Continued Support to Age UK

In 2017, Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire celebrated its 75th anniversary and approached Sills & Betteridge asking us to support their “Trees of Life” campaign. The campaign set out to raise £75,000 to plant 750 trees in locations across Nottingham.  The aim was to create a lasting legacy for the city and county by planting trees to benefit the local environment and to continue supporting local older people through tree sponsorship. Sills & Betteridge has sponsored the planting of two saplings which were recently planted within a copse of 250 trees within Cotgrave Country Park. Commenting on behalf of Sills & Betteridge, Nottingham office Partner Stephen Britton said, “Planting a…

Top five ways to raise investment for your business

Anyone who is planning to start up a brand new business or expand their existing business knows how crucial it is to raise finance in order to do so. There are many things you need to consider when raising capital, and there are many ways to do so. This article looks at five of the most common methods, which are: Selling Shares Bank Loans Grants Crowdfunding Borrowing from friends and family Selling Shares One of the most traditional ways of getting money (or more money) into your business is by selling shares to investors. This is only available to limited companies, and means that people invest money in to your…

What you need to consider when thinking about selling your business

If you are an entrepreneur who has set up your own business then at some point, even if it is many years down the line, you are going to need an exit strategy. Usually, this comes about because of one of four key reasons: retirement, ill health, to make money, or to protect your financial future. Generally, the exit strategy is selling the business, which is often a huge milestone in the life of the business owner, as they have invested many years of hard work into growing and developing the business. Because of the magnitude of this decision, it is important that you get all aspects of selling the…

Further sentencing changes to come in 2018 and beyond

Part 4 of our review of road traffic reform in 2017 In part 1 of our series on road traffic reform in 2017 we set out the new penalties drivers are facing following a number of sentencing reforms. In this article we highlight on going consultations and proposals for further reforms in 2018 and beyond. Causing death by dangerous driving currently attracts a maximum sentence of 14 years – the government has published proposals that drivers caught speeding, using a phone or under influence drink/drugs could now face life sentences if involved in a fatal collision. There is some debate as to whether this reform is necessary as prosecutors already…

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2017 a year in review for the Haulage industry

A four part review of Road Traffic related legal news in 2017 – Part 3 In 2017 it was announced that DVSA officers will gain increased powers to impose fines for breaches of driver’s hours offences up from £300 for a single day to a possible total fine of £1500 for any five days where breaches have occurred in the last 28 days. This applies regardless of whether the offence was committed in the UK or abroad. Non UK drivers will also be subject to the fines and will require to pay on the spot. The start date for these fines is yet to be announced but will be widely…

Team grows to reduce the time it takes to move house!

The Residential Conveyancing Department at Sills & Betteridge Solicitors in Scunthorpe continues to grow with the recent appointment of two new team members. Jessica Shaw and Sally Fairless join the firm from other local Solicitor Practices to expand the team at Oswald Road. Jess, who has worked in conveyancing for 8 years, deals with residential property sales and purchases, remortgages, transfers of equity and Help to Buy transactions. Sally will assist Jess in all of these areas, deal with client enquiries and help to ensure the smooth running of the matter. Branch Manager Tiffany Smith is delighted to welcome Jess and Sally to her team. “We pride ourselves on our…

How did the Taxi industry fare in 2017?

A four part review of Road Traffic law news in 2017 – Part 2 The big story for 2017 is Transport for London’s (TFL) decision to revoke Uber’s licence. Initially this decision will not result in any change. The Uber TFL licence was due to expire on 30 September however the company will be able to continue to operate until all appeals are exhausted. Given the high-profile nature of this decision, not only in terms of the UK market but also the potential impact internationally we can expect the appeal process to be lengthy and exhaustive. Recent reports are indicating that this initial decision marks the end of the beginning…

New web based transport law information service for businesses and professional drivers

The law is constantly changing with increasingly severe punishments and penalties particularly in the context of road traffic law and health and safety. The impact of this punitive approach to policy making is being felt quite acutely by businesses that have a haulage or fleet operation, or require employees to drive in any capacity. Sills & Betteridge has launched a new and comprehensive web based transport law information service for businesses and professional drivers. This year has brought a number of important reforms aimed at improving road safety including increasing penalty points for using a mobile phone and the recent announcement that drivers involved in fatal road traffic accidents will…

What are the grounds for divorce?

If you are considering a divorce or have definitely decided that a divorce is the only option available to you, then it is quite likely that you are feeling very emotional, and also that you don’t really know what the next step is. This article sets out one of the first things you need to establish in order to begin divorce proceedings. In order to start divorce proceedings, you will need to file a divorce petition at court. In order to do that, you will need to have been married for at least a year (you cannot get a divorce if you have been married for less than a year),…