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Fbc Manby Bowdler LLP

01743 241551

Our specialist lawyers, working from offices in Wolverhampton, Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury, Telford and Willenhall provide expert legal advice covering a full range of personal and business services. Our aim is always to uncomplicate the legal process for our customers, making every stage as transparent as possible so you understand at all times what is going on in relation to your case.

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John Grother
Verified John Grother Added 2 weeks ago Report to admin
April 05, 2019 20190405150803

Wills, Trusts and Probate


I found the services of Manby Bowdler to be fully in line, indeed exceeded my expectations

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Verified Gemma Added 2 weeks ago Report to admin
April 05, 2019 20190405150803

Litigation / Dispute Resolution


Charlotte went above and beyond to rectify the litigation issue on my behalf, checking all avenues to pursue and explained everything well throughout the process. She kept me in the loop via emails and phonecalls which I really appreciated as I wasn't local. Very professional but also friendly and helpful which is just as important.

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April 05, 2019 20190405150802

Wills, Trusts and Probate


Excellent from beginning to end.

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Ian Rees
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April 05, 2019 20190405150802

Commercial Property


Excellent company. Very professional and personable and always deliver on time to expected costs.

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Margaret Morgan
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April 05, 2019 20190405150758

Wills, Trusts and Probate


It was a straight-forward procedure - not as complicated as I imagined it to be.

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Verified Gaynor Added 1 month ago Report to admin
March 08, 2019 20190308114212



Kate was brilliant with my Divorce, keeping me up to date, and explaining the processes. I felt very comfortable talking to Kate. I just wish there were more solicitors like her. Thank you Kate.

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Ms Worthington
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March 08, 2019 20190308114212

Wills, Trusts and Probate


My husband and I are experiencing a particularly stressful time at present with our daughter and my husband having early stage Alzheimer's disease. We needed to establish Lasting Power of Attorney and update or wills. From the first time Margaret Rowe came to see us we both felt comfortable and confident with her advice and guidance through the procedure which has given us piece of mind and reassurance that the necessary arrangements have been put in place.

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Verified William Added 1 month ago Report to admin
March 08, 2019 20190308114211

Wills Trust and Probate


Andrew understood our requirements quickly and professionally. I would thoroughly recommend. thank you.

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Mr & Mrs Mistry
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March 08, 2019 20190308114211

Wills, Trusts and Probate


Fast, efficient response, providing good clear advice, Would use again.

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Robert & Vera Archer
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March 08, 2019 20190308114211

Wills Trust and Probate


We were perfectly happy with advice provided.

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Solicitors who work at Fbc Manby Bowdler LLP

  • Christopher Hodgson

    Christopher obtained a 2:2 (Hons) LLB Law Degree at the University of Lincoln in 2010 and joined the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) the same year. Christopher is due to complete his final examinations with CILEx in 2018 where he will obtain a fellowship status from the Institute. In 2012 he joined a national firm in Lincolnshire before moving to Hatchers Solicitors in 2013 as a Property Executive. In September 2017, Christopher joined FBC Manby Bowdler as a Conveyancing Executive in the Firm’s Residential Property Department. Christopher deals with a vast array of Residential Property matters including general sales and purchases, new build transactions, lease extensions and enfranchisement, transfers of equity, re-mortgages, shared ownership transactions including staircasing and first registrations.

  • David Raymont

    David commenced his training as a Legal Executive in the Residential Property Department of a local law firm before joining Manby & Steward LLP. David qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 1999 and was appointed an Associate within the Commercial Property Department in 2003. David deals with a wide variety of commercial property matters from the lease of industrial units, shops and offices to commercial and residential development schemes (both freehold and leasehold), licences to assign and sublet, option agreements, security documentation including acting for Banks, overage agreements and grant of easements. David handles the property work for a large Diocese and as a key member of the Firm’s Charities and Not-For-Profit Team he regularly acts for charitable organisations in relation to their property matters. David also specialises in advising private owners of investment portfolios, helping them buy, sell and lease their property investments.

  • Brian Aikman

    Brian graduated from Birmingham University with a LLB Law Degree in 1979. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1982 after completing his training contract at Wragge & Co in Birmingham. Brian joined the Firm as a Partner in the Litigation Department in 2004. Based in Shrewsbury, Brian heads up the Shropshire Commercial Litigation Team and specialises in insolvency, shareholder disputes, dispute resolution and property litigation. He has gained a particular reputation in the field of contentious corporate recovery work. In addition Brian’s Shropshire Team provides litigation support to the Firm’s Agricultural & Rural Department, working for local agricultural businesses and estate clients.

  • Stuart Rea

    Stuart obtained an LLB (Hons) Law Degree from the University of the West of England in 1986. Stuart qualified as a Solicitor in 1989 after completing his training in London. After qualification, Stuart spent 4 years teaching in Japan before returning to the UK and joining Manby & Steward in 1994. Stuart was made a Partner in 1999. Stuart heads up the Firm’s Corporate Team in Shropshire and provides corporate and commercial services for large and small businesses in the Shropshire area. Stuart has applied his wider commercial experience to his knowledge of intellectual property (IP) and is also Head of the Firm's Intellectual Property, Technology and Media Law Group advising on a range of IP, IT and Media matters. In addition Stuart heads the Firm’s Charities and Not-For-Profit Team dealing with conversions of unincorporated charities to limited company status, setting up new charities, advising on trading and setting up trading subsidiaries, trustees’ duties and a whole range of charity issues.

  • Sarah Baugh

    Sarah obtained her Law and French Degree the University of Birmingham in 1994 before completing the Legal Practice Course in 1995, achieving Distinction. Sarah began her training contract at leading Midlands Firm Martineau and qualified as a Solicitor in 1997 before joining Gwynnes (later to become mfg Solicitors) in 2004. Sarah joined FBC Manby Bowdler as a Partner in 2012 and now heads up the Agricultural & Rural Services Team. Sarah specialises in all aspects of property based agricultural and landed estate work. She provides clients with a detailed knowledge and understanding of matters arising in the acquisition and disposal of freehold land as well as agricultural, residential or business leasehold matters with particular emphasis on Agricultural Holding Act tenancies, estate management, refinancing, subsidy advice and agri-environmental schemes. Sarah has built her reputation acting as legal adviser to some of the largest landed estates across the Midlands and into Wales as well as multi generational family farmers in reorganising their farming business structures and partnerships. Sarah is President of the Staffordshire Committee of the Country Landowner and Business Association (CLA) and has recently completed a five year term on the CLA’s National Legal, Parliamentary and Property Rights Sub Committee.

  • Dawn Owen

    Dawn was educated locally at Tividale Comprehensive, now known as Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, where she completed her GCSE’s. Dawn then went on to join Frearsons Solicitors as a Legal Secretary supporting the Senior Partner and Commercial Associate Solicitor. Dawn joined FBC Manby Bowdler as a Chartered Legal Executive in the Residential Property Team in 2015. Dawn deals with all aspects of residential conveyancing and handles a full caseload of residential sales and purchases from inception to completion.

  • Tracy Worthington

    Tracy obtained her LLB (Hons) Law Degree from the University of East Anglia in 1985 before completing the Law Society Finals 1986. Tracy began her training contract at Higgs and Sons and qualified as a Solicitor in 1988. Tracy joined the Firm as a Solicitor in the Employment Department in 1992 and was made a Partner in 1995. Tracy advises both employees and employers who range from small companies to large plcs, covering dismissals, discrimination, company reorganisations, dealing with difficult employees, redundancies including multi-site redundancies, mediation, employment contracts and policies, whistleblowing, settlement agreements, TUPE, restrictive covenants, breach of contract, employment tribunals and HR related work. She is also a regular speaker on employment matters and provides training to clients and their managers.

  • James Sage

    Born and educated in Wolverhampton, James was admitted as a Solicitor in 1996 and became a Partner in 2002. James is the Lead Partner within the Firm's Corporate Department and specialises in company and commercial matters, sales and purchases of companies and businesses and shareholder and joint venture agreements. He has considerable experience in advising owner managed businesses in the manufacturing sector and also acts for banks and other lending institutions.

  • Guy Birkett

    Guy read law at the University of Leeds graduating with an LLB (Hons) Degree in 1991. He joined Foster Baxter Cooksey Solicitors as a Trainee Solicitor and qualified as a Solicitor in the Commercial Litigation Department in 1995. From 1998 to 2000 Guy worked on secondment at a major bank supervising and overseeing its in-house legal team. Following Guy's return to the Firm he was made Partner in 2000. Guy is the Lead Partner within the Firm's Commercial Litigation Department and deals with a full and varied caseload involving general commercial litigation, Companies Act litigation and shareholder/partnership disputes, intellectual property litigation, insolvency related litigation and construction and building dispute work. Guy acts for a variety of clients from individuals and small owner managed businesses through to FTSE 200 listed companies.

  • Andrew Wynne

    Andrew graduated from Birmingham University with a Law Degree in 1993. He qualified as a Solicitor and joined the Firm’s Commercial Property Department in 1996, before becoming a Partner in 2004. Andrew specialises in advising businesses in relation to commercial property matters. He has practiced in this area of law for over 20 years and is able to provide expert legal advice on a wide range of complex commercial property issues. An active member of the local Wolverhampton business and community network, Andrew was President of Wolverhampton Law Society from 2014-2015 and now takes up the role of the Society’s Parliamentary Liaison Office.

  • David Grove

    David obtained his LLB (Hons) Law Degree from Nottingham University in 1990, before completing the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester in 1991. David joined Manby & Steward as a Trainee Solicitor in 1991, qualified as a Solicitor in the Commercial Property Department in 1993 and became a Partner in 1996. David is the Lead Partner within the Firm's Commercial Property Department and specialises in all aspects of commercial property. Having accumulated over 20 years' experience advising in this area David acts for clients dealing in large residential portfolios, developers of both residential and commercial properties, investors and landlords and tenants.

  • David Preece

    David graduated with a 2:1 (Hons) Law Degree from the University of Sheffield in 2006. He went on to complete his Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Birmingham, achieving Distinction. David joined FBC Manby Bowdler as a Trainee Solicitor in 2008, qualified as a Solicitor in the Corporate Department in 2010 and was appointed an Partner in 2017. David advises on all aspects of company and commercial law, from corporate transactions including the purchase, sale and reorganisation of companies to non-transactional matters, particularly drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial agreements. In addition David has a growing construction law practice, dealing with both standard and bespoke construction contracts and he is also an established member of the Intellectual Property (IP), Technology & Media Law Group, advising clients on a range of non-contentious intellectual property matters, with a particular emphasis on protection of IP through the registration of trade marks as well as through copyright and design rights.

  • Niall Blackie

    Niall obtained his LLB (Hons) Degree from Exeter University in 1979 and completed the Law Society Final exams in 1979. Niall joined the Firm in 1979, qualified as a Solicitor in 1981 and later qualified by examination as a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1988. Since 1988 Niall has specialised in Ecclesiastical Law, acting for the Bishop and Diocese of Lichfield as Diocesan Registrar, first as deputy and then as the Registrar. In addition Niall also became a Solicitor Advocate in 2004 and was appointed Senior Partner of the Firm in April 2011. Niall heads up the Firm's Town & Country Planning Department and specialises in all aspects of the town and country planning regime including site promotion option and conditional contract work, development plans, planning applications and appeals particularly inquiries and hearings but also written appeals, High Court challenges and judicial reviews, planning and related agreements (eg ‘s106’, ‘s278’, ‘s38’ and ‘s104’), enforcement appeals, lawful development certificate applications and appeals, compulsory purchase and compensation and footpath and other highway cases. In 2015 Niall was named on the 'elite lawyers' list in leading legal directory, the Legal 500, for his town and country planning expertise.

  • Julia Fitzsimmons

    Julia studied law at Birmingham University before beginning her legal training at DLA Piper in Sheffield. There she spent 12 years working with national and international businesses and government departments, specialising in managing the employee issues that surround business restructure. An experienced tribunal advocate with particular expertise in discrimination issues, Julia acted for a wide variety of manufacturing businesses in her next role as a legal advisor at the EEF, based in South Yorkshire. Returning to the West Midlands, Julia spent the past seven years as a Senior Associate at George Green LLP. There she supported owners, managers and manufacturing businesses with major reorganisations, including the management of industrial relations and successfully defending her clients in Employment Tribunals. Julia joined FBC Manby Bowdler as a Partner in our Employment Team in July 2016. Based in our Telford office, Julia works with a range of agricultural, manufacturing and SME clients across Shropshire.

  • Anne Thomson

    Anne obtained a BA (Hons) Law Degree from the College of Law, Chester in 1982 and began her training contract with J H Baxter qualifying as a Solicitor in 1986. Anne has over 25 years experience in Family Law and was made a Partner in 1992. Anne is the Lead Partner within the Firm's Family Department and deals with all aspects of the breakdown of relationships which has included acting for citizens of the European community and resident of the UK. She deals with matters involving jointly owned assets and often complex commercial issues involving family companies, farming cases and disposal of pensions. Anne is recognised as the leading matrimonial solicitor in the region.

About This Branch


Our specialist lawyers, working from offices in Wolverhampton, Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury, Telford and Willenhall provide expert legal advice covering a full range of personal and business services. Our aim is always to uncomplicate the legal process for our customers, making every stage as transparent as possible so you understand at all times what is going on in relation to your case. We pride ourselves on putting the customer’s needs at the heart of what we do which is why we launched our Client Charter - to demonstrate our commitment to providing a stellar customer service. Read more about the comprehensive range of award winning personal and business legal advice we offer, plus understand more about the specialist legal services we offer to different sectors, using the related services links below.

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  • C. Difficile Claims
  • Family Mediation
  • Dental Negligence Claims
  • Birth Injury Claims
  • Consumer Rights
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Birth Injury To Mother Claims
  • Maternity and Paternity
  • Nerve Injury Claims
  • Litigation - Breach of contract
  • Planning
  • Laser Eye Surgery Claims
  • Unmarried Couples' Rights
  • Separation Agreement
  • Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Restorative Dentistry Claims
  • Investment and buy to let properties
  • Wills
  • Discrimination at Work
  • Senior Executives
  • Laser Treatment Claims
  • UK Employment Laws
  • Child contact
  • Freehold Enfranchisement
  • Accident and Emergency Claims
  • Periodontal Disease Claims
  • Family law
  • Tribunal Claims
  • Right of First Refusal
  • Failed Sterilisation Claims
  • Valuers
  • Litigation - Product liability claims
  • Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Service Charge Disputes
  • Exclusivity and lock-out agreements
  • HMRC Tax Investigations and Disputes
  • Pressure Sore Claims
  • Evicting Squatters and Trespassers
  • Tax Advisory Services
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Property Disputes
  • Pension and property advice
  • Children
  • Declarations of trusts
  • Sepsis Negligence Claims
  • Neighbour Disputes
  • Child Relocation After Divorce
  • Oral Cancer Claims
  • Dental Negligence
  • Testicular Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Transfer of title
  • Holiday Pay Issues
  • Separation
  • Birth Defect and Wrongful Birth Claims
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Surgical and Transvaginal Mesh Claims
  • Child Arrangements Following Divorce
  • GP Negligence Claims
  • Against The Council
  • Asset protection and tax mitigation
  • Litigation - Property litigation claims
  • Housing Associations
  • Drink driving
  • Option agreements and conditional contracts
  • Transfers of parts of land
  • Defective Medical Device Claims
  • MRSA Claims
  • Civil Partnership Dissolution
  • Remortgaging
  • Unpaid Rent, Service or Ground Charges
  • Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Claims
  • Harassment/Bullying at Work
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Hospital Negligence Claims
  • Deeds of Gifts
  • Medical Negligence
  • Litigation Law
  • Litigation - Insurance disputes
  • Cochlear Implant Claims
  • Ovarian Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Equal Pay Disputes
  • Whistleblower Protection
  • Lease Extensions
  • Buying at auction
  • Barristers
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Tax Compliance Services
  • Knee Replacement Claims
  • Injunctions
  • Housing Management
  • Leasehold properties
  • Part Time Workers
  • Divorce After A Brain Or Other Serious Injury
  • Probate
  • Purchase and Sale
  • Amputation Negligence Claims
  • Dilapidation Claims
  • Deeds of easements, variation, deeds of rectifications
  • Employee Team Moves
  • Dermal Filler Compensation Claims
  • Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Employment Contracts
  • Restrictive Covenants, Easements and Wayleaves
  • Anaesthetic Awareness Claims
  • Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Travel rights
  • TUPE
  • Debt and Bankruptcy
  • Spinal Surgery Claims
  • Constructive/Unfair Dismissal
  • Renting and Tenancy Agreements
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • Matrimonial transfers
  • Cerebral Palsy Claims
  • Matrimonial finance
  • Tenant Eviction
  • Stroke Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Nerve Damage Claims
  • Group B Streptococcus Claims
  • Children Act proceedings
  • Orthopaedic Negligence Claims
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy
  • Gym Injury Compensation
  • Cosmetic Surgery Claims
  • Pregnancy and Gynaecology Injury Claims
  • Financial advisors
  • Professional Discipline
  • Cohabitation agreements and disputes
  • Tenancy Breaches, Injunctions and Forfeiture Claims
  • Financial Matters
  • Gardening Leave
  • Sorin Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Claims
  • New home purchases and sales
  • Benefits Available To Asbestos Victims
  • Anti-social Behaviour
  • Medical Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Transfers of equity
  • Right to Manage
  • Disciplinary Hearings
  • Bowel Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Stillbirth Compensation Claims
  • Flexible Working
  • Misdiagnosed Miscarriage Claims
  • Redundancy
  • Litigation - M&A and warranty disputes
  • Insurance brokers
  • Collaborative Law
  • Blood Transfusion Claims
  • Stress at Work
  • Out Of Court Divorce
  • Eye Surgery Claims
  • Extending your Lease
  • Injunctions
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome Claims
  • Cosmetic Dentistry Claims
  • Ophthalmic Negligence Claims
  • IT professionals
  • Diabetes Claims
  • Faulty Defibrillator Claims
  • Possession and repossession proceedings
  • Agency Staff / Temp Workers
  • Trusts
  • Inheritance Act claims
  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Adoption, Surrogacy, Care and Special Guardianship
  • Professional trustees
  • Unfair Dismissal Claims
  • Erb’s Palsy Compensation Claims
  • Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme
  • Housing disputes
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Consumer Disputes
  • Breast Surgery Compensation Claims
  • Fatal Medical Negligence Claims and Inquests
  • Right of Way and Rights to Light
  • Cohabitation and Unmarried Relationships
  • Tax
  • Child Law
  • Fertility Negligence Claims
  • Pension Law
  • Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Family Leave
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Social Services
  • Property Holding Structures
  • Meningitis Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Trusts
  • Civil partnerships
  • Surgery Compensation Claims
  • Welfare Issues After Serious Injury
  • Service Charge Recovery
  • Pancreatic Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Parental responsibility, paternity disputes, surrogacy
  • Repossessions
  • Litigation - Trust and pension issues
  • Finance
  • Sales and Purchases
  • Environmental policy law
  • Statutory Demands
  • Employment - business
  • Shareholder and Partnership Disputes
  • Asset Tracing
  • Debt Recovery
  • Construction and engineering dispute resolution
  • Computer and IT Law
  • Sales or purchases of shops, factories, warehouses, offices and licensed premises
  • Intellectual Property Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Dealing with intellectual property infringements
  • Farm partnerships and corporate structures
  • Guarantees and bonds
  • Tax
  • Purchase of development land
  • Patents
  • Credit Control
  • Share option schemes
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Competition law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Planning law
  • Summary Judgment
  • Agricultural land for sale or development
  • Health and Safety
  • Corporate Law
  • Design rights and product designs
  • Development agreements
  • Development plot sales
  • Setting up a business
  • Insurance
  • Anti-Counterfeiting and Anti-Piracy
  • Veterinary negligence
  • Management buyouts
  • In-house training
  • Trade Marks and Designs
  • Commercial contracts for farming businesses
  • Equestrian property
  • Contractual Disputes
  • GDPR
  • Rights of way issues
  • Buying and selling a farm
  • Corporate finance
  • Employment of farm workers
  • Construction
  • Development loan facilities
  • Domain Names
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Partnership and LLP law
  • Data Protection
  • Merchandising and sponsorship
  • Farming disputes
  • Advertising and Marketing Compliance
  • Facility maintenance agreements
  • Confidential Information, Know-How and Trade Secrets
  • Engineering contracts
  • Commercial Law
  • Franchising
  • Warranties, third party rights and reliance letters
  • Copyright
  • Business structures and joint ventures
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy
  • Personality and Image Rights
  • Due diligence audits for banks and other financial institutions
  • Crane oversailing and scaffolding licences
  • Developer disputes
  • Purchase and Sale Of Commercial Property
  • Investment purchases and Buy to Let
  • Agency agreements
  • Mis-sold Interest Rate Swap Agreements
  • Commercial Leases
  • Commercial mortgages
  • Framework agreements
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Building contracts and professional appointments
  • Licensing
  • Environment
  • Commercial Litigation Matters
  • Unfair Loan Charges
  • Contracts for the supply, installation and maintenance of specialist mechanical and electrical plant

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