8 | Q3 2019 FBC Manby Bowdler is a multi- awarding law firm, providing stellar legal service to a growing portfolio of regional and national clients. The firm, recognised in leading directories Chambers and The Legal 500 for the corporate advice it delivers to businesses, works with a roster of SMEs and large employers. The firm prides itself on working in partnership with its clients to deliver commercial, innovative and cost-transparent legal advice that adds value and uncomplicates the legal process. Sales director Neil Lloyd said the Midlands- based firm was delighted to have been named Best Business and Commercial Law Firm 2019 in the SME Business Elite Awards. Neil said: “This is an outstanding accolade for FBC Manby Bowdler which is dedicated to delivering stellar legal services to businesses which welcome our client-focused approach and quality advice. “We work in partnership with businesses, and as a result have developed specific services to support their needs, particularly in relation to Brexit and HS2 in the last 18 months.” FBC Manby Bowdler’s Brexit Director is EU legal expert, Peter Wildling. Peter, credited with inventing the word ‘Brexit’ while working with former Prime Minister David Cameron, now works alongside FBC Manby Bowdler’s business and commercial clients to help them ‘Brexit- proof’ their business. The firm’s commercial teams specialise across a range of sectors including manufacturing, agriculture, technology and media, charities and not for profit, construction, education, professional services, and retail and leisure. Neil added: “It’s no surprise, given our depth of experience and expertise in advising manufacturers, that we are increasing the source of go-to advice on how to detail with Stellar Service From Award-Winning Team Jul19474 the implications of Brexit and a number of other regulatory issues connected with both domestic and international trade. “SMEs are the backbone of the British economy and we are working with a host of growing businesses keen to take advantage of the services we offer, whether that’s supporting them with employment issues, data protection or mergers and acquisitions.” The Legal 500 directory said the commercial team at FBC Manby Bowdler was ‘one of the strongest in the region”, calling it a “stellar and slick firm which combines quality and experience, is easy to work with and always well-prepared.” The firm, which has offices across Shropshire and the West Midlands, has expanded in the last year. It acquired highly-respected lawyers Kerwoods in Redditch in a move which saw it become one of the top 150 legal firms in the country. Employing more than 200 people, the firm is also officially one of the Best Companies to Work in the UK. Rated as an ‘outstanding’ employer, the guide is based on employee feedback and compiled by the team behind the Sunday Time Best Place to Work directory.