Archived Legal Articles from 2008



Small print is a big deal


It is always important, but particularly so in this current economic climate, to have a quality set of terms and conditions for your business. Good terms can offer your business protection against unscrupulous traders, slow payers and even businesses that fail during your relationship with them.…

I am considering getting a divorce, what will happen to my business if I do?


I am considering getting a divorce, what will happen to my business if I do, will my spouse be entitled to any of it? It is absolutely vital that you get the correct advice at the very beginning of the case to ensure whatever settlement you reach with your spouse encompasses all assets, and ensures…

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Local businesses advised to be practical in these tough economic times


Over 100 representatives from local businesses across Lancashire heard Commercial experts from Forbes Solicitors offer practical advice on how to protect their businesses in the current economic climate. The seminar which was held this week at Stanley House Hotel was set up with the aim of providing…

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WEC Group acquires 5750 Components Ltd


Darwen based WEC Group has acquired Liverpool based 5750 Components Ltd for an undisclosed sum. WEC Group, headquartered in Darwen, comprises five divisions, each specialising in different aspects of fabrication engineering. 5750 Components Ltd is a specialist laser processing subcontractor that…

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Forbes ranks high in Legal 500


Leading North-West law firm Forbes Solicitors has performed strongly in the latest UK Legal 500 Guide to the Legal Profession. The firm is recommended in ten separate categories that include Corporate and Commercial, Crime, Commercial Litigation, Employment, Defendant Insurer, Commercial Property,…

New Trade Mark Rules


New rules on trade marks come into force on 1st October 2008. The Trade Mark Rules 2008 are intended to make trade mark rules more accessible and to remove discrepancies in the existing legislation. A trade mark is a sign which can distinguish your goods and services from other traders. A trade mark can…

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Forbes supports local business start-ups


Lancashire corporate law firm of the year, Forbes Solicitors increases its support to local businesses by joining the Law Society's 'Lawyers for your Business Scheme'. The scheme which has over 1000 members provides start up and small to medium sized businesses with access to specialised business…

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New Consumer Protection Laws - a reminder!


On 26 May 2008 the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPRs) came into force. The CPRs apply to all business to consumer transactions. They specifically ban outright 31 types of unfair sales and marketing practices including: · Bogus 'closing down' sales ·…

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Retail websites ignore the law


There is widespread failure by online retailers to comply with the laws relating to selling on the internet advises local law firm Forbes Solicitors. Says Daniel Milnes a Business Law Solicitor specialising in intellectual property and retail, "Despite the Distance Selling Regulations…

Forbes raising the spirit of the entrepreneur


Two Intellectual Property Solicitors from Forbes Solicitors have advised delegates of the Health Tech Hub on how to identify, protect and exploit Intellectual Property. Alexandra Sagar and Daniel Milnes of Forbes' Business Law Team were invited to present on this issue by the Health Tech Hub in…

New rules for directors' conflict of interest


The rules relating to Directors' conflict of interest is a key Companies Act change coming into force this October. The 'conflict of interest' provisions have been simplified making it easier for directors to now have dealings with third parties when their interests conflict with those of the company.…

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Local law firm assist Blackburn Rovers in netting new club sponsor


The Business Law team of, North West law firm, Forbes Solicitors has advised Blackburn Rovers on a sponsorship contract which sees Crown Paints sign a three-year deal as the new club sponsor. The team at Forbes, led by Partner Daniel Milnes, worked closely with the Commercial team at Blackburn…

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Protect your business warning


Award winning law firm Forbes Solicitors recently held a seminar in conjunction with the Institute of Directors to highlight the issues facing local businesses when their key personnel decide to fly the nest. They warned that employers are putting themselves at risk if they do not protect against…

Forbes advise in Stainless Metric Stock management buy-out


Stainless Metric Stock (SMS), a leading steel stockholding business based in Darwen, Lancashire, has undergone a management buyout for a seven figure sum. SMS was founded 27 years ago and specialises in supplying pipes and fittings for water and wastewater treatment and rollers for paper and pulp…

Update your articles


The implementation of some of the provisions of the Companies Act 2006 (the Act) has been delayed. The original timetable for the Act had all of its provisions in operation by 1 October 08. However the Government announced in December 07 that implementation of some of the Act would be delayed until…

Forbes advise on sale of Independent Investment Associates


The rapidly growing Independent Investment Associates ("IIA") has been sold to the quoted Arc Fund Management Holdings plc. Formed in 2002, and Cumbria based, IIA specialises in bespoke financial planning advice to business owners and high net worth individuals. With an estimated £150m of funds…

Forbes Solicitors named Corporate Law Firm of the Year


Forbes Solicitors, leading local law firm with offices across the North West, has been named Corporate Law Firm of the Year at the Insider Dealmakers Awards 2008. The award recognises outstanding performance by a law firm within Lancashire. The award ceremony, held at Ewood Park, Blackburn on…

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Directors - Be Careful What You Sign!


The Court of Appeal recently handed down a decision which should convince directors to take great care when they sign contractual documents on behalf of their companies. If the contract contains a misrepresentation, they can be held personally liable for it by the courts. Pauline Rigby, Business Law…

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Very thorough and precise with each contract and have made it very easy for us to feel very confident going into new territories, whether it being a different country or a different manufacturer.


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Forbes was instrumental in ensuring Electric Coffee Co is able to meet its growth ambitions.

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Electric Coffee Co

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It is always a pleasure to deal with true professionals and specialists in their area and this is what you can expect when dealing with Forbes and, in our case, specifically Nick and Gemma.

Gareth & Janet Watson
Zinge Industries

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The team not only provides professional and practical advice, but also takes a personal interest to understand the business and the matter at hand.

Mark Delaney
Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

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The advice and service that we receive from Pauline and her colleagues is consistently professional, knowledgeable and efficient. They have a great ethos and are a pleasure to work with.

Andy Platt
Focus Insolvency Group

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What a pleasure to do business with Forbes - Pauline Rigby & Nick Pickup both understood my personal objectives and requirements

John Laycock
Former Business Owner

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I would like to thank Jayne and the Business Law team for being so friendly, professional and patient throughout the sale.

Arthur Porter
Oak Glen

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We have been very happy with the professional service from Pauline Rigby and her colleagues in the Business Law team and the ease of purchasing our new business

Andrew M Jones
Internet Trading Ltd

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I and the UCLan team wanted to acknowledge the support from your team, including Nick Pickup and Pauline Rigby. Their contribution has been much appreciated by both clients and our staff.

John Lonsdale
Head of Innovation and Enterprise

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Sincere thanks for all the time, patience and professionalism from Pauline and Tricia in the completion of MAP12 contract terms and conditions.

Jayne & Anthony Mellor
MAP12 Ltd

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It's a One Stop Shop as a legal entity, whatever problem we've got you've got someone to come and advise us or fix it

Craig Bancroft
Managing Director
The Northcote Group

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We have always found Forbes to be approachable and helpful and we look forward to a continuing professional relationship

John Tempest
Chief Executive
Child Action Northwest

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I have been extremely pleased with the legal team at Forbes and all their help

Tracy Malham
South Lakes Veterinary Centre

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The team at Forbes have been professional, thorough, friendly and efficient from day one through to completion. We will certainly be using them again as we look to move our business forward.

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S & L Wilson

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