Archived Legal Articles from 2015



Forbes has the Foresight to protect your business


Forbes has launched a product to protect your business whilst taking away the stress associated with legal affairs. The 'Forbes Foresight' package will see a specialist solicitor visit businesses and hone in on key commercial objectives before providing a detailed report on the current …

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Jones Lighting Acquires Anderson & Heeley


Leyland based Jones Lighting Limited has successfully completed the purchase of Huddersfield lighting contractor Anderson & Heeley, following advice from the Corporate and Restructuring team at Forbes Solicitors and McMillan & Co LLP Chartered Accountants. Jones Lighting are the leading…

Legal Update for Accountants - Time to bring a warranty claim?


Case Update: The Hut Group Limited -v- Oliver Nohabar-Cookson and another [2014] EWCH 3842 (Comm) The High Court had to interpret the terms of notice provisions in a share purchase agreement (SPA) to establish whether the imposed time limit ran from when the Buyer became aware of the grounds which…

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Client Demand Fuels Appointments at Forbes


The Commercial Team at Forbes has expanded, as a direct result of increased client demand, with the appointment of four Solicitors. Tom Smith has joined the Dispute Resolution Department as an Associate. He is an experienced Solicitor specialising in business disputes and a member of the Law…

Dealmakers in association with Lancashire Business View


Forbes is pleased to be the sponsor of a new regular feature in Lancashire Business View - Dealmakers. The feature will look behind the headlines of acquisitions and mergers in the county and also provide expert advice, opinion and commentary. In the inaugural feature 'The Big…

Legal Update - The Small Business, Enterprise, and Employment Act


The SBEE Act came into force on the 28th March 2015. Major elements of the Act are still yet to be implemented. Some of the dates of implementation originally announced have recently changed. To clear things up, Forbes has completed an up to date table of all the latest changes and dates of implementation…

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Unreasonable director conduct: a reminder from the High Court


A recent decision in the High Court serves as a reminder to directors that their statutory duties must be complied with. In Re: Finch (UK) PLC (in liquidation) [2015] EWHC 2430 (Ch), joint liquidators issued a claim to recover over £1.1m from Mr and Mrs Finch, the only directors and…

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Forbes sponsors LBV's Engineering Feature


Forbes sponsored Lancashire Business View's Engineering Feature in the July/August 2015 edition. There is an overall feeling of positivity and possibility in a thriving Lancashire engineering sector that's driving ever onwards. In the feature Lancashire Business View addressed…

Forbes advises on Electric Coffee Company Share Purchase


Following advice from the Corporate & Restructuring Team at Forbes Solicitors Adnan Anwar has become the part owner of the Electric Coffee Company. The Electric Coffee Company, based in Ealing, London, uses beans from the finest artisan roasters to produce their coffee and Adnan is now a joint…

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Legal Update - Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act


Following on from our previous article on the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, which can be found here , the Act has now been passed - with some of its provisions already in force. As of 27 May 2015, the statutory directors duties apply not only to formally-…

Market research company's claim for breach of warranties refused by Court


In the case of IPSOS SA v Dentsu Aegis Network Ltd [2015] EWHC 1171 (Comm) the High Court has dismissed a claim for breach of warranty under a share purchase agreement, as the Buyer had not served the requisite notice on the Seller. Background The Claimant (Buyer), the market research…

Pauline Rigby Is The Young 'Un in Law


The Head of Corporate & Restructuring at Forbes Solicitors has been recognised as the best Young 'Un in the Lancashire Legal Community. Pauline Rigby won the Young 'Un in Law category at the inaugural Young 'Uns Awards held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on 12 th June. The…

Stokers Limited Acquires Lucas World Of Furniture


Stokers Limited has successfully completed a purchase of Lucas World of Furniture in Aylesbury as part of its plans for growth and expansion across the country. Forbes Solicitors and McMillan & Co LLP Chartered Accountants acted for Stokers Limited in this transaction. Pauline Rigby, Head of…

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Forbes Advises Acme On Acquisition of Severn Catering Services


The Acme Facilities Group has strengthened its National Catering division with the acquisition of Severn Catering Services (SCS) Limited following advice from Forbes' Corporate & Restructuring Team. Blackburn headquartered Acme Facilities Group are the leading national provider of catering…

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Legal Update for Accountants - Deregulation Act 2015


The Deregulation Act 2015 has been passed as part of the government's Red Tape Challenge. In particular, section 18 of the Act seeks to simplify the rules regarding auditors' notification requirements. The section will be brought into force by the Secretary of State, though the date is currently…

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Legal Update for Accountants - Changes to Share Buyback Rules


Accountants should be aware of changes to share buyback rules, which are soon to come into effect. New Regulations have been published which seek to clarify the operation of share buyback provisions in the Companies Act 2006, following significant changes in 2013. The draft Companies Act 2006 (…

Legal Update - Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill


The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill has recently been approved by both the House of Lords and House of Commons. The Bill, which makes significant amendments to the Companies Act 2006, the Insolvency Act 1986, and the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986, simply awaits the formality…

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MTL Group bought by WEC following advice from Forbes


Following advice from The Corporate and Restructuring Team at Forbes Solicitors, WEC Group has purchased MTL Group, saving 135 jobs. Darwen head quartered WEC Group, purchased Rotherham based MTL Group for an undisclosed fee, after the manufacturing firm went into administration earlier this month…

Trukitchen Launches Harrogate Studio Following Advice From Forbes


An innovative kitchen company are expanding into Yorkshire following advice from the Business Law Team at Forbes Solicitors. Trukitchen Ltd will launch their second studio in Harrogate after an asset purchase. The second studio will complement their successful Wilmslow…

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Directors' Disqualification for Breach of Duty


A Manchester based cleaning and corporate restructuring company, JLK Partnerships Limited ('the Company'), went into liquidation in 2012 owing £291,535 to creditors. Following an investigation by the Insolvency Service, two of the directors of the Company were disqualified for a total…

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