Helen Derry > Sills & Betteridge LLP > Lincoln, England > Lawyer Profile

Sills & Betteridge LLP
Aquis House
18 – 28 Clasketgate
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Helen is a partner specialising in all aspects of family law for private clients including divorce, property issues, maintenance, pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitee disputes and private children case. With over 20 years experience she has acted for many husbands and wives in divorce proceedings often involving significant pension (including Police, Ministry of Defence, company and NHS), business and farming assets. Helen appears in court on a regular basis. Helen trained as a mediator in 1999 and as a collaborative lawyer in 2007. This enables her to offer a full range of services depending on the wishes and needs of each individual client whether they require strong and tenacious representation at court or a skilled negotiator. Helen was responsible for successfully bidding against a number of national organisations for the DWP funded Moving Forward project which provided help and support for separating families. Helen thereafter designed with a leading psychologist a programme which supported over 2500 people.


Trained Sills & Betteridge LLP; qualified 1994, trained as a mediator in 1999 and as a collaborative lawyer in 2007


Resolution; Law Society.


Business Law Degree (1990 LLB 2.1 (Hons)).


Travel & walking, an active family life and socialising with friends.

Lawyer Rankings

East Midlands > Private client > Family

‘Extremely experienced in their field with a wealth of talent’ Sills & Betteridge LLP‘s sizeable family law group is led by Helen Derry, a specialist mediation and in pre and post nuptial agreements. As head of the emergency team, Chrystal Theofanous is instructed in domestic abuse, children’s law, international child abduction, forced marriage prevention and complex care proceedings. Lincoln’s Mo Hayes and Jessica Firth-Brown are both well respected children law specialists. In Nothampton, ‘exceptional’ Siobhan Thompson and Nicholas Flattgo beyond duty every time to ensure that the children have best representation.’ Senior associate Ailsa Tennant is also noted for divorce, finances and private children matters. Dominic Lee joined from John Hooper & Co in May 2023.