Mr Gary Phillips > Sills & Betteridge LLP > Lincoln, England > Lawyer Profile

Sills & Betteridge LLP
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Work Department

Corporate and commercial.


Gary handles a wide variety of complex non-contentious and contentious matters in the commercial law arena, including commercial property and tax. The work Gary has undertaken includes shareholder disputes with a value exceeding £30m and the re-organisation of several of Lincolnshire’s and Nottinghamshire’s multi-million pound agricultural businesses. Gary led one of the first challenges to decisions under the EU carbon trading regime, and has been heavily involved in planning disputes of national and regional importance, including a contest with one of the country’s leading supermarket chains, a major trunk road scheme (A453), one of the UK’s largest wind farms, precedent setting laws on bankruptcy and the saving of an historic landmark building. He is the ‘go to’ man of the team for difficult legal questions from the EU Consumer Credit Directive to 18th century highways law. He is one of only 800 notaries public in England which enables him to attest commercial and other documents for use abroad.


Trained Sills & Betteridge; qualified 1989; partner in present firm 1991.


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Notaries Society.


Charnwood Comprehensive; Oxford University (1986 BA Jurisprudence, 1991 MA); College of Law, Chester (1987 SFE); Cambridge University (2009 PGDip Notarial Practice); Reading University (20011 MA (Res) Legal History).

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.