FBC Manby Bowdler celebrates success in top legal guide

08 Oct 2019

Published in: Member News

Staff from a Wolverhampton law firm are celebrating success after winning recognition in the most prestigious guide to the UK’s best legal specialists.

Staff from a Wolverhampton law firm are celebrating success after winning recognition in the most prestigious guide to the UK’s best legal specialists.


Ten Wolverhampton-based solicitors from FBC Manby Bowdler have joined seven colleagues from the firm’s Shropshire offices in being singled out for praise in the 2020 edition of the Legal 500 guide.


Five partners have been named in the elite Leading Lawyers list in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500, with a further two making the list of up and coming Next Generation solicitors and two more being named Rising Stars.


Wolverhampton lawyers 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. They are joined on the list by Shropshire colleagues Niall Blackie and Steven Corfield.


Wolverhampton-based commercial litigation partner Charlotte Clode is named a Next Generation partner – reflecting the ‘material difference’ she makes to the practice – as is David Preece, partner in the corporate team at Telford.


Meanwhile associate Kimberly Mears from the contentious trusts and probate department in Wolverhampton is highlighted as a Rising Star, along with Shropshire-based planning team associate Suzanne Tucker.


Four of the firm’s departments – commercial litigation, agriculture and estates, contentious trusts and probate, and family – received top tier rankings placing them amongst the best in the country.


FBC Manby Bowdler also received recommendations for its work in corporate and commercial, debt recovery, insolvency and corporate recovery, personal injury, personal tax, trusts and probate, commercial property and planning.


Managing partner Kim Carr said: “We are delighted with FBC Manby Bowdler’s success in the latest edition of The Legal 500, a truly independent guide which recommends firms and individuals purely on merit.


FBC Manby Bowdler’s strength lies in the stellar service it offers and the quality and expertise of the lawyers who work here. It is particularly pleasing to see this reflected in this impartial report.”



FBC Manby Bowdler lawyers from Wolverhampton featuring in the 2020 Legal 500 Guide:


Corporate and commercial
- James Sage


Commercial litigation

-Guy Birkett

-Charlotte Clode

-Gareth Ruddock


Debt recovery
- Gareth Ruddock


Personal injury
- Susan Todhunter
- Tim Gray


Contentious trusts and probate
- Craig Ridge

Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Julie Burn

Commercial property

- Andrew Wynne
- David Grove

Submitted by Melanie from FBC Manby Bowdler LLP
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