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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 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:James Hayes; Clare Lang

Work highlights

  • Advised Optimec Limited, a Midlands based global leader in contact and intraocular lens metrology, on the expansion of its business into Canada, North America, Europe, and the Far East.
  • Acted for Worcester YMCA in connection with its purchase of Little Treasures Nursery from its owners.

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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 Solictors LLP

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:Samuel Pedley

Work highlights

  • Advised John Needham Associates on high-value multi-track claim and counterclaim concerning intricate allegations of breach of duty, negligence and breach of contract.
  • Acting for a trustee in bankruptcy and a liquidator against a former director in commencing a preference, transaction at an undervalue and transaction to defraud creditors.
  • Advised Adam Carpets Limited on a significant historic contractual claim/rebate for surface water drainage for trading estate.
  • Advised Native Web Limited on an unfair prejudice dispute between shareholders.
  • Acting for Ruskim Seafoods Limited on a high value contractual dispute.
Next Generation Partners

Samuel Pedley - MFG Solictors LLP

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 6

MFG Solicitors LLP

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

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West Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

MFG Solictors LLP

MFG Solictors LLP has a key focus on succession planning advice to estate owners and farmers. It is also skilled at advising on agricultural property relief and on the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986. The group often works with a number of agricultural agents to advise on high-value and complex farming estate sales and purchases. Team head Iain Morrison undertakes a wide range of sector-specific matters for farmers, landowners, banks, local authorities and parish councils.

Practice head(s):Iain Morrison

Key Clients

Whitbourne Estate


Work highlights

  • Advising on a complex refinancing of part of the estate, identifying issues regarding a timber extraction agreement and liaising with the solicitors representing the Forestry Commission to rectify the Agreement.
  • Advising on the rules relating to a Young Farmer Payment Application.
  • Advisinng on the sale of a large working farm with many interesting and complex aspects such as a private water supply to the village.
  • Acting on behalf of a farming partnership in relation to the dissolution of the partnership which had been trading for over 50 years.
  • Advising on the refinancing of estate land and buildings.

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

MFG Solicitors LLP

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'.

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

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'.


Work highlights

  • Acting for the wife in a complex, high net-worth, divorce, involving a multi-national business, offshore bank accounts and a substantial property portfolio based in the United Kingdom.
  • Advising the husband in a divorce matter, involving a considerable  pension and an inherited farm.
  • Recently advised a wife in a case where assets exceeded needs, such that it was argued that the wife’s non-marital assets and unmatched contributions can and should be reflected in an unequal order in her favour.
  • Acted for the respondent husband in divorce proceedings dealing with finances.
  • Recently concluded a case on behalf of the wife, in relation to issued ancillary relief proceedings.

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

MFG Solicitors LLP

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

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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

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

Work highlights

  • Advising Clive Fletcher Developments on a substantial regeneration project comprising a 400-berth marina, 84 holiday apartments and associated retail outlets and facilities.
  • Advised Larford Farm Estates on the terms of a potential compulsory purchase of land adjoining the River Severn.
  • Advised Vibe Student Living on the acquisition of two sites in Coventry on conditional contracts for redevelopment as two blocks of student housing comprising 66 beds and 115 beds respectively
  • Advised a high street bank in connection with a loan facility of £3.2m on their customer’s purchase of 7.8 acres of commercial land in Worcestershire.
  • Acting for We’ve Got Game on the new lease and fit-out of a unit at the Custard Factory in Birmingham.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

MFG Solicitors LLP

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'

Work highlights

  • Represented a defendant in High Court litigation relating to a redevelopment project being jeopardised by the claimant, who claimed he had various rights over part of the defendant's land.

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