Mr Andrew Payne > Sills & Betteridge LLP > Lincoln, England > Lawyer Profile

Sills & Betteridge LLP
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Work Department

Corporate and commercial.


Senior partner and head of corporate and commercial department. Practice areas are corporate and commercial property. Andrew is widely recognised as one of Lincolnshire’s leading commercial property lawyers. Transactions of note include acting on behalf of Hemswell Estates Limited in a high value complex land transaction at Hemswell Business Park to facilitate a new plastic recycling plant for Eco Plastics, to create Europe’s leading plastics recycling facility, in order to service Coca Cola. Previously Andrew acted for a US listed company whom he advised on the sale of their land to Manchester City FC for the club’s new hotel and training complex. Andrew has recently undertaken the property work for Oldrids department store in their acquisition of a further department store in Scunthorpe. His corporate skills involve Andrew leading M&A transactions across various sectors, mostly in the £3m to £30m consideration bracket. His combined commercial property and corporate expertise has led him to being much in demand.


Trained Langley’s Solicitors; qualified 1978; Sills & Betteridge 1978; partner 1979.


North Kesteven Grammar School; Leeds University (1975 LLB (Hons)); College of Law, Guildford.


Fly fishing, walking, gardening and private pilot's licence held. Past Chairman of Lincoln 120 Round Table, 41 Club, Lincoln Cake Ball Committee and Lincoln Felons' Association.

Lawyer Rankings

East Midlands > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands

Sills & Betteridge LLP‘s growing practice was boosted by the promotion of Euan McLaughlin and James Conduit to the equity in July 2018. Team head Andrew Payne has been a stalwart at the firm since the mid-1970s and is a leading name in the Lincolnshire market. The group also includes Martin Walsh, whose transactional experience includes deals with a nexus to the renewable energy and telecoms sectors, and also matters with cross-border elements. The firm also generates work from clients in industries such as agribusiness, healthcare, gaming machines, energy and retail. It is particularly strong acting for SMEs, as well as national and international businesses with operations in the Midlands. Tax expert Gary Phillips, who has been a partner at the firm since 1991, is another notable practitioner. Ed Capes moved to Fraser Brown in 2018.