Archived News from 2009



Claim Compromised Before Proceedings


Natasha Barr v Cooperative Group Taunton County Court 11th December 2009 The claimant sought damages for personal injury arising from an accident at work on 10th August 2005 sustained while handling a unicontainer with a fellow employee. Forbes acted on behalf of the Defendant. In May 2005 the…

Court cries foul after football injury


David Michael Wallace v Salford City Council and Moorside High School Forbes successfully defended a claim at Trial brought against Salford City Council where the Claimant's claim was dismissed as he was unable to prove what exactly caused him to trip and sustain injury. The Claimant alleged that…

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Better Safe than Sorry


Edna Aspden v Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Another pleasing result for the Council when Forbes successfully defended an employer's liability claim at Trial. The Claimant was employed as a secretary at a local Primary School. She sustained personal injury when she was returning a petty…

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Judge a man by the company he keeps…


Shaun Hill v Bolton Council (2009) The Claimant alleged that he had fallen as a result of a defect in the carriageway causing injury to his right wrist and left ankle. Liability was conceded subject to causation and issues of contributory negligence. Concerns were raised as the Claimant was part of a…

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Co-op not liable for spilt milk


Elizabeth Aitken v Co-operative Group Limited Forbes recently represented the Co-operative Group Ltd at trial in a slipping claim where the Claimant's claim was dismissed as District Judge Mainwaring-Taylor found that the Co-operative Group had taken all reasonable care for the safety of visitors to…

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Infant Claims.Obvious dangers


Bourne Leisure Limited (T/A British Holidays) v Marsden (On behalf of the Estate of M Marsden, Deceased) Court of Appeal (Civil Division) (Moses LJ, Stanley Burnton LJ, Elias LJ) 13.07.2009 The Claimant was the father of a two year old child who had drowned in a pond at the Defendant's holiday park…

Forbes FOIL Appointment


Forbes Solicitors is pleased to announce that David Pickford, a Partner in the firm's Defendant Insurer department has been appointed as Head of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) Special Interest Group for Employers Liability and Public Liability claims. FOIL is the national body for lawyers who…

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Trigger Litigation in Asbestos Policy Cover Cases


On 21 November 2008 Mr Justice Burton handed down his long awaited Judgement in the so called "Trigger Litigation" in relation to cases where employees have suffered and died from mesothelioma resulting from the inhalation of asbestos fibres during employment. Following the Public Liability decision…

Forbes Solicitors continue to promote


Lancashire Law firm Forbes Solicitors is delighted to announce that four of its solicitors have been promoted as part of its ongoing development. Stuart Penswick, Elizabeth Bower and David Pickford have all been promoted to Partner and Clare Knight has been made an Associate of the firm. Stuart…

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Judge Unconvinced by Care Home Claim


Christopher Platt v Wigan Council District Judge Sanderson. Wigan County Court The Claimant was employed by the Defendant as a support worker in social services. He claimed that while working at a respite home run by the Defendants, he slipped and fell as a result of a wet floor and while chasing a…

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Reduction in interest rate payable on special damages


From the 1st February 2009 the Court basic account rate changed to 2% and the special account rate changed to 3%. The appropriate rate of interest for special damages is the rate, over the period for which the interest is awarded, which is payable on the court special account. This was previously 6…

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"I don't believe a word he says"


Frank Heath v Rochdale MBC Forbes recently represented Rochdale MBC at Trial in a highway tripping claim made by the Claimant who alleged that he had tripped and fallen in a pothole in the middle of the road sustaining personal injury. The Council had denied liability. It provided evidence of an…

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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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