Firm Profile > FDR Law > Warrington, England


Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West Tier 3

FDR Law is regularly engaged by commercial and residential developers, retail and leisure operators, corporate occupiers, and investors. It also acts for public sector clients and is experienced in education sector property mandates. Its experience includes strategic partnering and site assembly work, acquisitions and disposals, asset management, development and forward funding work. Team head Stephen Woodall acts for public and private sector clients; Charles Agar is experienced in private sector property development instructions; and John King handles contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Woodall

Other key lawyers:


The the team provides advice in a down to earth and succinct way that assists clients to get to the heart of the matter quickly.

The team is very responsive and are very good communicators.

Stephen Woodall is a very good communicator and delivers an exceptional level of service; he has a great understanding of the commercial realities of the deals he transacts and he consistently adds value.

Key clients

Network Space

Network Space Developments

Network Space Management

Beck Developments

Beck Homes (NW)

United Utilities Property Services

Warrington & Vale Royal College

Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Halton Borough Council

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

West Lancashire Borough Council

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

The team at FDR Law possesses 'impressive knowledge, efficiency and integrity',  handling the full range of matters covering will drafting, estate administration, complex trusts, powers of attorney, Court of Protection, IHT planning and succession planning. Head of team Ian Sydenham 'exhibits the highest standard of client service and care', and regularly advises the firm's highest value clients and estates.

Practice head(s):

Ian Sydenham


‘A trusted, reliable and dedicated law firm.’

‘Kristel Clarke is exceptionally committed.’

‘FDR’s client service has been impeccable and their level of knowledge and expertise is of the highest quality.’

‘Ian Sydenham exhibits the highest standard of client service and care.’

‘FDR Law has impressive knowledge, efficiency, integrity and clarity of practice. Enquires are always dealt with with expedience and professionalism.’

FDR Law provides a comprehensive legal service for commercial organisations and private clients. Its commercial client base includes international, UK national and regional businesses with turnover of up to £120m.

The firm: FDR Law was formed in July 2008 with the merger of Warrington’s largest legal practices: Forshaws and Davies Ridgway. The history of these firms can be traced back as far as 1750. The current business has grown to include 11 partners and approximately 100 employees based at offices in Warrington, Stockton Heath and Frodsham, as well as a facility in London.

The firm specialises in the areas of commercial business services (particularly commercial property and corporate transactions), and private client services as trustees and advisors to a number of high-value multi-jurisdictional trusts. It also undertakes litigation, family law and bespoke high-value residential property work. Major clients include Bako North Western Group Limited, Knowsley MBC, Langtree Property Partners Limited, Network Space Group Limited and United Utilities Group PLC.

FDR Law prides itself on being a progressive, competent and reputable firm.

Types of work undertaken: Commercial property: investment; commercial development (public and private sectors; residential development and strategic land; restructuring; and tenancy agreements.

Corporate: mergers; acquisitions and disposals; private equity; MBOs and MBIs; and banking and security.

Commercial: commercial agreements; corporate governance; partnerships and LLPs; intellectual property; and notarial services.

Business start-ups and company information: company formation and structures; shareholder agreements; joint ventures; and terms and conditions of trade.

Commercial litigation and dispute resolution: corporate and shareholder disputes; property disputes; construction litigation, including adjudication, arbitration and expert determination; professional negligence; and ADR.

Construction and engineering: contracts and project documents, collateral warranties, appointments and security documentation and construction disputes.

Employment (corporate): terms and contracts of employment; disciplinary procedures and disputes; settlement agreements & TUPE transfers.

Employment (personal): redundancy; discrimination at work; employment tribunals; grievance and disciplinary procedures; contracts of employment; tribunal representation; settlement agreements; and TUPE claims.

Insolvency: corporate recovery and re-structures, corporate re-structures; personal insolvency; voluntary arrangements.

Private Client: wills; trusts; probate; estate planning; court of protection, powers of attorney; and will & inheritance disputes.

Litigation and disputes: personal injury claims; road traffic accidents; clinical negligence; brain injuries; dental injury claims; bed sore claims; equine and animal disputes; will and inheritance disputes; and property disputes.

Family: divorce and separation; financial arrangements, arrangements for children, domestic abuse, €™prenuptial agreements and child maintenance.

Conveyancing: buying; selling; property disputes; leasehold; lease extensions; enfranchisment; and inheritance disputes.

Crime: arrest and prosecution; and motoring offences.

Other offices: Stockton Heath, Frodsham, London (by appointment only)


Department Name Email Telephone
Chief executive Mark Lockett (chief executive officer)
Commercial Stephen Woodall (commercial property)
Commercial John King (commercial corporate)
Commercial Margaret Evans (commercial corporate)
Commercial Charles Agar (commercial corporate)
Commercial Stephen Poyner (employment)
Residential property Tim Jordan
Residential property Vicki Coulthurst
Private client/trusts Ian Sydenham
Family Jennifer Roulston
Family Ruth Hetherington
Litigation Stephen Lawson
Criminal Gary Schooler
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Margaret Evans  photo Ms Margaret Evans
Mr John King  photo Mr John King
Mr Stephen Poyner  photo Mr Stephen Poyner
Mr Stephen Woodall  photo Mr Stephen Woodall
Number of UK partners : 11
Number of other UK fee-earners : 26
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)