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The Legal 500: Blake Morgan is 'go-to' firm for tech transactions

By Dan Teuton
27 September 2019

Blake Morgan LLP offers 'the superb quality standard of a City firm with a personable touch at competitive rates', says The Legal 500.

The corporate/commercial department is divided between the Reading and Oxford offices and is 'the go-to firm' for technology transactions, including spinouts, M&A and fundraising. Sectors of expertise include healthcare, education and charities. Corporate lawyer Simon Staples specialises in M&A and disposals while commercial partners Alison Patten-Hall and Penny Rinta-Suksi are recommended for projects in IT and education sectors and advising local authorities. Elizabeth Bell is experienced in IT and procurement projects. Senior associate Timothy Coles is recommended for equity investments and IPOs on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.

Practice head(s): Simon Staples, Alison Patten-Hall

Other key lawyers: Penny Rinta-Suksi; Elizabeth Bell; Timothy Coles


'An excellent firm with the expertise and high quality of a City firm and yet it has a highly personable boutique feel to it. Superb attention to detail and excellent follow-through.'

'The team at Blake Morgan have expertise in their particular area of service, and provide a personable approach allowing clients to fully understand the legal terms, implications and strategies.'


Places for People Leisure; University of Reading; Artemis IT Solutions; Regus; Oxford Academic Health Network


  • Assisting the client with the development of an online platform, eMAPs,  a market access online information tool which the client wishes to commercialise. Advised on various IP licensing and commercial matters and in the formation of a commercial vehicle.
  • Advising the client on its sale to Solid State plc for approximately £4m.
  • Advised the shareholders of Acuity ETS and Acuity Intelligence in its sale to the world leader in eye-tracking technology, Tobii.
  • Acted for a large utility provider in its recent debt for equity conversion and private placement of a new bond issue.