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May 11, 2019 20190511205207

Wills, Trusts and Probate

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Just satisfied with all arrangements.

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May 11, 2019 20190511205206

Wills, Trusts and Probate

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We chose FBC Manby Bowdler because they were local to us and we are really glad that we did. They are very helpful and friendly, from reception through to the partner we spoke too. So easy to talk to and explained anything we were sure about.

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Personal Injury / Insurance

5

I was very happy by the service provided by the personal injury team It was efficient competent and speedy and I was kept regularly informed through the whole process .Appointments with medical experts were made at my convenience and in close proximity to my home although I live in central london

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May 11, 2019 20190511205206

Wills, Trusts and Probate

5

Very satisfied

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April 05, 2019 20190405150802

Employment

5

I worked with FCB on an employment issue and cannot rate them highly enough. At a very difficult time for me the FCB team always put me at ease and made me feel fully supported through the process. We got a good outcome and the solicitor was great at taking control of the process and all negotiations on my behalf.

Solicitor being reviewed: Julia Margaret Fitzsimmons

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April 05, 2019 20190405150802

Wills, Trusts and Probate

5

Margaret went out of her way to ensure we were fully aware of all scenarios which were offered re trusts / wills / gifts. Her advice was measured and clear. Margaret went above and beyond with her efficiency and attention to detail.

Solicitor being reviewed: Margaret Rowe

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April 05, 2019 20190405150802

Wills, Trusts and Probate

5

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.

Solicitor being reviewed: Margaret Rowe

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May 11, 2019 20190511205207

Wills, Trusts and Probate

5

Fast, friendly and efficient service.

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Wills, Trusts and Probate

5

Very happy as always with professional and friendly manner in which i was treated. Would recommend to family and friends.

Solicitor being reviewed: Margaret Rowe

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Gillian
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May 11, 2019 20190511205207

Wills, Trusts and Probate

5

Samantha Roberts was excellent from the first meeting through to signing my will. Everything clearly explained, very professional throughout but with a lovely friendly manner which outs you at total ease. Could not recommend her enough.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sara Morton

    Sara obtained her LLB (Hons) Law Degree at the University of Central England, Perry Barr in 2005, before completing the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Birmingham in 2006. Sara began her training contract with the Firm in 2006 and qualified as a Solicitor in the Family Department in 2008. Sara was made a Partner in 2014. Sara has experience in all types of family cases including divorce, linked financial matters and disputes regarding children. She specialises in cohabitation matters and assists with high net worth cases. Sara has a good manner with clients providing clear and concise advice. She is practical in her approach which is much appreciated by clients. Where possible, Sara encourages clients to resolve disputes in a constructive and non-confrontational way.

  • Jan Corser

    Jan was educated locally at Francis Leveson Secondary Modern and attended Walsall College to complete Part 1 Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) qualification in 1999. Jan originally joined George F Baker as an Office Junior progressing to Legal Secretary in 1970 and then to a Legal Assistant in 2000 in the Wills, Probate & Lifetime Planning Department. Jan specialises in the writing of wills, dealing with the administration of estates, deeds of gifts and lasting powers of attorney.

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