New Senior Partner takes the reigns at FBC Manby Bowdler
8th April 2011
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Niall Blackie has taken over as Senior Partner at Shropshire law firm FBC Manby Bowdler LLP.  He replaces Gavin Southall, who has retired from the partnership and becomes a consultant to the firm. 

Mr Blackie will combine his new role as Senior Partner with that of Head of Town and Country Planning, where as a Solicitor-Advocate (Civil) he has a particular focus on advocacy on all types of inquiries. 

He joined the firm in 1979, qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and became a partner in 1984.  Mr Blackie is also Diocesan Registrar to the Diocese of Lichfield, Legal Secretary to the Bishop of Lichfield and Registrar to Lichfield Cathedral.

“I am delighted to be taking on this role at time when the firm has never been so highly rated by independent experts such as The Legal 500 and most importantly by our clients.  However, I am determined that we will not rest on our laurels and endeavour to be provide an even better service,” said Mr Blackie, who is based in FBC Manby Bowdler’s Telford office.

“FBC Manby Bowdler is one of the largest law firms in Shropshire and the West Midlands, but it is well rooted in the local communities it serves.  As a legal practice with real depth of experience and expertise I believe we are well placed to advise and help our clients take on the challenges facing them through the coming years.”

In Shropshire in 2010, The Legal 500 ranked FBC Manby Bowdler as the best law firm in the county for corporate and commercial work, commercial property, planning and intellectual property.  No other law firm in the county was ranked higher for its advice on litigation, employment matters, agriculture, family matters, wills estate and probate, licensing and personal injury.

With offices in Shrewsbury, Telford and Bridgnorth, FBC Manby Bowdler is one of the largest law firms in Shropshire and the West Midlands.

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