Archived Legal Articles from 2011



Forbes Appointed To NAGE Group Regional Panel


Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is delighted to announce that it has been appointed to the regional panel for the West region for National Australia Group Europe Limited (NAGE). Appointment to the panel means that Forbes will be dealing with the general aspects of banking work. NAGE is a holding…

Bribery Act Warning


Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is warning local businesses to make sure they fully understand the new UK Bribery Act and put procedures in place to ensure it is adhered to after the first person has been sentenced under the Act. Having pleaded guilty to charges of Bribery and Misconduct in a…

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Pauline Takes Professional Of The Year Title


Pauline Rigby, of Forbes Solicitors, last night beat off competition to be crowned Professional of the Year at the Lancashire Business Awards. The 5th annual awards organised by Downtown Lancashire in Business celebrate the good and the great in the region and were held at Stanley House. The winners…

Client Recognition Leads To Lucky 13 For Forbes


Forbes Solicitors has once again reaffirmed its place as the leading law firm in Lancashire thanks to outstanding feedback and testimonials from clients. The Legal 500 is based solely on client comments and observations regarding the level of service and advice received from their legal…

Selling Your Business


As with most things in life selling your business is about preparation. This is the key to a smooth running transaction with a successful outcome. Plan your exit strategy well in advance of any prospective sale. This means that when you come to sell, your business is set up to maximise your return and…

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Forbes up for two at Downtown Lancashire Business Awards


Forbes Solicitors are delighted to have been nominated for Best Legal Firm at the forthcoming Downtown Lancashire Business Awards. Both Daniel Milnes and Pauline Rigby of the Business Law Department are shortlisted in the Professional of the Year category. The fourth annual Lancashire Business…

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Douglass Grange bought by management team


Forbes Solicitors recently acted for Yorkshire Bank who provided the financing for the management buyout of Blackburn based accountancy firm Douglass Grange. The buyout follows the retirement of founding partner Ian Douglass, who will continue to work for the business in a consultancy capacity.…

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Government opens brown envelope on bribery act guidance


The Government has now published the guidance on how the Bribery Act will work in practice with effect from 1 July. Businesses now have three months to get ready for compliance or face prosecution. There has been much discussion since the Act was passed about how far it will go in restricting…

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Mills wins Young Dealmaker


A Solicitor at Forbes has won a regional award which recognises her deal making skills. Charlotte Mills was named Young Dealmaker of the Year at the Insider Lancashire Dealmaker Awards 2011 which were held at Ewood Park, Blackburn on 11th February. Charlotte, who was promoted to Associate…

Mutual Gratification In The Supreme Court


The Supreme Court yesterday ruled that public sector mutuals can operate outside the procurement rules. This decision in the Brent LBC and Others v Risk Management Partners Limited case overturns the previous Court of Appeal ruling. The case is about RMP challenging Brent and other London Boroughs…

What A Terrible Waste


In developments that would please less scrupulous operators such as Tony Soprano the waste management industry seems to be turning nasty, especially in the field of procurement law with a series of cases coming to court involving challenges to public contracts. The results for the private sector have…

Procurement: Armed And Dangerous


Landmines, assault rifles and helicopters - it sounds like a shopping list for a Vin Diesel film but it's just a regular couple of weeks in the world of procurement. The demining charity the Halo Trust challenged a contract awarded under a framework of which Halo was one of three members. The…

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Deal Announcement - Forbes acts for Aston Chemists in acquisition


Forbes Solicitors has once again advised local business Aston Chemists Limited, this time on their acquisition of the business and assets of a Scarborough based pharmacy for an undisclosed sum. The pharmacy in Scarborough is the latest addition to Blackburn based Aston Chemists portfolio. The…

Promotions for Four at Forbes


Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is delighted to announce that Charlotte Mills, Katherine Milnes, Lachlan McLean and Gill Carr have been appointed as Associates of the firm. Charlotte is part of the Business Law team at Blackburn. Katherine is also based at Blackburn within the Insurance team.…

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