CORONOVIRUS AND EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE INJUNCTIONS

Due to the current Coronovirus pandemic and Government Guidance on social distancing and ‘lock down’ conditions, victims of domestic abuse may find themselves confined to the same household as their perpetrators. Just because normal life has been suspended does not mean that perpetrators of domestic abuse stop their behaviour. We want to reassure you that our Emergency Protective Injunction Team is still functioning, and we are ready to act quickly to obtain Non-molestation and Occupation Orders on an urgent basis. We are still able to make urgent applications to the Court on behalf of our clients. The Courts are now dealing with emergency protection injunction applications ‘remotely’ i.e. by telephone…

Coronavirus Business Impact Review

We are all seeing an awful lot of blog posts, articles and other releases about coronavirus at the moment. A lot of words have been used to cover some very important public health and financial messages, both for individuals and businesses. This post is looking at coronavirus from a different perspective – the reviews that every business should be carrying out on their contractual position. Most businesses have contracts in two directions – with suppliers, and with customers. In each case, there is a likelihood that coronavirus is likely to impact on one or both parties’ ability to meet their contractual obligations. I suspect that an awful lot of people…

The future of legal services – University of Lincoln Students launch project with Sills & Betteridge to understand the experience of individuals and businesses when purchasing legal services and gain insights on attitudes to online services.

A team of students participating in the University’s Graduate Skills Builder programme have been tasked with undertaking research by Sills & Betteridge Solicitors. The team of students are launching an online survey today which is aimed at both individuals and business to gain a better understanding of experiences of and attitudes towards the legal services market. The survey also addresses online legal services to understand what, if any, online services people and businesses use and what online services they may wish to see made more widely available. You can complete the survey by clicking on this link (The survey is anonymous): https://unioflincoln.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bazPTwC90BRMdcp Andy Kerrigan a partner at Sills & Betteridge…

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes for East Lindsey Domestic Abuse Service

Yesterday I participated, along with some other staff members, in the ‘walk a mile in their shoes’. It was a beautiful morning, the sun was shining and everyone was in good spirits. The walk is to remember those who have been victims of domestic abuse and who have lost their lives as a result. When we reached our end point, we all gathered in a restaurant. The ladies who work for East Lindsey Domestic Abuse Service (ELDAS) worked tirelessly to put on a display to remember those who have passed. I know from working with victims of domestic abuse for 15 years that it is very dark. I have heard…

Leading South Yorkshire corporate lawyer joins Sills & Betteridge

Sills & Betteridge LLP is delighted to announce the recent appointment of Partner Neil Large. Neil joins the firm with over 20 years’ experience as a corporate and banking lawyer, with leading UK national and regional full-service law firms. Neil specialises in the full range of corporate transactions including cross border, all types of debt and equity finance, and all aspects of company and commercial law. His clients include local, national and international businesses and their stakeholders, private equity and venture capital funds, business angel investors, banks, asset and trade finance lenders, MBO/MBI teams, high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs, and real estate investors and developers. He will be based primarily…

Nottingham Solicitor Retires After 50 Years Service

Almost 50 years after entering legal practice, Nottingham Solicitor Duncan MacLaren, has announced his retirement from Sills & Betteridge. After graduating from Sheffield University, Duncan became an Articled Clerk (trainee) with the old established Nottingham firm of Richards & Flewitt. On his admission to the Roll of Solicitors in 1972, he worked in Loughborough to gain general experience of legal practice. In 1975, he founded his own firm in Nottingham called Cruickshank, Bird and MacLaren which became MacLaren Britton in 1992. The firm merged with Sills & Betteridge in October 2013. Duncan’s first love has always been property work, but latterly he concentrated his expertise on Wills and Probate. Along…

Scunthorpe solicitor returns to her roots

Family Law specialist Stacey Wraith has recently joined the Oswald Road team of Sills & Betteridge to head up the Emergency Team there. Stacey specialises in supporting families where there is social services intervention, including where care proceedings are being issued, helping families with their child arrangements on separation and protecting the victims of domestic abuse. Prior to joining the firm, Stacey worked in the legal department of a Local Authority and other private firms but has moved on to Sills & Betteridge because she wanted to work for a firm which is known for making a real difference, not only in the delivery of its legal services, but in…

Sleaford solicitor retires after 37 years of practice

Well known local solicitor Stephen Swift has recently retired from the Sleaford office of Sills & Betteridge. He started his legal career in 1982, qualifying at Mossop & Bowser. He moved to Godsons in 1984 and soon after became a partner in that firm. Sills & Betteridge then merged with Godsons in 2010, and Stephen remained a partner in the newly merged firm. During his long career, Stephen developed a reputation as an excellent agricultural and commercial property lawyer. He was well liked by clients and professional colleagues alike. Euan McLaughlin, partner responsible for Sills & Betteridge’s Sleaford Office, commented “Stephen was a valued member of the team, with an…

Court of Appeal – 18th November 2019

Approved Judgment: Interim Separation “It was an honour to represent a client in a Court of Appeal case where I act on behalf of a mother within Care Proceedings. Wherever we feel a wrong decision may have been made, we will always strive to do what is right by our clients and their children. I am really pleased that our appeal was allowed and justice was achieved.” Chrystal Theofanous, Family Lawyer Click here to read full details of the case.

Law Firm recognised by two national publications

Sills & Betteridge LLP is a firm with a lot to celebrate this month as it enters for the first time, The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report, and once again receives recognition in the latest Legal 500 Guide. Both publications are impartially researched based on collection of data and interviews. The Lawyer UK 200 is a list of the UK’s largest firms by revenue, where Sills & Betteridge were ranked 186. https://www.thelawyer.com/top-200-uk-law-firms/ The Legal 500 is the leading directory of law firms in the UK. It recognises firms that have real expertise and are able to provide high level advice. Corporate and general counsel, companies and individuals use the guide…