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MFG Solicitors LLP

ADAM HOUSE, BIRMINGHAM ROAD, KIDDERMINSTER, DY10 2SH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01562 820181
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Fax 01562 820066
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16301 KIDDERMINSTER
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www.mfgsolicitors.com

West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands
Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 3

MFG Solicitors LLP

MFG Solicitors LLP handles a range of work, much of it concerning reorganisations and sales of smaller businesses to larger groups. Stephen Wyer advised Kew Tech on the restructuring of a waste gasification plant, and in a separate deal advised Severn Edge Veterinary Group, which comprises twelve practices, on its sale to CVS Group. In another veterinary deal, Wyer advised Wyre Forest Veterinary Centre on the business’s sale to Vet Partners Limited. Clare Lang joined from George Green LLP in April 2018. The aforementioned lawyers are based in Kidderminster, while in Worcester James Hayes advised Hotelshop UK on a restructuring exercise, transforming each of three divisions in to a discrete sister company.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands
Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 2

MFG Solicitors LLP

MFG Solicitors LLP is praised for its ‘client-focused service – it is very good at identifying what the end goals are in any litigation’. Tom Elser, who is ‘great at explaining all the jargon and making clients feel at ease’, continues to act for Waste Spectrum in a dispute concerning the supply of equipment and an agency agreement pertaining to Saudi Arabia; the matter is subject to an ICC arbitration based on UNIDROIT principles. Other key highlights include representing Norton Hydraulics on the removal of a director and the enforcement of restrictive covenants, and assisting L G Harris with reorganising its commercial agents. Samuel Pedley, newly promoted to partner, ‘has that wonderful skill all good lawyers have where they can listen patiently to all the to and fro and white noise that surrounds the emotion of disputes, quickly getting to the point and presenting what is relevant’. He acted for The Thomas Blunt Partnership in a cross-border intellectual property dispute, and separately represented Butcher Woods as trustee in bankruptcy against a former director who attempted a transaction at under value to defraud creditors. Other clients include Midland Marketing, which Pedley represented in a contractual dispute against Colgate-Palmolive.

Next generation lawyers

Samuel Pedley - MFG Solicitors LLP

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 6

MFG Solicitors LLP

For some, MFG Solicitors LLP  is 'probably the best employment offering in Worcester and surrounding area', with a strong focus on the financial services, education, manufacturing and construction sectors. Sally Morris  heads the team and is known for her 'good sense', 'client awareness' and 'willingness to discuss difficult issues'. Chris Piggot  is also a key figure, and regularly works on matters relating to the professional services, manufacturing and retail sectors.

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West Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

MFG Solictors LLP

MFG Solictors LLP  ‘represents great value for money when judged against the quality and depth of the advice given’ with significant strengths in transactions, tax, disputes, regulations, and diversification matters. Practice head Iain Morrison has expertise in transactional , advisory and contentious matters, and is ‘approachable’ and ‘looks to find sensible solutions to complex issues'. Property transactions specialist Nick Playford is ‘an extremely personable and able adviser’, with ‘an excellent grasp of the law’ and ‘can see the practical solutions that best fit the client's situation’. Tom Bell is ‘highly professional yet very approachable’ and recently advised Whitbourne Estate on the lease sporting rights to a third party on the client’s land. Agricultural tenancy specialist Helen Gough advised on the grant of an AHA Tenancy for a farmhouse and 47.55 acres of land. Alexandra Phillips  is experienced in farm business and tenancy matters, and  ‘works tirelessly to come up with solutions’, and ‘always responds quickly and with relevant knowledge’. Agricultural solicitor Hannah Taylor is regularly involved in property-related matters. She advised the Trustees of KRH James on the £1.5m sale of Broadfield Court.

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

MFG Solicitors LLP

MFG Solicitors LLP provides a service that is 'second to none' and specialises in probate disputes. Robert Weston  leads the team and 'is very reassuring with clients', and 'is someone who looks to find a resolution to problems'. Litigator Suzanne Lee  is 'very understanding' and provides 'a truly excellent service'. Also recommended is Robert Pearce , who is an expert in inheritance claims, and Andrew Chandler, who is 'very diligent' and has 'a good knowledge of this area'.

Leading individuals

Robert Weston - MFG Solicitors LLP

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Family: elsewhere in the West Midlands
Family: elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 2

MFG Solicitors LLP

For some, the family department of MFG Solicitors LLP  is 'one of the strongest family departments in the West Midlands'. The Kidderminster-based practice head Claire Backler  has expertise in children and financial proceedings and brings  'a maturity' and 'a calm sureness of touch to her caseload'. Katherine Tippetts works for high net worth individuals on has 'a calm and measured approach' and 'really knows her stuff'. Worcester-based Gurdip Kaur Brring similary focuses on the financial aspects of matrimonial disputes. Bromsgrove-based Alison Webber has 'an empathetic, client-focused approach', and is 'excellent at building working relationships in particularly difficult and sensitive cases'. Associate  Rupinder Nandra is 'energetic', 'dedicated' and 'her clients can trust to pursue her goals with well-calculated care and vigour.'

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

MFG Solicitors LLP

MFG Solicitors LLP's repertoire includes advising on estate administration, trust management, tax and court of protection matters. Based in Kidderminster are Valerie Robinson , who is an expert in advising on tax planning and provision for  disabled beneficiaries, and tax specialist Gary Priest. Ludlow-based Peter Stephen is notably strong in issues surrounding court of protection, powers of attorney, advising the elderly, and appointing deputies. 

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West Midlands: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 4

MFG Solicitors LLP

At MFG Solicitors LLP Miles Dearden handles a range of energy work, including advising a number of landowners on biogas and refuse-derived fuel projects. Sarah Astbury represents a range of landowners in claims against energy infrastructure companies, seeking cash for the formalisation of wayleaves into easements. The firm also acts for Ecotricity Group.

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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

MFG Solicitors LLP

In Kidderminster, MFG Solicitors LLP’s ‘specialist team gives great depth in its area’, providing ‘advice with the right level of commerciality’. Maynard Burton  handles site purchases for development. Miles Dearden  and Peter Copsey  (who ‘completes jobs in a timely and efficient manner and keeps clients well-updated on progress’) handle student housing projects, while Justin Travelyan Parker and Dearden advised Wychavon District Council on an urban redevelopment. Sarah Astbury  handled a sale and leaseback transaction concerning a garden centre. Other work concerns property financing. Associate Jennifer Hicks-Jones is also a name of note.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

MFG Solicitors LLP

MFG Solicitors LLP has ‘very impressive knowledge and understanding of clients’ situations’. Harjie Singh Bindra  in Bromsgrove ‘is a very sincere and knowledgable person’ – he represented the defendant in Lea v Ward, a High Court case concerning the interpretation of a right of way over land as spelt out in a deed of gift. His other work concerns telecoms, alleged fraudulent transfers, among other matters. In Worcester, Kirsten Bridgewater  handles a number of cases concerning easements and land title, many of which with agricultural elements.

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