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FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

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  • West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime
  • West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing

West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Within Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the West Midlands, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is a first tier firm,

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has ‘excellent negotiatorJames Sage at the helm. It regularly acts for small and medium enterprises and owner-managed businesses, and recently advised the management buyout team on the purchase of a medical supplies company from its US parent. Kam Johal led the advice to a local college of further education on a proposed merger. Stuart Rea is ‘pragmatic’.

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West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

Within Crime, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is a third tier firm,

Associate David Campbell heads the regulatory and road traffic law team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP.

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Within Licensing Licensing

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Within Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the West Midlands, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is a first tier firm,

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has 19 dedicated litigators, and acts for clients including Carillion and Marston’s. It is acting for a claimant in a warranty claim involving allegations of fraud in relation to the sale of a substantial business, including obtaining various interlocutory injunctions to preserve the client’s assets. Team head Guy Birkettquickly gets to the nub of the issue’.

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Within Debt recovery Debt recovery

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West Midlands: Finance

Within Insolvency and corporate recovery, tier 4

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has dealt with multiple s110 demergers, and recently advised the administrator of a retail business with 60 outlets nationwide. Brian Aikman is recommended.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Within Employment, tier 4

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP’s team is ‘very helpful’, with department head Tracy Worthington noted for her ‘pragmatic’ advice. It is acting for a local public authority in a complex constructive dismissal claim. Alasdair Hobbs is also recommended.

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West Midlands: Insurance

Within Personal injury: claimant, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is a third tier firm,

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has a ‘great team’ with an excellent reputation for acquired brain injury claims. Tim Gray and Susan Todhunterinstantly put clients at ease’.

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Within Professional negligence Professional negligence

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West Midlands: Private client

Within Agriculture and estates, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is a first tier firm,

Steven Corfield heads the ‘approachable and well-respected’ team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP. The ‘tenacious and accurateSarah Baugh recently assisted a multi-generational farming family in the restructuring and refinancing of its property portfolio to safeguard the assets. Tom Devey is praised for his ‘straightforward and practical’ advice.

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Within Charities and not-for-profit, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is a third tier firm,

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP continues to advise a Diocesan board of finance and a Diocesan trust on various matters, and also acts for a number of independent school charities. Stuart Rea is recommended.

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Within Contentious trusts and probate, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is a first tier firm,

The team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP acts mostly for private individuals in high-value cases, and has recently been involved in complex cross-jurisdictional disputes. The ‘excellentMargaret Rowe has extensive experience in post-death variations and disclaimers, and Craig Ridge is recommended for trust disputes.

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Within Family: Elsewhere in the West Midlands, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is a first tier firm,

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has been active advising on substantial pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitation claims, inheritance claims and Children Act cases. The ‘very reassuringAnne Thomson is experienced in complex ancillary relief cases, and the ‘very knowledgeableElizabeth Cleverley deals with high-value financial cases.

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Within Personal tax, trusts and probate, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is a second tier firm,

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has specialist Court of Protection expertise; practice head Julie Burn is a professional deputy. Margaret Rowe explains ‘matters in a very understandable way’.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Within Commercial property: Elsewhere in the West Midlands, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is a second tier firm,

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP’s 12-partner practice is particularly strong in the retail sector, acting for clients such as Claire’s Accessories and Halfords. It also provides property and leasing advice to Carillion, and is experienced in ecclesiastical law matters, advising the Diocese of Lichfield on property matters. David Grove heads the team. Alison Dixonquickly explains the big issues well’, and Simon Bowdler is ‘very competent’.

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Within Construction Construction

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Within Planning, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is a first tier firm,

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has a ‘first-class’ and ‘formidable’ team led by ‘great negotiator and advocateNiall Blackie . It has been advising on a broad range of issues, including village green applications and agricultural diversification proposals.

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Within Property litigation Property litigation

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Within Intellectual property Intellectual property

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