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FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

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Niall Blackie

Work 01952 211320
FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

Work Department

Town and Country Planning


Lead Partner of the Town & Country Planning Department and Senior Partner of the Firm, Niall specialises in all aspects of the town and country planning regime including site promotion option and conditional contract work, development plans, planning applications and appeals particularly inquiries and hearings but also written appeals, High Court challenges and judicial reviews, planning and related agreements (eg ‘s106’, ‘s278’, ‘s38’ and ‘s104’), enforcement appeals, lawful development certificate applications and appeals, compulsory purchase and compensation and footpath and other highway cases.

Over the years he has regularly taken cases with intricate points of law, including Millington (definition of agriculture in relation to wine making); Murrell (GPDO part 6 rights in relation to agriculture); Matthews (use of without prejudice material in Lands Tribunal evidence); Owen (ecclesiastical); Bickford (‘established use’ in enforcement). He has also worked on significant development projects, including many housing developments, substantial rural projects such as a large scale dairy unit, and development agreements on a variety of different types of proposal.

He has worked on several large scale compensation claims, including Lands Tribunal references such as Eron Park (equivalent reinstatement within green belt); and KTB (multi layered compensation). Also undertakes High Court work including Judicial Review and statutory challenges to appeal decisions.


Trained Manby & Steward; qualified 1981; on qualification joined firm’s civil litigation department and had a general practice; on appointment as a partner specialised in commercial litigation and joined planning group 1987; made senior partner April 2011.

Diocesan registrar to the Diocese of Lichfield; legal secretary to the Bishop of Lichfield; registrar to Lichfield Cathedral. He is a solicitor advocate (civil) enabling him to act as an advocate in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, as well as in all tribunals.


Royal Town Planning Institute; Law Society – planning panel; Newport and District Agricultural Society.


Cheltenham Grammar School; Exeter University, LLB (Hons) 1978; Law Society Finals, 1979; LARTPI 1988.


Cycling, shooting, swimming, music (choral, organ, piano) and hill walking.

West Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP  is known for its ‘dedication to client satisfaction’, with expertise in succession planning, family law and dispute resolution. Sarah Baugh co-heads the practice and focuses on property and business-based agricultural matters. Fellow practice head Steven Corfield also specialises in agricultural law, with a notable skillset in restructurings, succession planning and contentious matters. Tom Devey is ‘extremely prompt with any requests’ and possesses ‘a wealth of knowledge on a broad range of land and agricultural law’.  Other key figures include Suzanne Tucker, who is known for her ‘knowledge of planning law’; town planning specialist Niall Blackie; probate claims expert Craif Ridge; and Brian Aikman, who works on agricultural litigation.

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West Midlands: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

Niall Blackie - FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

Within: Planning

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP ‘offers professional and robust advice in this sector - it is particularly adept at ensuring every avenue is fully explored before deciding on what strategy is best for the client’. Niall Blackie is a key contact in the practice, with Suzanne Tucker a key associate. Highlights in 2017 include advising on housebuilding matters, including affordable housing issues and section 106 agreements.

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