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FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

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707201 TELFORD 4

Margaret Rowe

Work 01952 208433
FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

Work Department

Wills, Probate & Lifetime Planning


A Partner at the Firm, Margaret advises on all aspects of wills and probate work and elderly client matters. As a key member of the Firm's Disputed Probate Team she also advises on the administration of estates and trusts, advice in connection with breach of trust or breach of duty, application of the intestacy rule and obtaining grants of probate and letters of administration.

A well known local private client lawyer, Margaret is a regular contributor to local press articles and public speaker on all aspects of wills, probate and lifetime planning.


Margaret spent many years’ working as a high level sales manager in retail before deciding on a change of career and moving into law. 

Margaret began her training contract with a Staffordshire law firm and qualified as a Solicitor in 2005. Margaret joined FBC Manby Bowdler as a Partner in the Wills, Probate & Lifetime Planning Department in 2011.


STEP; Solicitors for the Elderly; Law Society – private client section member.


William Brookes, Much Wenlock Shropshire; Keele University LLB (Hons) 2002; Staffordshire University, Legal Practice Course 2004.


Cycling, travelling.

West Midlands: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Key figures at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP include the Wolverhampton-based Craig Ridge, who heads the contentious trusts and probate practice and has a strong specialism in high-value and complex multi-party probate claims. In recent work, the team handled a trust deed rectification matter, which involved professional negligence proceedings; the removal of a personal representative on the grounds of breach of fiduciary duty; and a claim under the Inheritance Act 1975. Associate Kimberly Mears handles Inheritance Act matters and is recommended alongside family partner Philip Cowell and STEP practitioner Margaret Rowe, both based in Telford.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP’s ‘excellent’ team ‘stands head and shoulders above the competition’, according to one client. Deputyship expert Julie Burn heads the practice in Wolverhampton, which has niche expertise in areas such as community care and Court of Protection. The ‘knowledgeable, professional, reliable and trustworthy’ Andrew Vernon focuses on high-value tax and estate planning for clients in the rural and renewable energy sectors. Margaret Rowe in Telford handled several international estate management matters involving significant business, property and cash assets, while Wolverhampton-based solicitor Will Jones led the advice on a client’s surrender of life interest in a property. Craig Ridge and Philip Cowell, based in Wolverhampton and Telford, respectively are also recommended.

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