright.
It is also a particularly strong year for those who will be future leaders in the firm and sector. Thirteen Blake Morgan lawyers were listed as ‘associates to watch’ or ‘up and coming’, these were Ben Evans, Catherine Morgan, Daniela Smith, Dominic Jones, Gemma Spiceley, Jennifer Williamson, John Shallcross, Madeleine Mould, Michael Colledge, Paul Duggan, Paul Hayward, Rachel Sales and Vicky Schollar.
In the Guide’s prestigious ‘Senior Statespeople’ list, seven of Blake Morgan lawyers earned a place including Christine Plews, Geoffrey Reed, Ian Skuse, Richard Jones, Allan Wilson, Guy Constant and Bradley Albuery, who was described by clients as ‘a master’ of professional discipline work. Phil Jardine in Cardiff was also again ranked as an ‘Eminent Practitioner’, one of the highest honours in the Chambers & Partners Guide.
Kath Shimmin, Chair at Blake Morgan, said:
This latest superb set of rankings shows Blake Morgan continuing to lead the way across so many of our key practice areas. The outpouring of praise for the hard work of our teams is well deserved – and I see every day how much effort all our lawyers put into delivering high quality, trusted, expert service and advice to our clients.
“It’s also very encouraging to see the future of the firm and the industry in such good hands – with such a large number achieving recognition as ‘up and coming’ and ‘associates to watch’. This is a testament to their tireless work, and also to the guidance and training of the excellent senior teams. We’re proud of these rankings and our people, and I’d like to thank all of them for their dedication and excellence.”