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FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

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West Midlands

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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 provides ‘excellent advice with a good depth of knowledge', and is valued for its partner-led approach. Recent work includes a number of multimillion-pound buyouts and group restructures. Shrewsbury-based Stuart Rea is ‘commercial and pragmatic', and practice head James Sage, James Knight and Kam Johal are also recommended.

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West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

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

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP deals mainly with road traffic offences, under the supervision of associate David Campbell.

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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,

For some ‘the strongest of the smaller firms in the region for commercial litigation', FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has a 19-lawyer team with a broad range of experience, including competition, IP and energy litigation. It negotiated a multi-party £4.6m settlement following search and seizure orders, amid allegations of fraud and breach of copyright. Practice head Guy Birkett is ‘experienced, pragmatic, commercially astute and unflappable', and is particularly recommended for corporate disputes. The ‘sensible and commercial' Brian Aikman ‘exudes a sense that he has seen it all before if problems arise'.

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Within Debt recovery Debt recovery

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West Midlands: Finance

Within Insolvency and corporate recovery, tier 4

Guy Birkett and Brian Aikman at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP ‘hold their own with partners in much larger firms', and are recommended for contentious and non-contentious instructions.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Within Employment, tier 4

Tracy Worthington heads FBC Manby Bowdler LLP’s employment practice, acting for employees and employers across Shropshire and the West Midlands.

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West Midlands: Insurance

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

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP’s lawyers are ‘ethical, efficient and hardworking'. Key individuals include the ‘commercially astute' Tim Gray and the ‘very reliable' Susan Todhunter.

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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,

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has a deep bench of partners dealing with all aspects of agriculture and estates law. Steven Corfield heads the practice, and focuses on property and landed estates matters. Sarah Baugh and Tom Devey are also recommended.

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

The ‘excellent' FBC Manby Bowdler LLP represents the Lichfield Diocesan Board of Finance. Stuart Rea is ‘very knowledgeable'.

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

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has six partners with experience in contentious trusts and probate, under the supervision of Craig Ridge. The practice includes claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Margaret Rowe is also recommended.

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

Anne Thomson at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is ‘sparklingly clear in her thinking, supportive, patient and financially astute', and handles high-level ancillary relief cases. In Shrewsbury, Elizabeth Cleverley is recommended for her work on matters involving businesses, farms and trusts.

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

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP’s team includes Julie Burn, who specialises in Court of Protection work. The ‘wonderfully outgoing' Margaret Rowe deals with wills and probate and elderly client matters.

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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 11-partner practice is strong in development, investment and retail, with clients including Claire’s Accessories. Simon Bowdler has advised Carillion on leasing and other matters. Practice head David Grove and Alison Dixon are also recommended.

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Within Construction Construction

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

With a ‘specialist' practice, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP ‘provides a first-class service in the field', covering the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious work. With a strong focus on advocacy, Niall Blackie ‘commands authority' and has ‘thorough knowledge' of rural planning issues. The firm is handling a major action stemming from the Olympics CPO.

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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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