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…

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…

Driving for Business – Get up to speed.

Driving for Business – Get up to speed. By Andrew Kerrigan We are all familiar with the “how’s my driving” stickers on the back of vehicles which invite the public to report poor driving. These stickers can be an indication that the company operating the vehicle has an active road safety strategy. Why is a road safety strategy necessary? If your company requires its employees to drive in their role, whether in a personal or company vehicle, you need a strategy to manage risk. The driver is principally responsible for the standard of their driving but the company may also be liable in some circumstances. The risks to organisations range…

What does the TFL decision mean for Uber users

What does the TFL decision mean for Uber users?   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. This initial decision marks the end of the beginning of a long process. Even at this stage the case does offer a timely reminder to operators to remain within the terms of their…

Walking Football Kickstarts New Business Partnership

Nottinghamshire County FA has announced that it has appointed Sills & Betteridge Solicitors as its preferred legal partner.   The partnership includes sponsorship of a forthcoming walking football tournament and special offers for members of the Nottinghamshire County FA.   The walking football tournament takes place at Harvey Haddon stadium on 12th October and is set to attract many over 50’s players from prominent Nottingham based businesses. It is the first ever Walking Football tournament arranged by the Notts FA and will hopefully raise further awareness of Walking Football within Nottinghamshire.   Members special offers will include the ability to apply for a ‘Friends of Sills Premier Card’. The card…

Firms Combine Skills To Reduce Time It Takes To Move House

Two East Midlands based businesses have combined skills to reduce the time it takes for people to move house by streamlining the conveyancing process.   Law firm, Sills and Betteridge is now using Redbrick Practice Management to assist their conveyancing department in delivering a more efficient service.   Having grown significantly, Sills and Betteridge wanted a robust, yet scalable case management solution that would enable them to focus more on providing expert, impartial advice whilst also simplifying administrative tasks and enhance compliance.   Following an in-depth selection process, Sills and Betteridge chose Redbrick Practice Management based largely on how easy it was to use and to customize.  Also of benefit…

The Supreme Court’s Employment Tribunal decision in numbers.

The Supreme Court abolished fees for bringing claims before the Employment Tribunal in a landmark judgement issued on 26 July 2017. The judgement is publically available on the Supreme Court website and is easy to follow notwithstanding that it deals with complex legal issues including EU law. The case, brought by UNISON, resets the clock back to 28 July 2013 which was the day before the fees were introduced. The Ministry of Justice have indicated that they will refund any claimant who was required to pay fees during the four years that they were in force. We have summarised the key numbers referred to in the Judgement: 29 July 2013…