Archived News from 2008

December

More ways than one to claim

11/12/08

Compensation claims? That's just car accidents and whiplash isn't it? It's a question that personal injury lawyers often get asked. The answer is that most personal injury lawyers do deal with car crashes and whiplash but at Forbes we deal with a lot more than that. There are all sorts of situations…

Small print is a big deal

10/12/08

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.…

Disclaimer of Commercial Leases

10/12/08

One of the effects of the current economic climate has been an increase in the number of tenants going into liquidation. So what impact does this have for a commercial landlord? Modern commercial leases usually allow the landlord to forfeit the lease if the tenant becomes insolvent but sometimes the…

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

10/12/08

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…

Calling all HR Practitioners

09/12/08

Community & Business Partners (formerly, Blackburn Partnership) would like to invite HR Practitioners from companies operating in the Pennine Lancashire area, to their next HR Managers Forum on 10 December 2008, 11.45am for a 12noon start at Ewood Park, Blackburn. The HR Managers Forum meets twice…

Modern living and domestic abuse - hand in hand?

09/12/08

In a world of increasing stresses, where conflict between work and home commitments collide and where people are less confined by social boundaries of what is good or bad behaviour, are we seeing an increase in domestic violence? What is domestic violence and who does it affect? Is there any protection…

Forbes Solicitor shortlisted for prestigious national award

08/12/08

Craig Liversidge, a Solicitor working in the Crown Court Department at Forbes Preston office, has been shortlisted as Legal Aid Criminal Defence Lawyer of the Year, an award for which only two other Solicitors across the country were shortlisted for. The awards ceremony took place in London this week…

Forbes Solicitors' staff go back to school

08/12/08

Our Lady's Catholic High School, Fulwood, invited Forbes Solicitors into school to be part of their Year 7 ICT (Information, Communication and Technology) day. Forbes has developed an in house touch typing programme for its staff and adapted the programme for Our Lady's Catholic High School. Two members…

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November

Forbes continues to promote trainees

27/11/08

Forbes Solicitors is pleased to announce that Darren Lee-Smith has qualified into its Preston crime team, after completing a two year training contract with the firm. Darren from Bamber Bridge in Preston completed his law degree and LPC at the University of Central Lancashire. He is a fully accredited…

Diversification Is The Name Of the Game

24/11/08

According to a recent survey the much-hyped "Credit Crunch " has changed many people's view of their future. In 2007 a reported two out of every five people surveyed believed that their family home would be the top contributor to their final retirement pot. In 2008 that figure is greatly reduced. House…

New sponsorship deal for Forbes

17/11/08

Forbes Solicitors is pleased to announce a new three year sponsorship deal with The Central Lancashire Junior and The Mid Lancashire Colts Junior Football Leagues, further increasing its support of local grassroots football. The deal will provide vital funding for new equipment to assist both the…

Local businesses advised to be practical in these tough economic times

14/11/08

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…

Can you tell me what being the executor of a Will involves?

10/11/08

An executor is someone named in a Will to deal with sorting out a person's affairs after they have died. If more than one executor is named then they can choose whether to do the job together or for one or more of them to sort out the affairs. An executor's authority comes from the Will but it is…

Forbes nominated for North West Football Awards

04/11/08

Forbes Solicitors has been short listed for a prestigious award at the North West Football awards which will be held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester on 17 November. The award is for Business Services to football and the nomination not only recognises the work Forbes has undertaken for Blackburn…

Forbes supporting local grassroots football

04/11/08

Forbes Solicitors announces the winner of its online football competition, which was set up to celebrate the renewal of its sponsorship deal with the East Lancashire Football Alliance (ELFA). The competition encouraged family cohesion and teamwork amongst the clubs registered with the league. All 3500…

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October

Associative discrimination warning

20/10/08

All businesses should now be aware that their employees may be able to claim disability discrimination even if they have no disability themselves. This claim can now be made as a result of associative discrimination, following a recent high profile case. In this particular case an employee brought a…

Forbes and ILEX - a winning combination

17/10/08

The successful partnership between The Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) and Forbes Solicitors has seen the second graduation of staff through the Forbes Diploma for Legal Secretaries. The year long course assesses secretaries on aspects of their role in line with the Level 3 National Occupational…

Further expansion for Forbes

17/10/08

Forbes Solicitors announces five of its trainee solicitors have now fully qualified after completing their two year training contracts with the firm. Sarah Wilkinson qualifies into the business law team and Elizabeth Rawcliffe into the commercial property team in Blackburn. Joanne Bury has qualified…

WEC Group acquires 5750 Components Ltd

14/10/08

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…

Church, vicar, reception, flowers... Oh, and don't forget the pre-nup!

14/10/08

Are you getting married in less than 21 days? If so ignore this article! If however your wedding is planned further ahead, then consider this; resolving financial matters in divorce can be stressful, expensive and time-consuming. It is possible for couples, before they marry, to decide how the…

What legal issues should l consider when investing in Residential Property?

14/10/08

1. If you are interested in buying a property that is up for auction, firstly, make sure that you obtain the legal pack in advance and get it checked by your solicitor. Secondly, get a survey carried out. It's often easy for someone to offload a property at auction with a defective legal title or…

Do the Inheritance Tax Changes affect me?

14/10/08

In October 2007, the government announced changes to the inheritance tax rules. The new rules relate to the amount of your estate on which you do not have to pay inheritance tax (the nil rate band). The changes now allow spouses to carry forward any unused nil rate band on the first death to be used…

Don't Panic!

14/10/08

Everything we hear or read at the moment that is remotely financial is all doom and gloom. Economies, house prices and stock markets have always been cyclical. No one knows when a correction will take place or how long a growth cycle will last. In the current crisis sub-prime mortgage issues,…

Deed Does Not Protect Assignor

14/10/08

The Court of Appeal has overturned a 2007 decision and its judgment may make tenants who are considering assigning their leases pause for thought. The circumstances were that tenants assigned their lease, with the permission of the landlord, to new tenants. Under the terms of the assignment, the…

Forbes advises on new gastro pub 'The Clog and Billycock'

10/10/08

Forbes Solicitors Commercial Property team, headed by Diana Robertson advised Ribble Valley Inns on the opening of its new gastro pub 'The Clog and Billycock' based in Pleasington on the outskirts of Blackburn. The £1.5 million refurbishment in association with Daniel Thwaites plc has catapulted…

Debt warning to businesses

10/10/08

North West based law firm Forbes Solicitors is warning local businesses not to be afraid of taking action to recover bad debt after shocking figures reveal that only 24% of small and medium-sized enterprises take any legal action to recover bad debt for fear of damaging relationships with clients. The…

65 years of Customer Service

10/10/08

As part of the Government's National Customer Service Week, Forbes Solicitors is proud to celebrate the achievements of six receptionists, from across its offices in the North West in achieving their Customer Service NVQ II. This is also the result of an ongoing and successful partnership between Forbes…

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September

Five new trainees join leading law firm

25/09/08

Five new trainee solicitors have been welcomed into leading North West law firm Forbes Solicitors. Michael Simpson originally from Newcastle but now living in Blackburn, Nicholas Holgate from Oswaldtwistle, Anthony Parkinson from Accrington, Emma Newbould from Billington and Siobhan O'Donnell from…

Case finds council is liable for ALMO staff

24/09/08

An Employment Tribunal has found that Leeds City Council was vicariously liable for the actions of its arm's-length management organisation (AMLO) after one of its employees claimed racial discrimination. Mr Woodhouse had originally been an employee of Leeds City Council. The council then set up 6…

Boundary Dispute Warning!

24/09/08

Boundary disputes between neighbours are on the rise and recent cases have shown that "issues of principle" are often being taken a step too far! It is important to keep a sense of perspective when considering legal action over boundary disputes. In a recent case one Judge said, "Disputes between…

Forbes to host employment law seminars

11/09/08

Forbes Solicitors will again be running its popular employment law updates in October. The seminars will guide delegates through recent changes in employment legislation in a practical way along with updates relating to discrimination, dispute resolution, flexible working and TUPE. The Business Law team…

Forbes ranks high in Legal 500

11/09/08

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,…

Forbes expands employment team

11/09/08

Forbes Solicitors announces further expansion of its employment team with the addition of Jonathan Holden. This latest recruitment makes the employment team the largest in Lancashire offering specialist advice on all employment related issues with additional expertise in HR and Health and Safety.…

Stamp duty holiday: Too little, too late?

02/09/08

The Government has today announced a package of reforms to help first time buyers and those struggling to pay their mortgage but Michelle Thompson, Conveyancing expert at Forbes Solicitors believes the changes are not enough! From the 3rd of September Stamp Duty will be suspended for one year on…

New Trade Mark Rules

02/09/08

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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August

I have been asked to be an executor of a will, what does this entail?

27/08/08

An executor is someone named in a Will to deal with sorting out a person's affairs after they have died. If more than one executor is named then they can choose whether to do the job together or for one or more of them to sort out the affairs. An executor's authority comes from the Will but it is…

Is your income protected?

26/08/08

Recent figures have revealed that more than half the population would not be able to survive financially for more than 17 days if they lost their jobs, and one in four consumers have no savings at all should they be caught out. As the cost of living continues to rise, the slowdown in the housing market…

R (Weaver) v London & Quadrant Housing Trust

19/08/08

Housing Association independence thrown into question after tenants secure access to Judicial Review The recent case of R (Weaver) v London & Quadrant Housing Trust has provided guidance on when a Registered Social Landlord is to be considered as a Public Body. Here, the administrative court had to…

David Milburn becomes a member of Resolution

15/08/08

Forbes Solicitors is pleased to announce that David Milburn, Head of the Family Team at the firms' Accrington office has been accepted as member of Resolution. Formerly The Solicitors Family Law Association, Resolution was set up to promote a non-confrontational approach to family law. David…

Sentencing for breach of injunction - what can you look to rely on?

14/08/08

One of the questions that we are regularly asked by clients is to comment on the potential longevity of custodial sentences where a tenant breaches the terms of an ASBI. It is always important to consider the severity of the individual circumstances of the case and form a view on this basis. It is…

Protecting your home against fraud

14/08/08

In today's society fraud is an increasing problem and any property that you own could be subjected to fraud. Your home is probably one of your most valuable possessions, it can be used to raise further borrowing by way of mortgage, can be sold for considerable return and like any other valuable asset it…

Rebecca Richardson v Midland Heart Limited

12/08/08

Landlord entitled to possession of shared ownership property on grounds of non-payment of rent The facts In 1995 the claimant, Ms Richardson, acquired a 99 year shared ownership lease of a property from Midland Heart Limited and paid half its then market value. The lease required Ms Richardson to pay…

Forbes supports local business start-ups

07/08/08

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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July

Forbes to Sponsor Preston Swimming Club

31/07/08

Forbes Solicitors is pleased to announce a new three year sponsorship deal with Preston Swimming Club. The local club founded in 1884 was set up to provide the best possible opportunities for its members to achieve their potential within the sport of swimming, the support Forbes is giving will help…

Mortgage Repayments - when less costs more

31/07/08

In recent months around one in every ten homeowners coming out of a fixed rate mortgage deal have been left no choice but to extend their mortgage or switch to an interest only deal, comments Forbes' Peter Toner. An ever increasing number of homeowners are extending their mortgage to cut repayments in…

New changes to Personal Injury claims

23/07/08

The Personal Injury and Compensation Branch of the Ministry of Justice has published the Government's response to the consultation paper "Case track limits and the claims process for personal injury claims". The Government's conclusions are as follows:- · The small claims track limit for…

Doctor's evidence 'bats' off Claimant's allegations

23/07/08

Paul Roberts v Brunel & Family Housing Association Limited Forbes successfully defended a claim against the Housing Association at Trial. Breach of duty had been admitted but liability had been denied on the basis that the Claimant had given various different versions of how he came to suffer the…

School's out!

18/07/08

It is that time of year again when the children's school holidays have crept upon us. For most families there will be the usual arguments when you take the precious ones away on the annual trip. However, it is something which happens once a year and you can cope with. There are other families which…

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June

Forbes to sponsor Penwortham Cricket Club

30/06/08

Forbes Solicitors is pleased to announce a three year sponsorship deal with Penwortham Cricket Club. The Club, founded in 1880 provides training and facilities for local cricketers of all ages and is run entirely on a voluntary basis. Forbes sponsorship has already helped towards the supply of new kit…

Forbes assists on medical accident helpline

30/06/08

Two Personal Injury Solicitors from Forbes Solicitors are successfully assisting on the new northern helpline for Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA). Sara Linford and Leonie Woods from the firm's office in Accrington have volunteered - as part of a team of twenty from other law firms in the…

Mortgage fees go through the roof

30/06/08

Forbes Solicitors is warning anyone looking at re-mortgaging or buying a property for the first time to fully calculate their finances to avoid being caught out by increasing fee charges. In the autumn of 2006 only a handful of fixed mortgage products came with an application fee of £750 or…

McCann v UK - A new emphasis on fairness

26/06/08

Tenants' lawyers up and down the country are currently anticipating a new uprising of defending possession proceedings on a par with the era of Communism of the 20th Century. Such is the enthusiasm with which they have greeted the European Court of Human Rights decision in McCann v UK. But before…

Beware: a divorce is not enough

18/06/08

As a result of recent high profile divorce cases such as Mills and McCartney, it appears more people are now choosing to represent themselves in divorce proceedings than ever before, as Heather Mills decided to do. However this recent surge in 'DIY divorces' can lead to many potential problems…

Downsizing may not fund retirement

18/06/08

Across the UK many people are pinning their hopes on a strong housing market to provide the retirement of their dreams. More and more people are not saving for retirement. Instead thinking that ploughing all their money into the family home provides them sufficient retirement security. If downsizing a…

New Consumer Protection Laws - a reminder!

17/06/08

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 ·…

Forbes Solicitors announces promotions

10/06/08

Pictured L- R: Pauline Rigby, Simon Gretton, David Yates, Victoria Motley, Ian Howard, Rubina Vohra, David Milburn, Shirley Wignall and Helen Shirbon. Forbes Solicitors is delighted to announce the appointment of four new Partners and five new Associates as part of its continued growth. David Yates…

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May

Will your commercial building pass the new energy test?

25/05/08

Owners of commercial buildings must comply with new legislation being rolled out throughout 2008 or face a penalty charge of up to £5,000 warns law firm Forbes Solicitors. Similar to changes seen in the domestic property market when HIPS were introduced, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)…

Buy-to-let owners set to incur fail-to-let penalties

23/05/08

A warning alarm has been sounded to all buy-to-let owners who allow their properties to remain empty for significant periods of time. The Communities and Local Government Select Committee has put forward proposals which, if implemented, would see landlords charged with financial penalties if they fail…

Forbes assists Wigan Council in groundbreaking fraud case

22/05/08

Northern law firm Forbes Solicitors has successfully assisted Wigan Council in a fraud case which has highlighted a dramatic shift in the courts perception of insurance fraud. David Cairns sued Wigan Council claiming to have broken his ankle in a pothole in the road and was successful in his initial…

Care fees planning

22/05/08

A common concern amongst people these days is what will happen to their assets if they have to go into local authority care, in particular the family home. Many are under the impression that the family home can be sold from under their feet and they will have no assets to leave to loved ones. Depending…

Forbes goes to the Oscars!

16/05/08

The 'Forbes Diploma for Legal Secretaries, Accredited by ILEX Paralegal Programmes' has been recognised across Lancashire by the Be Inspired In Business Awards (BIBAs) 2008. The BIBAs which is open to all businesses and sectors across Lancashire received over 700 award applications and Babs Murphy,…

Is Brown doing enough for first time buyers?

15/05/08

Gordon Brown has announced a number of measures to help first time buyers on to the property market, however according to Michelle Spensley, Head of Conveyancing services at Forbes Solicitors the measures set out fail to solve one of the key problems of rising stamp duty costs which is deterring many…

New Chairperson for Blackburn HR Managers Forum

09/05/08

Community & Business Partners (formerly Blackburn Partnership) is pleased to announce, Joanne Pickering, Head of HR, Training & Quality at Forbes Solicitors, has taken over as Chair of the Blackburn HR Managers Forum. The Forum is open to HR personnel from companies operating in the Pennine…

Cosmetic Surgery Warning

09/05/08

Forbes Solicitors is warning people who are considering cosmetic procedures to check the qualifications of the consultants before embarking on surgery. The firm has recently recorded a sharp increase in claims for compensation arising out of plastic surgery procedures in Lancashire. This was backed…

The end is nigh for tolerated trespassers

06/05/08

The Housing & Regeneration Bill 2008 signals the death knell The latest incarnation of the Housing & Regeneration Bill currently passing through Parliament appears set to remedy the problems caused by the classification of tolerated trespassers. Tolerated trespassers are those tenants who…

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April

iTeddy brings cheer to Pendlebury children

28/04/08

A real-life iTeddy brought cheer to the young patients of Pendlebury Children's Hospital thanks to a visit last week. Joined by his creator, east Lancashire businessman Imran Hakim, the pair gave out iTeddy toys to the excited children at the hospital. The invitation to Imran came from long-time…

Retail websites ignore the law

23/04/08

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…

Credit crunch effect on mortgages

23/04/08

"The so called "Credit Crunch" is making borrowers pay more attention to their mortgage" advises Peter Toner of Forbes Solicitors Financial Services Department. Here he offers some useful tips to borrowers who are looking to find a good deal. 1. Build Up A Deposit The days of 125% loans are now…

Novel claim for neck injury defeated

23/04/08

Greig v Varatio Holdings Ltd Forbes recently contested at trial an EL claim where the Claimant was attempting to establish liability for a new type of neck injury. The Claimant sued his former employers in respect of neck pain which he alleged had been brought on by repeated heavy lifting over the…

Forbes raising the spirit of the entrepreneur

16/04/08

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…

Do I need a HIP to sell my property?

10/04/08

The Home Information Pack regulations were extended on the 14th December 2007 to cover all residential properties in England and Wales. The regulations apply to the vast majority of residential transactions however there are exceptions. When was the property put on the market? Properties which were…

Jack Straw attends BILA Annual Dinner hosted by Forbes Solicitors

10/04/08

Local MP Jack Straw recently attended Blackburn Incorporated Law Association (BILA) dinner as guest of honour. The evening was organised by Mike Blacklidge, Partner within local law firm Forbes Solicitors. The dinner, the second Mr Blacklidge has arranged in his role as President of the Association…

Commercial Agents Regulations one year on

10/04/08

Many businesses are still falling foul of the Commercial Agents Regulations despite last year's Court of Appeal decision in the Lonsdale case that impacted on the value of compensation a principal would be ordered to pay. The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 ('the regulations')…

Speedy evictions set to face government scrutiny

10/04/08

Trigger happy housing associations who look to press the eviction button too quickly when involved in tenancy disputes are to come under scrutiny from the Government. The Government is to set up a working group that will investigate claims that some social landlords are too quick to evict tenants…

Slowey not slow to denounce work-to-rent proposals

10/04/08

Social housing tenants across the country may finally feel justified in their critical response of the Housing Minister's proposals to require them to look for work as part of their tenancies. In January this year, Caroline Flint's suggested reforms in the housing sector to engender a 'something for…

Business failures leap as credit crunch hits companies

09/04/08

The credit crunch appears to be having an impact on North West businesses warns law firm Forbes Solicitors. Corporate failures in the region have increased 24.7% in 12 months, according to industry figures released this week by Experian®, the global information services company. Tony…

Carbon monoxide leak claims the life of young woman

09/04/08

A young woman has died following a suspected gas leak in a London housing association flat. A full police investigation is currently underway following the loss of Elouise Littlewood who was only 26 years of age. Initial reports suggest carbon monoxide poisoning to be the cause of death. In a joint…

New rules for directors' conflict of interest

08/04/08

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.…

Carbon Monoxide death leads to arrest of gas installer and his apprentice

03/04/08

A Sheffield council worker has been found dead in his home, having suffered suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. A CORGI-registered gas installer and an apprentice heating engineer have been arrested in connection with the tragic incident. The deceased, named as 41-year-old Mark Ellis, was…

Stealth charges leave tenants fronting the cost of tenancy deposit schemes

03/04/08

The cost of ring-fencing tenancy deposits in government approved tenancy deposit schemes are being passed by landlords on to their tenants in the form of administration fees. Some private landlords are charging tenants up to £100 to reimburse their involvement in the protection schemes. There…

Government to adopt carrot and stick approach to develop housing

01/04/08

Greater rewards for tenants and greater accountability for councils form basis of new proposals Improving deprived areas through regeneration, promoting work and enterprise and strengthening local accountability appear to underpin the government's approach to housing, as an empowerment white paper…

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March

Fixed-rate fallout

28/03/08

In 2003 around 340,000 borrowers took out 5 year fixed-rate mortgages. It is estimated that they will face a combined bill increase of over one billion pounds this year. Peter Toner, Independent Financial Adviser with Forbes Solicitors says. 'Traditionally around a third of borrowers either stick with…

Forbes builds on Housing expertise

28/03/08

North-West law firm Forbes Solicitors is pleased to announce the qualification of Lachlan McLean, who is now a solicitor in their thriving housing team. Lachlan's route to qualification was more unusual than that of a typical lawyer. He originally joined the firm as a barrister and after two years…

Housing panel appointment for Forbes Solicitors

28/03/08

North-west law firm Forbes Solicitors has been appointed to Weaver Vale Housing Trust's panel of legal advisors. Weaver Vale is the largest registered social landlord in Cheshire providing 6,000 homes in the Vale Royal area. Siobhan Hardy, Head of the Housing team at Forbes Solicitors said "Forbes is…

Year-End Tax Planning

28/03/08

With only a few days left until the end of the tax year, here are some things you might like to think about doing before 6 April. This is not by any means comprehensive, but lists some of the more straightforward things you can do. Income Tax · Consider maximising your investment in your ISA…

The Health and Safety Executive v Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

20/03/08

The Health and Safety Executive v Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council Gateshead Magistrates' Court Tuesday 19 February 2008 at 10:30AM Charge Criminal charge in accordance with s33(1) Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) for breach of s3(1) namely: "It shall be the duty of every…

Local Authority receive heavy fine for failure in gas safety procedures

20/03/08

On 14 November 2006 at 11:30am children and staff were evacuated from Crookhill Primary School in Gateshead after suspicions arose that there could be a noxious agent inside the school. Tests that were carried out by the Health and Safety Executive to three boilers and flue system underneath the…

Why the classification of tolerated trespassers can no longer be tolerated

20/03/08

A survey carried out by a leading Housing magazine has revealed the extent to which some tenants living in social housing have lost rights to their properties having been declared tolerated trespassers. Inside Housing has discovered that as many as one in five tenants in some areas of the country have…

Letting go is never easy

18/03/08

Pictured L-R: Gemma Hastewell (Legal Clerk), Sarah Hinde (Solicitor), Judith Wright (Associate and Head of Family at Preston), Dawn Baker (Partner) With newspapers full of reports of the McCartney divorce it seems however rich you are breaking up can be costly. But it doesn't have to be…

Local law firm assist Blackburn Rovers in netting new club sponsor

17/03/08

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…

Partnership working as Parkway Green near 100% access rate for gas servicing

17/03/08

Parkway Green Housing Trust, a Manchester based not-for-profit housing company, has seen a significant increase in the number of tenants that are allowing access to their properties for gas safety inspections. By law all landlords must check every gas appliance in every home, every year. The social…

Housing Bill facing rewrite as Federation pressure set to win the day

13/03/08

The Housing and Regeneration Bill looks set to face a governmental rewrite in response to the immense pressure emanating from housing associations. Ever since its conception, the proposed bill has faced stiff criticism from housing associations with regard to sections which would allow the government…

Budget Bonanza for 'Green' Housing

13/03/08

Alistair Darling's first Budget was welcomed with open arms yesterday by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears and Housing Minister Caroline Flint. As part of a Budget that promises to advance the housing sector, new measures offer support to three current political hot potatoes: tackling climate change…

New Immigration System - Rules for Highly Skilled Workers

13/03/08

The Government has announced the rules that will apply to highly skilled foreign workers applying to come to the UK under the new Australian-style points based immigration system (PBS). Underpinning the new system will be a five-tier framework. The system is being introduced gradually with the new…

Employing Illegal Migrant Workers

13/03/08

New measures designed to tackle illegal migrant working came into force on 29 February 2008. These measures, contained in the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, include: · a system of civil penalties for employers who employ illegal migrant workers - the maximum civil penalty per…

Government abandons plans to protect cohabitees

12/03/08

Reforms to the law that would have given cohabiting partners similar rights to married couples will not be going ahead just yet according to a Government announcement. "The number of people in a relationship who are living together but are neither married nor civil partners continues to rise"…

The clock is ticking on ISA deadline

12/03/08

The last opportunity to use this tax year's individual savings account (ISA) allowance is fast approaching, warns the Financial Services team at Forbes Solicitors. The 5th April 2008 is the deadline so individuals now have only a matter of weeks to make the most of their annual allowance. Peter Toner,…

A lesson in driving safety

11/03/08

Students from a college took part in an interactive presentation designed to highlight the number of deaths and injuries amongst young people on Lancashire's roads. John Bennett , personal injury solicitor for Forbes Solicitors, joined forces…

"We'll put brakes on teen drivers"

06/03/08

TEENAGERS in East Lancashire are being targeted in a hard-hitting education project aimed at reducing young driver deaths and injuries. John Bennett, personal injury solicitor for Forbes Solicitors in Accrington, is teaming up with national road safety charity Brake for the presentation on safe…

Increase in NHS charges announced

06/03/08

NHS Charges for in patient and out patient treatment have been levied on RTA Insurers for several years and on EL & PL Insurers since January 2007 where their insured is at fault. It has recently been announced that the charges will rise for accidents occurring on or after 1st April 2008. The new…

Forbes' revamped website in the spotlight

04/03/08

Forbes Solicitors, one of Lancashire's largest law firms, launched their redesigned website this month. The customer-focused site contains a wealth of information on the services the firm offers as well as being a comprehensive resource for local individuals and businesses on how the law affects them…

Commercial tenants may have Right to Buy

04/03/08

"A recent decision of the House of Lords may have opened the door for thousands of tenants of offices and other properties originally designed to be used as homes to be given the right to buy their properties" says Tim Hollingsworth, commercial property specialist, at Forbes Solicitors. The…

Greater assistance to be provided in tackling anti-social behaviour

04/03/08

Anti-Social Behaviour has been a long-standing problem for many social landlords and, until now, tackling it has proven to be even more problematic. Incidents of public-drinking, drug use, youth gangs and truancy cause substantial nuisance which often blight local communities and many social…

Investment programme to provide the dividend of affordable housing

04/03/08

The initial stage of the Housing Corporation's £8.4 billion investment programme was launched last week with the intention of marking a substantial increase in the number of affordable homes available to buy and rent. The first step of the National Affordable Housing Programme (NAHP) has…

Contested Will - Who Pays?

03/03/08

A recent case, involving the family of a man who died and left his entire fortune to the Conservative Party, illustrates one of the main exceptions, in cases involving wills, which can apply to the normal rule that 'the loser pays the costs'. Normally, the winner's legal costs are paid by the loser.…

The importance of making a Will

01/03/08

The importance of making a Will cannot be underestimated. Most people are aware of the need to make a Will but put it off because they think that it will be difficult, expensive or because they do not want to tempt fate. A Will is your opportunity to say how your assets and affairs should be dealt with…

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February

Housing Minister's speech prompts a mixed response

29/02/08

The new housing minister, Caroline Flint made her mark on the sector in emphatic fashion earlier this month by calling for social residents to be compelled to seek employment as part of their tenancy or else face losing their homes. In a speech made to the Fabian Society, Ms Flint explained that it…

"In my judgment the risk must have been obvious"

29/02/08

Forbes recently represented Rossendale Borough Council where the Court held that the Council was not to blame for injuries suffered by the Claimant who voluntarily chose to run down a dark alleyway. The Claimant collided with a steel post and dislocated his shoulder when he chased a would be vandal…

Forbes lends a helping hand to law student

28/02/08

(Pictured L-R: Lucas Gardiner, Chester College of Law and Adam Bromley, Forbes Solicitors) North-west law firm Forbes Solicitors has supported a mentoring programme, for the third year running, to help law graduates find their way around the legal jobs market. Adam Bromley, Commercial Property…

Big dreams, small assets

28/02/08

According to a YouGov Poll of nearly 2,000 people in the UK, young people are not backing their retirement plans with hard cash. More than half of the nation's under-34-year-olds are not saving anything at all. They risk becoming a generation with big dreams and small assets. "Young people who cruise…

Apprenticeships are the way forward

27/02/08

Forbes Solicitors recently visited the Connexions Office in Blackburn to demonstrate to a group of young people the benefits of an apprenticeship. They were invited as part of the Governments focus on Apprenticeship Week. Forbes has eight years experience of taking young people through the Business…

Protect your business warning

18/02/08

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…

Watch Your Step With HIPs!

14/02/08

"Prospective house sellers should watch their step with the new Home Information Packs (HIPs)," warns Michelle Spensley, Head of Conveyancing at Forbes Solicitors Blackburn office. The Home Information Pack team of the Department for Communities and Local Government has warned that some HIP providers…

Billy Jones brightens up children's day thanks to Forbes

13/02/08

Preston North End player Billy Jones made his second public comeback from injury in a matter of hours as he headed along to meet and greet the children of Fulwood & Cadley Primary School thanks to the generous sponsorship of Forbes Solicitors. The versatile defender was on hand to answer…

Latest Report on Inheritance Tax

13/02/08

In his Pre-Budget Report the Chancellor proposed a "transferable nil rate band" for married couples and civil partners. The "nil rate band" is the part of your chargeable estate taxed at 0% on death. In the current tax year this is the first £300,000.00. The amount of the nil rate band tends to…

Forbes advise in Stainless Metric Stock management buy-out

12/02/08

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…

Insurers personal liability for costs

08/02/08

Kylie Palmer v Estate of Kevin Palmer (deceased) & MIB & PZ Products Ltd & Royal And Sun Alliance Insurance Plc The Court of Appeal on the 6th February 2008 delivered a judgment where an insurance company had funded, controlled and directed in its own interest the defence of a personal…

Fraud on the Increase

06/02/08

The bad news for local government in the North West is that fraud is on the increase. Regionally the North West is especially prominent and government is the predominant fraud target. The recently published 'KPMG Fraud Barometer' shows that over 100 fraud cases worth over £100,000 came to Court…

Update your articles

06/02/08

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

04/02/08

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

04/02/08

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…

House of Lords decide time limits can be lifted in sexual abuse cases

01/02/08

The House of Lords delivered a land mark judgement which ruled that sexual abuse claims are not subject to a rigid 6 year limitation period. Instead, such cases are subject to the usual 3 year limitation period for personal injury claims, which can be overridden at the Court's discretion. The judgement…

Empty property, empty pockets!

01/02/08

"Reduced business rates on empty properties are to be abolished from April 2008 and will have a significant effect on Commercial Landlords", warns Tim Hollingsworth Commercial Property Specialist at Forbes Solicitors. "Currently while a property is empty no business rates are payable for the first…

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January

Bereavement Damages Entitlement Extended

31/01/08

A man has received Bereavement Damages following the death of his long term partner despite the fact that he died before the Civil Partnership Act came into force. Angelo Athiade died in 2003 when his motor cycle collided with a milk float. The driver of the milk float admitted liability. The Fatal…

Further 7 employees qualify on award-winning scheme

31/01/08

Forbes Solicitors and Burnley College celebrated the achievements of a further 7 Forbes employees on their award-winning Business & Administration apprenticeship programme. The certificate presentation was held to congratulate trainee staff on completing their apprenticeship frameworks. The…

Top 5 tips for collecting debts

31/01/08

1. Information, Information, Information. Remember that credit control starts when the first contact with a customer is made, not when the invoice is overdue. The more you know about the customer, the easier it will be a) to assess their credit risk at the outset so that you can take preventive…

Banjul Challenge Presentation

30/01/08

Two keen Rovers fans embarked on a 4,000 mile adventure across two continents and raised £30,000 for three charities. Peter and Julie Turner who live in the Ribble Valley formed a team called 'The Blackburn Rover' for the Plymouth to Banjul Challenge which saw them drive over mountains and…

What does 2008 hold for local businesses?

29/01/08

As 2007 ends and 2008 begins one of the concerns for property owners and their advisors is where the property market is heading in 2008. Generally 2007 has been a good year both for domestic property sales and for commercial property sales. Forbes Commercial Property Department completed deals in…

Forbes Solicitors announces new Associate

28/01/08

A Solicitor is promoted to Associate by leading North West law firm Forbes. Graeme Bradshaw, from Lancaster, works in the Claimant Personal Injury department at Forbes' Preston office. He graduated from Lancaster University and went on to complete his LPC (Legal Practice Course) at the University…

Solicitor climbs the ranks at Forbes

28/01/08

Leading North West law firm Forbes Solicitors is proud to announce the promotion of a member of their existing team to Associate. David Scully's career in law began when he joined the firm as a Crown Court Clerk in 1993 at Forbes' Northgate office in Blackburn. He then went on to become Police…

Forbes Solicitors announces promotions

28/01/08

North-West law firm Forbes Solicitors is proud to announce that they have promoted a member of their existing team to Associate. Adam Bromley, originally from Chorley, is a Commercial Property Solicitor based at Forbes' Rutherford House office in Blackburn, he advises on all aspects of business…

Kick your finances into shape

21/01/08

Kicking finances into shape should be a priority for 2008 rather than trudging on a treadmill according to Peter Toner, Independent Financial Advisor at Forbes Solicitors. "Now is the perfect time to start saving, following excessive spending over the Christmas period and taking a fresh approach to…

Company Road Safety - Police Get Tough

21/01/08

"Employers who neglect to take account of the fact that their health and safety responsibilities extend to employers driving on company business should take note of a shift in the way police will investigate road accidents in future" warns Employment Law Solicitor Peter &#…

How much is your finger worth?

21/01/08

Personal injury claims are well publicised nowadays. Most people know who to speak to for advice and some have a fairly good idea of the process. However, for most people, how much compensation they are likely to get is more of a mystery. David Mayor…

Social landlords get to grips with Health and Safety at sell-out seminar

15/01/08

Leading local law firm Forbes Solicitors recently hosted a full-day seminar for 170 Registered Social Landlords (RSL's), who manage a combined housing stock in excess of half a million homes throughout the UK. The seminar held in Manchester aimed to help them understand the key Health and Safety…

Directors - Be Careful What You Sign!

15/01/08

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…

Do your agency contracts do what you want them to?

10/01/08

A recent Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) decision has highlighted the need for businesses that use agency workers to have the correct paperwork in place. In Wood Group Engineering (North Sea) Ltd v Robertson the EAT held that an agency worker was not an employee of an end-user but also highlighted…

Retirement at 65 or not?

10/01/08

When the UK government implemented the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations in October 2006, a mandatory retirement age of 65 came with them. This meant that employers could not lawfully dismiss an employee on the grounds of retirement until they reached the age of 65 or beyond. In addition, for the…

Increased Minimum Holiday Entitlement

10/01/08

New laws giving employee's an increased minimum holiday entitlement have now been in force since 1 October 2007. The Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2007 have increased employee's minimum holiday entitlement to 4.8 weeks (24 days for someone who works 5 days a week). This is the first of…

No responsibility for Housing estate road

08/01/08

Pauline Carter v Wigan Council Recorder Corner, Warrington County Court, 19.12.07 Following the case of Gulliksen v Pembrokeshire County Council 2002 CA many housing estate roads were in effect deemed to be adopted Highways by operation of the Housing Act 1957. Without a proactive inspection system it…

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