Domestic Abuse and Divorce

Jessica Firth is an Associate Solicitor based in our Lincoln office. Jessica is able to provide advice on all aspects of separation including Divorce, Financial Matters, Children Matters and Domestic Abuse. Jessica regularly represents clients in Court and conducts advocacy in both the County Court and Magistrates Court. In this article she looks at domestic abuse and divorce. If you would like to contact Jessica, please call 01522 542211. Years ago the topic of Domestic Abuse was considered a taboo and was very rarely spoken about openly. Recently, the topic of Domestic Abuse has been in the public eye with the government publishing its Draft Domestic Abuse Bill in January…

Sills & Betteridge achieve respected accreditation

Regional law firm Sills & Betteridge has again secured The Law Society’s respected LEXCEL accreditation. It is the 17th year the firm has achieved the accreditation, demonstrating once more its commitment to high standards of practice management and client care. Areas rigorously assessed include business management, strategy and planning, compliance and risk management, client care and learning and development. The report reaffirmed that at Sills & Betteridge people come first, both clients and employees. Clients continue to be attracted and retained through strong client care and professionalism, and staff feel valued and well supported, both day to day and with their learning and development. The report also highlighted the firm’s…

Sills & Betteridge Solicitor wins important case in Court of Appeal

Congratulations to Sarah Rowe, a newly qualified solicitor in our Doncaster office for winning an important case in the Court of Appeal. Sarah called me a week last Thursday to tell me that an injustice may have just incurred due to a judge’s behaviour in court. That was a new one on me after more than 10 years practising law! The case was an interim care order application, where Doncaster Council were wanting to keep two children in care and Sarah’s client, the mother, wanted them to return home. I spoke with the mother’s barrister and it was clear that the case had not been conducted properly by the judge…

Everybody should have a Will

Natalie Wright, solicitor with Sills & Betteridge, explains the importance of having a Will and why it should be prepared by a qualified professional. Having a Will prepared is often something we know we should do but which we put off either because we are too busy or because we do not want to think about our own mortality. However, if you die without a Will it can often have complex and fraught consequences for the loved ones you have left behind. The main reasons why you should have a Will are: To specify who you wish to inherit your money and other assets when you die; To appoint the…

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Divorce Day

Today is unofficially known as “Divorce Day” – the day law firms expect to receive a large number of enquiries from those going through relationship breakdown. The pressure for many couples to wait until after Christmas and the New Year before initiating separation and divorce action is high, leading to a significant increase in the number of divorce inquiries on the first working Monday of January. Here at Sills & Betteridge, we have specialist family solicitors who have extensive experience in dealing with divorce and separation, financial issues and arrangements for children and property should you need advice at this difficult time. We offer free telephone information on all family…

Sills & Betteridge Solicitors recognised for helping to secure vital funds for Cancer Research UK

Sills & Betteridge Solicitors have been thanked by Cancer Research UK after facilitating over £878,000 worth of gifts from people choosing to leave a legacy to the charity in their will. Sills & Betteridge Solicitors were presented with a Silver Certificate to acknowledge the firm’s ongoing support. The firm have been offering the Free Will Service to people aged 55 and over (and those with cancer of any age) in Skegness for the past 3 years, giving guidance and support to those wishing to write a will or update an exisiting one. As part of the service, Sills & Betteridge Solicitors also give guidance to those wishing to leave a…

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Sills & Betteridge LLP, one of only five Lincolnshire firms to feature in respected Legal 500

In the recently published edition of the Legal 500, leading East Midlands law firm Sills & Betteridge LLP were recommended in two of its practice areas, Corporate & Commercial Law and Family Law. The guide, which assesses a limited number of the firm’s services is completely independent and bases its recognition of firms and individuals purely on merit. Ten of the firm’s lawyers to be highlighted this year are Andrew Payne, Martin Walsh, James Conduit, Euan McLaughlin and Andrew Kerrigan for the Corporate and Commercial department and John Mitchell, Helen Derry, Mo Hayes, Chrystal Theofanous and Victoria Rowson for Family Law. Senior Partner and Head of Corporate and Commercial, Andrew…

Is your business supporting criminal lifestyles?

By Andrew Kerrigan, Business Crime and Regulation, Sills & Betteridge LLP. On 1 November, Ben Wallace the Home Office Minister for Security and Economic Crime launched the Governments new serious and organised crime strategy. As part of the strategy a newly formed National Economic Crime Centre will be tasked to “go after the status” of serious organised criminals. Those working in regulated professions such as banks and solicitors are very familiar with anti money laundering provisions. The new message from the Government is that they intend to create an increasingly hostile environment for organised crime. Press reports covering the launch of the new strategy gave examples of private schools, organisations holding…

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Law Firm announces more expansion to its team

King Street law firm Sills & Betteridge (incorporating MacLaren Britton), welcomes two new faces to their family law team with the recent transfer of Dominic Lee and appointment of Caroline Lancaster. Dominic, a graduate of the University of Nottingham, joined the firm’s Lincoln office as a trainee solicitor three years ago, and now specialises in all aspects of divorce and separation. He moves to Nottingham to work closely with the head of the team John Mitchell, and advises on children issues, finances, property, pensions. He has a particular interest in advising business owners on how to protect their assets on divorce, drawing upon the expertise of the firm’s commercial and…

Sills & Betteridge family law solicitors new Grimsby, Doncaster & Northampton offices

Sills & Betteridge opens three new branches in Grimsby, Doncaster and Northampton

Grimsby, Doncaster and Northampton are the new locations recently chosen by Sills & Betteridge LLP to further develop the family law practice of its business. Securing contracts with the Legal Aid Agency to provide advice and representation on Public Law Children Act matters, Domestic Abuse and International Child Abduction and to offer its specialist Family Mediation service has prompted the decision to open the three new branch offices and marks the start of the firm’s wider plans for expansion into neighbouring counties. CEO Martyn Hall explains “It is the obvious next step for us, having built up strong connections with clients and contacts in each of these areas over the…