Archived News from 2011



Legal Landscape Changes for Unmarried Couples


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…

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Client Recognition Leads To Lucky 13 For Forbes


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…

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Gillian joins Forbes' Family Team


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…

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Family courts to be hit hard by legal aid cuts


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…

Further increase in parental child abduction


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.…

Starting Off On The Right Foot


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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Reform of Grandparents' Rights


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…

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Divorce rate drops again


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


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


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.…

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Promotions for Four at Forbes


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.…

Solicitors join Resolution Committee


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


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


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…

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