Sills & Betteridge Solicitors Scunthorpe first food bank donation

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…

Scutnthorpe Foodbank

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…

Skegness food bank

Partnership with The Storehouse

We are delighted to announce that we are now working in partnership with The Storehouse Skegness. Financial pressure and hardship are huge problems in Skegness and the surrounding areas and being unable to keep up with bills and financial obligations puts people at a significantly higher risk of debt problems. The stress and anxiety of falling into financial debt has a huge impact on lives, causing panic, depression and even suicide. The Storehouse’s community project Restore has been running a CAP Debt Centre (Christians Against Poverty) for almost three years. It offers support, guidance and helps people to find real solutions to their debts. Sills & Betteridge will be making…

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CILEx Lincolnshire branch shortlisted for the CILEx Branch of the Year Award

A huge congratulations to Jade Lawson and Tanesha Begum who are delighted to announce that the CILEx Lincolnshire branch, that they are both Committee members of has been shortlisted in the UK final five CILEx branches of the year, out of over thirty! Jade and Tanesha are on the Committee together with seven people from other firms across Lincolnshire including Ringrose Law, Wilkin Chapman and Bridge Sanderson Munro. Their hard work and dedication since coming together to try to launch the Branch at the end of last year has been recognised by CILEx. Local branches aim to provide support to its members and to represent and raise the profile of…

2018 Road Traffic Reform Round-Up – Half time analysis

The half time whistle in 2018 has been blown and as play gets started in the second half we decided it was time to look at some of the road traffic law news hitting the headlines during the first half of the year. It has been a first half with lots of action to reflect on with news relating to speed limits, mobile phone use, driving lessons and MOT’s.   Speed Limits On 30 June the Times reported that the Department for Transport had published a report which has been placed before the government for consideration. The report recommends speed reductions on rural single carriageway roads to reduce road traffic…

Football and Domestic Abuse

With the 2018 World Cup currently taking place in Russia it is important to raise awareness of the correlation between major football tournaments and the increase in the number of reports of domestic abuse. Football tournaments are often associated with violence due to a combination of risen tensions and increased alcohol consumption. A study carried out by Lancaster University analysing figures from previous World Cup tournaments in 2002, 2006 and 2010 discovered that in the Lancaster area there was a thirty-eight percent increase in the reports of domestic abuse on occasions when England had a match and lost compared to the twenty-six percent rise when they had a match and…