Blake Morgan’s south coast teams win stream of accolades in latest Legal 500 directory


Posted on 12th October 2021

Blake Morgan’s team on the south coast is celebrating after securing impressive rankings in the 2022 edition of the Legal 500, reflecting the firm’s first-rate service and specialist expertise among its teams and individual lawyers.

Each year, the Legal 500 reviews and benchmarks the strength of law firms and their lawyers based on extensive research and feedback from clients. This year, Blake Morgan secured rankings for 29 teams across the south east, excluding London, including six specific teams ranked in the South East: Hampshire region – all of which achieved a Tier 1 ranking, and a further seven Tier 1 rankings across the wider South East Region.

Among the south coast practice areas that achieved Tier 1 rankings were: Banking and Finance, Corporate and Commercial, Debt Recovery, Employment, Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Property and Intellectual Property.

Overall, 42 of the firm’s lawyers from the south east were recognised individually this year, with 19 of these based in the Southampton head office. Chair Kath Shimmin, from the Banking and Finance team was awarded ‘Hall of Fame’ status. Kath was described as providing ‘magic circle-level advice and knowledge’ and as ‘approachable and commercial’.

In addition, seven south coast-based lawyers achieved ‘Leading Individual’ status. Among those listed was head of the intellectual property team, Jill Bainbridge, with one client claiming she was a ‘delight to work with’, owing to her ‘wide experience and commercial approach’. Sadak Miah, leader of the debt recoveries team, was also listed as a Leading Individual, and was praised by a wide variety of clients for the quality and effectiveness of the relationships he builds with them. James Hawkeswood, head of the firm’s national corporate team, Oliver Sowton, Simon Burge, Paula Shea and Susie Dryden were also ranked in this category.

Rupert Graham-Evans was ranked as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ by the guide, while Ben Evans, Elizabeth Ryall, Gemma Spiceley, Hollie Jones, Holly Cudbill, Jennifer Williamson, Jonathan Sleep, Kirsteen Hook, Simon Pestell and Vicky Schollar were all identified as ‘Rising Stars’.

Overall, Blake Morgan has secured an impressive 62 rankings for 2022 across the UK, with 29 practice areas ranked ‘Tier 1’, reflecting the firm’s first-rate service and specialist expertise among both its teams and individual lawyers. Eighty of the firm’s lawyers were recognised individually, with Daniel Scognamiglio and David Miles among those achieving ‘Hall of Fame’ status.

Kath Shimmin, Chair at Blake Morgan, said:

The exceptional performance of the south coast teams in this year’s Legal 500 reflects the dedication and hard work that I’ve seen first-hand over the past 12 months. To come out the other side of the pandemic with so many teams ranked is a wonderful achievement for the firm and I’d like to thank all the teams for their efforts.

It is always pleasing to see our talented lawyers recognised in the Hall of Fame and as Leading Individuals, and it is especially positive this year to see that the future of the firm is so bright, with such a large number listed as Next Generation Partners and Rising Stars.

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