Forbes solicitors appoints new partner in corporate

Leading commercial lawyer David Filmer has joined Forbes Solicitors as a partner in the firm’s corporate team.

David joins Forbes Solicitors from Harrison Drury in Preston, where he was head of the corporate and commercial team, and responsible for leading a number of significant deals for businesses throughout Lancashire and the North West.

During his career, David has acted on the sale of £60m+ turnover company Ribble Fuel Oils to AIM listed AMF Group PLC, advised the successful Topping family on the sale of Barton Grange Hotel to Double Dutch Hotels Limited and also acted on the deal which saw Global Risk Partners acquire Crewe-based insurance brokers The County Group to establish a North West regional hub.

In his new role, David will draw on his experience to advise Forbes Solicitors’ mix of multinational and SME clients based throughout Lancashire, the UK and internationally.

Pauline Rigby, partner and head of corporate at Forbes Solicitors, said: “David joins us at a time when we’re seeing businesses reinvent themselves, find ways to improve resilience and seek new opportunities in this ever-changing economy. His wealth of experience will add real value to the companies we work with, now and in the long-term, as business owners look to realise their growth ambitions.”

David Filmer adds: “I’ve been fortunate enough to work with great people throughout my career and to be involved in challenging, rewarding and forward-thinking deals. I’m looking forward to this continuing at Forbes and working together with the firm’s other teams and specialisms to provide commercial and considered advice to businesses based here and overseas.”

David spent 10 years working with Harrison Drury, where as well as leading on major deals, he was also one of the founders of the firm’s rock and roll band Harrison Fury, which won numerous music competitions and raised funds for charity along the way. 

There’s no confirmation as to whether David will be starting a band at Forbes Solicitors. However, with head of corporate Pauline Rigby also well-known for her singing talents, it could be a case of ‘watch this space’!