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Michelle Monnes-Thomas

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

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Practice Areas:

  • Wills
  • Administration of Trusts
  • Power of Attorney
  • Probate
FBC Manby Bowdler LLP
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Michelle obtained an LLB (Hons) Law Degree from Coventry University in 2004, before completing the Legal Practice course at the College of Law in Birmingham in 2005. Michelle qualified as a Solicitor in 2007 and joined her firm in the Wills, Probate & Lifetime Planning Department in 2014.



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MIchelle provides advice on a range of private client related matters including wills, powers of attorney, trusts and estates. Michelle specialises in all aspects of court of protection and as a member of the Firm’s Community Care Team advises on challenging care decisions and reviewing assessments for care and long term care planning.

Michelle is FBC Manby Bowdler’s Alzheimer’s Society ‘Dementia Friends’ Training Champion and heads the Firm’s support of this initiative. Though training, workshops and community engagement Michelle leads efforts to educate colleagues about dementia and challenge perceptions of the condition.


Coventry University


2001 - 2004

LLB (Hons) Law Degree


College of Law

2004 - 2005



Very satisfied and comfortable with your service

We are not familiar with the legal aspects of will making and probate management. We had a need for help in will making and later in administration of probate, FBC Manby Bowdler met this need to our full satisfaction. I am sure most people would feel comfortable dealing with FBC Manby Bowdler and Michelle Monnes-Thomas.


As a family we are very satisfied and rest comfortably with your service and see no need for change.

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Birmingham Post - FBC Manby Bowdler creates community care team in wake of Care Act

FBC Manby Bowdler creates community care team in wake of Care Act

The firm says it has made the move in response to major changes that will stem from the introduction of the Care Act and an expected upsurge in enquiries

The firm says it has made the move in response to major changes that will stem from the introduction of the Care Act and an expected upsurge in enquiries.

The act, due to come into force this week, brings in new responsibilities for local authorities and has widespread implications for adult care and support providers, people who use their services, carers, and advocates.

Headed by partner and head of the private client department Julie Burn, the team includes solicitor Michelle Monnes-Thomas and trainee solicitor Katherine Lloyd, who both focus on care issues.

Topics they can advise on include obtaining fully funded NHS Continuing Health Care and challenging decision to withdraw funding, local authority financial assessments, third party contributions towards a relative’s care fees and recovering retrospective nursing home fees.

There will also be access to a wider team of experts who can assist with protecting property from claims against the estate, making a will, appointing an attorney, tax planning or care funding.

Ms Burn said: “The new Care Act is the biggest overhaul of the law in this sector for more than 60 years.

“For individuals, it will mean new rights to support for carers, on an equivalent basis to the people they care for, and the legal right to a personal budget and direct payments.

“But it also stipulates that councils will have to allow people access to independent financial advice to help steer them through the complexities of care funding and for the first time, there will be a system by which people may appeal against council decisions on eligibility and funding for care and support.”

She added: “It will be a challenging time in the care sector as the law comes into force and is interpreted, but our community care solicitors are experts in dealing with issues in this field, which can be overwhelming for people who are receiving care and their families.

“This new team gives us an opportunity to further strengthen the already excellent service we offer our clients in this area at a time when more people than ever are likely to need guidance.”

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Solicitor joins ‘dementia friendly’ campaign


A Midlands solicitor has joined a campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia.


Michelle Monnes Thomas, a lawyer with FBC Manby Bowdler and member of the firm’s Community Care team, has become a Dementia Friends Champion as part of the campaign run by the Alzheimers Society.

Michelle signed up to be a Dementia Friends Champion earlier this year and attended a one-day information session. She will now share her knowledge with her colleagues at FBC Manby Bowdler, which has offices in Wolverhampton, Willenhall and Shropshire and also through information sessions in the community.

The Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition.

The charity wants there to be four million Dementia Friends with the know-how to help people with dementia feel understood and included in their community.

There are currently 850,000 people living with the condition in England. Dementia Friends Champions are volunteers who talk to people about being a Dementia Friend in their communities.

Michelle said: “I signed up to be a Dementia Friends Champion because I deal with a lot of people with dementia through my work that involves planning wills, powers of attorney and care planning. I’m so proud to be part of a growing network of people helping to create dementia friendly communities across England.”

“We need to create more communities and businesses that are dementia friendly so that people affected by dementia feel understood and included,” she added.

Anyone interested in supporting the campaign should go to



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Associations & Memberships

Dementia Friend - since 2016

Alzheimer’s Society initiative

Social Secretary for Wolverhampton Law Society - since 2016

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