• George House
  • WV2 4BZ
  • 0800 1116144
  • www.fbcmb.co.uk

FBC Manby Bowdler

0800 1116144

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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Philip
Verified Philip Added 1 day ago Report to admin
July 17, 2018 20180717211502

Personal Injury / Insurance

5

I was very satisfied with the service and kept informed throughout.

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July 13, 2018 20180713211502

FBC Manby Bowdler is a very professional outfit

4

They give good, honest, straight forward and sensible advice - cannot fault the firm for what I need.

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Dennis
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July 09, 2018 20180709211502

Wills, Trusts and Probate

5

Excellent Service! We would be very glad to use your organisation again if we have cause.

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July 06, 2018 20180706211502

Wills, Trusts and Probate

5

We were extremely happy with the advice & service provided by Mr William Jones throughout our transaction with him.

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John
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July 05, 2018 20180705211502

Laymans Explanation

5

It was well explained how the legals worked in plain language and it was very easy and Andrew Vernon could not have been more helpful. He was like a friend rather than a legal rep.

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Graham
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July 04, 2018 20180704211502

Satisfaction

5

All of the staff particularly Suzanne were helpful and friendly. The advised timescales were met and the costs involved were as originally advised. In all, a thoroughly professional performance.

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Carl
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July 03, 2018 20180703211502

Wills, Trusts and Probate

5

Friendly, approachable, efficient, effective - we could not have asked for anything more.

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Laura
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June 11, 2018 20180611211502

Will Writing

5

We were extremely happy with the way we were kept informed throughout the process, and the ease of being able to contact Vicky when we had any questions.

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Lucy
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June 10, 2018 20180610211501

Fast, Effective, Personable service

5

I couldn't rate my experience with Manby Bowdler highly enough, From my initial consultation with Jaspreet to follow up action with David, I felt well informed, listened too and fully supported. The advice offered was structured, clear, concise and produced on very tight timescales. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to any other businesses or Directors seeking advice. Thanks Lucy Beasley

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steve
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June 06, 2018 20180606211501

Good Service

5

Despite me working overseas the service offered by this Solicitor was extremely efficient. Communication was good and their advise was excellent given my circumstances.

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Solicitors who work at FBC Manby Bowdler

  • 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.

  • Andrew Vernon

    Andrew obtained his LLB (Hons) Law Degree from the University of Wolverhampton in 1985, before completing the solicitor's finals exams in 1986. Andrew was an Articled Clerk at Vernon & Shakespeare in Oldbury and qualified as a Solicitor in 1988. Andrew joined the Firm as an Assistant Solicitor in the Wills, Probate & Lifetime Planning Department in 1989 and became a Partner in 2002. Andrew specialises in all aspects of wills and probate work with a particular bias towards inheritance tax planning. Having worked within this area for many years, Andrew is well experienced to advise on a range of private client matters and has an expanding portfolio of clients.

  • Philip Cowell

    Following completion of his Law Degree, Phil went on to continue his legal studies at Chester Law School in 1988 before qualifying as a Solicitor in 1991. Philip joined the Firm as a Solicitor in the Family Department in 1997 and became a Partner in 2004. Phil specialises in divorce and other family matters and has particular expertise in dealing with the financial aspect of the breakdown of relationships, including high value financial settlements involving complex business assets and farming cases. Phil is a Collaborative Family Lawyer and encourages his clients to resolve their disputes in a non-confrontational way, to reduce the stress of a difficult situation. Phil is also a key member of the Firm’s Disputed Probate Team and has a keen interest and expertise in claims made for financial provision out of a deceased's estates and probate disputes.

  • Lucy Beaumont

    Lucy obtained a 2:1 (Hons) LLB Law Degree at Keel University in 2013 and joined MFG Solicitors as a Paralegal within the Residential Conveyancing Department whilst training to become a Licensed Conveyancer. She qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in August 2016. In Winter 2017, Lucy joined FBC Manby Bowdler as a Licensed Conveyancer in the Residential Property Team. Lucy deals with all residential property cases including sales and purchases, remortgages, transfer of equity, lifetime mortgages and new build properties.

  • Samantha Roberts

    Samantha obtained a First Class (Hons) Degree in Ancient History from Nottingham University in 2011, before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law at Keele University in 2013 and Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Chester in 2015. Samantha joined FBC Manby Bowdler as a Paralegal in 2013, commenced her training contract in 2015 and qualified as a Solicitor in the Wills, Probate & Lifetime Planning Department in September 2017. Samantha deals with a wide range of private client matters including lasting powers of attorney, wills and probate and trusts and has gained particular expertise in dealing with ecclesiastical trusts and charities.

  • Steven Corfield

    Steven studied law at University College in Cardiff, graduating with an LLB (Hons) Degree in 1978, before completing the Law Society Finals at the College of Law in Chester in 1979. Steven trained at Baker Flavell & Trafford in Willenhall, qualifying as a Solicitor in 1981. Steven joined Manby & Steward LLP as a Senior Solicitor in the Commercial Property Department in 1988 and became Partner and Head of the Firm’s Agricultural & Rural Services Department in 1994. Most recently in 2017 Steven became the Firm's Agricultural Business Principal Development Partner. Steven specialises in providing advice to farming and estate clients in respect of freehold and leasehold matters, tenancies, partnership agreements, company matters, mineral rights, sporting rights, telecommunications and renewables and all matters associated with rural businesses including statutory legislation and the Environment Agency. Steven sits on both the Shropshire and National and Parliamentary Committees of the Country Land & Business Association (CLA). In 2015 and 2016 Steven was the only lawyer in the West Midlands including Shropshire, to be named on the 'elite lawyers' list in leading legal directory, the Legal 500, for his work in the agricultural sector. In addition he was listed as a 'notable practitioner' in Chambers 2016, again recognised for his expertise and reputation amongst farming clients and agricultural professionals.

  • 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.

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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.


Legal Services
  • Renting & Tenancy Agreements
  • Family Mediation
  • Children
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Repossessions
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Employment - General
  • Remortgages
  • Driving Offences
  • Wills, Trusts & Probate
  • Neighbour Disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Purchase & Sale
  • Wills & Probate
  • Licensing
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Debt Recovery
  • Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
  • Business Affairs
  • Corporate Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Employment
  • Commercial Leases
  • Insolvency & Bankruptcy
  • Health & Safety
  • Commercial Law
  • Purchase & Sale Of Commercial Property
  • Computer & IT Law

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