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Family, Divorce & Childcare

We are only too aware that the breakdown of a relationship can be one of the most traumatic experiences of a person’s life. It is nearly always accompanied by anguish and often argument, especially if there are children involved, so it is therefore essential that you get sound legal advice as quickly as possible.

Our dedicated Team adopts a sympathetic and supportive approach with the emphasis on providing a satisfactory outcome as quickly and as practicable for you and all others concerned.

Our aim is to guide you step by step through the process, providing specialist expert legal advice which is realistic, cost effective and absent of legal jargon. We are committed to providing a stellar customer service and have significant experience in dealing with every aspect of family matters.

Many of our lawyers are members of Resolution, the internationally recognised and respected organisation, which believes in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law issues. In addition Partner Philip Cowell and Solicitor Emma Smith are specialist Collaborative Lawyers, who aim to work with you, your partner and your partner's lawyer, in a series of face to face negotiations, to help you resolve your family disputes in a more collaborative way.

Our Family Team is recognised as one of the leading Family Law advisors in the region by leading legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers UK.

Legal 500 2017: The Family Team were ranked as a Top Tier, leading Family Team outside Birmingham.

"The family team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP handles complex, high-net-worth divorce matters, and expanded its offering with the recruitment of associates Sarah Millington and Harbinder Gosal in the Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton offices respectively. 

The Telford-based Anne Thomson handles pre-nuptial agreements and recently represented a client in the Court of Appeal, while Philip Cowell and Elizabeth Cleverley, who has strong experience in acting for farming clients, are also recommended."


Chambers UK 2018: The Family Team were ranked in Band 1 of the Family/Matrimonial category for 'Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas' and Band 2 in 'Wolverhampton and the Black Country'.

"They handled my case fantastically, the results were over and beyond what I could have hoped for."

"An absolutely fantastic team; there was no time-wasting and they were realistic."

Elizabeth Cleverley specialises in financial remedy work, prenuptial agreements and high-value farming cases. Clients find her "very efficient"and are grateful for her experience and calming presence."

Anne Thomson is a leading figure in ancillary relief cases, with experience in handling matters involving complex business and farming assets. One client comments: "She is very personable, unflappable under pressure, gives excellent advice and always acts in my best interests."

Philip Cowell is gaining growing recognition in the market, regularly acting on cases of relationship breakdowns involving substantial assets. He is a qualified collaborative lawyer.

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