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Fancy another chat? Law firm develops 2nd Interactive Chat Bot

Sills & Betteridge LLP have launched its second online Chat Bot  – this time to help employees with issues at work. The Employment Law Bot provides users with information tailored to their circumstances in seconds, and is accessed via the firm’s website https://www.sillslegal.co.uk/employment-law/ There are very few places that free, basic legal information can be obtained. As a result, our team had noticed that the same type of employment law enquiries were frequently raised. Often, the enquirer just required an overview of the legal situation, to assist them in determining whether they would benefit from instructing a solicitor to drive their case forward. The Employment Law Bot is quick, easy…

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Terms & Conditions Part 2 – What Do I Need In My Terms & Conditions?

Euan McLaughlin, (pictured) a partner at Sills & Betteridge and a member of our Corporate & Commercial Team, has written a series of three articles telling you everything you need to know about Terms & Conditions. In this second of this three articles, Euan explains what you need in them. There is no “one size fits all” solution to what goes in your terms & conditions. As I mentioned in my previous article, one of the key first steps in creating your terms & conditions is for the business and the solicitor to have a discussion about your products and needs. The following is therefore a general guide of the…

Euan McLaughlin - Sills & Betteridge Solicitors

Terms & Conditions Part 1 – Why Do I Need Terms & Conditions?

Euan McLaughlin, (pictured) a partner at Sills & Betteridge and a member of our Corporate & Commercial Team, has written a series of three articles telling you everything you need to know about Terms & Conditions. In this first article, Euan explains why you need them. I have two aims – to de-mystify the topic, and explain the importance of getting it right. This article will focus on the outline of why you need high-quality terms & conditions, and the initial areas you should be considering. This will be followed by further articles looking at (i) typical content, and (ii) how to use terms & conditions. Terms & conditions are…

Sills & Betteridge Solicitors Recognised for Helping to Secure Vital Funds for Cancer Research UK

The Wills, Trusts & Probate team of Sills & Betteridge Solicitors Lincoln, have been thanked by Cancer Research UK after facilitating over £678,000 worth of gifts from people choosing to leave a legacy to the charity in their will, in the last 3 years. 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 from all of their offices, to people aged 55 and over (and those with cancer of any age) for over 20 years, giving guidance and support to those wishing to write a will or update an exisiting one. As part of…

Maximum Penalties and Awards Update, More Rights for Workers – by Stephen Britton, Head of Employment Law

On 6th April 2019 there were a host of Employment Law changes made due to new regulations being introduced. Increased Maximum Penalty First, regulations have been introduced to increase the maximum penalty to employers who have committed an aggravated breach of employment law. In the past, any breach carried the risk of a tribunal ordering a penalty of £5,000 as a maximum. As of April 2019, this has been increased to £20,000. Aggravating features are not specifically defined in the Act and depend on the size of the employer, the length of the breach and the actions of the employer. Bearing in mind the risk of receiving a sizeable penalty,…

Is this the end of no-fault eviction notices? – by Robert Pearson

Successive governments have tried to grapple with the issue of trying to find the right balance between the interests of residential landlords versus the rights of their tenants. The government announced on 15 April 2019 that they intend to abolish so called “no-fault” evictions under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. Currently, Section 21 allows landlords to terminate tenancies after the fixed term of the tenancy has expired by giving the tenants two months’ notice. This led to concern that landlords were terminating tenancies too readily, and leaving tenants having to find alternative accommodation in a relatively short space of time, with all of the attendant costs and inconvenience…

Sills & Betteridge support cancer and NSPCC charity fund raiser

Big C Little c is a new charity that was formed this year to benefit vulnerable local children and people affected by cancer. It is to be a joint beneficiary of money raised at the South Notts Beer Festival which, this year, is being sponsored by Sills & Betteridge Solicitors. Now in its 8th year, the South Notts Beer Festival is organised by Nottingham Moderns Rugby Club to raise money for its juniors section. The three-day festival takes place from Friday 3 May Sunday to 5 May in the clubhouse at Moderns Rugby Club in Wilford Village. Opening hours are 12noon until 11pm on Friday and Saturday and 12noon until…

Prenuptial Agreements – by Dominic Lee, Solicitor – Nottingham

A ‘Prenup’ is a legal agreement entered into between a couple before they get married; it sets out what their rights in relation to property, business, debts and other assets are and it stipulates what will happen to their ‘financial relationship’ should the marriage breakdown. It is far more common for couples in the US to enter into these types of agreements then it is in the UK. Is a prenuptial agreement worth thinking about? Prenuptial agreements can be a good mechanism to help protect a business interest you have, inherited property you may have received, property that you would like to pass on to your children or assets acquired…

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…