Firm Profile > MFG Solicitors LLP > Kidderminster, England

MFG Solicitors LLP
DY10 2SH

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

MFG Solicitors LLP fields one of the largest groups of ACTAPs members in the country, who specialise solely in contentious probate matters. Its team includes Robert Pearce, who has a particular capability in claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependents) Act 1975. The group continues to receive substantial referrals from counsel and other solicitors, and it also acts for trust corporations. Robert Weston is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Robert Weston

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Lee; Robert Pearce; Andrew Chandler


Robert Weston is a very capable lawyer‘.

Andrew Chandler is very experienced, good at what he does and a safe pair of hands‘.

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 2

MFG Solictors LLP's work within the disputes space covers litigation involving commercial contracts, shareholder agreements, civil fraud, construction and issues relating to financial services. Tom Esler, who leads the team, has a particular focus on litigation involving breach of director's duties and shareholder and partnership agreements. Another key figure is Samuel Pedley, who is an expert in contractual disputes, intellectual property and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Tom Esler

Other key lawyers:

Commercial property: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 2

MFG Solicitors LLP advises landowners on the negotiation of promotion agreements and development options, assists developers with site assembly and development finance, and acts for institutional lenders on the financing of acquisitions and the refinancing of assets. David Raymont joined from FBC Manby Bowdler LLP in January 2019, while energy and renewables partner Miles Dearden left in March 2019 to take up an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Maynard Burton

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Astbury; Peter Copsey; David Raymont

Key clients

HSBC Bank plc

Lloyds Bank plc

West Midlands Safari Park

Hagley Park LLP

Wyre Forest Community Housing

L G Harris and Co

Family: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 2

MFG Solicitors LLP is a well regarded firm in the West Midlands, with it offering specialist advice across its six offices in Worcestershire, Shropshire and central Birmingham. Led by Claire Backler, its team covers all aspects of family law, including divorce (and related complex financial issues) and the dissolution of civil partnerships. It also advises on Schedule 1 Children Act matters, as well as child arrangement orders, pre-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements. The group has developed particular expertise in advising famers and land owners, dentists and doctors on various issues, particularly where there is inherited wealth or limited companies trusts.

Practice head(s):

Claire Backler

Other key lawyers:

Alison Webber


Claire Backler was always available and willing to give advice, all of which was spot-on ‘.

Alison Webber is an excellent lawyer who has good strategic skills and prepares cases well. She has a good eye for detail and good judgment about the merits of a case‘.

Alison Webber is very calm and clearly explains the pros and cons of any actions we may take. She has a clear vision of the road ahead, and navigates around any boulders left by the other side‘.


Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 3

MFG Solicitors LLP has a track record of advising on M&A and private equity deals, restructurings and joint ventures. The practice, which is led by Stephen Wyer, was boosted in 2018 by the arrival of Clare Lang from George Green LLP. Other important figures in the team include James Hayes, who has significant experience of international transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Wyer

Other key lawyers:

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Valerie Robinson leads the practice at MFG Solicitors LLP, which provides a full-service to individuals and trusts. The group has extensive expertise in wills, powers of attorney and trust and estate administration. It also advises clients on providing for disabled beneficiaries, as well on high net worth cases involving agricultural and business property. Elderly client issues - including community care matters - are another area of strength.

Practice head(s):

Valerie Robinson

Property litigation Tier 5

Bromsgrove-based MFG Solicitors LLP assists landlords with business tenancy issues and possession claims, and landowners with neighbour disputes concerning right of way, trespass and damages. In other work, the team led by Harjie Singh Bindra handles various property-related issues for executors of estates, as well as development disputes.

Practice head(s):

Harjie Singh Bindra


Competent and knowledgeable

MFG are prompt and professional in all aspects of work. Emails are answered quickly and I have never not got through by phone

They are always prepared to put in the hours to get things done on time. Service is friendly and communication is excellent

Our claim was carried out diligently and with due consideration to the extent and complexity of the situation

We have received exceptional service from both Harjie Singh Bindra and trainee solicitor Jessica Moore. They work very well as a team and have been helpful and informative throughout the process to date

Robert Pearce has spent time explaining my options and possible outcomes and consequences. I have been very pleased with his service

Employment Tier 6

The skilled team at MFG Solicitors LLP is spread across offices in Birmingham, Worcestershre and Shropshire. It regularly advises on the full array of employment matters connected with M&A, as well as outsourcings. It also focuses on discrimination claims, dismissals, redundancies and compliance issues. Sally Morris, who heads up the division, advises on various contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Chris Piggott frequently acts for educational establishments.

Practice head(s):

Sally Morris

Other key lawyers:

Chris Piggott; Darryll Thomas; Kate Jones; Christopher Amys

Based in Worcestershire, Shropshire and now Birmingham, this prominent, award-winning law firm offers a range of specialist client-focused services.

The Firm : With roots that go back 600 years, this firm now has 6 offices across the region with some 37 Partners, 72 other fee earners and a total of 211 staff. This dynamic practice, one of the largest in the region outside Birmingham, offers clients the highest level of service and support. Its ethos is forward-thinking and commercially-focused and its lawyers take a personal approach to their clients, taking time to understand their needs and requirements.

Types of work undertaken:

Agriculture and Estates – represents farmers and land-owners in agriculture and property transactions, tenancy agreements and renewable projects, also assists with landlord and tenant disputes and farming family disputes.

Contentious Trusts and Probate – advises upon all aspects of contentious probate.

Commercial Litigation/Dispute Resolution – full range of dispute resolution within the Court system, Appeal Courts, Arbitrations and Tribunals. Wide range of experience in relation to negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Corporate/Commercial – full range of transactional advisory work including mergers and acquisitions. private equity investments, re-financing, re-structures and joint ventures.

Employment/HR – TUPE advice in relation to mergers and acquisitions and outsources, discrimination claims, dismissals, redundancies, compliance matters, policies and procedures and training programs.

Energy – advice to land-owners/developers on all aspects of the energy sector from land acquisition through finance, construction, regulatory and energy trading matters.

Family – including divorce, separation as well as advice in financial aspects of family breakup including matrimonial home, pension rights and distribution of other assets and savings, children and maintenance advice. The firm is well known for its expertise in handling farming divorce cases.

IP and Technology – transactional and dispute resolution including franchising, trademarks, patents, confidential information, design rights and copyright, e-commerce, data protection and competition.

Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate – advice and assistance in relation to personal tax, trusts and probate. Estate administration, trust management, Court of Protection advice, specialist tax advice and general elderly care issues and care funding.

Real Estate – advice on property investment, development of finance, regeneration, regeneration projects and landlord and tenant matters for developers and/or corporate occupiers including acquisitions, disposables and leases.

Regulatory – advice on contentious and non-contentious regulatory issues including advice to corporates, directors and senior managers in respect of regulatory investigations and prosecutions.


Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Maynard Burton
Managing Director Suzanne Lee
Agriculture and Rural Affairs Iain Morrison
Civil Litigation Harjie Singh Bindra
Commercial Property Clare Regan
Corporate Stephen Wyer
Employment Sally Morris
Family Claire Backler
Private Client Valerie Robinson
Residential Property Peter Simner
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sarah Astbury  photo Sarah Astbury
 Claire Backler  photo Claire Backler
Mr Maynard V Burton photo Mr Maynard V Burton
 Peter Bernard Copsey  photo Peter Bernard Copsey
 Thomas Esler  photo Thomas Esler
 Clare Lang  photo Clare Lang
 Suzanne Lee  photo Suzanne Lee
 Samuel Pedley  photo Samuel Pedley
 Chris Piggott  photo Chris Piggott
 Gary Priest  photo Gary Priest
 Valerie Robinson  photo Valerie Robinson
 Katherine Tippetts  photo Katherine Tippetts
 Robert Weston  photo Robert Weston
 Stephen Wyer  photo Stephen Wyer
Number of UK partners : 37
Number of other UK fee-earners : 72