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FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

1 ST LEONARD'S CLOSE, BRIDGNORTH, WV16 4EL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01746 761436
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Fax 01746 766764
DX:
23202 BRIDGNORTH
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Web:
www.fbcmb.co.uk

West Midlands : Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands
Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 2

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Wolverhampton)

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP’s team, led by James Sage, has increased its sector focus, with further development in the manufacturing, agricultural, renewables and construction sectors. Key players are Kam Johal, whose clients include Newell Palmer Group, and Shrewsbury-based Stuart Rea, who advises landed estate and agri-business clients on a range of business and company law issues.

Leading individuals

James Sage - FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

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West Midlands : Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Wolverhampton)

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP’s team has recently acted for a number of licence holders seeking to reverse a decision by DVLA Drivers Medical group to revoke licenses. Charlotte Clode is head of the department.

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West Midlands : Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 1

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Wolverhampton, Bridgnorth, Telford)

Hailed as ‘the leading firm in Wolverhampton, the Black Country and Shropshire for commercial litigation’, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is noted in particular for its ‘strong company work’. Practice head Guy Birkett is ‘calm and sensible with sound judgement’ and acted successfully on a £2.5m shareholder dispute. The team is also well regarded for disputes involving aspects of insolvency and real estate.

Leading individuals

Guy Birkett - FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Wolverhampton)

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West Midlands : Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury)

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is singled out as being ‘number one in Shropshire for insolvency advice’. Wolverhampton-based Gareth Ruddock and Shropshire-based Brian Aikman specialise in insolvency disputes and defended a client against a search and seizure order made by an administrator.

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West Midlands : Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Wolverhampton, Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury)

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has acted for local private schools and continues to grow its client base in manufacturing. A recent highlight was assisting a new start-up in the care industry with employee matters and zero-hour contracts. Tracy Worthington is ‘very professional and personable in her approach’.

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West Midlands : Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Willenhall, Wolverhampton)

Tim Gray and Susan Todhunter lead the team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP, which acted for a child who sustained head injuries in a fall from a window, leading to an eight-figure claim. Todhunter also helped to secure an £8.5m settlement for a child who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a road traffic accident.

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West Midlands : Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Shrewsbury)

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has ‘a very knowledgeable and helpful team’, which has recently assisted with the restructuring of a large family farming business. It also advised on the dissolution of a farm partnership. Steven Corfield heads the department, and Tom Devey and Sarah Baugh are recommended.

Leading individuals

Steven Corfield - FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Shrewsbury)

A recent highlight for FBC Manby Bowdler LLP was advising Lichfield Diocesan Trust on general charitable matters and on aspects of ecclesiastical law. Stuart Rea is the practiced head, and the ‘responsive, knowledgeable and pleasant’ David Raymont is also recommended.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Wolverhampton)

A recent highlight for FBC Manby Bowdler LLP was advising a client who acted as the executor and beneficiary of an estate with assets in the UK and another jurisdiction. Department head Craig Ridge and solicitor Kimberly Mears are recommended.

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Family: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Family: Elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 1

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Telford, Shrewsbury)

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP’s team specialises in marital breakdown, co-habitation, children’s issues and nuptial agreements. Telford-based Anne Thomson heads the department, and Fay Rothery, who works in the Wolverhampton office, is also recommended.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Wolverhampton, Bridgnorth)

Julie Burn, practice head at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP, acts as deputy to a number of clients who have impaired faculties due to medical, traffic or workplace injuries. Advising on personal injury trusts and Court of Protection issues are particular strengths. Sophie Yates is recommended.

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West Midlands : Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 2

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Wolverhampton, Telford, Bridgnorth)

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP’s eight-partner team handles a range of investment, development and retail work for clients such as St Modwen Properties and Marston’s. Names to note are practice head David Grove and SME specialist Andrew Wynne, who is ‘good humoured and easy to work with’.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Telford)

Senior partner Niall Blackie leads the team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP, whose expertise extends to planning appeals on agricultural matters. In one highlight, Blackie successfully negotiated a Section 106 agreement relating to a planning application to develop farmland into over 200 houses.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Wolverhampton)

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West Midlands : TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Wolverhampton)

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