A Shropshire man has been granted the Freedom of the City of London. Bridgnorth lawyer Steven Corfield received the grant at a ceremony in the Chamberlains Court at London’s Guildhall recently. Steven was granted the Freedom as part of his role as a member of the Worshipful Company of Farmers, an organisation dedicated to inspiring, encouraging and developing excellence in the management of UK agriculture.
Steven, who is a partner with FBC Manby Bowdler having been head of the firm’s agriculture and rural services team for more than 25 years, grew up on a family farm in Bridgnorth and was educated in the town. He says, “It’s particularly gratifying for me to have received this honour in connection with my membership of the Worshipful Company of Farmers, which promotes education within agriculture. As a child who lived on a farm and who failed the 11 plus, this is a cause close to my heart.
“It was the encouragement of good teachers and friends that helped me gain the qualifications I needed to take the career path I have done. It’s a lesson to anyone that passion and enthusiasm for your selected field can take you a long way beyond your expectations.”