Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole announce July merger

Tie-up to create a strong platform in south of England and Wales

Despite talks over the giant south-east combination between Blake Lapthorn, Boyes Turner and Morgan Cole to create a £100m firm falling through late last year with Boyes Turner withdrawing, Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole last month announced the two will merge on 1 July to form Blake Morgan, a 120-partner firm with a joint revenue of £72m.

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Due south: Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole announce July merger

Due south: Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole announce July merger

While talks of the giant south-east combination between Blake Lapthorn, Boyes Turner and Morgan Cole to create a £100m firm fell through late last year with Boyes Turner withdrawing, Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole have announced the two will merge on 1 July to form Blake Morgan, a 120-partner firm with a joint revenue of £72m.

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Southern comfort: Blake Lapthorn, Boyes Turner and Morgan Cole in three-way merger talks

Southern comfort: Blake Lapthorn, Boyes Turner and Morgan Cole in three-way merger talks

It would create a south-east giant with combined revenues approaching £100m but any potential tie-up between Blake Lapthorn, Boyes Turner and Morgan Cole could require some considerable rationalisation.

The firms are currently in the very early stages in merger talks, potentially creating a firm with offices across the Midlands, south of England and Wales, employing over 450 lawyers.

A statement from Blake Lapthorn managing partner Walter Cha said: ‘A merger is one of the many options we have been exploring and Morgan Cole and Boyes Turner – both excellent firms – have been among those we have talked to.  Discussions have not progressed beyond first stages at this juncture and it is too early to say whether talks will continue with either of the firms or indeed others.’

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