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.

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 from prosecution for failing to provide drivers details to gross negligence manslaughter if the employee is driving a poorly maintained car, is fatigued or not eligible to drive.

What should you include in a strategy?

A strategy should include driver training, keeping records of vehicle use, vehicle maintenance, insurance, monitoring drivers penalty points and licence validity, in cab CCTV, mobile phone use policies and planning work so drivers are not over stretched.

Local firm Selenity have recently launched their latest innovation to improve driver safety with DVLA Connect, an automatic driver and vehicle data ‘look-up’ service provided within their Expenses cloud technology. This innovation is one example of where technology can assist with compliance which could form part of an overall strategy.

Where do you start?

The Health and Safety executive’s publication Driving at Work: Managing work-related road safety is a good place to start. (Google “HSE Driving at Work” or “INDG382”).

The HSE guidance sets out a “Plan, Do, Check, Act” approach. When drafting a strategy you may find that you already undertake certain checks but do not keep sufficient records or discover areas where you are not currently compliant.

An active strategy will help your organisation reduce risk and where incidents do occur it will enable the company whilst under investigation to demonstrate its compliance and reduce the risk of prosecution.

How can Sills & Betteridge assist?

We provide a advice and representation service to organisations and their drivers on 01522 542211 and we can also help you develop your policies and procedures.

 

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…

New Partner Joins Sills & Betteridge In Nottingham

East Midlands law firm Sills & Betteridge LLP has recently appointed Suzanne McAuley as a Partner in the firm’s Nottingham Office.   Suzanne specialises in advising clients on personal matters. This includes estate planning, succession planning for business owners, wills, powers of attorney, trusts, tax planning, Court of Protection matters and mitigating the impact of care home fees. She will also work with the firm’s corporate clients to run clinics for employees who may need legal advice.   Suzanne is a fully accredited member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly). She will join a team of 16 specialists which includes department head…