The Legal 500

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 3

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Wolverhampton)

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP conducts an impressive mix of exotic transactions. For example, the firm acted on the sale of the issued share capital of a local higher education establishment, for £7m, to a Chinese investor, followed by advising on an immediate acquisition of another educational establishment by the sellers. The widely esteemed James Sage heads the team, in which Kam Johal, James Knight and Stuart Rea are significant figures.

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)

Charlotte Clode is head of the team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP, supported by Elisabeth Glover. Highlights include acting for a business start-up on the licensing aspects of a 24 hour alcohol delivery service.

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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)

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is ‘responsive, commercial and excellent on fees’. The firm is particularly well known for commercial and chancery work, and contentious insolvency and real estate matters. Department leader Guy Birketthas excellent commercial sense and is utterly reliable’. The highly esteemed Brian Aikman acted for a UK-based electronic engineering and communications company in a £3m ICC commercial arbitration in Paris.

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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 ‘the only firm in Shropshire with a dedicated partner-led insolvency team’. Team head Gareth Ruddock acted on the sale of various SMEs to third parties in both administration and liquidation.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Wolverhampton, Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury)

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP acted for an engineering company on an unfair dismissal case, and advised a charity on a religious discrimination claim. Head of employment Tracy Worthington is a ‘rainmaker’ and ‘highly regarded by senior partners’.

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West Midlands: Insurance

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

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Willenhall, Wolverhampton)

The ‘thorough and efficient’ team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is led by Tim Gray; Susan Todhunterleaves no stone unturned’ for clients, and is ‘approachable and extremely experienced’.

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West Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Shrewsbury)

Steven Corfield leads the team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP, which has expertise in acting for large landed estates, farmers and funding institutions. Hannah Farmer joined from MFG Solicitors LLP, and Harriet Critchley arrived from Browne Jacobson LLP. Paul Horton and John Kynnersley retired.

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)

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP’s practice is led by Stuart Rea, who has expertise in advising on the incorporation of charities. Steven Corfield acts for charities on property issues and David Raymont, who is ‘pragmatic and dedicated’, provides advice on compliance with the Charities Act.

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

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Wolverhampton)

Craig Ridge leads the team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP, where highlights include advising a client on a claim under the Inheritance Act involving a £1m estate. Margaret Rowe specialises in wills, probate and elderly client work.

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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)

The ‘excellent all-round’ team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is led by Anne Thomson. Elizabeth Cleverleyworks in a timely manner and is knowledgeable and approachable’.

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

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Wolverhampton, Bridgnorth)

The team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP advised a high-net-worth business-owner on establishing a charitable trust. Philip Cowell is a ‘hard but realistic and pragmatic litigator, and the best in the business for Inheritance Act claims’.

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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)

David Grove’s team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has an impressive number of high-profile clients, including Carillion, St Modwen Properties and Marston’s. Niall Blackie acted for the Diocese of Lichfield regarding its property portfolio.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 5

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Wolverhampton)

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (Telford)

FBC Manby Bowdler LLPprovides a first-class service in the field of planning law, ranging from preliminary advice through to full scale advocacy at planning inquiries and in court’. The firm represents Carillion on all its planning needs, and conducted major work for Planned Maintenance Engineering, Prime Oak Buildings and Marston’s. Practice head Niall Blackie, who is ‘a highly competent and well-respected planning solicitor and advocate’, is ‘particularly strong in rural planning matters’.

Leading individuals

Niall Blackie - FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

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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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