Firm Profile > Sills & Betteridge LLP > Lincoln, England

Sills & Betteridge LLP

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 2

With a particular focus on the real estate industry, Sills & Betteridge LLP's 'pragmatic and sensible' team in Lincoln and Boston handles a variety of commercial disputes, including breaches of contract, planning, professional negligence and shareholders' claims. Lincoln-based Karen Bower-Brown, who previously worked as a litigator in London, specialises in landlord and tenant disputes and breach of contract claims. In Boston, partner David John's expertise includes property litigation, debt recovery and trusts disputes.

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‘Their knowledge within the sector is impressive, they are extremely professional in their approach and the advice given provides reassurance that all cases are being dealt with appropriately.’

‘Malachy McGill is very knowledgeable in his field, works hard to meet deadlines and his personable manner makes him easy to deal with.’

‘Karen Bower Brown has a good knowledge of the law but is also practical and sensible.’

Key clients

Hemswell Biogas Limited

SHD Composite Materials Limited

Turnbull & Co Limited

Micronclean Limited

The Burdens Group Limited

Omex Agriculture Limited

SHD MTI Limited

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Midlands Tier 2

Sills & Betteridge LLP's Lincoln-based team has 'broad knowledge and experience', which is evident when assisting clients with sales and acquisitions, commercial contracts and restructurings. James Conduit, who is well-versed in the full gamut of corporate and commercial matters, leverages his expertise to advise clients in the renewable energy, software, insurance and agriculture sectors. Martin Walsh, who previously worked for an international firm in London, has a strong track record in cross-border transactions. 'Personable and responsive' Euan McLaughlin specialises in commercial contracts and data protection.  Former practice head Andrew Payne retired in May 2020.

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‘The team is very responsive and provides excellent customer service.’

‘Euan is relentless, has an eye for detail and can help with strategic planning as well as the legal issues which need to be addressed.’

Key clients

G H Sutton Limited

Omex Agriculture Limited

The Burdens Group

Micronclean Limited

EPS Logistics Technology Limited

Hemswell Estates Limited

Lincolnshire Football Association

Ballet Makers Europe Limited

SHD Composite Materials Limited

Turnbull & Co Limited

Lincoln College Group

Sleeping Disorders Centre Group

GH Byproducts (Derby) Limited

Family Tier 3

Sills & Betteridge LLP has a sizeable practice, which focuses on four key areas. John Mitchell, who leads the matrimonial and finances group, handles both divorce and financial cases involving trusts, pensions and farming businesses. An emergency work team, which is led by Chrystal Theofanous, is active in national and international child abduction and domestic abuse cases. Elsewhere, Mo Hayes heads up the care group, which handles complex regional and multijurisdictional work. Helen Derry, who leads the mediation team, is also the head of the overall family practice.

Key clients

Representing Appellant mother in Court of Appeal C(A Child)(Interim Separation) [2019] EWCA Civ 1998

Representing Father in Royal Courts of Justice MC [2019] EWHC 3662 (Fam)

Representing Appellant mother in Court of Appeal G(Children: Fair Hearing) [2019] EWCA Civ 126

Representing Mother in the Court of Appeal Y and E (children sexual abuse allegations) [2019] EWCA Civ 206

Representing Mother in the High Court Z and Y [2019] EWCH 2255 (Fam)

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Sills & Betteridge LLP, whose team garners praise for its 'excellent service', excels in wills and trusts disputes, proprietary estoppel cases, financial provision claims and applications relating to the removal of executors in cases of wrongdoing by those appointed. The practice is jointly led by Karen Bower-Brown and David John. Bower-Brown is described by clients as 'very experienced', 'down to earth and approachable'. Robert Pearson is another key figure.

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Karen Bower-Brown is very down to earth and approachable. She is very experienced and handles clients very well, and is always a pleasure to work with.’

Excellent service by all. Karen Bower-Brown is an excellent solicitor. She worked tirelessly on my case and showed great empathy and was my shoulder to cry on when things were getting too much for me. I would hugely recommend her for any case in her field of expertise. I felt like I had a friend in her.’

Sills & Betteridge would be my first port of call for contentious trusts and probate work in the Lincolnshire region.’

Sills & Betteridge LLP offers a wide range of personal and commercial legal services. Clients include both private and publicly funded individuals, businesses, charities and government bodies.

The firm: The recorded origins of Sills & Betteridge date back to 1759, and the firm now has fifteen offices in fourteen locations with 291 partners and staff across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.

Sills & Betteridge has amalgamated with numerous firms over the past decade. The firm has used mergers and acquisitions as a strategy for expansion into new geographic areas and to further strengthen its existing operations. Within the last 12 years the firm has merged with 11 smaller practices, with Bridge Sanderson Munro in Doncaster and three other South Yorkshire locations being the most recent in 2019. It continues to effectively meet and overcome the challenges facing the legal profession.

Throughout almost 260 years of practice, Sills & Betteridge has built up a wealth of experience and knowledge about what its clients want from their solicitors. It believes that by putting the client’s needs at the heart of everything it does it can solve problems, meet goals and provide the best possible advice, in a clear, straightforward manner. The firm’s clients regularly tell it that its staff are professional, efficient and courteous, and operate with skill, integrity and flair.

The firm’s people are its proudest asset, with many at the very top of their field. They include Law Society panel members, Resolution accredited specialists, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers fellows and members, and members of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

The firm has held the Law Society’s Lexcel practice management standard since 2002. It also holds the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme.

Types of work undertaken: For private individuals, the firm can offer advice on personal injury, medical negligence, family law, residential property, wills, trusts and probate, employment law, crime, immigration law, housing, forces and military law, regulatory law, and personal notary services. The firm undertakes publicly funded work in the areas of care proceedings, domestic abuse, forced marriage and honour-based violence, international child abduction, mediation and crime.

For business clients, Sills & Betteridge has extensive experience in corporate sale and purchase, employment law, litigation and dispute resolution, commercial property, renewable energy, regulatory law, agriculture and rural business, commercial contracts, partnerships and LLPs, professional negligence, licensing, banking and finance, debt recovery, commercial notary services, health and safety law, GDPR advice and debt recovery.

Lincolnshire offices: Lincoln, Gainsborough, Skegness, Boston, Sleaford, Scunthorpe, Spilsby and Grimsby.

Offices elsewhere: Nottingham, Doncaster, Northampton, Bawtry, Thorne and Wath upon Dearne.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Stephen Wilson
Chief Executive Martyn Hall
Residential property Ed Sharpe
Crime Dean Bower
Family Helen Derry
Wills, trusts and probate Richard Bussell
Corporate and commercial Andrew Payne
Personal injury Alison Hurton
Commercial Property Malachy McGill
Number of UK partners : 38
Number of other UK fee-earners : 62