Archived News from 2011

December

"Falls Do Happen"

09/12/11

Lawless v Co-operative Group - 1 November 2011 District Judge Willis Forbes successfully defended a claim for the Co-operative Group Ltd in respect of an accident in its store premises in Weymouth in June 2009. The Claimant alleged that she had slipped on a grape in the fresh produce aisle in the store…

Council Succeed in EL Claim Involving Mower & Flying Stone

09/12/11

Halsall v Wigan Council - 2nd December 2011 Forbes successfully defended a claim for Wigan Council in respect of an accident at an Infant School. The Claimant was employed by the Defendant as an assistant gardener and was required to use a wheeled rotary mower. Whilst using the mower to cut grass,…

Red Rose Awards 2012 - Nominations Now Open

08/12/11

The Red Rose Awards in association with Forbes Solicitors are back for 2012! Forbes is delighted and very proud to be headline sponsors of the Red Rose Awards for the second time and is urging businesses to enter. The inaugural Red Rose Awards attracted entrants from a multitude of talented…

When Medical Treatment Goes Wrong

01/12/11

The standard of medical treatment in this country is largely very good, but on occasion you may not be satisfied with your treatment, and there are different forms of redress. The first is through the complaints procedure, and the second is a claim for negligence against the treatment provider for…

Play Fair Win Big

01/12/11

Young footballers who play fair and respect the game will reap the rewards thanks to a new scheme setup between Forbes Solicitors and the East Lancashire Football Alliance. All teams who play in the East Lancashire Football Alliance are eligible to win the Forbes Fair Play Award providing they &…

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November

Mortgage Indemnity Scheme Will Encourage Lending

30/11/11

The mortgage indemnity guarantee scheme for first time buyers announced today by the Government will encourage lending and is being welcomed as a positive step for the housing market by a Residential Conveyancing Expert at Forbes Solicitors. The Government will underwrite mortgages for up to 100,000…

Employment Shake Up

24/11/11

Forbes Solicitors is warning that the landscape of employment legislation will radically change following proposed reforms announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable. Several reforms have been announced including - · unfair dismissal qualifying period to increase to two years ·…

Forbes Appointed To NAGE Group Regional Panel

22/11/11

Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is delighted to announce that it has been appointed to the regional panel for the West region for National Australia Group Europe Limited (NAGE). Appointment to the panel means that Forbes will be dealing with the general aspects of banking work. NAGE is a holding…

Bribery Act Warning

18/11/11

Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is warning local businesses to make sure they fully understand the new UK Bribery Act and put procedures in place to ensure it is adhered to after the first person has been sentenced under the Act. Having pleaded guilty to charges of Bribery and Misconduct in a…

Forbes Scores A Winner

15/11/11

Forbes Solicitors is delighted to have beaten off tough competition to be awarded Corporate Social Responsibility Programme of the Year at the prestigious North West Football Awards. The awards recognise the region's footballing excellence, both on and off the pitch. The firm was up against…

Legal Landscape Changes for Unmarried Couples

09/11/11

Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is advising couples to consider entering into a Cohabitation Agreement following a Court ruling on unmarried couples' property rights In this case the Supreme Court made a ruling that a man who left his partner almost 20 years ago is not entitled to half…

Looking At Buying A House?

01/11/11

I am looking at buying a house and need to instruct a solicitor, should I just go with whoever quotes the cheapest? The answer is clearly no, cost should be something you consider but there are a number of other factors which you should also take into account: Cost You can look at price comparison…

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October

New Trainees at Forbes Solicitors

25/10/11

Four new trainee solicitors have recently been welcomed to Forbes Solicitors, beating off competition from hundreds of other applicants. Leanne Smith, Emma Waite, Nick Pickup and John Pickervance will be embarking on a two-year training contract with Forbes which will see them qualify as solicitors in…

Claimant & Witnesses Are Jailed For Providing Untruthful Witness Statements

12/10/11

The Queens Bench Division of the High Court delivered on 5 October 2011 a judgment in the case of Lane v Shah and was required to consider the length and severity of sentence for Contempt of Court. The first Respondent was Mrs Shah and the second and third Respondent's her husband and daughter, who…

Local Firm Shortlisted Amongst National Names

10/10/11

Forbes Solicitors is delighted to have been shortlisted for an award at the prestigious North West Football Awards, which recognise the region's footballing excellence, both on and off the pitch. The firm has been shortlisted in the Corporate Social Responsibility Programme of the Year category…

Financial Services Update

07/10/11

Riding market volatility There were widespread predictions before the recent stock market decline that the economic problems in the US and the Eurozone would impact share and bond prices. So should private investors have been switching their investments into cash? In most cases the answer will be "…

Proposed Changes To Ease Burden On Businesses

05/10/11

Lancashire Law firm Forbes Solicitors is welcoming the proposed changes to employment law announced by the Chancellor at the Conservative Party Conference today. · The qualifying period for issuing a claim for unfair dismissal will increase from the present period of one year to two years from…

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September

Will Aid's Make a Will Month

28/09/11

The Wills, Probate, Tax and Trusts Team at Forbes Solicitors is pleased to be taking part in Will Aid's Make a Will Month . During the month of November, we will write a basic Will without charging our usual fee. Instead we will invite you to donate to the Will Aid group of charities.. The…

Facebook Leads To Claimant's Downfall

28/09/11

Craig Shoreman v Tameside MBC & Another- 20/21 September 2011 Recorder Berkley - Manchester County Court Forbes Insurance Department represented Tameside MBC in a claim brought by the Claimant who alleged that he had suffered injuries as a result of a tripping incident in 2007. The Claimant…

Trainees qualify at Forbes

27/09/11

Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is pleased to announce three of its trainee solicitors have now fully qualified after completing their two year training contracts with the firm. Lucie Cocker joins the Property team and Sam Gorrell joins the Housing team, both based at Preston. Julia Krier will…

Pauline Takes Professional Of The Year Title

23/09/11

Pauline Rigby, of Forbes Solicitors, last night beat off competition to be crowned Professional of the Year at the Lancashire Business Awards. The 5th annual awards organised by Downtown Lancashire in Business celebrate the good and the great in the region and were held at Stanley House. The winners…

Client Recognition Leads To Lucky 13 For Forbes

22/09/11

Forbes Solicitors has once again reaffirmed its place as the leading law firm in Lancashire thanks to outstanding feedback and testimonials from clients. The Legal 500 is based solely on client comments and observations regarding the level of service and advice received from their legal…

Claimant Mowed Down By Grass Clippings

21/09/11

Liane Walsh v. Rochdale MBC - 14 September 2011 Deputy District Judge Wilson - Oldham County Court Forbes Insurance department successfully represented the Defendant in a trial where the claimant alleged that she had slipped on grass clippings left on the pavement. Briefly, Rochdale MBC had…

Ten Day Countdown To Agency Workers Regulations

20/09/11

Forbes Solicitors' Employment Team is warning those who regularly employ agency workers to be prepared for tough new legislation which is due to come into force on 1st October 2011. The Agency Workers Regulations will entitle those working through an agency to the same basic working and employment…

Forbes supports Preston Harriers

20/09/11

Local law firm Forbes Solicitors has added Preston Harriers to the list of sporting clubs it supports. The firm sponsored hooded training tops for the team who took part in a warm weather training camp over the summer in Portugal. The club offers track and field, road racing, fell and cross country for…

National Minimum Wage Rates To Increase From 1st October

19/09/11

Forbes Solicitors is reminding employers that as from 1st October 2011 the national minimum wage rates are to change · the adult rate will increase by 15p to £6.08 an hour · the rate for 18-20 year olds will increase by 6p to £4.98 an hour · the rate for 16-17 year…

Selling Your Business

16/09/11

As with most things in life selling your business is about preparation. This is the key to a smooth running transaction with a successful outcome. Plan your exit strategy well in advance of any prospective sale. This means that when you come to sell, your business is set up to maximise your return and…

Expansion For Forbes' Housing Team

15/09/11

Forbes Solicitors' Housing Team has expanded following the appointment of Solicitor Rebecca Asady. Rebecca, originally from Manchester, has over six years' experience in social housing and will act on a variety of cases including trespass and anti-social behaviour injunctions. She is also a qualified…

Economy Forum with the Bank of England sponsored by Forbes Solicitors

14/09/11

Economy Forum with the Bank of England sponsored by Forbes Solicitors Wednesday 19th October 2011, 8.30am. Marriott Hotel, Preston Forbes Solicitors is sponsoring the Downtown Lancashire in Business Economy Forum where the guest speaker will be Adam Posen, a senior member of the Bank of…

Forbes Runs Preston

14/09/11

Forbes Solicitors is again sponsoring Run Preston, the city's annual running event. The event will see over 1,500 competitors take part while hundreds of spectators gather to watch. Many Forbes' staff are getting involved and will be competing against each other in the workplace challenge which is part…

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August

Equal Pay - A Century To Wait?

31/08/11

Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is warning local employers to ensure they adhere to the Equality Act as a report issued today found staggering inconsistencies between the amount men and women earn. The report, issued by the Chartered Management Institute, found that women managers in the UK earn…

Insurance Promotion at Forbes

30/08/11

Forbes Solicitors is pleased to announce the promotion of Olivia Hart to Associate Solicitor. Olivia is part of the specialist Insurance team which currently acts for a number of the UK's leading insurers. She undertakes work for both private and public sector clients including Employer's…

Gillian joins Forbes' Family Team

22/08/11

Solicitor Gillian Rigby has joined the Family Law team at Forbes Solicitors in Chorley. Gillian advises on all aspects of family law including divorce, cohabitation disputes and pre-nuptial agreements but has a particular interest in ancillary relief. Originally from Wigan she studied at the…

Don't score an own goal with Twitter

12/08/11

In recent months, the use of Twitter by many footballers has led to quite a degree of controversy. Leeds manager Simon Grayson has purportedly banned all of his players from using Twitter; and most recently, Joey Barton, the Newcastle midfielder, has found himself in a huge amount of trouble, even being…

Claim What You Are Owed

09/08/11

Forbes Solicitors, the Lancashire law firm, is advising local businesses to claim what they are owed after a survey revealed more businesses are suffering as a result of late payments. Research by BACS has revealed that 53% of SMEs have suffered delays in payment from their customers. The research…

Employers' Liability And Interpretation Of Workplace Regulations

04/08/11

The Court of Appeal on the 27th July 2011 delivered a judgment in the case of Broadfield v Meyrick Management Limited and was required to consider whether an employer had been in breach of its duty to provide a suitable and sufficient handrail along the entire length of a staircase. Briefly, while…

Claimant fails to prove her case and blamed it on her Solicitor…

01/08/11

Stephenson v Salford City Council - DJ Latif - July 2011 Forbes Insurance department successfully represented the Defendant in a highway tripping claim which proceeded to trial. Briefly, the Claimant alleged that she tripped and fell into a pothole on the 2nd May 2009 whilst crossing a road…

Asset protection - who can you Trust?

01/08/11

A Lancashire Solicitor is warning people to be wary of door to door sales calls offering to set up Trusts which will 'guarantee' their home will be safe in the future and not sold to pay for care home fees. The Wills, Probate, Tax and Trusts Department at Forbes Solicitors has recently received…

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July

'Clean as you go' Vindicated at trial…

29/07/11

Price -v- Co-operative Group Ltd Llanelli County Court - 22nd July 2011 - District Judge Garland-Thomas Forbes successfully defended an Occupiers Liability claim at trial on behalf of the Co-operative Group Limited. Briefly, the facts involved a Claimant who alleged that when she attended…

Family courts to be hit hard by legal aid cuts

28/07/11

A Family Solicitor at Forbes Solicitors is warning that the cuts to legal aid will have a dramatic impact on the already over stretched family courts as many people will be left without the support and advice of a legal representative. As a result of changes to legal aid many people will be forced…

Prepare To Fail

25/07/11

Cusimano v Calderdale MBC - DJ Hawksworth - July 2011 Forbes Insurance Department represented Calderdale MBC in a claim brought by this claimant who alleged that she suffered injuries as a result of a tripping incident at 8pm on 31 January 2009. The claimant was put to strict proof that the accident…

Motorists encouraged to sound their horn to warn children of their presence

21/07/11

The Court of Appeal has provided guidance to motorists who find themselves in an area where young children are in effect using the road as a playground. Dame Janet Smith delivered the leading judgment in the case of O'Connor V Stuttard (19 July 2011). Briefly the facts involved, S who…

Stark warning to Fraudulent Claimants

20/07/11

The Court has recently sent out a stark message to Claimants where they seek to bring civil proceedings for personal injury and then verify inflated and dishonest witness statements with a statement of truth. In the case of Edward William Nield and Acromas Insurance Co Ltd v (1) Graham Jefferey…

Interference of hydrant covers on the highway

15/07/11

Potts v Salford City Council & Another - HHJ Armitage QC - June 2011 Forbes successfully defended a claim for a Highway Authority in respect of an incident whereby the Claimant sustained serious injury following a trip in April 2007 caused by a missing water hydrant cover. The Claimant produced…

Rainy Days At School…

14/07/11

Lord Justice Jackson delivered the leading Judgment in the Court of Appeal in the case of Hufton v Somerset County Council on the 7th July 2011. The case concerned a 15 year old pupil who during a school break had entered the school hall because it began to rain and slipped on a patch of wetness. The…

Guidance on rocking flags on the highway

14/07/11

Whilst there have always been some first instance decisions on rocking flag defects, the decision by the Court of Appeal in the case of Dalton v Nottingham County Council on the 6th July 2011 delivered a judgment as to how highway authorities should deal with the issue of dangerousness in such…

Forbes up for two at Downtown Lancashire Business Awards

12/07/11

Forbes Solicitors are delighted to have been nominated for Best Legal Firm at the forthcoming Downtown Lancashire Business Awards. Both Daniel Milnes and Pauline Rigby of the Business Law Department are shortlisted in the Professional of the Year category. The fourth annual Lancashire Business…

A Step Too Far

06/07/11

Byrne v Oldham MBC - District Judge Osborne - Oldham County Court Forbes has successfully defended an Occupiers Liability claim brought against Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council at trial. The Claimant had been using external steps at a local park when she tripped due to an irregular and increased…

Further increase in parental child abduction

05/07/11

The Family Law Team at Forbes Solicitors is advising separated families to make sure holiday plans are always firmly agreed to avoid any problems. This comes as the Foreign Office reported a 10% increase in the past year in cases where a British child has been abducted by a parent and taken overseas.…

I am sorry the Claimant fell but…

05/07/11

Bates v Bolton MBC and Walsh's Traditional Foods Lld District Judge Shaw Forbes has successfully defended an Occupiers Liability claim on behalf of Bolton Metropolitan Council. The Claimant alleged that he had slipped on some chicken fat coming from one of the market stalls whilst walking through the…

The test for dangerousness in s.41 highway claims?

05/07/11

Kent CC v Lawrence (22/6/11) QBD Mr Justice Eady The High Court has once again provided guidance for determining the test as to whether a defect constitutes a danger for the purposes of establishing a breach under s.41 Highway Act 1980. The Claimant had tripped over a manhole cover which protruded…

Essential Tax Planning

01/07/11

Ensuring that our family would be well provided for financially should anything happen to us can be a big concern. With this in mind many of us have pension arrangements which would pay out a tax free lump sum death in service benefit or life insurance policies which would pay out on our death. These…

Starting Off On The Right Foot

01/07/11

Recent reports in the press of high profile footballers' playing away from home has once again raised the issue as to whether a pre-nuptial agreement can contribute towards saving huge amounts of time and money when sorting out matters following such alleged affairs. Although there is often much more…

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June

Strike to disrupt thousands of businesses as well as schools

29/06/11

Strike action is set to disrupt thousands of schools this week, leaving parents and their employers in a difficult position according to an employment expert at Forbes Solicitors. Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) are set to strike on…

Have your say: Lancashire Business Survey

21/06/11

The Lancashire Business Survey returns for its 4th year and the organisers want to know your thoughts and feelings on the issues affecting Lancashire. The survey, carried out by Downtown in Business is sponsored by Forbes Solicitors, Moore and Smalley chartered accountants, Soap Media and The Write…

Top marks for Forbes' Will Solicitor

06/06/11

A specialist Wills Solicitor at Forbes Solicitors has been recognised as one of the best in the country after gaining top marks in a recent exam. Greg Poole gained the highest mark in the country in the STEP Certificate in Will Preparation. He was part of the first intake for the qualification…

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May

Forbes' support saves HR Employer's Forum

24/05/11

Forbes Solicitors has stepped in to support a Lancashire based employer's forum which was at risk of falling victim to the spending cuts. The Lancashire HR Employer's Forum is co-ordinated by Community and Business Partners and meets every four months to discuss local private sector business issues…

Forbes Solicitors takes local businesses to tribunal

19/05/11

The Equality Act Update & Mock Tribunal held this week at Stanley House Hotel was a resounding success with over 70 representatives from local employers attending. Jonathan Holden from the Employment team at Forbes kicked off the day with a brief overview of the Equality Act, this was followed by a…

Lancashire businesses tighten up on late payments

19/05/11

Lancashire businesses are becoming savvy when it comes to late payments according to Forbes Solicitors Debt Collect team who have seen a sharp increase in new instructions over the last year. The Debt Collect Team at Forbes has seen a 35% increase in new instructions from those looking to collect bad…

Constant changes to employment law creates uncertainty for employers

17/05/11

The constant proposals to change employment law being made by the Government could cause uncertainty for employers and leave them open to claims of discrimination if they aren't fully prepared warns Forbes Solicitors. Only last week the government announced proposals regarding discrimination claims,…

Proposed changes to Employment Law

11/05/11

The proposals to look at reforming Employment Law announced by the Government today could make life easier for employers according to Employment specialists at Forbes Solicitors. Although it is unclear at this stage exactly what these reforms will entail, the proposals at the moment are…

Inheritance Tax Planning

01/05/11

I have death in service benefits from work and life insurance policies, will my family have to pay Inheritance Tax on these? Ensuring that our family would be well provided for financially should anything happen to us can be a big concern. With this in mind many of us have pension arrangements which…

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April

Douglass Grange bought by management team

26/04/11

Forbes Solicitors recently acted for Yorkshire Bank who provided the financing for the management buyout of Blackburn based accountancy firm Douglass Grange. The buyout follows the retirement of founding partner Ian Douglass, who will continue to work for the business in a consultancy capacity.…

Pension reforms - is your business prepared?

20/04/11

Employment experts at Forbes Solicitors are warning local businesses to prepare now for forthcoming pension reforms. From 2012 employers will be required to automatically enrol all eligible employees into a qualifying workplace pension and to make minimum contributions into it. The government is…

Curtain Up for Young Carers

13/04/11

A team of young people from Child Action Northwest's Young Carers Project are staging a fundraising Charity Gala Opening Night Reception at the Thwaites Empire Theatre on Monday 9th May. BBC Radio Lancashire's John 'Gilly' Gillmore & Carole Turner will host the 'gangsters and molls' themed event in…

Equality Act Update & Mock Tribunal

11/04/11

Eight months on from the implementation of the Equality Act the Employment and HR team at Forbes Solicitors is holding an interactive seminar exploring the practical implications of the Act and how these may affect your business. The event will include an update on how the new legislation has been…

Overpay now to save later

08/04/11

The MPC kept the Bank of England base rate at 0.50% yesterday for the 25th consecutive month. Peter Toner of Forbes Financial Services advises borrowers should consider overpaying on their mortgages now to save money when rates do rise. Overpaying while rates remain low offers the twin benefits of…

Increase in National Minimum Wage

07/04/11

The national minimum wage is to increase by 15p an hour to £6.08 in October, benefiting almost a million workers, the Government has announced. Ministers said they had accepted recommendations from the Low Pay Commission, giving a new adult rate of £6.08, while the statutory wage for 18-20-…

When I'm sixty-five...

06/04/11

Lancashire law firm Forbes is warning employers that from today they can no longer force their employees to retire from employment simply because they have reached the age of 65. Although employees themselves can still choose to retire, an employer cannot enforce that choice. This represents a massive…

Close Up on the Model (Constitutions)

05/04/11

The Charity Commission has this week released both its guidance for the creation of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and the model constitutions they are to adopt. A CIO is a new legal entity, capable of entering into its own contracts and providing its trustees and members with limited or…

Key Changes following the Chancellor's Budget

01/04/11

Income Tax From 6 April 2011, as previously announced, the Personal Allowance for those aged less than 65 will increase by £1,000 to £7,475 and so that higher rate tax payers do not benefit from this increase the basic rate limit will be reduced to £35,000. The Chancellor has…

Reform of Grandparents' Rights

01/04/11

A reform of grandparents' rights to maintain contact with their grandchildren after a family breakdown announced today has been welcomed by the Family Team at Forbes Solicitors. At the moment grandparents currently have no automatic rights to maintain contact with their grandchildren after a…

Red Rose Awards in Association with Forbes Solicitors

01/04/11

We were proud to be the headline sponsor and support The Lancashire Business View Red Rose Awards 2011 which took place at a black tie dinner at The Winter Gardens Blackpool in March. As a Lancashire firm working with a wide range of clients across different industry sectors we see the achievements…

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March

Government opens brown envelope on bribery act guidance

31/03/11

The Government has now published the guidance on how the Bribery Act will work in practice with effect from 1 July. Businesses now have three months to get ready for compliance or face prosecution. There has been much discussion since the Act was passed about how far it will go in restricting…

Good to go for CIO

28/03/11

The Charity Commission today announced the publication of guidance and two model constitutions for use in registering Charitable Incorporated Organisations. The availability of CIOs has been long-planned and intended to happen at various points since the enactment of the Charities Act 2006. A CIO…

What does the budget mean for Charities?

24/03/11

Following on from the budget, which was hailed by George Osbourne as the 'most radical and most generous reforms to charitable giving for more than 20 years' the Charities Group at Forbes Solicitors has put together a summary of the key changes affecting Charities after the Budget. Gift Aid…

Budget proposals to help unlock the property market

23/03/11

Forbes Solicitors Conveyancing Team are welcoming the assisted deposit scheme announced in today's budget as a much needed boost to the property market in Lancashire. The Government has confirmed that it will provide a £250m assisted deposit scheme to first time buyers to purchase newly…

Public Sector Appointment for David Pickford

22/03/11

Forbes Solicitors is pleased to announce that David Pickford, a Partner in the Insurance Department based at the firm's Leeds office, has been elected as Head of the Public Sector Focus Group for the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL). FOIL is the national organisation that represents lawyers acting on…

HR Business Support expanded to meet client demand

21/03/11

A service launched last year by Forbes Solicitors' Employment Team has proved so successful that it has been expanded to meet client demand. Emma Fitzsimmons, HR officer at Forbes Solicitors, will now join Head of HR, Joanne Pickering in offering practical HR advice and support to clients. The service…

Termination will be even more taxing

17/03/11

There has been much publicity surrounding the changes to employment legislation due to come into force in April. However be careful not to miss a very subtle but important change that could have serious financial implications. Previously when an employment dispute between an employer and employee has…

Forbes steps up support for local leagues

17/03/11

Forbes Solicitors has reaffirmed its commitment to local grassroots football by becoming the main sponsor of two Lancashire football leagues. Over 4000 youngsters play in the Central Lancs Junior Football League (CLJFL) and Mid Lancs Colts Junior Football League (MLCJFL) which cover the Preston and…

500 Days to go…

15/03/11

Today marks 500 days until the 2012 London Olympic Games and as tickets go on sale an Employment Expert is advising employers to ensure they are prepared for any issues that arise out of 'Olympic Fever'. It is anticipated that requests for time off during the games will be higher than normal and…

Don't fall foul of new regulations

11/03/11

A Residential Property expert at Forbes Solicitors is reminding Ribble Valley residents of the importance of registering their septic tanks to avoid a fine. Failing to register or installing an unapproved system without prior registration of an exemption or permit is against the law. Many homes use…

Paternity Leave - Significant developments

10/03/11

The Additional Paternity Leave Regulations will come into force in April this year and represent a significant shake up of paternity rights. They entitle fathers, civil partners or adoptive parents up to 6 months additional paternity leave. Their aim is to allow parents to share the care arrangements…

Time to Trust?

10/03/11

Contrary to popular understanding, trusts are a simple concept and are not only applicable to the more affluent client but can be suitable for anyone who owns assets. In short, a trust is a private legal arrangement where the ownership of assets is transferred by the legal owner (the Settlor) to…

ECJ Ruling on Annuity Pensions

01/03/11

Today the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that men and women cannot be charged different insurance premiums because of their gender. This decision has also affected the cost of buying an annuity pension. According to the ECJ 'taking the gender of the insured individual account as a risk…

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February

Divorce rate drops again

28/02/11

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics have shown that divorce has fallen again for the sixth year in a row. In 2009 113,949 couples divorced compared to 121,708 the previous year, this equals a 6.4% decrease. Although the number of couples divorcing has decreased so has the number…

Resolution Secretary Role for Chorley Solicitor

25/02/11

Deb Choudhuri, Family Solicitor at Forbes' Chorley office is now the Resolution Secretary for the Lancashire and Cumbria Region. Resolution is a prestigious Family Law organisation of 5700 lawyers who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters. Resolution also…

Shake up in Divorce cases

23/02/11

A shake up in the divorce process announced by the Justice Minister this morning is being welcomed by Family Solicitors at Forbes. Divorcing couples involved in disputes regarding children and financial disagreements will be referred to mediation before they are allowed to use the courts.…

Right to time off for training will not be extended

17/02/11

An Employment Expert at Forbes Solicitors is welcoming the announcement that the right for employees to request time off for training will not be extended in April as a step in the right direction to reduce the burden of regulations on small businesses. The Department for Business Innovation and…

Mills wins Young Dealmaker

11/02/11

A Solicitor at Forbes has won a regional award which recognises her deal making skills. Charlotte Mills was named Young Dealmaker of the Year at the Insider Lancashire Dealmaker Awards 2011 which were held at Ewood Park, Blackburn on 11th February. Charlotte, who was promoted to Associate…

Mutual Gratification In The Supreme Court

10/02/11

The Supreme Court yesterday ruled that public sector mutuals can operate outside the procurement rules. This decision in the Brent LBC and Others v Risk Management Partners Limited case overturns the previous Court of Appeal ruling. The case is about RMP challenging Brent and other London Boroughs…

What A Terrible Waste

09/02/11

In developments that would please less scrupulous operators such as Tony Soprano the waste management industry seems to be turning nasty, especially in the field of procurement law with a series of cases coming to court involving challenges to public contracts. The results for the private sector have…

Procurement: Armed And Dangerous

09/02/11

Landmines, assault rifles and helicopters - it sounds like a shopping list for a Vin Diesel film but it's just a regular couple of weeks in the world of procurement. The demining charity the Halo Trust challenged a contract awarded under a framework of which Halo was one of three members. The…

Forbes Secures Football Tournament

01/02/11

A pre season football tournament which attracts over 1,200 players has been secured once again thanks to the continuing support of law firm Forbes Solicitors. The firm sponsors the tournament each year, which could possibly have been at risk following the Government's local government spending…

Double Appointment at Forbes' Chorley Office

01/02/11

The Crime Team at Forbes Solicitors' Chorley office has been strengthened following the appointment of two new Solicitors. Natalie Darwen and Craig MacKenzie, who both live in Walton le Dale in Preston, join the team who recently relocated to larger premises on St Thomas's Road, Chorley. They both…

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January

Deal Announcement - Forbes acts for Aston Chemists in acquisition

27/01/11

Forbes Solicitors has once again advised local business Aston Chemists Limited, this time on their acquisition of the business and assets of a Scarborough based pharmacy for an undisclosed sum. The pharmacy in Scarborough is the latest addition to Blackburn based Aston Chemists portfolio. The…

Tribunal Reforms: Cable of Good News for Employers?

27/01/11

An Employment expert at Forbes Solicitors is welcoming the proposed reforms to the Employment Tribunals system announced today and the effect they will have on businesses. Prime Minister David Cameron and Business Secretary Vince Cable have today announced proposed reforms to include: · A fee…

Offside - Changes to the game of discrimination

25/01/11

Recently caught "off-mic" comments by football presenters at Sky Sports regarding the female Assistant Referee in the Liverpool -v- Wolves match at the weekend, has brought into sharp reality one of the potential issues that employers may face under the new Equality Act legislation, which came into…

Mediation Service now offered at Forbes Solicitors

25/01/11

The Dispute Resolution Department at Forbes Solicitors is now offering a Mediation service following the qualification of Robin Stephens as an Accredited Mediator. Mediation encourages the settlement of disputes by a solution that's acceptable to everyone in the case. The Mediator takes the role of an…

New Head of Housing for Forbes

20/01/11

Forbes Solicitors is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Penswick as its new Head of Housing. Stuart who has been with the firm for over 10 years takes over the role from Siobhan Hardy who is focusing on other commitments within the firm as Managing Partner of its Leeds office and Partner…

Pension Reminder

19/01/11

Pension Reminder The Pensions minister Steve Webb recently revealed that more than 2 million Britons who are already over 50 are expected to reach their 100th birthday. He added that 5.5 million Britons aged between 16 and 50 should also live to be a 100 whilst figures from the Department for Works and…

Protection of Cash Balances Increased to £85,000.

17/01/11

The level of protection for cash deposit balances have recently increased from £50,000 up to £85,000 under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) The increased limit came into effect on the 31st December 2010 and is per individual, per institution. Further amounts might be repaid…

Be prepared for changes to Paternity leave

17/01/11

Forbes Solicitors is warning local employers to be prepared for the forthcoming changes to Maternity and Paternity leave which is again in the spotlight following the Government's announcement this morning. From April this year, new legalisation will be brought into force entitling fathers to…

Promotions for Four at Forbes

17/01/11

Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is delighted to announce that Charlotte Mills, Katherine Milnes, Lachlan McLean and Gill Carr have been appointed as Associates of the firm. Charlotte is part of the Business Law team at Blackburn. Katherine is also based at Blackburn within the Insurance team.…

Difficult decisions to be made when making a will

17/01/11

Following the BBC Programme 'Can't Take It With You' Forbes Solicitors is urging people to face up to difficult decisions when making a will . The show follows two families who are preparing to make wills but are torn about who should inherit. The wives in the two families are against the principle of…

Licensing Expert welcomes extension to opening hours for Royal Wedding

14/01/11

A Licensing Expert at Forbes Solicitors is welcoming the news that pubs and clubs can stay open longer to celebrate The Royal Wedding on 29 April. The Government has confirmed that pubs and clubs can stay open longer to celebrate William and Kate's wedding. Pubs and clubs are allowed to sell alcohol…

Employment Team issue Age Discrimination warning to local employers

12/01/11

Forbes Solicitors in Lancashire is warning local employers about the potential liabilities they can face when dismissing an employee following the recent case brought by the former Countryfile presenter Miriam O'Reilly against the BBC. Ms O'Reilly argued that she was dismissed from Countryfile…

Expertise STEPs up at Forbes Solicitors

10/01/11

The Wills, Probate, Tax and Trusts Team at Forbes Solicitors now has three Solicitors who are recognised as the most experienced and senior individuals in the field of trusts and estates. Cindy Orritt, a Solicitor who has been with the firm for seven years, recently completed her STEP (Society of…

Solicitors join Resolution Committee

07/01/11

Two Family Lawyers at Forbes Solicitors have recently joined the Committee of a prestigious Family Law organisation. Gill Carr and Deb Choudhuri are now members of the Resolution Committee for Lancashire. Resolution is an organisation of 5700 lawyers who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational…

January to see Divorce increase

06/01/11

Traditionally the number of new divorce cases in January is always high but Forbes Solicitors are predicting an even bigger increase this year. Historically couples wait until after Christmas to divorce for many reasons - for the sake of their children, so as not to spoil their Christmas holidays or…

Family Expansion at Forbes' Chorley Office

05/01/11

The Family Department at Forbes Solicitors' Chorley office has further expanded following the appointment of Debapriya Choudhuri. Deb, a Family Solicitor with 15 years experience, specialises in children matters and domestic abuse. He is an Accredited Specialist of both Resolution and the Advanced…

The Forbes Survival Guide To Moving House - Part 4

05/01/11

4. Moving Day It can be handy to have a list of things to make sure moving day is as stress free as possible. · Keep your mobile switched on · Call us if you are concerned · What time keys will be available and where from? - don't hand keys over direct · What if…

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