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Stuart Rea

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FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

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A Partner at the Firm, Stuart heads up the Corporate Team in Shropshire and provides corporate and commercial services for large and small businesses in the Shropshire area. Stuart covers a broad range of commercial matters and is able to advise on acquisitions and disposals of companies and businesses, group reconstructing and shareholder and joint venture agreements.

In addition Stuart heads up the Firm’s Charities and Not-For-Profit Team dealing with conversions of unincorporated charities to limited company status, setting up new charities, advising on trading and setting up trading subsidiaries, trustees’ duties and a whole range of charity issues.


Stuart qualified as a Solicitor in 1989 after completing his training in London. After qualification, Stuart spent 4 years teaching in Japan before returning to the UK and joining Manby & Steward in 1994.


Charity Law Association and Shropshire Business Partnership.


University of West England (LLB Hons) 1986; College of Law, Bristol (Solicitors Finals).


Sailing, cycling, walking, studying Japanese and spending time with his two children.

West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands

Within: Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands

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.

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The ‘approachable’, ‘adaptable’ and ‘authoritativeFBC 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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