Corporate Social Responsibility

Sills & Betteridge partners and staff recognise the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility and Charitable Fundraising.

Below are extracts from our policy which outline each aspect of our commitment.

1. Services for All

A large part of our ethos is the principle that all people should have access to legal services. We are committed to continuing to offer legal services to all clients. The firm is one of the few large firms in the region which still offers public funding to eligible clients across a number of services.

2. People

The partners expect and promote respect between all of our people both in their dealings with each other and with clients, suppliers and other third parties. The firm has a separate equal opportunities and diversity policy which outlines our commitment to the way we treat people.

3. Local Community

We define “community” as the local community within which we operate, namely Lincoln, Nottingham, Boston, Sleaford, Gainsborough, Scunthorpe, Skegness, Spilsby and their surrounding areas. We commit to contributing positively to the local community by being a responsible neighbour, by building strong relationships with the local community and by being actively involved in local issues.

The firm currently supports the local community in the following ways:-

a) Links with charities and other organisations

Each year the firm’s employees nominate a local charity which will be supported. During the year various activities are organised to help raise funds including dress down days, cake sales, raffles and sponsored running events. Previous nominated charities have been the Lincoln County Hospital Breast Cancer department, Wish upon a Star, Candles, LIVES and Share the Care, Ethan Maul Up Yours to Cancer.

Our current Charity of the Year is Age UK (branches across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire).

b) Sport and Recreation

We regularly sponsor local sports clubs, leagues and organisations. Current sponsorships include:-

  • Lincolnshire Sunday Football League
  • The Lincolnshire Football League
  • Gainsborough Trinity Football Club
  • Boston Rugby Club
  • Lincoln Cricket League
  • Various golf days, swimathons and walks
c) Pro Bono Work

The firm encourages its lawyers to provide free or low-cost legal services to local charities and not for profit organisations.

The firm also gives free initial advice at clinics held both in the office and at other locations across the region. [Link to clinics page….]

d) Business in the Community

The firm is involved in the BITC scheme. We also took part in the Lincolnshire Cooperative’s Partners in Reading project. This involved members of staff visiting primary schools to read with children.

e) Schools

The firm has close links with a number of local schools. As a part of this relationship the firm actively participates in their work experience programmes. We usually take approximately 20 students of varying ages in a twelve month period. We also have several partners and employees who are school governors.

f) Suppliers

We aim to support the local economy by using local suppliers wherever possible.

g) Board Membership/Other Appointments

The firm encourages its employees to contribute to the local community by joining committees, trusts and boards.

4. Environment

The partners recognise the importance of environmental issues both locally, nationally and globally. The firm attempts to reduce its impact on the environment by:-

  • Continually seeking to improve our environmental performance
  • Reducing the volume of waste produced
  • Encouraging recycling throughout the firm
  • Reducing the firm’s energy consumption by encouraging the intelligent use of all electrical equipment
  • Complying with current legislation and best practice
  • Increasing staff awareness of environmental issues

If you are arranging a charitable project or fundraising activity and would like to apply for our help, please contact jlowe@sillslegal.co.uk

Client Feedback

  • ‘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
  • Wendy and her team worked brilliantly on a very challenging case with a great result – I gave them the information and they sorted it all out for me, professionally and efficiently . I would definitely recommend Wendy.

    P. Hobday
  • We were impressed with the quick and professional service and would be happy to recommend them, and will certainly use them again.

    R Bull & A Derbicz & Family
  • May I thank you for all your care and hard work. In all matters you proved to be most helpful in what was a most difficult and at times trying set of circumstances.

    Keep up the good work, thank you again.

    P. Robinson
  • I wanted to say a huge thanks to Wendy for the help and assistance she and her colleagues have given me over the past few years, on a personal and professional level.
    Wendy is at the top of her game and has a wealth of experience which can only be gained through proven work experience. The legal advice you get is second to none.
    I have used Wendy’s services for the buy out of my previous business partner, a commercial bad debt and the conveyancing of a property sale and purchase. Throughout all of my dealings with Wendy, she has been professional and treated my cases with the upmost priority and has always had my best interests at heart.
    Thanks again Wendy for all of your help and I would have no hesitation in recommending your services.

    S Stewart
  • I just wanted to send you a message of thanks for your work over these past 4 and a half years. It has certainly been a tough time period in my life, but your support has made things so much easier. Knowing that there were people who understand me, my needs and most importantly believed in me means everything to me, i really can’t thank you enough. The case was certainly not a straight forward one, but you fought my corner at every step. Thank you.
    I would also like to thank Alison as well for making me feel relaxed on the day should i have had to go into court. I would have gone in with 100% confidence and that could have made all the difference on the day. In the end it wasn’t necessary and we got the result. For me it was never about the money, it was about the effect it was going to have on my future life and career, so the result is a good one.
    I would not hesitate for a second in recommending Sills & Betteridge

    L.P
  • Thank you for all your help with this matter and the efficient manner in which my case has been handled. As I am sure you will appreciate, it was quite distressing and stressful to have had a second accident in such a short time frame but the way in which you handled the case and provided me with advice and kept me updated throughout has been very reassuring and I have nothing but praise and recommendation for both you and your company.

    L.J.E
  • “We are very grateful for your help at Lincoln when we feel you achieved the best outcome possible in the circumstances.”

    B.B.
  • I can only thank you for your hard work and exceptional talent in the progress you have made in my case. I honestly cant thank you enough

    A.P.

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