Morgan Cole and Blake Lapthorn to create £72m firm post July merger

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  • So why did Boyes Turner drop out then?

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  • Merger? Looks more like an acquisition to me. Once Blake Lapthorn have had a detailed look at Morgan Cole's books no doubt "rationalisations" will follow swiftly on...

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  • Interesting name for the merged firm. But Blake Morgan sounds rather more like a character in one of those American tv soaps, probably a blonde heiress with a permanent pout or a wayward brat who likes to race fast cars in Malibu, than a leading law firm.

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  • I agree, this is definitely a takeover (and the rationalisation will be very good grounds for off-loading those with a sense of entitlement).

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  • merger, schmerger........redundancies for Morgan Cole support staff announced 5 days before "merger" announcement....a coincidence or not.......how long before the rest of Morgan Cole faces a culling? any betting people out there?

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  • I expect Boyes Turner used some intelligence - there is no business case for merger here, just two mid-sized provincial firms thinking size equates to quality/prestige.

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  • Clearly a take over despite the pointless mish-mashing of names: it will keep those remaining in Morgan Cole afloat a bit longer post the last insurance teams leaving.

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  • This at least will allow Morgan Cole to off-load the overheads of their Oxford office, which will no doubt be welcome as the insurance revenue that ran the firm is gone.

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  • "Two mid-sized provincial firms thinking size equates to quality/prestige"? Nah, just two mid-sized provincial firms thinking size equates to survival. I hope the banks agree...

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  • ... yet another pointless (but low brow) take away/take over/mop up/rescue mission.

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  • And good luck to Walter Cha, a safer pair of hands than the other option they had.

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  • Just read an article saying a top 50 firm was being created, and just wanted to say that legal 500 plus another legal 500 does not really equate to a top 50 law firm.

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  • If Walter is heading up the combined firm, it is clear which firm is in charge overall.

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  • ...in which case, it would make more sense to carry on with Blake Lapthorn as a name. Glad to see a minority in charge, though. Not an event that occurs at the average firm.

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  • Having worked at both Morgan cole and Blake Lapthorn I can safely say the two firms are perfectly suited to each other. Boyes Turner certainly made the right decision not getting involved there, although apparently they are actively seeking merger partners still. Seems to be the way forward, commercial firms getting bigger whilst the private client work and particularly conveyancing becomes the unfortunate possession of the factory volume companies. So bye bye customer service there then, in the search for profit, profit, profit.

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