Blake Morgan’s merger with Piper Smith Watton, the Westminster based firm, went live on 1st August, just over a year after the merger of Blake Lapthorn with Morgan Cole.
The merger boosts Blake Morgan’s national presence with the addition of 12 partners, taking the total number of partners to 130, a workforce of circa 1,000, and an annual turnover of £78 million. It is already one of the largest law firms across southern England and Wales.
Blake Morgan’s London practice is now a £15 million plus practice in its own right with an increased workforce of around 150 including 30 partners. In London, both teams are now working collaboratively out of Blake Morgan’s offices in Watchmaker Court. This office now has a significantly enhanced presence in the entrepreneurial private client and corporate market plus a doubling in size of its real estate and litigation practice.
Walter Cha, managing partner of Blake Morgan, said “We are proud of the progression Blake Morgan has seen since the merger of Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole. The Piper Smith Watton team are a valuable asset to us as they make us a stronger player in the market. The merger also ensures we have the resources to handle larger, more complex work, particularly for entrepreneurial private clients, to include commercial real estate and high end residential property. Our enhanced London offering provides a stronger platform for growth into the regions and sectors where our clients need us to be.”
Mark Spash, senior partner of Piper Smith Watton, said “We are excited by the complementary skills and expansion of resources the merger brings. We can now offer a comprehensive service for our high net worth and entrepreneurial clients in London, nationally and internationally. Blake Morgan is a firm with clear ambitions and we are delighted to be a part of them.”