Forbes announces eight promotions


11 May, 2016

Forbes Solicitors has announced the appointment of five new Partners and three new Associates as part of its continued growth.

The largest legal practice in the North West outside the major cities has promoted Tom Smith, Richard Clithero, Ruth Rule-Mullen, Gareth Price and Shirley Faragher to Partners from Associates.

It has also confirmed that Nick Pickup, John Pickervance and Nigel McCloy have been promoted from Solicitors to Associates.

Siobhan Hardy, Senior Partner at Forbes said: "We are delighted to announce these appointments, which underline the strength in depth which we have at Forbes and which also demonstrate our track record for nurturing our own talent and helping people to build careers with us.

"I look forward to watching their careers flourish even further in the future."

Tom Smith is Head of Forbes' Dispute Resolution Team and is an experienced litigator, having joined the firm in July 2015.

He specialises in business disputes and has particular expertise in those involving commercial contracts, shareholders, partnerships, share sales and warranties, banking issues, restrictive covenants and professional negligence.

Tom represents clients in proceedings in both the County Court and the High Court and is a member of the Law Society Civil Litigation Section.

Richard Clithero deals with a wide range of commercial property matters including purchases and sales of commercial properties, commercial leases, secured lending work, agreements relating to land such as option agreements and overage, general landlord and tenant matters and dealing with the property aspect of corporate deals.

Richard, who joined Forbes in 2014, acts for a variety of clients, from large national companies and PLCs to small businesses and private individuals.

Ruth Rule-Mullen has extensive experience in Employment and HR matters with a specialism in the Education sector, representing schools, academies and FE providers.

She has also worked with a number of businesses including those within the manufacturing and hospitality industries. She has regularly represented clients successfully at Employment Tribunal and also enjoys providing bespoke and interactive training sessions to clients.

Gareth Price is Head of the Magistrates and Police Station department at Forbes' Blackburn office, leading a team of seven lawyers and accredited police station representatives.

He has general criminal practice background involving more than 14 years' experience in the Magistrates Court and has developed a greater emphasis on Regulatory crime over the last seven years, defending individuals and organisations in a number of high-profile cases.

Shirley Faragher acts on behalf of Registered Providers of Social Housing advising on tenancy management with a focus on anti-social behaviour. Shirley is a specialist trial advocate dealing with all aspects of Housing Litigation up to and including hearings in the High Court.

She also prepares and delivers interactive training packages on a wide range of topics including proportionality, mental health, the Equality Act and the implications of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Nick Pickup is part of the Corporate & Restructuring team at Forbes and assists a wide variety of clients with transactional and advisory work. This can include working on mergers and acquisitions, assisting with business start-ups or the creation of joint ventures, drafting shareholders' agreements, implementing corporate re-organisations, re-structures or providing general company law advice.

He is also part of the SIPP (Self-Invested Personal Pension) & SSAS (Small Self-Administered Scheme ) Group where he advises SIPPs on the disposal of shares; in addition to drafting and negotiating loan agreements, security documentation and deeds of priority with Lending Institutions or other third parties.

John Pickervance joined Forbes in 2011 as a trainee solicitor and qualified into the Corporate & Restructuring department in 2013. John specialises in advising on, drafting and negotiating contracts governing provision of both goods and services; international trade; commercial agency and distribution; manufacturing; consultancy and charities. John also advises on and assists businesses in relation to the identification, protection and exploitation of intellectual property, franchise and IT issues. As part of a wider team, John is also involved in larger projects and corporate transactions.

John works for clients including PLCs, football clubs, housing associations, charities and small and medium-sized enterprises both trading on a national and international basis.

Nigel McCloy is a Higher Court Advocate in the Insurance Department. After gaining experience with two North East law firms he joined Forbes in 2009 before qualifying in 2012. He has experience of defending Public, Occupiers' and Employers' Liability claims ranging from slip and trip accidents to coroner's inquests.

He acts on behalf of a number of Local Authorities and retailers and has previously worked in-house at a national retailer. When not conducting advocacy Nigel is regularly found delivering training sessions and seminars to clients.


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