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.…

Family Mediation: Everything you need to know

If you’ve made the decision to separate, divorce or are facing divorce proceedings because your spouse has stated their intention to end the marriage, you might be wondering what first steps you could take to get through this difficult process as quickly and amicably as you can. Family mediation is where an independent, trained professional helps provides a couple with the assistance they need to reach their own solutions regarding children, property and finance without having to involve the Court. What is the process? Financial matters When there are money and property matters to be tackled mediators can help couples, in a neutral way, work out the terms of a…

Partnerships – what you need to know

The words “partner” and “partnership” are bandied around a lot in business. “X is my business partner”, “Y and I are doing this work in partnership” – but what does it really mean to be in a partnership?   A partnership is defined as “two or more persons carrying on a business in common, with a view to a profit”. To break that down into parts: there must be more than one “person”. This can be confusing, because e.g. a company can count as a “person” in this context; “carrying on a business” includes preparatory steps – so, for example, if two people planned to open a restaurant in partnership…

Revenge Porn

What is Revenge Porn? If someone has shared private, sexual materials of another person without their consent and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress, that person may be guilty of a criminal offence. Sexual materials do not only cover pictures of genitals, but also anything that a reasonable person would consider to be sexual. This could cover a photo of someone posing in a sexually suggestive manner or a video engaging in sexual behaviour.  It could also cover a photo of someone in their underwear, if the image being shared caused distress to that person. Sharing includes posting online and also sending to other people. The offence of…