Andrew Payne retires as the firm’s Senior Partner

Andrew Payne will retire as Senior Partner of Sills & Betteridge LLP on 31st May. He will continue to work for the firm as a Consultant in the Corporate & Commercial department, but his position as Senior Partner will now be taken over by Stephen Wilson. Andrew, originally from Lincoln returned to the city in 1976 upon graduation from Leeds University and the Guildford College of Law. He completed his articles with another local firm, joining Sills & Betteridge in 1978, then a small practice on Silver Street with ten staff. Andrew became a Partner in 1979 and then on the retirement of Roger Wallis in 2006, he took the…

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…

South Yorkshire Merger for Lincolnshire Law Firm

Sills & Betteridge LLP are delighted to announce further expansion activity following its recent merger with established South Yorkshire practice Bridge Sanderson Munro. The newly merged team will trade as Sills & Betteridge incorporating Bridge Sanderson Munro and will provide a full range of personal and commercial legal services from the existing Bridge Sanderson Munro premises at Hallgate, Doncaster, Bawtry, Thorne and Wath upon Dearne. Jonathan Goodwin, Principal Solicitor at Bridge Sanderson Munro will join the firm as a Partner in the Wills, Trusts & Probate department. “We have been serving clients in South Yorkshire for over 80 years and we are really excited to be joining forces with Sills…