10 firm-wide promotions at Moore Blatch
With the firm’s continued growth and success, Moore Blatch, a top 100 law firm focused on supporting people, families and growth businesses for the long term, is delighted to announce 10 key promotions firm wide.
Moore Blatch appoints Mark Grant as partner in its land development team
Mark Grant has joined Moore Blatch as a partner in its land development team. Mark joins from Gateley Plc where he was partner in the firm’s Guilford office.
Rural Property team grows at Moore Blatch
Anita Symington has joined Moore Blatch as a consultant in the rural property team.
It’s about time the government helped the NHS, not the insurance industry
If passed, the government’s proposals to extend the Fixed Recoverable Costs (FRC) fast track to cover most civil cases up to £100,000 will enable insurance companies to save millions of pounds. In response, law firms will undoubtedly need to re-evaluate their caseloads and consider the most cost-effective ways to approach a claim, with the victim potentially losing out significantly. Alongside these developments looms the inevitability of the trillion-pound insurance industry receiving another healthy boost. Surely, then, it would be reasonable for the industry to contribute some of their savings to an area of society upon which they could have a hugely positive impact?
Moore Blatch advises Crave Interactive Limited on its investment from Thailand’s True Corporation
Moore Blatch has advised Crave Interactive, the world-leading developer of cloud-based digital guest service solutions for hotels, on its major investment by True Corporation, Thailand’s leading telecommunications provider.
The deal provides a majority investment from True Digital & Media Platform Company Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of True Corporation Public Company Limited. The investment will help to drive an innovative rental model that will accelerate the adoption of digital guest service solutions to replace antiquated paper solutions in hotels.
Crave will be making a significant investment into the Asia Pacific market, and will be leveraging synergies with True’s technology, market positioning and partnerships in the region. It will also invest further across the Americas and Europe, where it is already well-established as an industry leader.
Gareth Hughes, CEO at Crave Interactive, commented: “
We see incredible opportunities in the convergence of voice, entertainment, communication and smart controls to develop solutions that delight guests and help hotels deliver top-class services”. Hughes continues: “
We were delighted with the support provided by Jeremy, Hayleigh and the rest of the Moore Blatch team – they did a superb job by helping us overcome numerous obstacles to get the deal over the line”.
Commenting on the deal,
Jeremy Over, Partner at Moore Blatch, said: “
We are thrilled to have been involved in this deal, which sees Crave Interactive poised for a truly exciting phase of growth. We wish the team at Crave and True Corporation every success for the future.”
The team at Moore Blatch was led by
Jeremy Over (Partner) and also included
Hayleigh Sears (Solicitor),
Cherie Lawson (Paralegal, Corporate),
Samantha Grose (Trainee Solicitor, Corporate),
Charlotte Boatman (Trainee Solicitor, Corporate),
Dorothy Agnew (Partner, Commercial),
Katherine Maxwell (Partner, Employment),
Emma Edis (Associate, Employment) and
Rachael Kelly (Solicitor, Commercial Property).
True Corporation was advised by Linklaters.
Rotterdam’s Port Invest takeover of Nature Group advised by Moore Blatch
Moore Blatch has advised Rotterdam based Port Invest B.V. on its recommended cash offer for all of the issued and to be issued share capital of Nature Group plc other than the shares already held by Port Invest.
Port Invest was founded in 1986 and provides maritime and oil logistic services to sea-going vessels, major oil companies, inland navigation, offshore industries and tank storage facilities.
Nature Group plc, which delisted from the AIM market last year, and its group of companies provide reception and treatment services for oily and polluted waste waters (slop disposal), the ownership and application of intellectual and proprietary rights related to such treatment, and the provision of reception and treatment plants for oily waste in onshore and offshore locations.
Given that the target had recently been listed on the AIM market, the offer was governed by The Takeover Code.
Corporate partner Manmohan Singh commented “We were delighted to assist Port Invest with its recommended offer. It was a demanding transaction delivered against a challenging timetable. We very much look forward to helping Port Invest integrate Nature Group. This transaction is a great example of the value that we can add to our clients by combining our diverse London-based expertise with our regional coverage in a seamless service.”
David Scott and James Dewhurst of Alexander David Securities Limited acted as financial advisers to Port Invest. Alexander David Securities Limited is a London-headquartered corporate adviser providing investment brokerage and corporate advisory services
Placing Encephalitis Treatment on the Clinical Radar
World Encephalitis Day is taking place this year on 22 February. Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain that affects up to 6000 people in the UK every year.
Tim Spring, Chair of the Trustees at the Encephalitis Society and Head of Health Care and Clinical Negligence at Moore Blatch, urges greater awareness of the complexity and severity of encephalitis. He looks back on the progress made by the Encephalitis Society and calls upon medical professionals to place encephalitis firmly on the clinical radar by taking part in World Encephalitis Day.
Encephalitis is arguably one of the most complex, and least understood, medical conditions that healthcare professionals encounter. Today, on World Encephalitis Day 2019, we want to shine a light on the condition, and celebrate the hard work of the individuals and organisations working to support those living with its effects.
Bezos amicable divorce strategy could save in legal fees and protect their family relationships advises lawyers
Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos’ divorce, announced on Wednesday in a tweet, highlights the pragmatism of the world’s richest man.
With a net worth of over $136 billion dollars Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos could be facing the world’s largest lawyers’ divorce bills. Instead, in Jeff Bezos’ tweet he stated that he and his wife, Mackenzie, had come to a joint decision to divorce after 25 years of marriage. Importantly he made it clear that the couple intends to remain friends with wonderful futures ahead, as parents and partners in ventures.
The couple’s statement suggests that they intend to work together to resolve their divorce claims against each other. This is very reminiscent of the ‘conscious uncoupling’ of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, the words chosen by Gwyneth in 2014 to describe their joint decision to divorce and has led to an amicable relationship moving forward.
Sahil Aggarwal, divorce lawyer, Moore Blatch, comments;
“Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos’ indicated approach to their divorce is especially relevant in the lead up to Family Mediation Week – 21st to 25th January. Mediation allows couples to discuss issues between themselves with the aid of an impartial mediator, helping to facilitate negotiations while still benefiting from legal advice alongside but without the conflict. It gives couples control to make decisions together in a more harmonious environment than traditional divorce proceedings. It can also save thousands of pounds in legal fees.
“It’s therefore easy to see from the couple’s statement and their intention to remain “partners in ventures” that they might choose mediation to settle their divorce. Such a high profile case could also pave the way for many other couples to choose mediation as a way of settling their divorce.”
Sarah French, mediator and divorce lawyer, Moore Blatch, adds:
“As a mediator I regularly see couples work together to reach a financial settlement and agree a parenting plan, if applicable, which makes the work very rewarding and saves the family lots of money in legal fees, which would otherwise be spent on costly and stressful litigation. The approach of Mr and Mrs Bezo would definitely lend itself to mediation, which requires a level of trust and a desire to resolve things in a constructive and conciliatory fashion for the benefit of themselves and their family”.
Moore Blatch advises Poole based Venture Engineering on acquisition of Fylde
Poole headquartered precision engineering specialist Venture Engineering Group has purchased Fylde CNC Specialists. Fylde is a component manufacturer for automotive brands as well as for the aerospace, medical, hydraulic and pneumatic sectors and is based in Preston, Lancashire.