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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…

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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…

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Sills & Betteridge makes first donation to Scunthorpe Foodbank

Thanks to the generosity of our clients and staff, this week we were able to make our first donation of food to the Scunthorpe Foodbank. Pictured here are Connie and Helen (left) from the Scunthorpe Baptist Church when they paid a visit to our office to collect the food from Family Law Solicitor, Liz Morris (right). We hope to make regular donations and will be making a special Christmas appeal in the coming months. If you would like to help your local foodbank by donating items of food and toiletries, you can do so at our office at 76 Oswald Road. Please follow the link below to see which items…

Medical negligence during pregnancy and birth

Medical negligence during pregnancy and birth

We recently published an article explaining what is meant by the terms “medical negligence” or “clinical negligence”. That article provided an overview of what is required to pursue a medical negligence claim, including time limits and proof.  We also looked at the reasons for claiming compensation and what you can make a claim for. In this article we look at one of the more common reasons for making a medical negligence claim, which is for injuries sustained during pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnancy can be a very nervous and worrying time for parents-to-be even in the best of circumstances. Parents to be are naturally concerned about such things including whether the…

Sills & Betteridge sponsoring Scotter United U18s

We are delighted to announce that Sills & Betteridge are the new kit sponsors for Scotter United U18s. Scotter United play in the Lincolnshire Intermediate League Premier Division and are last season’s Mid Lincs League title winners. The team is coached by a member of our Commercial Property team Truan Cannings who has coached the team for the past three years and is currently undertaking his UEFA B Licence. We wish you all the best for the new season!

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What is clinical or medical negligence?

Medical negligence – also known as clinical negligence – is when substandard care is provided to a patient by a medical professional such as a doctor, surgeon, nurse, cosmetic surgeon, optician or dentist, or by a hospital, GP surgery or care home that either directly causes an injury or an existing condition to get worse. If a patient is injured or suffers illness because of clinical negligence, then they may be entitled to compensation. Thankfully, medical negligence is generally the exception rather than the rule, and most people receive very good care on the NHS and do not experience any problems. However, occasionally, things can go wrong. In such a…

Fancy a chat? Law firm develops new Chat Bot for drivers

Sills & Betteridge have launched a new and unique interactive online tool to assist drivers with their motoring law questions. “Driver Bot” provides users with information tailored to their circumstances in seconds, and is accessed via the firm’s website www.sillslegal.co.uk/motoring Until this chat bot was launched, motorists requiring information on road traffic laws were limited to visiting either government or legal websites. Generally, both require the user to trawl through and digest a significant amount of information to find the answer they need. The bot however is quick, easy and free to use.  It asks questions in a short text message format to gain answers from the user before providing…

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Sills announce partnership with Scunthorpe Foodbank

We are delighted to announce that our Scunthorpe office is now a donation point for Scunthorpe Foodbank. Scunthorpe Foodbank has been held at the Baptist Church on Ashby Road Scunthorpe since June 2010. Run by a dedicated team of volunteers the Foodbank provides three days worth of emergency food for local individuals or families in financial hardship. Scunthorpe Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, it receives around 1,300 referrals every year. The Foodbank is grateful for any donations no matter how big or small and currently urgently needs the following; Tinned Fruit Tinned Vegetables Tinned Potatoes Tinned Meat Tinned/Packet Custard Dried Pasta…