Archived News from 2008



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,…

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New changes to Personal Injury claims


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


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…

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Forbes assists Wigan Council in groundbreaking fraud case


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…

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Novel claim for neck injury defeated


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…

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Increase in NHS charges announced


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…

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"In my judgment the risk must have been obvious"


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…

Insurers personal liability for costs


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…

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


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…

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Bereavement Damages Entitlement Extended


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…

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15 Feb 2019



Claim Derailed By Compelling Statistics

The Claimant brought a claim following an accident on an amusement attraction. The attraction in question…

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At Forbes Solicitors 'clients receive real personal attention from people who know their stuff. The team is hardworking and knowledgeable and is very comfortable with high-value claims'.

2018-19 edition Legal 500

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Forbes Solicitors' 'professional, approachable and reliable' personal injury practice attracts praise for its 'traditional client-centric personal service'.

2018-19 edition Legal 500

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With 'extensive knowledge' that 'inspires confidence', the department at Forbes is led by managing partner Martin Crabtree.

2014 edition Legal 500

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Forbes is "absolutely fantastic - nothing is too much trouble".

2011 edition Legal 500

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The Team "Deliver a consistently high quality service across the board"

2010 Edition Chambers UK

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It is easy to support organisations that I have complete confidence in. Excellent, fast, straight to the point work, no procrastination, which in turn means no racking up of fees.

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During the ten years I have experienced with Forbes I have always without exception received a first class service.

Insurance Officer
Metropolitan Borough Council

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You won the Tender based on talent and quality.

- report following successful tender for a Metropolitan Borough Council

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I owe you and your colleagues a lot. I appreciate all the assistance you and Forbes have offered me both professionally and personally.

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