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MFG Solicitors LLP

ADAM HOUSE, BIRMINGHAM ROAD, KIDDERMINSTER, DY10 2SH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01562 820181
Fax:
Fax 01562 820066
DX:
16301 KIDDERMINSTER
Email:
Web:
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 (Kidderminster)

mfg Solicitors LLP continued to see a good flow of cross-border work, with Kidderminster-based Stephen Wyer advising Isomerase Therapeutics on a Β£5.5m investment by Neurovive Pharmaceutical, and Worcester-based James Hayes assisting a foreign investor with a joint venture in the healthcare space. Wyer is also noted for his expertise in the education sector, where he assisted South Worcestershire College with its statutory merger with Warwickshire Group of Colleges. In other highlights, Hayes represented Skymark Packaging International in a multi-tranche share buyback from an insolvent company, and energy specialist Miles Dearden - also based in Kidderminster - advised Ecotricity Group on its first white label supply agreement for electricity and gas with Glide Utilities.

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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 (Kidderminster)

According to one client, mfg Solicitors LLP is a β€˜reliable pair of hands that will safely navigate any client through to a successful conclusion of its dispute’. Head of practice Tom Esler continued to provide representation in a wide range of high-value matters, including shareholders agreements, license agreements and negligent mismanagement, and also handled a steady flow of manufacturing and warranty disputes; Esler acted for a corporate client in a substantial claim against Homebase and Argos for non-payment of a debt and repudiatory breach of a commercial supply agreement. Associate Samuel Pedley is β€˜considerate, careful and correct in his analysis of a case’ and specialises in contentious IP and insolvency; in one matter he advised on a copyright and passing-off dispute concerning male and female footwear, website imagery and shopping regulations.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 6

MFG Solicitors LLP (Kidderminster)

MFG Solicitors LLP’s dedicated employment team is headed by Sally Morris, who β€˜goes above and beyond of what is necessary’, and is note for its β€˜incredible speed and level of detail’. The practice recently hired β€˜thoroughly honest’ associate Darryll Thomas from The Wilkes Partnership and promoted Kate Jones to associate. The β€˜very sensible and pragmatic’ Chris Piggott (who β€˜knows employment law inside out’) advised two individuals, one of whom was accused of facilitating a team move and breach of restrictive covenant by his former employer. Other notable work includes handling redundancies following a site closure, facilitating the exit of a senior executive, and TUPE advice. Newly promoted assistant solicitor Chris Amys is also recommended.

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West Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

MFG Solicitors LLP (Worcester)

Clients of MFG Solicitors LLP rate associate Helen Gough, whose β€˜contentious work is particularly strong with an outstanding knowledge of agricultural tenancy law’. She works alongside department head Iain Morrison, the β€˜highly competent property lawyer’ Justin Travelyan Parker, and β€˜very approachable, professional and thorough’ associate Nicholas Playford, who works in the Telford office. Other key names include Bromsgrove-based head of rural disputes Kirsten Bridgewater and consultant James Quinn. All named individuals are based in Worcester unless specified otherwise.

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

MFG Solicitors LLP (Kidderminster)

Clients of MFG Solicitors LLP for its β€˜absolutely outstanding commitment to service’. Practice head Robert Weston – who is described as β€˜most approachable, considerate, courteous and professional’ – and Suzanne Lee are experienced litigators and exclusively focus on contentious probate work. Recent work includes handling several Inheritance Act disputes, applications to the Court of Protection, and defending clients in claims of financial abuse or misappropriation of estate assets. Andrew Chandler is also recommended.

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 (Kidderminster)

The Kidderminster-based Claire Backler is β€˜an exemplary individual’ and leads MFG Solicitors LLP’s β€˜very well-organised and supportive’ family law outfit. The team works closely with the firm’s agricultural and family business clients and advises mainly on the financial issues arising out of collaborative separation, relationship breakdown, co-habitation, and pre-and-post-nuptial wealth protection. Gurdip Kaur Brring is currently advising a client with regards to divorce proceedings involving a substantial teacher’s pension, and acted for the fiancΓ©e of a high-profile sports personality in a pre-nuptial agreement. Alison Webber, who is based in Bromsgrove, and Robert Pearce in Kidderminster are also recommended.

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

MFG Solicitors LLP (Kidderminster)

Key figures at MFG Solicitors LLP include Valerie Robinson in Kidderminster and Ludlow-based Peter Stephens, who has strong experience in the appointment of deputies and acting for the vulnerable. The team underwent some changes with Alastair Brierley becoming a consultant in Ludlow, and the promotion to associate level of Kim Scolari and Amanda Piper, in Telford and Worcester respectively, and Gill Browne in Kidderminster. Also based in Kidderminster, Tracy Ashby is advising on the terms of the partnership and the assets contained within the will of a former partner in a farming business, while Gary Priest, assisted trustees with regards to a property purchase abroad and manages an ongoing family trust containing high-value property and investment assets.

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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 (Kidderminster)

mfg Solicitors LLP’s β€˜great overall knowledge in the property department’ takes in sectors such as leisure, energy, local government and charities, and in one highlight, Maynard Burton advised Clive Fletcher Developments on a substantial regeneration project comprising a 400-berth marina, 84 holiday apartments and associated retail outlets and facilities. The team reported an uptick in secured finance work, where names to note include Peter Copsey, who β€˜ably juggles legal advice against commercial reality’, and Miles Dearden, who represented Worcester Properties on the construction finance from Octopus Property relating to the redevelopment of a commercial property into six mews houses comprising 48 units of student accommodation. Head of practice Sarah Astbury specialises in residential development and acted for a consortium of land owners in the Β£15m sale of land to a national housebuilder for 200 new homes. Another name to note is Michael Payne, who focuses on strategic land development, and acted on behalf of a consortium of 14 landowners in connection with the Β£20m sale of a 120-acre development site on the west side of Shrewsbury.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 6

mfg Solicitors LLP (Bromsgrove, Worcester)

For one client, mfg Solicitors LLP β€˜probably has the best property litigation practice in Worcestershire’, and the team’s expertise spans all areas of land and property, including disputes involving landlords and tenants, forfeiture, contentious tenancy renewals, dilapidation claims, and breach of covenants claims. Bromsgrove-based head of practice Harjie Singh Bindra, who is β€˜blessed with very sound judgement about the merits of his clients’ case’, undertakes a broad caseload for residential and commercial landowners, including property-related litigation involving allegations of fraud. In Worcester, the β€˜tenacious and robust’ Kirsten Bridgewater has a niche practice in rural disputes and was busy on a number of co-ownership disputes relating to farmland.

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