• 6-10 George Street
  • WV2 4DN
  • 0800 111 6144
  • www.fbcmb.co.uk

FBC Manby Bowdler

0800 111 6144

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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March 08, 2019 20190308114212

Wills, Trusts and Probate

5

We have used FBC Manby Bowdler for many years and from entering the building with the greeting you receive from the admin staff to the service you receive from the solicitors is just second to none. They treat you as if you were there only client, they have all the time in the world for you, nothing is too much trouble and they will help in every way they can. Fantastic service and would highly recommend to all. We have always been very pleased with all the service so, many thanks to all.

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Wills Trust and Probate

5

Totally confident in advice given to me

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Ian Rees
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March 08, 2019 20190308114212

Commercial Property

5

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

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March 08, 2019 20190308114212

Personal Injury / Insurance

5

We would recommend your company, and in fact we already have. We mainly used email to correspond with the solicitor, which suited our needs.

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March 08, 2019 20190308114211

Personal Injury / Insurance

5

Very satisfied with your work and customer service.

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Mr & Mrs Williams
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March 08, 2019 20190308114211

Wills Trust and Probate

5

Jan Thompson was very confident, very helpful and explained things that we could understand.

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March 08, 2019 20190308114211

Wills Trust and Probate

5

Good friendly staff.

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February 13, 2019 20190213190145

My Experience

5

I was hoping for some speedy help with changing my will! You could not have improved your service at your office which was professional & sympathetic. I could not have asked for better. Thank you.

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January 05, 2019 20190105201501

Wills, Trusts and Probate

5

We found the firm of Solicitors friendly, and convenient in all aspects.

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Peter
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December 29, 2018 20181229201501

Commercial Property Conveyance

5

Fantastic service proved by Andy Ward, no delays, very knowledgable and helpful. Faultless client service. Highly recommended.

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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.

  • 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.

  • Margaret Rowe

    Margaret spent many years’ working as a high level sales manager in retail before deciding on a change of career and moving into law. She obtained her LLB (Hons) Law Degree from Keele University in 2002, before completing the Legal Practice Course at Staffordshire University in 2004. Margaret began her training contract with a Staffordshire law firm and qualified as a Solicitor in 2005. Margaret joined FBC Manby Bowdler as a Partner in the Wills, Probate & Lifetime Planning Department in 2011. Margaret advises on all aspects of wills and probate work and elderly client matters. As a key member of the Firm's Disputed Probate Team she also advises on the administration of estates and trusts, advice in connection with breach of trust or breach of duty, application of the intestacy rule and obtaining grants of probate and letters of administration. A well known local private client lawyer, Margaret is a regular contributor to local press articles and public speaker on all aspects of wills, probate and lifetime planning.

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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.


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

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