Archived News from 2010



Pre-Action Disclosure Applications - Not Before Time


Forbes Solicitors has successfully contested a number of premature pre-action disclosure applications brought by the same firm of solicitors in the Liverpool County Court. The pre-action protocol clearly sets out that the Defendant has 21 days to acknowledge a letter of claim and then a further 3…

Court Appeal clarifies duty under s.41 of the Highway Act 1980


Judith Valentine v Transport for London and Hounslow London Borough Council [2010] EWCA Civ 1358 The Court of Appeal has clarified the extent of the duty under section 41 of the Highways Act 1980 in relation to the presence of loose surface lying material on the highway. This case followed the tragic…

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Recognition in Chambers UK increases for Forbes Solicitors


In one of the leading guides to legal services in the UK Forbes Solicitors has increased the number of categories it is ranked in to five. The categories Forbes was ranked in are – Crime, Dispute Resolution , Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant (both North West and Yorkshire) and Social Housing .…

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EL Policy Trigger Litigation - Issues for the Public Sector


A couple of weeks ago we reported on the decision of the Court of Appeal in the Trigger Litigation arising out the dispute as to which Insurer should respond to an Employers' Liability (EL) claim against an insured for compensation arising out of exposure to asbestos dust leading to the Claimant…

Pub chain fined after landlord dies from carbon monoxide poisoning


In October 2010 a pub chain was fined £300,000 and ordered to pay £19,000 costs at Liverpool Crown Court after one of its landlords died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Mr Paul Lee, who was the landlord of the Aintree Hotel in Bootle, had put a gas fire in this living room on before going to…

Court of Appeal rules in EL Policy Trigger Litigation


On Friday the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in the so called Trigger Litigation arising out the dispute as to which Insurer should respond to an Employers' Liability (EL) claim against an insured for compensation arising out of exposure to asbestos dust leading to the Claimant contracting…

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Trainees qualify at Forbes


Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is pleased to announce four of its trainee solicitors have now fully qualified after completing their two year training contracts with the firm. Emma Newbould qualifies into Employment at Blackburn, Anthony Parkinson into Crime at Preston whilst Siobhan O'…

Forbes comes out top in Lancashire


In the leading guide to legal services, the Legal 500, Forbes Solicitors has increased the number of categories it is recommended in to 13, up three from last year, and once again out performed all its local competitors. Forbes is the only Lancashire law firm to appear in six categories - Property…

"Let It Be Known To Your Mates On The Estate…"


Rigby v Wigan Council District Judge Mornington - Wigan County Court 2nd September 2010 Forbes Insurance department successfully defended a claim for Wigan Council where the Claimant was seeking damages relating to an alleged tripping accident near to his home address in December 2006 after going to…

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A mindset to make a claim


Hanley v The Cooperative Group (Huddersfield County Court) Forbes Insurance successfully defended the Cooperative Group in a claim brought by a member of the public for personal injury. Mrs Hanley said that she had slipped on a grape on the floor of a Cooperative retail store and alleged breach of…

No liability on Council for flooding on highway


Seddons (Plant and Engineers) Ltd v Warrington Borough Council and United Utilities - (Warrington County Court) The claimant company claimed damages arising from an incident where a car driven by one of its employees became submerged in a deep pool of water and foul waste which had accumulated on the…

Forbes Solicitors expands city centre presence


Forbes Solicitors' Manchester office has taken up larger offices to extend its presence in the city The Manchester branch opened in 2005 and is a specialist liability based office serving major insurers and the public sector. Andrew Ellis, Managing Partner at the Manchester office comments, &…

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Forbes Solicitors wins EL/PL litigated claims handling contract for Asda


The Leeds office of Forbes Solicitors is delighted to announce Asda as a new client of the firm. Forbes has been contracted to handle litigated Employer's Liability, Public liability and Product Liability Claims on behalf of Asda. The Leeds branch is a specialist liability based office serving major…

Court's Warning Of Putting Profit Before Safety


A recent Health & Safety prosecution reminds employers of the Court's attitude when profit is put before safety. Clearly in the current economic climate with cuts and efficiency savings being made in both the private and public sector, organisations should take heed that the Court will impose…

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Forbes Solicitors announces promotions


Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is delighted to announce that Naila Aziz, Sarah Hinde, Jonathan Holden and Craig Liversidge have been appointed as Associates of the firm. Naila is part of the Insurance team at Blackburn which advises on civil litigation matters. Jonathan is part of our team…

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Judge notes effect of adverse weather


Paul Stephen v Warrington Borough Council Warrington County Court 1st February 2010 District Judge Cahill The Claimant sought damages for personal injuries sustained when he tripped over a defect in the carriageway on 16th May 2008. The Claimant had parked his van part on the pavement and part on…

The Rolling Stones


26 March 2010, Preston County Court Barron v Preston College Deputy District Judge Jones Forbes has successfully defended an occupiers liability claim brought against Preston College at trial. The claim was dismissed on the grounds that the judge did not find a foreseeable risk of danger. The…

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The government rejects calls to overturn pleural plaques decision


Following a long running consultation, Jack Straw announced last week that the government will not attempt to reverse the Law Lords ruling made in October 2007. In the case of Rothwell v Chemical & Insulating Co Ltd, the Law Lords determined that the existence of pleural plaques does not constitute…

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Somewhere Around Here - Pre Action Disclosure Claims


Kalu v Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Wigan County Court, 12th February 2010 Deputy District Judge Turner This case, in which Forbes represented the Defendant, highlights the common difficulty encountered by Councils where Claimants fail to properly identify the site of accidents in pre…

Take it or Leave it


Terry Moore v Cooperative Group ltd. Doncaster county court 19th February 2010 Recorder Salter The Claimant sought damages for credit hire charges incurred as a result of a road traffic accident on 6th April 2008 when the Claimant's Land Rover Sport was damaged in the Defendant's car wash. The…

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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.

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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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