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FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

JUNEAU HOUSE, SITKA DRIVE, SHREWSBURY BUSINESS PARK, SHREWSBURY, SY2 6LG, ENGLAND
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Work 01743 241551
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Fax 01743 241623
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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

At FBC Manby Bowdler LLP , clients ‘feel that their support and standards are far superior to what their counterparty is getting’. David Preece in Telford, who was promoted to partner in April 2017, is praised for his ‘ attention to detail, knowledge of subject, and understanding of clients’ businesses’ – he handles a range of deals in Shropshire, including veterinary practice sales and manufacturing deals. Kam Johal handles work concerning the sales of financial advisory practices, as well as medical deals and family business restructuring – she is based in Wolverhampton. Stuart Rea  is a key contact in Shrewsbury; his work includes a number of corporate restructurings. James Sage, who is based in Wolverhampton, heads the practice – he handles various smaller M&A deals including trade sales.

Leading individuals

James Sage - FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

Next generation lawyers

David Preece - FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

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West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is headed by Charlotte Clode, who regularly works on variation licenses and contested applications. Recent work highlights of hers include: advising on the  licensing of a charity competition, assisting with the revocation a license due to an underage customer being served alcohol, and working on the re–licensing of a premises after violent incidents occurred inside and outside the premises.

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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

‘One of the strongest in the region outside Birmingham, and a match for many of the Birmingham city centre firms’, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is a ‘stellar and slick firm, which combines quality and experience – it is easy to work with and always well-prepared’. Guy Birkett (‘very experienced, calm and sensible’)  represented an engineering company (a rich seam of clients for the firm) seeking a search order concerning breaches of fiduciary duty by an outgoing director who left to join a competitor. Gareth Ruddock (‘bright and affable; he listens very carefully to a client’s objectives and delivers tailored advice') acted for Leonard Curtis Business Solutions in a claim against a director of a company who allegedly siphoned money from a company to purchase property in the UK and Africa – the matter was settled via alternative dispute resolution. The ‘reliable and sensible’ Charlotte Clode defended a High Court claim for a construction company concerning the delivery of equipment; the claimant sought to move the tools worth £1.5m to the Middle East. The aforementioned solicitors are based in the firm's Wolverhampton office. Based in Shrewsbury, Brian Aikman represented a party to a break-up of a family farming partnership, which included a proprietary estoppel claim, concerning £4.5m of assets, as well as handling some competition law cartel cases.

Leading individuals

Guy Birkett - FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

Next generation lawyers

Charlotte Clode - FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

At FBC Manby Bowdler LLP , Gareth Ruddock  acts for a range of SMEs (including construction and software companies), as well as insolvency practitioners, which the firm advises on collecting book debts.

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West Midlands: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

In Wolverhampton, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP’s James Sage is a key contact for non-contentious insolvency and recovery work – he advised an invoice factoring business on the recovery of assets and restructuring of a company, and separately handles the sale of various SMEs in administration. Gareth Ruddock , who is also based in Wolverhampton, handles work for liquidators such as claims against directors, as well as representation of directors in director disqualification proceedings.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP  is 'highly knowledgeable across all areas'  and 'highly responsive and supportive with their approach', with a particularly strong reputation in the manufacturing sector . Tracy Worthington   co-heads the practice is 'very professional and understanding', and 'always takes the time to listen'. Fellow practice head Julia Fitzsimmons  is experienced in reorganisations,  discrimination claims, contractual disputes and restructure covenant claims.

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West Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP's practice is headed by Tim Gray , who specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence claims. He recently represented a client who suffered brain and orthopaedic injuries during a motorcycle accident 10 years ago, which was logged with the Motor Insurers Bureau. Gray is supported by Susan Todhunter  who advised on a claim made by the parents of a child who fell from a window which had been poorly repaired by the local council shortly before the incident occurred. Other noteworthy figures include Sophie Ann Bridges   and associate Adam Wilson.

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West Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

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.

Leading individuals

Steven Corfield - FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

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

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is 'extremely good in terms of its response times, efficiency, accessibility, subject knowledge, advice and understanding'. Craig Ridge  leads the team and is 'excellent at cutting through the family wrangling' and 'able to distill complicated factual situations into a succinct case'. Another key figure is the Telford-based family law specialist Philip Cowell , who is 'extremely efficient' and 'quick to respond' . Also recommended is associate Kimberly Mears and STEP practitioner Margaret Rowe .

Leading individuals

Craig Ridge - FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

Next generation lawyers

Kimberly Mears  - FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

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

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP 's family law cases typically fall into the categories of being highly complex or of high value. Anne Thompson  leads the team and is an expert in handling ancillary relief cases.  She recently acted on a complex divorce where both parties were in business together. Philip Cowell  focuses on high-value financial cases and is 'extremely efficient' and 'quick to respond'. He recently advised on a matter involving the validity of a prenuptial agreement. Senior associate Harbinder Gosal  is notably strong in handling privately funded divorce and matrimonial finance cases. She represented interveners on a case where the wife alleged that the husband transferred property to the client in an attempt to dispose his assets. Senior associate Sarah Millington 's work mostly concerns the financial aspects of relationship breakdowns, and is  'professional', 'effective'  and 'good at communicating'. Cohabitations expert Sara Morton  is also a key figure, whose recent work involved the court freezing the husband’s assets in order to prevent him from depriving the wife of her claims.

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

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP's repoirtoire in this space includes advising on community care, court of protection, disputed probate, as well as inheritance tax and estate planning. Julie Burn  leads the team and is an expert in court of protection and deputyship cases. Other key individuals include: Margaret Rowe , who is an expert in wills, probate and elderly client care issues; Andrew Vernon , who has a particular interest in complex inheritance tax planning; and associate Michelle Monnes-Thomas, who is experienced in community care matters.

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West Midlands: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

The ‘approachable’, ‘adaptable’ and ‘authoritative’ FBC Manby Bowdler LLP focuses on commercial, corporate, transactional, constitutional and governance work. Stuart Rea heads the practice and is known for his ‘depth of knowledge’ in this sector, with a strong background in corporate-related matters. He advised Wolverhampton Grammar School on the establishment of a Charity Commission Scheme for the vestment of functional permanent endowment land on the school grounds. He is supported by senior associate David Raymont, who specialises in property issues.

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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

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP's ‘excellent’ practice handles work covering a range of sectors including residential, retail and hospitality.  In Wolverhampton, David Grove handles significant residential development work, acting for corporate and private investors. In Shrewsbury, senior associate David Raymont , whose work includes industrial transactions, is ‘pleasant, prompt and knowledgeable’; in the same office, associate Charlotte Nutting  is a key contact for retail property deals. Stephen Burke in Telford handles noteworthy hospitality work. Andrew Wynne  in Wolverhampton is also a key contact.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

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.

Leading individuals

Niall Blackie - FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

Next generation lawyers

Suzanne Tucker - FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

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