Disputes can arise at any time for both individuals or businesses, no matter how carefully you manage your affairs.

If you find yourself in a commercial or contractual disagreement, as a claimant or defendant, it makes sense to ensure you access expert legal advice as quickly as possible.

Our services are bespoke to meet our clients’ aim's and needs. A large part of our practice is to either avoid disputes or resolve the issues early. By working with you to strategically navigate the dispute, we adopt a practical and commercial approach to the managing of your risk and resolving the dispute, whilst providing you with ready access to legal expertise when you need it most. 

We take great care to always ensure that you are properly advised on the merits and the risks of starting or resisting claims and are on hand to advise and negotiate on your behalf. Whether it is before the Courts or in Mediation, Arbitration or Adjudication, we rigorously pursue our clients’ objectives, always with commercial success in mind.



Legal 500 2019: The Commercial Litigation Team were recognised as a Top Tier team in the West Midlands outside Birmingham.

One of the strongest in the region outside Birmingham, and a match for many of the Birmingham city centre firms'.

 FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is a ‘stellar and slick firm, which combines quality and experience – it is easy to work with and always well-prepared’. Guy Birkett (‘very experienced, calm and sensible’)  represented an engineering company (a rich seam of clients for the firm) seeking a search order concerning breaches of fiduciary duty by an outgoing director who left to join a competitor.

Gareth Ruddock (‘bright and affable; he listens very carefully to a client’s objectives and delivers tailored advice') acted for Leonard Curtis Business Solutions in a claim against a director of a company who allegedly siphoned money from a company to purchase property in the UK and Africa – the matter was settled via alternative dispute resolution.

The ‘reliable and sensible’ Charlotte Clode defended a High Court claim for a construction company concerning the delivery of equipment; the claimant sought to move the tools worth £1.5m to the Middle East.

The aforementioned solicitors are based in the firm's Wolverhampton office. Based in Shrewsbury, Brian Aikman represented a party to a break-up of a family farming partnership, which included a proprietary estoppel claim, concerning £4.5m of assets, as well as handling some competition law cartel cases.

Chambers UK 2018: The Commercial Litigation Team were ranked in the Litigation category within the West Midlands.

"Team reacts quickly and efficiently. This is achieved because they have a depth of personnel with knowledge and skills who can provide reliable and practical advice."

Sources say that Guy Birkett "identifies issues quickly and delivers advice that is technical yet extremely practical using his years of experience and commercial awareness."

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