Success for Blake Morgan’s Thames Valley team in latest Legal 500 directory


Posted on 15th October 2021

The prestigious Legal 500 UK Guide for 2022 has recognised Blake Morgan’s teams and leading individuals in the Thames Valley and beyond, rewarding their “vast experience” and resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide 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, which includes six specific teams in the South East: Thames Valley region. Of these, four were given the highest Tier 1 ranking and in addition a further four Thames Valley teams across the wider South East region were also awarded Tier 1 rankings. The Thames Valley practice areas that achieved Tier 1 rankings included Commercial Litigation, Construction, Environment and Planning, Employment, Corporate and Commercial, Commercial Property, Public Sector, and IT and Telecomms.

The Guide singled out the “strong track record” of the Commercial Litigation team, in particular recommending practice head Chris Potts and the support of Nicola Diggle, while the Commercial Property team’s “wide ranging sector expertise” was praised – with Andrew Farmery, Michael Ward and George Panteli commended. The Employment team’s Rajiv Joshi and Paul Hayward were also recommended, described as a “delight to work with” and offering “high quality” advice.

Client testimonial described the Corporate and Commercial practice as “providing top-notch service”, with a team that takes “time to understand our mission, vision and objectives” and gives advice which is “relevant and collaborative.” Alison Patten-Hall, Tim Coles, and Elisabeth Bell were all referenced for their strong specialist advice and support. The Construction team were praised for their ability to be “flexible and creative” and for their specialist advice on major construction disputes.

Twenty-two of the firm’s Thames Valley based lawyers were recognised this year, with Bruce Potter, James Greig, Rebecca McCabe-North, Penny Rinta-Suksi, Richard Wade, and Zoe Wright among those awarded ‘Leading Individual’ status. Greig’s “expertise, efficiency” and “attention to detail” were picked out, with Penny Rinta-Suksi described as having  “excellent subject knowledge” and being “very practical and down to earth.”

In addition, seven Thames Valley lawyers achieved ‘Next Generation Partner’ status, including Ben Brice, and Katie James, and there were four lawyers in the region ranked as ‘Rising Stars’: Tim Coles, Paul Hayward, Catherine Morgan and Kathryn Woodward.

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, including chair Kath Shimmin who received ‘Hall of Fame’ status.

Richard Wade, Partner in the Oxford office and Head of Construction at Blake Morgan, said:

It’s gratifying to see the dedication and successes of the Thames Valley team recognised so fully in this year’s Legal 500 – reflecting the first-class service and trust of our clients that each member of the team works hard to achieve. It is fantastic to see an increase on last year’s results across the business, and in particular the breadth of areas and individuals ranked from the Thames Valley, and the depth and sincerity of client praise for them. We’re incredibly proud to see so many of our team being rewarded this year.

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