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Blake Lapthorn, Boyes Turner and Morgan Cole explore three-way merger

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  • Cannot help wondering who prematurely leaked these discussions ... usually this is done by whichever party wants to force the agenda.

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  • I am still left wondering where the former head of insurance has disappeared to (and former head of FOIL), who was based in Reading, as was the previous insurance head ... I suspect you no longer need a head of insurance when all the staff have legged it.

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  • For anyone who thinks there is anything to gain from a merger like this, it may be worth noting that the main gain is likely to be substantially increased overheads. Any geographical gains are unlikely to yield increases in clients for lawyers locally, and neither are lawyers from a newly merged firm likely to cross-refer work either, not when operating in similar/the same sectors.

    I entirely agree with whoever said Boyes should be looking for a city firm partner.

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  • By the time these leaks hit the press talks are usually pretty far progressed, if not determined.
    That may explain Morgan Cole off-loading their remaining defendant insurance teams, which may be a conflict with the claimant work done by Boyes Turner and Blake Lapthorn?

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  • There are city firms in the market looking for lower cost regional bases, and I think Boyes Turner, award winning firm that they are, would do better to explore this.

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  • Morgan Cole would be the only one to benefit.

    Their Swansea office is now near negligible in terms of numbers, the second Reading office which housed one of the defendant insurance teams is now no longer, Bristol is on the verge of closing, and their fledgling London office never got off the ground.

    The reality is (and the Welsh element of Morgan Cole are likely to go their own way in the near future, as is the Welsh legal system generally), that only leaves Morgan Cole with Reading and Oxford, the liabilities of which they also appear to now want to off load, or to share with Boyes Turner in Reading and/or Blake Lapthorn in Oxford.

    Hope the other two firms can spot all of this.

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  • There was bullying of insurance solicitors by insurance partners in Reading, who were isolated and picked off one at a time. I doubt, though, that any of the non-insurance partners have a clue as to what has actually gone on there over the last few years. So just a word of warning, be careful as who you decide to merge with.

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  • You forgot Morgan Cole Croydon. That office failed too and the remnants who were able to commute to Reading did so, under Richards (who then dedicated himself to steering work away from the Reading solicitors).

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  • Blake Turner Cole? Spare us please. And what exactly does Cole stand for except for the worst example of father/son nepotism in the Thames Valley. Surely one to avoid.

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  • Morgan Cole used to have multiple defendant insurance teams over multiples offices and, I recall, so much work flowing in that solicitors could barely handle it at times. That said, the management of this sector has been directionless (no, clueless) for so long now that any solicitor with any foresight/intellect will be long gone: I am actually surprised that the few remaining teams have managed to hang on for as long as this.

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