FBC Manby Bowdler Celebrates Expansion.....

25 Feb 2019

Published in: Member News

Five Partners are named as Leading Individuals in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP have been successfully recognised in the latest guide to outstanding lawyers and law firms in the UK.


Five Partners are named as Leading Individuals in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500, with a further four lawyers making the list of up and coming Next Generation solicitors. The guide recommends an additional 26 members of the firm for their work in a variety of areas.

Those awarded the elite ranking are Corporate Lead Partner James Sage, Commercial Litigation Senior Partner Guy Birkett, and Craig Ridge who heads the Disputed Probate team, who are based in Wolverhampton.

Partner Niall Blackie, from the Planning department, and Steven Corfield, Principal Development Partner for Agricultural Business, both from Shropshire, join their colleagues on the list.

Next Generation lawyers named in the guide are Wolverhampton Partner Charlotte Clode for Commercial Litigation and Associate Kimberly Mears from the contentious trusts and probate department. Telford-based Associate Suzanne Tucker is recognised for her work in the planning sector alongside Partner David Preece for his work in the Corporate and Commercial team at the same office.

Four of our departments – commercial litigation, agriculture and estates, contentious trusts and probate, and family – received top tier rankings. We also received recommendations for our work in corporate and commercial, licensing, debt recovery, insolvency and corporate recovery, employment, personal injury, personal tax, trusts and probate, education, commercial property and planning.

Managing Partner Kim Carr said: “The Legal 500 is an independent guide, and firms and individuals are recommended purely on merit.

“To have five Leading Individuals and four Next Generation lawyers featured on the list – as well as so many members of our team being singled out for individual praise – is a particularly pleasing result. It is a truly impartial recognition of the stellar service we deliver across a wide range of sectors.”

The Midlands based law firm has also acquired two law firm practices in recent months, showcasing significant expansion for the company.

The first, the highly respected and largest law firm in Redditch, Kerwoods, first established in 1880, the second, South Shropshire based LV Priestly and Son.

The team at FBC Manby Bowdler have also welcomed three new solicitors after recently qualifying and successfully completing their training contracts, the firm has also recruited two new trainee solicitors.

Joe Martin qualified into the Disputed Probate team with Jaspreet Kler becoming a solicitor in the Corporate department and Ravi Basra graduating from a legal executive to become a solicitor in the Commercial Property department.

Joining FBC Manby Bowdler on training contracts were Megan Price in the Wills, Probate & Lifetime Planning department and Rubel Miah in the Commercial Property team. All appointments are in the firm’s Wolverhampton office.

Training Principal Charlotte Clode said: “We are committed to a continuous cycle of identifying and training the next generation of legal talent and congratulate our newly qualified solicitors on reaching their goal.


“Our training programme also includes a comprehensive apprenticeship scheme. As an award winning, dynamic and forward-thinking firm we are always looking to grow our team so we can futureproof the business and continue to deliver the stellar standard of service on which we’ve built our reputation.”

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