21 September, 2016
Forbes Solicitors is celebrating after receiving 31 recommendations for its lawyers and services in the 2016 Legal 500 rankings.
The leading North West legal firm is also delighted to reveal that Lucy Worrall, Partner and Head of Housing and Regeneration, based in Preston, has been included in the elite "Leading Lawyers" list for Real Estate and Social Housing.
The Legal 500 United Kingdom is "the leading guide to law firms in the UK" and the global Legal 500 website receives over four million visitors each year.
Its research process involves inviting submissions from law firms across the UK. Clients listed in submissions are then contacted for references and researchers conduct interviews with firms as appropriate.
In the newly-published rankings, Forbes has been recommended in the North West for its work in the following areas: Social Housing, Corporate & Commercial, Crime, Dispute Resolution, Human Resources, Insurance, Private Client: Family, Private Client: Wills, Public Sector: Local Government, Real Estate: Commercial Property and Real Estate: Property Litigation. It has also been recommended for Insurance in the Yorkshire & the Humber region.
Corporate and Commercial
Crime, Fraud and Licensing
Human Resources - Employment
Insurance - Personal Injury - Defendant
Private Client - Family
Private Client - Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate
Real Estate - Commercial Property
Real Estate - Property Litigation
Real Estate - Social Housing
YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER
Insurance - Personal Injury- Defendant
Among the comments made by Legal 500 were:
The 'holistic, fastidious and effective' team at Forbes Solicitors is noted for its 'wealth of sector knowledge'. The 'brilliant' Stuart Penswick heads the housing litigation team and the exceptional' Lucy Worrall heads the housing and regeneration team. Daniel Milnes leads on contracts and projects, and Lachlan McLean specialises in housing management and leasehold matters.
Insurance - North West
Forbes Solicitors acts for over 50 local authorities as well as clients including Travelers, ASDA and Syndicate 2525. Paul Geldard and Martin Crabtree are 'technically excellent and provide a first-rate service'. Kella Bowers 'goes above and beyond to explain things well and clearly in layman's terms'. The firm has particular expertise in historic abuse and grooming claims.
At Forbes Solicitors, Jonathan Holden 'always goes the extra mile' and has particular expertise in local government matters.
Siobhan Hardy, Senior Partner at Forbes said: "Legal 500 is the definitive guide to the best legal firms and lawyers in the country and we are delighted to be so well represented in 2016. To have such a glowing endorsement of the work we do is absolutely fantastic and everyone should be rightfully proud of what they have achieved, which ultimately ensures that our clients get the best service possible."
Forbes is one of the leading law firms in the North with 320 staff including 39 partners and nine offices.
Office locations include Blackburn (three), Accrington, Central Lancashire, Preston, Chorley, Leeds and Manchester
With 'extensive knowledge' that 'inspires confidence', the department at Forbes is led by managing partner Martin Crabtree.
2014 edition Legal 500
Forbes is "absolutely fantastic - nothing is too much trouble".
2011 edition Legal 500
The Team "Deliver a consistently high quality service across the board"
2010 Edition Chambers UK
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.
Liability Operations Manager
During the ten years I have experienced with Forbes I have always without exception received a first class service.
Metropolitan Borough Council
You won the Tender based on talent and quality.
- report following successful tender for a Metropolitan Borough Council
I owe you and your colleagues a lot. I appreciate all the assistance you and Forbes have offered me both professionally and personally.