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About Blake Lapthorn

With more than 100 partners across four offices, Blake Lapthorn sits well within the ranks of the UK’s top 100 law firms. One of the largest law firms in the South East, it also has a solid presence in London.

Four by four

Blake Lapthorn is the product of four consecutive mergers in four years. Portsmouth firm Sherwin Oliver, Oxford’s Linnells and Hampshire’s White & Bowker were the first three practices to unite with Blake Lapthorn. Then, in 2006, Blake Lapthorn Linnell joined forces with London-based IP and IT boutique Tarlo Lyons, a profitable tie-up that increased the firm’s size, turnover and renown in the City. The firm’s London presence was immediately multiplied nearly fivefold, from 5 to 24 partners, and in 2007 the firm was included in the Legal 500 London rankings for the first time.

A well-rounded approach

This rapid growth has extended the firm’s ability to offer a full range of legal services for companies, organisations and private individuals. Blake Lapthorn’s key areas of practice include corporate and commercial, litigation and dispute resolution, property and private client work. Other areas of expertise include intellectual property and IT, areas for which Tarlo Lyons was best known, as well as a growing social housing practice that brings together expertise from the real estate, charities and property litigation teams.

In finance and lending, the firm counsels such top-tier clients as Allied Irish Bank (GB), Bank of Scotland, Abbey, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays. The firm’s highly-rated licensing team boasts both national and regional clients.

Keeping it professional

Blake Lapthorn has a professional regulatory team that advises regulatory agencies throughout the country in law, accounting and health care. The firm has been appointed by three regulatory bodies, The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the General Osteopathic Council and the General Chiropractic Council, which monitor the standards of heath care professionals in the UK. Blake Lapthorn also sits on the panel for the Metropolitan Police.

Blake Lapthorn

New Kings Court
Tollgate, Chandler's Ford
Southampton SO53 3LG
Phone: +44 (0)20 7405 2000

Firm Stats

Managing partner: Walter Cha

No. of U.S. Offices: 0

No. of International Offices: 4

Major Office Locations

London, United Kingdom
Oxford, United Kingdom
Southampton, United Kingdom
Portsmouth, United Kingdom