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FBC Manby Bowdler celebrates success in top legal guide
07 Oct 2019

Leading Midlands law firm FBC Manby Bowdler is celebrating a year of success after winning recognition in the most prestigious guide to the UK’s best legal specialists.

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.  

The independent guide – the most prestigious in the industry – also recommends 17 lawyers 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.  

Consultant Niall Blackie, from the planning department, and principal development partner in the agriculture team Steven Corfield, both from Shropshire, are also named on the list of outstanding lawyers.

Next Generation lawyers named in the guide are Wolverhampton partner Charlotte Clode, for commercial litigation, and Telford-based partner David Preece from the corporate team.

Charlotte Clode, Litigation

David Preece, Corporate

Meanwhile associate Kimberly Mears from the contentious trusts and probate department in Wolverhampton and Shropshire-based planning team associate Suzanne Tucker are both highlighted as Rising Stars. 

Four of the firm’s departments – Commercial LitigationAgriculture and EstatesContentious 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.”

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

 Corporate and commercial

James Sage
David Preece
Stuart Rea

Contentious trusts and probate

Craig Ridge


 Commercial litigation

Guy Birkett
Charlotte Clode
Gareth Ruddock


Anne Thompson


Debt recovery

Gareth Ruddock


Personal tax, trusts and probate

Julie Burn


Personal injury 

Susan Todhunter
Tim Gray


Commercial property 

Andrew Wynne
David Grove


Agriculture and estates

Steven Corfield
Sarah Baugh



Niall Blackie
Suzanne Tucker



Charlotte Clode
Charlotte Clode, Litigation
David Preece, Corporate

Charlotte Clode
Charlotte Clode, Litigation
David Preece, Corporate