The end of “no fault” evictions – Part 2 by Robert Pearson

In a previous article, Is this the end of no-fault eviction notices?, I considered the possible impact of the Government’s proposed abolition of so-called “no fault” evictions under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. In July 2017 , the Government has published further details of its proposals in a consultation boldly headed “A New Deal for Renting”. By way of a reminder, Section 21 of the 1988 Act currently allows landlords to serve notice on a tenant without giving a formal reason for evicting them (hence the reference to Section 21 Notices as “no fault” evictions). In the Government’s consultation paper “Overcoming the Barriers to Longer Tenancies in the…

Law Firm recognised by two national publications

Sills & Betteridge LLP is a firm with a lot to celebrate this month as it enters for the first time, The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report, and once again receives recognition in the latest Legal 500 Guide. Both publications are impartially researched based on collection of data and interviews. The Lawyer UK 200 is a list of the UK’s largest firms by revenue, where Sills & Betteridge were ranked 186. https://www.thelawyer.com/top-200-uk-law-firms/ The Legal 500 is the leading directory of law firms in the UK. It recognises firms that have real expertise and are able to provide high level advice. Corporate and general counsel, companies and individuals use the guide…

South Yorkshire Merger for Lincolnshire Law Firm

Sills & Betteridge LLP are delighted to announce further expansion activity following its recent merger with established South Yorkshire practice Bridge Sanderson Munro. The newly merged team will trade as Sills & Betteridge incorporating Bridge Sanderson Munro and will provide a full range of personal and commercial legal services from the existing Bridge Sanderson Munro premises at Hallgate, Doncaster, Bawtry, Thorne and Wath upon Dearne. Jonathan Goodwin, Principal Solicitor at Bridge Sanderson Munro will join the firm as a Partner in the Wills, Trusts & Probate department. “We have been serving clients in South Yorkshire for over 80 years and we are really excited to be joining forces with Sills…

Bright young lawyers accept jobs in Skegness

Following completion of their training contracts with the firm, newly qualified solicitors Kia Butterfield and Danielle Hardy have accepted jobs at the Skegness branch of Sills & Betteridge LLP. The 2019 Legal 500 Leading Firm which has offices in Lincolnshire and across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire, is delighted to retain the talent as part of a period of strategically planned growth for the branch. Skegness Grammar School student Kia returned to the town upon completion of her LLB (Hons) Law Degree, Legal Practice Course and Masters Degree in Law at the University of Law in Leeds, formerly the College of Law. She will take a job in Emma…

Gainsborough acquisition marks the start of another year of expansion for regional law firm

Sills & Betteridge LLP are delighted to announce that they have merged with Helen Kirk of Gainsborough neighbours, TrentSide Legal, to become the town’s largest provider of personal and commercial legal services. The newly merged team will trade as Sills & Betteridge incorporating TrentSide Legal and will be based at Sills & Betteridge’s offices in Marshall’s Yard from early September. Helen will join the firm as a Partner and along with her existing team, will continue to handle residential property matters. Helen Kirk said “I have built up TrentSide Legal over the last 12 years into a well-respected firm serving clients locally and further afield. I have established long lasting…

The relationship is over, can I be forced to leave the family home?

Well this all depends on whether you are married or not. For the purposes of this article, any reference to marriage also includes civil partnerships. Upon separation from any relationship, one of you will inevitably have to leave the family home which can lead to stress and uncertainty. So what can you do? If the family home is owned in joint names between you and your partner, both of you have the right to occupy the property and to come and go as you please. An individual’s right to occupy their property can only be overridden by a Court Order (sometimes called an ‘Occupation Order’) and/or bail conditions imposed by…

Sills & Betteridge Partner Appointed to the FA National Council

Shan Jaehrig, a Partner specialising in Employment Law at Sills & Betteridge LLP Solicitors, has been appointed to the FA’s National Council as Lincolnshire Football Association’s Delegate. This volunteer role will see Shan involved in the work of the Football Association to ensure the wonderful game is “for all”. Shan first became involved in football when her son started playing in the local village team where Shan’s husband was a coach and referee. This involvement led to a professional relationship with the Lincolnshire Football Association and later to Shan’s appointment as a Director of the LFA. The Lincolnshire Football Association works to promote grassroots football in the County. Founded in…

Late payments – what you need to know

Anyone involved in a business providing goods or services on a credit basis is likely to deal with late payment from time-to-time. This has a number of effects, including:     Annoyance and irritation; Cash-flow – unless you are in the happy position of having substantial “spare” cash, most businesses rely on payments coming in to meet their outgoings, at least in part; Commercial pressure – particularly if your customer is much larger than you, they may try to leverage other concessions by delaying payment; Cost and/or inconvenience in pursuing the payment; and Ultimately, if the sum is big and/or late enough, a risk of insolvency. I have seen several…

Commercial Agents – what you need to know

Commercial agents are generally used by businesses as an alternative to traditionally employed salespeople. In this case, the business is known as the “principal”. Commercial agents are independent people who do one of two things, usually in exchange for commission: sign customers up to a contract between the customer and the principal; or introduce the customer to the principal, for the principal to then decide whether to sign up to a contract with the customer. There are certainly some advantages to using commercial agents. They allow a business greater flexibility in some circumstances than employing salespeople, and can allow businesses to expand into regions or countries that would not be…

Shareholders’ Agreements – what you need to know

Most companies are formed between people who, at the time of formation, are on good terms – otherwise they probably wouldn’t be going into business together! Accordingly, there is often an optimistic view taken that there is no need to document the relationship and agreement between the parties – on the basis that “We won’t fall out”. It is however a sad fact of life that, no matter how close people are at the start of a business venture, friends/family/associates do not always maintain such a rosy relationship forever. This is particularly the case where a business gets into challenging or otherwise critical situations, with the stress that naturally follows.…