Morgan Cole promotes two ahead of July merger

Morgan Cole has promoted two partners to its Oxford and Cardiff offices as well as promoting 20 others members of staff within the firm.

The firm has made up succession wills and tax lawyer James Greig in the Thames Valley and commercial lawyer Jason Richards, based in Oxford and Cardiff.

Last year the firm promoted one lawyer in Swansea and two in Cardiff.

The lawyers have been made up ahead of the firm’s July merger with Blake Lapthorn to create a £72m combined firm (20 March 2014).

It also follows the firm’s decision to sell off its claims group to DAC Beachcroft and Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) at the end of last year (15 November 2013). Morgan Cole has been aiming to realign its practice to focus on health clients ever since. Richards’ promotion will aid that goal, with like NHS England and the Department of Health. Greig is head of succession, wills and tax in the Thames Valley, having joined the firm in 2007. 

Offloading its claims group was designed to refocus the firm’s insurance practice, leaving teams in place to act for general insurers, local authorities, health clients and self-insured businesses and brokers. The firm is understood to be reshuffling lawyers around its offices in advance of a Swansea office move planned later this year. 

The firm has made 22 promotions in total across its offices in Swansea, Cardiff, Reading and Oxford but has launched a Swansea redundancy consultation affecting its support workers (2 April 2014).

The consultation follows on from the transfer of the two teams to DACB and BLM. When the firm ties up with Blake Lapthorn in July this year it will have a total of 120 partners, a total of 900 employees and a combined annual turnover of £72 million.