From the birth of an idea onwards, the right advice is vital
The brainwave is just the beginning but the commercial success of a venture is virtually impossible without good professional advice being in place from the start.
At Blake Morgan, we understand the unique challenges and hurdles which young companies in the technology sector face from day one, and we have a long track record of working with early stage companies to optimise their opportunities for successful commercialisation.
Blake Morgan, formed by the merger of leading Oxford law firms Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole in July, is now the largest law firm in Oxford and a leading force across Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley with further offices in Reading, London, Cardiff, Southampton and Portsmouth.
The coming together of the two firms enables us to continue to supply a wide range of legal services for start ups and spin-outs - now in even greater depth and breadth than ever before.
Our corporate, commercial and employment teams are at the heart of our offering, with a huge depth of knowledge of issues that are key to the technology sector – areas as diverse as structuring documents for investment rounds, immigration and employment law, intellectual property licensing and protection, and a wide variety of commercial contractual arrangements
The merger allows us to draw on the legacy firm Morgan Cole’s long-standing record in working for local government and other public sector organisations, giving us a clear all overview and deep understanding of the issues and requirements that are unique to technology companies which seek to find opportunities in this field.
For those developing innovations that our relevant to the healthcare market, we are able to offer comprehensive understanding of medical technology and wide-ranging experience of working with healthcare providers, PCTs and other public bodies, including regulatory bodies.
Clean technology designed to reduce the impact of climate change and adapt to climate variability remains a key strength of the firm. Our interest in technologies designed to address energy efficiency, energy use and impact monitoring, renewable energy, alternative power and closed loop recycling is further enhanced by having a team of energy experts with enviable experience of working on large scale infrastructure projects.
In technology transfer, our teams’ experience working with a wide spectrum of universities is one of the areas where the merger has had an impact in bringing strength and depth to our offering – particularly with regard to expertise in the latest practices and thinking around licencing and funding.
There are also several niche areas where Blake Morgan can now supply expertise, such as competition law and, with the presence of an ex in house lawyer from the Financial Conduct Authority, we can provide companies with the advice they need in navigating the minefield of regulation when, for example, exploring crowd funding options,
Blake Morgan is in the unique position of being a new, top 50 law firm with deep-seated roots in the Thames Valley region, thanks to the long histories of its legacy firms.
This is a fact recently recognised by the prestigious directory the Legal 500 which noted that “Blake Morgan now has the strongest presence in the Thames Valley”, referring to the firm as “a unique new challenger in the market”.
Edward Lee, corporate finance partner at Blake Morgan, says: ““Blake Morgan is immensely proud to be able to build on the heritage of its respective legacy firms. In particular, the merger gives us the exciting opportunity to further strengthen our work with technology companies, at all stages of their development."
For more information about the legal services Blake Morgan supplies to the technology sector, contact Edward, details below.