Accreditations

Legal Aid Agency Specialist Quality Mark

The Legal Aid Agency is responsible for the public funding of certain ares of law in England and Wales. Firms that deliver legal aid must hold either the Specialist Quality Mark (SQM) or Lexcel. The SQM is a quality assurance standard for legal providers that:

  • supply complex legal help
  • offer a full range of legal services, including representation in court (where necessary and permitted) by formally trained professionals

The firm also holds the Family Mediation Quality Mark. 

Lexcel

The firm has held the Law Society’s Lexcel practice management standard since 2002. Lexcel is the Law Society’s international practice management standard. The Lexcel practice management standard is only awarded to solicitor practices which meet the highest management and customer care standards. Lexcel accredited practices undergo rigorous independent assessment every year to ensure they meet required standards of excellence in areas such as client care, case management and risk management.

Law Society Accreditations

Many solicitors concentrate their work in one or two areas of law and some solicitors are accredited by the Law Society in their area of specialisation. Law Society accredited specialists have expert skills, knowledge and experience that are tested and certified against the highest standards. The firm has Law Society accredited specialists in the following areas:-

  • Children Law
  • Family Law
  • Family Mediation
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Litigation

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has been fighting for the rights of injured people for over 25 years. A not-for-profit campaign organisation, APIL’s 3,800 member lawyers (mainly solicitors, barristers and legal executives) are dedicated to changing the law, protecting and enhancing access to justice, and improving the services provided for victims of personal injury. The head of the personal injury department is a Fellow of APIL and several members of his team are Accredited Members.

Resolution

Resolution is an organisation which believes in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters. The firm has several solicitors who have gained specialist accreditation in the following areas:-

  • Collaborative Law
  • Mediation
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Children Law (disputes between parents and relatives)
  • Complex financial and property matters
  • International Child Abduction
  • Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

STEP is an organisation which sets out key ethical and professional standards its member should uphold in the field of Estate Planning. Full members of STEP are the most experienced and senior practitioners in the field of trusts and estates.

The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)

ACTAPS is an organisation for lawyers specialising in contentious trust and probate work.

The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)

We are a member of the CQS, which means that we meet the high standards the Law Society sets to ensure that we give clients a professional and quality conveyancing service.

Client Feedback

  • Thank you for completing my case. You have been extremely helpful and I would recommend you without hesitation. Good look for the future.

     

  • I would like to thank you for everything you have done regarding my case. Your service and the firm you work with is outstanding and I will definitely recommend your services to anyone who asks.

    Vicki
  • DBS are delighted with the advice given by Euan McLaughlin regarding GDPR. Euan has helped us to make sense of this potential minefield and has put in place robust policies and terms that protect our organisation.

    David Clarke, DBS Internet Marketing
  • Thank you so much again for all your hard work through this, it’s been great to work with you! If ever somebody’s in that situation I know where to send them.

    B Clarke
  • Corporate partner Martin Walsh, led a team from Sills, who were an integral part of the team working on our recent multi million pound Management Buy Out of Battles Ltd.

    Sills worked tirelessly to complete the transaction against a very tight deadline. Martin used his significant transaction experience and legal knowledge to find practical solutions to the inevitable issues that arose and provided some particularly sage advice when we had our most difficult meetings with the Vendor. Sills service levels were excellent, providing a fast response to communications and immediately turning around the transactional documents. I rate them very highly and would not hesitate in recommending Martin and the Sills corporate team to anyone buying or selling a company or business.

    Richard Dewey, Hayward & Bower Ltd
  • As CEO of  Sleaford Quality Foods I was delighted with the work  Sills & Betteridge very recently carried out for the group on the multi million pound acquisition in Sleaford of the land and building formerly occupied (following their closure) by Great Plains UK Ltd which site is directly opposite our current factory and Warehouse. Having been looking for land in Sleaford for some time to meet the demands of our very rapidly growing business,  our turnover is now in excess of £55 million, the location and the 8 acre plus site was perfect for us.

    I wanted the transaction completed very quickly so as not to lose the opportunity and to have minimum interference with our production. As suppliers of dried foods and spices to the food industry it was vital we did not let down our customers.

    I would in particular like to mention the work which Sills partner Martin Walsh, carried out for us in leading the Sills team. He worked very hard to ensure the transaction was completed to a very tight deadline.

    I have worked with Sills for a number of years and continue to be very impressed with them and have no hesitation in recommending Martin and the Sills team.

    James Arnold, CEO Sleaford Quality Foods Ltd
  • “Thank you very much for everything you’ve done for me. That is a great news for me, I don’t know how to thank you Mr Wilson

    Mr G Kaci
  • Dean

    I just want to say a huge thank you to you today for the way in which you dealt with Ryan and myself and of course the case. I have no doubt without your representation we wouldn’t have achieved this result. Ryan, his mum and me are delighted and relieved it’s all over. Our very many thanks

    We don’t have a solicitor and although I assume your expertise is crime and therefore hopefully won’t need you again, I will certainly be using your firm for any other work in the future

    All the very best 

     

  • ‘Thank you very much for seeing us through the trying process of buying and selling property; only made much easier by your guidance.’

    Mr and Mrs Watt
  • Chloe, we just want to take this opportunity to thank you. There are not enough words to describe just how amazingly you have handled this whole process for us. We can’t thank you enough for supporting us through what has been a challenging few months!!

    Mr and Mrs Richardson
  • Hello Mr Baker and Matthew

    I wanted to say thank you for the professionalism, consideration and efficiency with which you dealt with my house sale kind regards

    J Martin
  • I asked Sharon to look into carrying out some debt collection and from the very first communication, Sharon took away all the stress and hassle which this situation can bring. Sharon kept me fully informed with what was going on and carried out the work in a professional yet personable manner. It was great when Sharon told me all the debt had been collected with late payment interest added and for me, it was a stress and hassle free experience and I would highly recommend Sharon’s services.

    P. Hedley, Big Fat Pidgeon Productions

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