Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole to merge

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SOLICITORS Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole have announced the merger of the two companies to create ‘Blake Morgan’.

The merger will take place during the summer, with the launch date for the new firm set for July 1.

The combined firm will have 120 partners, a total workforce of approximately 900 and a combined annual turnover of £72m.

Blake Morgan will be a dominant firm in the south of England and Wales operating from seven locations: Portsmouth, Southampton, London, Reading, Oxford, Cardiff and Swansea.

Blake Lapthorn currently operates in North Harbour.

Walter Cha, managing partner at Blake Lapthorn, said: ‘We’re excited by what the new firm can achieve, with a broader and deeper capability across the sectors that the two firms are already known for such as regulatory, public sector, development and construction and banking and finance.

‘Our combination with Morgan Cole positions us as a major player in Wales and southern England and will provide us with a strong platform to invest in London and the Thames Valley.’