Team grows to reduce the time it takes to move house!

The Residential Conveyancing Department at Sills & Betteridge Solicitors in Scunthorpe continues to grow with the recent appointment of two new team members. Jessica Shaw and Sally Fairless join the firm from other local Solicitor Practices to expand the team at Oswald Road. Jess, who has worked in conveyancing for 8 years, deals with residential property sales and purchases, remortgages, transfers of equity and Help to Buy transactions. Sally will assist Jess in all of these areas, deal with client enquiries and help to ensure the smooth running of the matter. Branch Manager Tiffany Smith is delighted to welcome Jess and Sally to her team. “We pride ourselves on our…

How did the Taxi industry fare in 2017?

A four part review of Road Traffic law news in 2017 – Part 2 The big story for 2017 is Transport for London’s (TFL) decision to revoke Uber’s licence. Initially this decision will not result in any change. The Uber TFL licence was due to expire on 30 September however the company will be able to continue to operate until all appeals are exhausted. Given the high-profile nature of this decision, not only in terms of the UK market but also the potential impact internationally we can expect the appeal process to be lengthy and exhaustive. Recent reports are indicating that this initial decision marks the end of the beginning…

2017 changes to penalties for road traffic offences

A four part review of Road Traffic law news in 2017 – Part 1 2017 has been a busy year for road traffic law reforms with no shortage of opportunities to fall foul of road traffic rules (Sky News reported in October that a road traffic penalty is issued every 2.5 seconds with 30% of drivers receiving one penalty annually). The following sentencing guidelines have been amended this year: Careless Driving The approach to sentencing has changed with a more sophisticated analysis of culpability and harm to determine the starting point of a sentence. The new approach addresses a potential anomaly in the previous guidance where low culpability but serious…

New web based transport law information service for businesses and professional drivers

The law is constantly changing with increasingly severe punishments and penalties particularly in the context of road traffic law and health and safety. The impact of this punitive approach to policy making is being felt quite acutely by businesses that have a haulage or fleet operation, or require employees to drive in any capacity. Sills & Betteridge has launched a new and comprehensive web based transport law information service for businesses and professional drivers. This year has brought a number of important reforms aimed at improving road safety including increasing penalty points for using a mobile phone and the recent announcement that drivers involved in fatal road traffic accidents will…

What will happen to my business in a divorce?

Divorce can be emotionally draining for everyone concerned. However, it can be even worse when a business is involved, and has the potential to be financially draining as well, not just for the couple seeking a divorce, but for many other people too. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, any business interests that one of the spouses has can usually be taken into account during the divorce. However, whilst this sounds scary, in reality what often happens is that the court aims to leave the business owner with their business untouched, and as a result will compensate the other spouse by say giving them a greater share of other assets,…

What are the grounds for divorce?

If you are considering a divorce or have definitely decided that a divorce is the only option available to you, then it is quite likely that you are feeling very emotional, and also that you don’t really know what the next step is. This article sets out one of the first things you need to establish in order to begin divorce proceedings. In order to start divorce proceedings, you will need to file a divorce petition at court. In order to do that, you will need to have been married for at least a year (you cannot get a divorce if you have been married for less than a year),…

Lincoln Wills Trust & Probate Team Expands

Sills & Betteridge LLP Wills Trusts & Probate department in Lincoln continues to grow with two recent solicitor appointments.   Maz Dudley and Victoria Traves, both join from other Lincolnshire solicitors to expand the team at Aquis House on Clasketgate. They will both deal with estate planning matters including Wills, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection, Trusts, Inheritance Tax, Care Home Fee Planning, Probate and Estate Administration.   Maz is a member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), members of which are internationally recognised as experts in their field, with proven qualifications and experience. Both Maz and Victoria are Alzheimer’s Society ‘Dementia Friends’, which helps them to understand…

Sills & Betteridge LLP recommended in Legal 500

In the recently published edition of Legal 500, leading law firm Sills & Betteridge LLP were RECOMMENDED in two of its practice areas for the East Midlands region – Corporate & Commercial Law and Family Law. The guide, which assesses a limited number of the firm’s services is completely independent, highlights firms and individuals based purely on merit focusing on the strength and depth of the teams. Eight lawyers were recommended – four from each of the two recognised departments. Andrew Payne, Gary Phillips, Martin Walsh and Ed Capes from the Corporate and Commercial department and John Mitchell, Helen Derry, Mo Hayes and Chrystal Theofanous for family law. Senior Partner…

FOUR QUALIFY AS LEGAL ADVISERS USING DIFFERENT STUDY METHODS

FOUR QUALIFY AS LEGAL ADVISERS USING DIFFERENT STUDY METHODS   Four legal advisers from East Midlands law Firm Sills & Betteridge LLP have passed their final qualifications. Each has followed a different route to qualification, demonstrating that there are many ways to access a career in the legal profession, as long you know the routes and are prepared to study hard.   The four individuals are Calum Hanrahan, who is now a qualified solicitor specialising in immigration, Natalie Wright who has qualified as a solicitor specialising in wills, trusts and probate matters. Dominic Lee who has qualified as a solicitor and now specialises in family related work, and Jemma Burt…

HSBC Football Tournament Win

  Sills & Betteridge Solicitors in HSBC Football Tournament Win to benefit West Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service In May 2017, a number of organisations selected by HSBC including customers, local solicitors and accountants competed in their annual charity football tournament at Sincil Bank. A team of Lincoln solicitors from Sills & Betteridge, ‘Sills Sabres’ emerged victorious beating Wright Vigar Accountants in the final on penalties. Funds raised by the tournament and HSBC’s generous fund matching totalled £1100 and Sills & Betteridge, as winners, were allowed to choose which charity should receive the money. Jenny Lowe of Sills & Betteridge explained why they chose the West Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service. “WLDAS…