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Moore Blatch celebrates record year in Legal 500 rankings

17th October 2017

Moore Blatch, a top 100 law firm with offices in Southampton, Lymington, Richmond and the City of London, has been widely recognised in the UK’s leading guide to law firms, Legal 500, for 15 of its work areas and 40 of its solicitors.

Each year Legal 500, which is regarded as the Who’s Who of the legal profession, independently assesses the UK’s law firms, recognising firms and individuals that are identified as leading experts and practitioners in their field.

Moore Blatch, who was the first law firm to establish a major trauma service, saw the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury claimant teams once again be awarded the tier 1 rankings, the highest ranking afforded by the publication. The Clinical Negligence team is headed by recommended, ‘outstanding lawyer and critical thinker’ Tim Spring. The expert team, which includes former NHS lawyers, is praised as ‘exemplary and dedicated’. Eight further lawyers from the team were recommended including Maya Sushila who was listed as a ‘next generation lawyer’.

The personal injury team, who work in partnership with hospitals and rehabilitation experts to build specialist and expert care teams for clients, saw practice lead Damian Horan and major trauma expert Matthew Claxson both recommended.

This year also sees two new practice areas awarded the top tier ranking: the private client - family team; and real estate – commercial property team.  

The private client – family team are described as a ‘top drawer’ family practice praised for its ‘good commercial acumen and eye for detail’. Debra Emery and Katy Barber have both been recommended, with Debra, who leads the team, described as ‘thorough and robust in her negotiations, whilst being pragmatic and collaborative in seeking solutions’, and Katy who ‘is a reliable and thoughtful adviser’.

The real estate – commercial property team are described as ‘head and shoulders above the competition’ with six members of the team recommended, including Luc Algar who was also listed as a ‘next generation lawyer’.

Across the firm’s other private client services the personal tax, trusts and probate team was recommended and described as ‘excellent on all fronts’ with five members of the team recommended, alongside the agriculture and estates team with practice head and new managing partner Ed Whittington, and Philip Whitcomb both recommended.

Individually, Carla Brown, who heads up the tax, trusts and probate team was listed in the elite ‘leading lawyers’ list – the Legal 500 2017 guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide.

Other teams recognised include the corporate and commercial team who increased their ranking this year with four members of the team recommended; the dispute resolution – debt recovery team, with five lawyers recommended; and the finance - insolvency and corporate recovery team, with four recommended, including Lisa Saxby as a ‘next generation lawyer’.

The employment team was once again recognised with Katherine Maxwell, who heads up the team and Naomi Greenwood, partner in the team, once again recommended.

Further practice areas recommended this year include professional negligence; education; health; real estate – property litigation and IT and telecoms.

Ed Whittington, managing partner at Moore Blatch, commented: “With four top-tier practice areas and 40 individuals recommended across the firm this year, including an elite ‘leading lawyer’ and three ‘next generation lawyers’, I’m incredibly proud of this year’s results, which reflects the high quality of work and commitment across the firm.”

A complete list of the 40 lawyers recommended in The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017 editorial is listed below:

Corporate and commercial - Corporate and commercial - Hampshire
- Jeremy Over
- John Warchus
- Peter Jeffery
- Roger Bailey

Dispute resolution - Debt recovery
- Lisa Saxby
- Mark Osgood
- Peter Worrall
- Sarah Watley
- Susannah Marsh

Finance - Insolvency and corporate recovery
- James Allen
- Lisa Saxby
- Mark Osgood
- Peter Jeffery

Human resources - Employment - Hampshire
- Katherine Maxwell
- Naomi Greenwood

Insurance - Clinical negligence - claimant
- Anne Cassidy
- Mala Sidebottom
- Maya Sushila
- Paul Kingsley
- Paula Barnes
- Sarah Stanton
- Sarmad Gassoub
- Tim Spring
- Victoria Hydon

Insurance - Personal injury - claimant
- Damian Horan
- Matthew Claxson

Insurance - Professional negligence
- Mark Osgood
- Rob Evans

Private client - Agriculture and estates
- Edward Whittington
- Philip Whitcomb

Private client - Family - Hampshire
- Debra Emery
- Katy Barber

Private client - Personal tax, trusts and probate - Hampshire
- Barry Adamson
- Carla Brown
- Fiona Heald
- Philip Whitcomb
- Tom Lacey

Public sector - Education
- Tim Spring

Public sector - Health
- Paula Barnes
- Tim Spring
- Trevor Sterling

Real estate - Commercial property - Hampshire
- Bernard Ralph
- Charles Cantoni
- Lee Edwards
- Luc Algar
- Martin Duck
- Mike Wilson

Real estate - Property litigation
- Sarah Watley

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) - IT and telecoms
- Dorothy Agnew
- John Warchus
- Peter Jeffery

 

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