Employment Law: What’s to come in 2020?

2020 looks to be a big year for employment law. Brexit is due to go ahead on 31 January 2020. There will be a transition period until 31 December 2020, during which EEA Nationals will still be able to come to work in the UK. Employers should ensure that EEA Nationals obtain settled or pre-settled status, to enable them to stay at the end of the transition period. EEA Nationals resident in the UK have until 30th June 2021 to make an application. From April 2020… The National Living Wage rate, for workers aged 25 and over, will increase from £8.21 to £8.72 per hour. All new employees and workers…

Family Mediation: Conversations worth having

Press Release 17.01.2020 When relationships break down, families face a lot of challenges. Among these are practical considerations such as “What arrangements will be best for any children?” and “What will happen with finances?” Professional family mediators act as neutral third parties to help ex-partners have conversations about these issues. Survey results just published show that this is a highly successful way of helping couples resolve disputes, with mediation successful in over 70% of cases. The survey also shows that where both of the people separating go and see a mediator for an initial meeting, three quarters choose to go on to mediate. This is despite the fact that many…

Debt Recovery Specialist joins the firm’s Commercial Law Team

The Commercial Litigation Team at Sills & Betteridge LLP has recently been strengthened by the appointment of Debt Recovery Chartered Legal Executive Madeline Broddley. Madeline joins the firm with over 30 years of experience in national and international debt recovery and insolvency, representing national and international banks, local government, builders merchants and energy and utility providers. She specialises in the enforcement of charging orders by way of applying for orders for sale and the realisation of legal, equitable and statutory charges along with other possession actions, such as mortgage repossession. She also deals with the recovery of overpaid benefits, benefit fraud, bankruptcy and foreign process, which may involve the recovery…

Nottingham Solicitor Retires After 50 Years Service

Almost 50 years after entering legal practice, Nottingham Solicitor Duncan MacLaren, has announced his retirement from Sills & Betteridge. After graduating from Sheffield University, Duncan became an Articled Clerk (trainee) with the old established Nottingham firm of Richards & Flewitt. On his admission to the Roll of Solicitors in 1972, he worked in Loughborough to gain general experience of legal practice. In 1975, he founded his own firm in Nottingham called Cruickshank, Bird and MacLaren which became MacLaren Britton in 1992. The firm merged with Sills & Betteridge in October 2013. Duncan’s first love has always been property work, but latterly he concentrated his expertise on Wills and Probate. Along…

Scunthorpe solicitor returns to her roots

Family Law specialist Stacey Wraith has recently joined the Oswald Road team of Sills & Betteridge to head up the Emergency Team there. Stacey specialises in supporting families where there is social services intervention, including where care proceedings are being issued, helping families with their child arrangements on separation and protecting the victims of domestic abuse. Prior to joining the firm, Stacey worked in the legal department of a Local Authority and other private firms but has moved on to Sills & Betteridge because she wanted to work for a firm which is known for making a real difference, not only in the delivery of its legal services, but in…

Sleaford solicitor retires after 37 years of practice

Well known local solicitor Stephen Swift has recently retired from the Sleaford office of Sills & Betteridge. He started his legal career in 1982, qualifying at Mossop & Bowser. He moved to Godsons in 1984 and soon after became a partner in that firm. Sills & Betteridge then merged with Godsons in 2010, and Stephen remained a partner in the newly merged firm. During his long career, Stephen developed a reputation as an excellent agricultural and commercial property lawyer. He was well liked by clients and professional colleagues alike. Euan McLaughlin, partner responsible for Sills & Betteridge’s Sleaford Office, commented “Stephen was a valued member of the team, with an…

Court of Appeal – 18th November 2019

Approved Judgment: Interim Separation “It was an honour to represent a client in a Court of Appeal case where I act on behalf of a mother within Care Proceedings. Wherever we feel a wrong decision may have been made, we will always strive to do what is right by our clients and their children. I am really pleased that our appeal was allowed and justice was achieved.” Chrystal Theofanous, Family Lawyer Click here to read full details of the case.

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…