Highest rankings for Moore Blatch in Chambers
Recognition demonstrates quality of legal services across the firm
Moore Blatch has gained widespread recognition in Chambers, the UK’s leading guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the UK. Moore Blatch was recognised for 13 practice areas, all in the top 4 bands, as well as 21 individuals with many individuals rising up the rankings or being listed for the first time.
Twenty-one Moore Blatch lawyers are listed as leaders in their field, with Anne Cassidy (Clinical negligence), Damian Horan (Personal injury), Debra Emery (Family and matrimonial), Tim Spring (Clinical negligence) and Trevor Sterling (Personal injury) all placed in the band 1. Ed Whittington, the firm’s Managing partner, is listed as an ‘Eminent Practitioner’, described by the guide as a ‘highly influential lawyer’. Lawyers were praised by clients as being “brilliant” and “superb” with many commenting on how the lawyers are “very professional” as well as “personable and down to earth” and “supportive and empathetic”.
Ed Whittington, Managing partner, commented “Chambers rankings can be hard to achieve, so these results are testament to the quality of our people and the services we provide. They also demonstrate our commitment to understanding our client’s needs, and our focus on achieving the very best outcomes for them. I am delighted this been reflected in both the firm’s ranking and in the feedback we have received from our clients.”
Across the board recognition for Moore Blatch in Legal 500
Moore Blatch, a top 100 law firm, has gained widespread recognition in the UK’s leading guide to law firms, Legal 500, with the guide recognising 18 practice areas and 33 individuals.
In an outstanding year for the firm, Moore Blatch is listed as a top tier firm for six practice areas with a further 12 practice areas being recommended in tiers 2 and 3. Corporate and commercial, Insolvency and corporate recovery, Clinical negligence, Personal injury, Private client: family, and Commercial property are all listed as tier 1.
Several practice areas have moved up the rankings with Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation (Hampshire) and Clinical negligence (London) being ranked for the first time.
Of the 33 lawyers that are recognised, three are recognised as outstanding, making the elite list of “leading lawyers”. These are Damian Horan (Personal injury), Luc Algar (Commercial property) and Dorothy Agnew (IT and telecoms). A further three lawyers – Heather Dobson (Insolvency and corporate recovery), Maya Sushila (Clinical negligence) and Katy Barber (Family) – are listed as “Next generation partners” and another four – Peter Worrall (Debt recovery), Lisa Saxby and Rebecca Chaplin (Insolvency and corporate recovery) and Mea North (Health) – as “Rising stars”. A further 8 lawyers are recognised for the first time.
These rankings are based on in-depth research carried out by Legal 500 including interviews with clients in order to benchmark and rank law firms in the UK.
Ed Whittington, Managing Partner, Moore Blatch commented: “It’s been a successful year for the firm, and I’m delighted to see this reflected in Legal 500’s rankings. We strive to excel in every area of the firm, and these rankings reflect our expertise and excellence across the board and are a testament to the good results we consistently achieve on behalf of clients. This recognition further cements our position as one of the South East’s leading law firms.”
Moore Blatch sponsors 2019 Royal County of Berkshire Show
The leading firm is a Gold sponsor at the annual agricultural event
Moore Blatch, one of the largest law firms in the South of England, is sponsoring a key event in the farming world. The Royal County of Berkshire Show will take place from the 21st to 22nd September 2019, of which the firm will be a Gold sponsor.
Established in 1909 at Enborne Gate Farm, Newbury as a horse show – the Royal County of Berkshire Show is now one of the biggest events in the farming world’s calendar. The event will showcase various aspects of the agricultural industry and is expected to attract nearly 60,000 visitors over the two days.
As a Gold sponsor, Moore Blatch will be joined by several other organisations based in the South East.
The event will see over 500 trade stands being exhibited, with over 400 volunteers making it a success. The 2019 attractions include Extreme Bike Battle, Guards Polo Club, Parade of Livestock as well as a British Army Stand amongst other things.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Ed Whittington, Managing Partner at Moore Blatch, said: “As a firm based in the South East, a lot of our work is focused on the local community, the countryside and the farming and agriculture sector. We are always keen to get involved and to support this sector – so we are pleased to be sponsoring such an iconic event in the farming and agricultural world.”
Moore Blatch headline sponsor for Silicon Cup 2019
The Silicon Cup Regatta, the number one networking event on the water for IT professionals, has announced Moore Blatch as its headline sponsor for the second year running.
Launched in 2000, the Moore Blatch Silicon Cup regatta attracts some of the world’s leading IT firms. During that time, 7,000 people have taken part, competing in 450 yachts. The regatta has also raised over £900,000 for charity.
Peter Jeffery, partner, Moore Blatch, comments: “As specialists in the technology industry and keen sailors ourselves, we were very keen to continue our relationship with this fantastic event. It provides an excellent networking opportunity for many of the best minds and businesses working in today’s rapidly changing IT environment. Many new businesses relationships have been formed as a result of the Silicon Cup. Additionally, the Silicon Cup has helped change lives as a result of the significant sums it has raised for charity.”
Sean Frolich, Chairman of the Silicon Cup Committee, said “Moore Blatch have a formidable reputation as a leading law firm in the South with specialist expertise in the technology sector. They have worked with many of the big names in the industry, advising on major deals. They have also advised many privately owned technology companies in all matters commercial. This, combined with their passion for the water, means they are the ideal sponsors for this event.”
Moore Blatch is one of the largest law firms working in the technology sector and over recent years has advised on over £1 billion of transactions in this sector.
The Moore Blatch Silicon Cup Regatta takes place from 26th – 27th September on the Isle of Wight.
Moore Blatch wins Property Law Firm award
South Coast Property Awards recognises Moore Blatch’s exceptional year
Rising Star wins Gold for Lymington sailing duo at 420 World Championships
18-year-old sailors Vita Heathcote and Milly Boyle, both from Royal Lymington Yacht Club, have won GOLD at the 2019 420 Women’s World Championships in Portugal. The Lymington duo narrowly beat their closest rivals from Italy.
A clearly ecstatic Vita, who is sponsored by local law firm Moore Blatch, described the win as “the weirdest feeling ever” going on to say; “I can’t believe it has happened, I actually can’t. Winning the World Championships means so much to me; it is the culmination of many years of training and racing, out in all weathers and trying to be the best.”
“Sometimes it doesn’t go according to plan and you literally have to right the boat and, probably by now very wet, cold, exhausted and desperate, sail on and try to claw your way back up through the fleet.”
“After 5 years of 420s we finally did it and it is such a good feeling” added Vita.
The 420 World Championships saw 456 sailors from 24 nations compete in Vilamoura, Portugal, with racing concluding on 11th July.
Ed Whittington, Managing Partner, Moore Blatch said “We have many sailors in our midst and so understand both the physical and emotional challenges of sailing as a world class sport as well as the financial pressures these athletes face. We’re thrilled to see Vita enjoy such success and are proud to be supporting her.”
Vita is part of Moore Blatch’s Rising Star programme, which identifies inspirational local talent helping them to achieve their goals and aspirations through raising awareness and providing funding. Throughout the programme, Moore Blatch and Vita work together to provide inspiration and motivation to encourage others to follow their dream.
On the support that Moore Blatch provided, Vita commented: “The support I have received from Moore Blatch has been more than just help, it has been essential to me, and it lifted us up so that Milly and I could have a realistic chance of becoming the World Champions. Thank you to all at Moore Blatch!”
Other individuals who have received support from Moore Blatch’s Rising Star programme include Lucy Shuker, double Paralympic medallist and Great Britain’s No.1 Paralympic wheelchair tennis player.
The Government has announced a change to the “discount rate” for clinical negligence claimants
Better news than expected for clinical negligence claimants following the government’s review of the discount rate to -0.25%, but continued frustration over accommodation claims.
The government has announced a change to the “discount rate” (the expected rate of return on investments) which is applied to claims for future losses. Having been changed from a longstanding positive figure of 2.5% to a negative -0.75% in February 2017, a change back to a positive figure had been widely expected across the profession.
Whilst the change will mean a modest reduction in the value of claims for future losses such as care, loss of earnings, accommodation adaptation costs, future treatment costs etc, maintaining a negative rate means that these claims will not be impacted as much as a return to a positive rate would have required.
The down-side for some claimants is that claims for the cost of purchase of specially adapted accommodation (often necessary, particularly in the highest value claims) will continue to be difficult as these claims are calculated in accordance with the 1989 Court of Appeal decision in Roberts v Johnstone, which takes account of the discount rate, and for as long as this remains negative, the Roberts v Johnstone calculation inevitably leads to a nil award.
This cannot be right, but to date, the courts are following precedent and making no award for accommodation purchase costs at trial. In some cases, the discount rate of -0.75% meant that there was sufficient provision elsewhere which could be utilised for purchase costs, but this was certainly not the case in all claims. A number of alternative methods of calculating purchase costs have been submitted in cases and usually, where a settlement has been negotiated, a significant allowance has been made by Defendants.
Trial judges, however, have considered themselves to be bound by the Roberts v Johnstone calculation, but those dealing with such claims are now waiting for the Court of Appeal to review the position and clarify how such claims are to be dealt with in the future – their hearing of the appeal in the case of Swift v Carpenter is expected this month.
Those in need of specialist accommodation, and their advisors, hope that the Court of Appeal will conclude that it can only be right that a claimant who needs rehousing due to negligence can recover the cost of purchasing appropriate accommodation as part of their claim.
Moore Blatch advise a number of clients who need specialist accommodation due to the extent of their injuries.
Moore Blatch raise funds for Smile4Wessex
Kathryn Grimes, Community Fundraising Officer, for Smile4Wessex, receives a cheque in the sum of £2,389.40 from Matthew Claxson, Partner, at local law firm, Moore Blatch LLP.
Matthew, along with a team from Moore Blatch LLP, recently walked 26 miles in one day from their Chandler’s Ford offices to their Lymington office in aid of Smile4Wessex.
Smile4Wessex provides charitable support for the Wessex Neurological Centre of Southampton General Hospital. The Wessex Neurological Centre is one of the largest and most highly respected neurological centres in the UK. Smile4Wessex raises funds for cutting-edge equipment and facilities that enhance the range and quality of treatment available, and by sponsoring pioneering research into new treatments for a variety of neurological conditions.
Kathryn Grimes said “This is a fantastic achievement to walk 26 miles in one day and amazing fundraising for Smile4Wessex. The funds will be used to further our aims in support of neurological services at the Wessex Neurological Centre helping those in our region. Well done to all involved at Moore Blatch”.
Matthew Claxson said: “Having access to the right neurological treatment and rehabilitation from the outset is key to maximising your outcome after a brain injury. As a solicitor who works on behalf of those who have suffered a brain injury through no fault of their own, perhaps due to a road traffic collision or fall, I am aware through those clients as to the importance of neurological rehabilitation and I am keen to ensure that we continue to have in our region excellent neurological care. I therefore, with a team from Moore Blatch, was pleased to be able to undertake this challenging walk and raise for Smile4Wessex a substantial sum”
If you would like to donate to Smile4Wessex, please visit their website at www.smile4wessex.org
Scaling Up for Success
Moore Blatch has recently partnered with Smith & Williamson to deliver a series of four Scaling up for Success seminars in 2019 to help founders and senior management teams in businesses that have an ambition to grow and ‘scale up’.