Nick Flatt - Family Law Solicitor Nottingham

Family law solicitor joins Sills & Betteridge

Sills & Betteridge is delighted to announce that Nick Flatt has joined the firm as a family law specialist. Nick qualified as a Solicitor in 2006 and practices exclusively in Family Law. He will work primarily from our Nottingham office. He started his legal career with The Johnson Partnership and was a founder member of NFLA (as Family Law Group was then known).  Since then he has built an enviable reputation and won the respect of his peers by undertaking the majority of his own court work. He has a particular specialism dealing with cases in which children have suffered serious injuries and death and has successfully represented his clients…

Hollywood actor star guest at S&B sponsored charity ball

Hollywood star Samantha Morton was the star guest at the Nottingham Central Women’s Aid ball which was held at the Nottingham Council House. Sills & Betteridge has a close working relationship with NCWA and was one of the main sponsors of the event which was a key fundraiser for the Nottingham based woman’s domestic abuse charity. It was revealed that Samantha would be the first patron of the local charity in September last year. The event attracted over 100 guests and featured a steel drum performance, limbo dancing and a raffle (where one of the prizes was visiting Samantha on set). In total, the event should raise over £2,000. NCWA,…

What happens to your estate if you don’t leave a Will?

Most people will know what a Will is. It is a legal document which details how a person would like their “Estate” (which is made up of assets such as property, money and possessions) to be distributed after they pass away. The person who is making the Will is known as the “testator”. The two main reasons for leaving a Will are to protect your children and to provide for the people for whom you want to provide, which is why it is so important to make a Will. Whilst most people know what a Will is, a surprisingly large number of people pass away without leaving a Will. They…

What rights do cohabiting couples have when their partner dies?

Recent research carried out by the insurance company Direct Line showed that 38% – more than one third – of cohabiting couples living in the UK were unsure of what their rights would be should their partner pass away without leaving a will, and that one in ten cohabiting couples wrongly believed that they would be automatically entitled to inherit their partner’s share of any property that they lived in together. However, this is not the case. A surviving partner will only inherit if this is stated in the deceased partner’s will. This can come as an extremely nasty surprise to some people who are already mourning following the loss…

Sills & Betteridge sponsoring Music at Doddington

We are delighted to be sponsoring Doddington Hall’s Music Concert Series 2018. As part of this series, Doddington Hall will be welcoming international pianist and Wigmore Hall regular, Melvyn Tan, to the venue for a very special evening of Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt on Sunday 27th May 2018. Doddington Hall are inviting attendees to explore the romantic gardens and famous Iris display, have a glass of prosecco on the private terrace and then listen to wonderful classical music in the beauty of the Long Gallery. About Melvyn Tan Exploration, insight and imagination are vital ingredients in Melvyn Tan’s blend of artistic attributes. He established his international reputation in the 1980s with pioneering performances…

Sleaford Quality Foods Invest in Multi Million Pound Factory Move

Sleaford Quality Foods has completed the multi-million pound acquisition of an 8 acre site in a deal advised by East Midlands law firms Sills & Betteridge and chartered accountants BDO. The company is one of the UK’s most foremost suppliers of a range of ingredients including dehydrated/dried fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices to the food manufacturing and foodservice industries. In order to meet the demands of such a rapidly growing business, the company had been looking for a suitable site to expand its operations for some time. Following the announcement by Great Plains Limited that they were closing their operation in Sleaford, the land and buildings on Woodbridge Road became…

An update on Brexit and Road Haulage – A consideration of the best and worst case scenarios

The only thing we know for certain about Brexit is that there is currently a great deal of uncertainty. The Brexit negotiations are necessarily complex and the task of keeping up with the developments as they impact each sector can be overwhelming. Using the example of the haulage industry and by following developments in the negotiations as they relate to haulage we can gain an insight as to the direction of travel and possible eventual outcome of Brexit. This blog considers the rules that allow UK hauliers to travel freely across the EU and the possible future legislative framework post Brexit. If you have further concerns on issues such as…

Stephen Wilson, Executive Head of Claims at Sills & Betteridge and accredited Fellow of APIL

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers launches “Compensation Explained”

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) have recently launched what they describe as their “latest public information venture”, an online booklet called “Compensation explained” which is a guide to personal injury compensation, its purpose, and its value to society. Who are APIL? APIL is a national not-for-profit membership group that was founded in 1990 by a group of barristers and solicitors who wanted to improve the services that were provided for victims of negligence and fight and campaign for the rights of injured people. They now have more than 3,5000 members and are “dedicated to changing the law, protecting and enhancing access to justice, and improving the services provided…

Sills & Betteridge Battles Management Buy Out Lincoln

Management Buy-Out (MBO) of 185 year old animal and equestrian business

One of the UK’s most established and leading providers of animal health, equestrian and pet care brands has been sold in a management buy-out for an undisclosed sum in a deal advised by Sills & Betteridge Corporate Partner, Martin Walsh. Battle, Hayward & Bower Limited, which is based in Lincoln, stocks over 12,000 products which it sells to distributors and retailers throughout the UK. It also manufactures and exports to over 40 countries across the world and has a range of own label brands such as Aintree, Battles, Battles Poultry, Companion, Dermoline, Hy, Hydrophane, Lincoln, Super Codlivine and Wendals. The company was founded in 1832, when it first started manufacturing…

Andrew Payne - Senior Partner at Sills & Betteridge Solicitors

Sills & Betteridge LLP shares best practice alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in The Parliamentary Review

East Midlands law firm, Sills & Betteridge LLP appears alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in The Parliamentary Review – a series of documents published by Westminster Publications Ltd with the aim of sharing knowledge and raising standards. Established by former minister The Rt Hon David Curry in 2010, The Parliamentary Review’s release is now a key fixture in the political calendar. Sills & Betteridge LLP features alongside the Prime Minister and a small number of outstanding organisations in a document that looks back on the year in the legal sector and Westminster. The main aim of the Review is to showcase best practice as a learning tool to the public…