Sills & Betteridge LLP > Skegness, England > Firm Profile

Sills & Betteridge LLP
50 Algitha Road
PE25 2AW

Private client > Family Tier 1

‘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.      

Practice head(s):

Helen Derry


‘Chrystal Theofanous and her team are amazing. They always go the extra mile with a high level of experience and knowledge of international children matters; they are becoming more prominent in this area which is positive to note.’

‘Chrystal Theofanous manages her cases impeccably and her team always knows what is happening at every stage. Chrystal is always available for her clients and counsel and takes an active role in all elements of her clients cases; her advice is spot on and her support of counsel is invaluable.’

‘Ailsa Tennant’s collaborative and measured approach to cases has always ensured that the working relationship between client, solicitor and Counsel is a smooth and successful one. Ailsa always provides extremely helpful and comprehensive briefs and, where further information is required, responds to queries of all natures in a timely, attentive way.’

‘Helen Derry stands out as a strong leader of the family team. She leads on the commitment to training and development of the entire team and is a proven performer in her field with many years of experience.’

‘Nick is very passionate and very balanced in his approach to representing children. He goes beyond duty every time to ensure that the children have best representation.’

‘Siobhan Thompson is an experienced solicitor in children’s cases. She is very hardworking and dedicated to a high level of client service. She is particularly popular with Children’s Guardians.’

‘Nick Flatt – An exceptional solicitor, who always works hard for his clients, understands issues and ‘gets’ family law.

‘Siobhan Thompson – An extremely hard working children law specialist, who is well respected by Guardian’s for her focus on best outcomes for children.’

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Midlands Tier 2

Displaying ‘superb professionalism‘, Sills & Betteridge LLP has seen a substantial increase in transactions in the financial services and technology sectors. James Conduit heads the corporate and commercial team and is sought after for share and asset sales and purchases, cross-border transactions, corporate finance and s.110 restructurings. He has also developed an interest in the digital and renewable energy sectors. For cross-border M&A, Martin Walsh is recommended, particularly for US-based clients. Euan McLaughlin brings complementary expertise in commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

James Conduit

Other key lawyers:


‘We have been very pleased with the service we have received from Sills & Betteridge for our commercial business transactions. They have offered a prompt service, scaled their team to handle the transactions in the time frame required when the scope of the work increased unexpectedly to deliver the business on time. The communication has always been excellent, with full availability of the team. ‘

‘James Conduit is very easy to work with and communicate. While providing us with a full legal opinion in a clear and succinct manner, the team have also become familiar with our style of business and preferred method of working and have made the process very simple and efficient.’

‘Superb professionalism.’

Key clients

Active8 Managed Technologies Limited

Ballet Makers Europe Limited

Beaphar BV

Chandlers (Farm Machinery) Limited

Clydesdale Bank PLC

Hemswell Estates Limited

HFL Financial Advisers

Lincoln College Group

Micronclean Limited

NerG Ltd/ NERG Holdings Ltd

Omex Agriculture Limited

SHD Group

Sleeping Disorders Centre Group

The Burdens Group

Turnbull & Co Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the shareholders in their sale of The Elms Retirement Park to Cove Communities, a group based in Canada.
  • Advised US company Sentry Aerospace Corporation on its merger with Aerospares 2000.
  • Advised Chandlers (Farm Equipment) on its acquisition of the business and assets of Ross Farm Machinery.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 2

Headed by Karen Bower-Brown, the commercial department at Sills & Betteridge LLP impresses clients with its ‘high degree of expertise and knowledge’ in disputes arising from breach of contract, breach of warranty, commercial property disputes, and claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Bower-Brown is also noted for her expertise in proprietary estoppel claims. Increasingly active on contentious probate matters, Robert Pearson draws praise for his ‘calm and reassuring presence with a wealth of knowledge and an approachable manner.’

Practice head(s):

Karen Bower-Brown

Other key lawyers:


‘I have always found that the team works with the utmost professionalism. Their high degree of expertise and knowledge is standout compared to other firms that I have come across. I have complete reassurance that they will offer sensible and concise advice and deal with my legal matters properly.’

‘One notable difference between Sills & Betteridge and their competitors is that they work quickly and thoroughly.’

‘Robert Pearson has worked with me on various issues relating to real estate. He always offers concise advice and is knowledgeable on each of the matters at hand. In a fast-paced and often time pressured industry, that is a quality that is invaluable to me and one which, sadly, is certainly not the standard of many other firms.’

‘Karen Bowen-Brown is very knowledgeable, friendly and to the point. She was easily accessible by telephone or email and replied promptly, and she went through all my options and advised me appropriately to a successful outcome. I am truly grateful.’

‘Robert Pearson is a calm and reassuring presence to commercial clients who has a wealth of knowledge and an approachable manner.’

Key clients

George Bateman & Son Limited

Hemswell Biogas Limited

Micronclean Limited

Omex Agriculture Limited

SHD Composite Materials Ltd

SHD-MTI Limited

The Burdens Group Limited

The Snoring Disorders Centre Ltd

Turnbull & Co Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a majority shareholder, in respect of a dispute with the minority shareholder in an accountancy practice and negotiating a complex settlement of £1.35m.
  • Acting for Premier Engineering (Lincoln) Limited to achieve a settlement in relation to a professional negligence claim against their human resources advisers regarding a failure to file an appeal within the prescribed time limit.
  • Acting for Vanguard Packing Limited in a dispute with a customer relating to damage to air conditioning units packaged and delivered by our client.

Employment > Immigration Tier 3

Sills & Betteridge LLP‘s immigration department is headed by director Deborah Linford, ‘a complete professional who knows her job inside out’ and a specialist in immigration applications for leave to enter and remain, settlement, citizenship, EEA applications and appeals.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Linford


‘Deborah Linford was excellent, she was our contact and always available to discuss matters, we understood the situation all the way through the process and she gave us confidence at all times, I really cannot say enough about Deborah, but totally outstanding.’

‘Extrememly efficient service, professional employees who are experienced in their field of work.’

‘Deborah Linford was extremely professional and efficient in all her dealings with me. She explained things clearly and kept me updated every step of the process. I had absolute confidence in her and really valued her advice.’

‘Deborah Linford is a complete professional knowing her job inside out. She acts with common sense, compassion and dignity. Her clients matter to her and she cares for their welfare making the whole process as easy and stress free as possible. Deborah was easy to get in touch with, always knew exactly where the action was at.’

‘Deborah Linford was outstanding. She was well informed and assisted me in a supportive and knowledgable style. I found this very reassuring.’

‘Sills and Betteridge are very helpful and professional. They take full responsibility from your first appointment, make you understand the situation fully. All the staff are very friendly, in emergency they always make sure I speak to the right person almost straightaway. They are always upfront for the cost of work – this is very important. Every time I use this practice I have received a positive outcome. I will choose Sills & Betteridge again and again.’

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

The contentious probate team at Sills & Betteridge LLP is best known for its work surrounding will disputes, proprietary estoppel cases and financial provision claims. Karen Bower-Brown is a specialist in contentious work, such as disputes concerning the validity of wills and financial provision claims. Robert Pearson is another important name, handling claims concerning the Inheritance Act.

Practice head(s):

Karen Bower-Brown

Other key lawyers:


‘I was so impressed with Karen Bower-Brown. The legal position was explained clearly and I received a very good level of support, with every stage being explained along the way in layman’s terms.’

‘Sills & Betteridge are outstanding could not have chosen a better firm to assist me in my Contentious Probate matter.’

‘Karen Bower-Brown has been amazing, since my first consultation she has been supportive and helped me make important decisions. It has been a mentally draining position that i was in and Karen was there for support personally and professionally.

‘Karen Bower-Brown is very effective, and exhaustive in explaining risks. She does try to keep the focus on the particular core job in hand, even if I might request additional information for my own understanding and appreciation of the situation’

Work highlights

  • Advised an individual with reference to a dispute with trustees over her occupation of a trust property in circumstances where the trustees were considering bringing the trust to an end which would have rendered the client homeless.
  • Advised an individual with reference to a dispute with the trustees of her late grandfather’s Will following their failure to safeguard her inheritance which was due to her when she reached the age of 18.
  • Advised an individual with reference to issues arising in relation to Mutual Wills and the impact on the administration of a deceased’s estate.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Andrew Durkan and Richard Bussell are the key partners at the Lincoln office of Sills & Betteridge LLP, specialising in Wills and probate, and succession planning, including associated tax planning, respectively. David Wood has longstanding experience as a private client and tax specialist, with a particular emphasis on high net worth clients, business owners, farmers, landed estates and trustees.  

Practice head(s):

Andrew Durkan; Richard Bussell


‘The relevant skill sets and corporate knowledge are plainly evident in the firm. The effective and efficient handling of probate is a key factor in the firm’s ability to reassure clients that they are receiving the highest level of professional care and conduct.’

‘This is an exceptionally good firm. I have used many lawyers in the past – both personal and corporate, but none have made me feel as secure as Sills and Betteridge. To me they represent excellent value for money and complete peace of mind. Most firms claim to put the client at the centre of operations but this firm really does it. Put simply they make everything easy, which is exactly what you need when your life is in chaos.’

‘Andrew Durkan is a Partner responsible for Trusts, Wills and Power of Attorney. He explained to us exactly what he could do to help us in a very straightforward manner that was easy to understand. This practice is well respected in Lincoln for their diversity where relevant, clarity of billing and respect shown to people.’

‘Andrew Durkan – professional, understanding, explained everything clearly and spoke in a language I understood. They felt human.’

‘Richard Bussell’s professionalism has been outstanding when dealing with  Family Trusts, always has time to explain in layman’s terms, the care and consideration, one could not ask for more.’

‘The relevant skill sets and corporate knowledge are plainly evident in the firm. The effective and efficient handling of probate is a key factor in the firm’s ability to reassure clients that they are receiving the highest level of professional care and conduct.’

‘Richard Bussell is a very keen legal mind with an excellent understanding not only of the law but also accounts which give him the abililty to provide a very full advice’

‘Andrew Durkan: Andrew has a good all round knowledge in private client work and estate and trust tax planning he has a sound knowledge and good client rapport.’

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 3

Sills & Betteridge LLP‘s commercial property team is fully integrated with the firm’s corporate, employment and litigation team, giving them the ability to tackle a wide spectrum of matters. In particular, specialisms of the firm include freehold sale and purchases, leasehold sales, secured lending and section 106 agreements. The team is led by ‘patient and helpful’ Malachy McGill, who handles all aspects of commercial property. Susan Thomas and Melissa Kirk are also key names.

Practice head(s):

Malachy McGill

Other key lawyers:

Susan Thomas; Raj Blackburn; Melissa Kirk


‘Susan Thomas was friendly and clear about how she could help me.’

‘Melissa Kirk and her team have been stellar in the work they have done for me on a very complex leasehold situation. Melissa is an excellent problem-solver and is extremely clear about ethics, potential legal barriers and options, and contract negotiations.’

‘Malachy McGill was most patient and helpful . He explained what was required in a clear and precise manner and negotiated a successful deal.’

‘They are open and honest and always suggest what is right. This is one of the most reliable team I worked with. Even if we miss or forget something, they will follow up for us and always works in our best interest. They give all round suggestion including financial and legal viability of a project.’

Key clients

Winter Event Catering Limited

Morgan Lowe Bucknall Ltd

CMF Investments Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised members of a family on their sale of The Elms Retirement Park to Canadian based investment company Cove Communities.
  • Acted for Morgan Lowe Bucknall in relation to development finance for a residential development for £3.2 million.
  • Advised CMF Investments on the completion of a new conditional sale contract to include, amongst other things, warranties from the New Company in respect of complying with section 106 obligations, and negotiating provisions with the planning authority.

Private client > Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire Tier 3

The team at Sills & Betteridge LLP incorporating Acclaimed Family Law joined the Sills & Betteridge LLP group at the beginning of 2023. Michelle Cooper leads the team and offers expertise in working for high-net-worth clients in relation to divorce and financial remedy orders. Sandra Russell focuses on collaborative law; Leanne Barton has experience of working on complex children cases, while Sarah Rowe leads the Sills & Betteridge LLP family team in Doncaster.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Cooper; Sarah Rowe

Other key lawyers:

Sandra Russell; Leanne Barton; Peter Dadwell


‘Peter Dadwell stands out for his breadth of knowledge, level of commitment and high-profile clients’

‘Sarah Rowe will always make the time to respond to me via phone, text or e-mail and on occasions when I have had a difficult case that I have consulted her on, has taken the time to try to answer my enquires.’

‘Sarah Rowe is the team leader of the Doncaster branch and is exceptional in the work she does. Her colleagues mirror Sarah’s work ethic and approach, which is always a friendly and approachable one. She is a credit to her team and the company. Again we do not find this in the other firms we partner with and also Sarah always gets the positive results for the client.’

‘I have regularly had matters with Leanne Barton from Acclaimed Family Law on the other side. Leanne is a competent family lawyer. She attempts to resolve matters away from the court arena and with a sensible and pragmatic approach. She is good to work with and even where our respective positions are significantly different, she focuses on how to move a matter forward in a constructive manner. I would send any conflicts of interest that I had to her, without hesitation.’

‘The team at Acclaimed Family Law have provided excellent service on all levels. I know that I can trust in quick responses to my communications and a personal approach in all of their dealings with me.’

‘Michelle Cooper has literally been my rock during a long and continuing, acrimonious divorce. Her attention to detail, unflappable nature and sound advice have been a steadying influence. She has helped me to navigate through many difficult times, and I trust that she has my best interests as her objective.’

‘As a client of Acclaimed, I was very impressed with the efficiency and honest approach of the team. They worked hard to make me feel supported, listened to and my needs understood.’

‘The firm took my case at extremely short notice due to my previous solicitors having a conflict of interest. Despite this, the team were able to act quickly (48 hours before my first divorce hearing) and get up to speed with my case. Throughout the divorce proceedings they were able to give a measured approach working with me and my strong opinions regarding the offer made. Ultimately, we won the case.’

Work highlights

Employment Tier 4

Working in conjunction with its commercial and litigation practices, Sills & Betteridge LLP‘s employment department advises a wide range of private sector clients on TUPE, senior director exits, large-scale restructuring, and disciplinary and grievance procedures. Stephen Britton is the lead partner and is instructed on unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing claims, and unionised and non-unionised workforces.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Britton


‘The practice is very responsive and provides clear guidance, ensuring they explain the ins and outs of cases. Availability is always very quick, no matter what the issue, and the quotes provided for work are very accurate. They have a huge amount of experience.’

‘Stephen Britton – Always outstanding advice, with the advantage of having worked as a tribunal judge.’

‘Professional, pragmatic solutions; focussed on knowing our business and guiding us to a solution which meets our needs.’

‘Steve Britton provides us with a very personalised, pragmatic and thorough advice or guidance. We are a complicated business, and Steve is very knowledgeable about how we operate. Therefore, the solutions are always relevant to us and the outcome we are trying to achieve.’

‘The advice and guidance has been accurate and made understandable, including practical applications. This often very complex area has been made much more straightforward by the working methods employed by Sills and Betteridge. Communication has always been excellent and extremely prompt, either by email and or by telephone.’

‘Stephen Britton has a great way of highlighting the legal position on matters we raise with him and then breaks this down to help us with practical application of the legislation. Stephen has a lovely approach – always friendly, calm, patient and extremely knowledgeable.’

‘Very responsive, professional and friendly team.’

‘Steve Britton totally understands our business and adapts his style to suit our particular challenges. He is very much like an extended member of our team.’

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 4

Alison Hurton heads the specialist personal injury and clinical negligence across Sills & Betteridge LLP Lincoln, Nottingham and Sleaford branches. Other ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’ lawyers include Louise Bush, a specialist in birth injury and cerebral palsy, brain and spinal injury, misdiagnosis cosmetic surgery, as well as negligence by GP’s, dentists and opticians. Simon Breeden is an ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ personal injury partner. Kim Overton has a niche speciality in recent or historic sexual, emotional and physical abuse.

Practice head(s):

Alison Hurton; Louise Bush; Kim Overton

Other key lawyers:


‘This firm are very committed to their clients, very hardworking and are willing to take on and run difficult and challenging cases. They show a good level of client care and are determined to get the best results they can.’

‘Very knowledgeable and experienced fee earners.’

‘I have know Louise Bush for a considerable time and as well as being an experienced practitioner will always try and do her best for her client.’

‘Simon Breedan is an incredibly knowledgeable solicitor who I trust to make good decisions with positive outcome. He has been a big factor in my personal recovery due to an RTC and I honestly believe that without him and his contacts (specialists), then I wouldn’t be where I am today. I owe a lot to this man’

‘Excellent communication and understanding of my claim and issues around it’

‘I think this practice is unique with the way it deals with their clients, nothing is too much trouble for them and their knowledge of their chosen field, in my case personal injury is absolutely second to none.’

‘Louise Bush is very professional and has an excellent approach to engaging with experts.’

‘Simon Breeden specifically, and his team generally, are excellent. They are professional but friendly, knowledgeable but understanding. They represent the best qualities needed in a good solicitor.’

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 14 offices with 313 partners and staff across Lincolnshire, the wider East Midlands and Yorkshire.

The firm has used mergers and acquisitions as a strategy for expansion into new geographic areas and to further strengthen its existing operations. Since 2007 the firm has merged with 12 smaller practices, with Bridge Sanderson Munro and Rawson Family Law both of South Yorkshire being the most recent. In 2018, the firm also opened new offices in Northampton and Grimsby, and in 2022 opened in Howden in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

It continues to effectively meet and overcome the challenges facing the legal profession thanks to the sound strategic management of the firm’s operations by its senior leadership team. Accelerated investment in the firm’s IT and telecoms infrastructures has enabled significant efficiencies in case management, service delivery methods and flexible working arrangements.

Throughout over 260 years of practice, Sills & Betteridge has built up a wealth of experience and knowledge as to what clients require and expect from their legal advisors. It believes that by putting client 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. Regular client feed back confirms it’s people are professional, efficient and courteous, and operate with skill, integrity and flair.

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

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

Types of work undertaken: For private individuals, the firm can offer advice on family law, residential property, wills, trusts and probate, personal injury, medical negligence, employment law, crime and immigration law. 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 sales and purchases, commercial property, employment law, litigation and dispute resolution, renewable energy, agriculture and rural business, regulatory law, commercial contracts, partnerships and LLPs, professional negligence, licensing, banking and finance, health and safety law, GDPR advice, insolvency and debt recovery.

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Karen Bower-Brown
Chief Executive Martyn Hall
Residential Property Edward Sharpe
Crime Christopher Hogg
Family Helen Derry
Wills, Trusts and Probate Andrew Durkan
Corporate James Conduit
Commercial Litigation Karen Bower-Brown
Personal Injury Alison Hurton
Employment Law Stephen Britton
Commercial Property Malachy McGill
Photo Name Position Profile
Steven Dowse photo Steven Dowse Steven is a partner in the commercial property department. Steven deals with…
Kim Overton photo Kim Overton Recommended Lawyer 2024 Kim has over 20 years of experience dealing with…
James Proctor photo James Proctor Partner and Branch Manager of the firm’s Skegness office. Specialises in all…
Number of UK partners : 44
Number of other UK fee-earners : 85

TESTIMONIAL: Amazing solicitors – Ewan worked for me since the start, great communications and very professional, got my points across in civil child proceedings, they have been super helpful, and the barrister I had Mr Acland was just brilliant. Collective, intelligent, professionalism was just pure brilliance, we even got a bonus reward in the case, getting an extra brownie point departing slightly from s7 report, so all in all win win, wouldn’t go anywhere else, highly recommended

TESTIMONIAL: I have been using Sills & Betteridge since Oct 2016, I have found them to be very professional yet approachable. They have always given me honest and good advice which has paid dividends. My ex partner took my child (as a baby) and made it very clear she did not want me to have a relationship with my daughter, ever. After I put an application in for emergency contact to be able to see my daughter, I was then subsequently given a C100 accusing me of various different types of abuse against my daughter and my ex partner. It has been an incredibly lengthy process, but a combination of taking my solicitors advice and the persistent lying of my ex partner resulted in a very prescriptive order which allows me and my daughter to have a happy and healthy relationship.

TESTIMONIAL: Absolutely fantastic service from beginning to end, Prerna and Ewan dealt with myself and were both absolutely amazing. They were so thorough and helpful with lots of positive reassurance when I needed it. Prerna was able to sit alongside myself at the hearing and made it a lot less nerve wrecking, she explained everything to me numerous times as I didn’t understand a lot of the jargon, but she made the whole experience a lot easier for me. I would always recommend anyone to go to Sills & Betteridge as they were very fast, reliable and supportive and covered every single aspect I needed. Even when I was unsure they took a lot of them going though elements until I fully understood and was confident with the outcome. I’d especially like to say a big thank you to Prerna Kapoor – you went above and beyond!

TESTIMONIAL: As a successful local business in Skegness (and Surrey) we regularly use Sills & Betteridge for all legal requirements. Without exception I have found their service to be exemplary, and their response times and quality of documentation to be efficient and accurate. If you’re seeking a good, local firm in Lincolnshire, look no further.

TESTIMONIAL: For various reasons, the transaction had to progress against a very tight timeline with the completion date set in stone right from the start. We were very pleased with the way your commercial team handled the transaction, driving it forward and ensuring that we met the completion date despite its complexities. We would certainly recommend Sills & Betteridge to others.

TESTIMONIAL: It has been reassuring to deal with a professional who knew exactly what he was doing, and had the experience to deal calmly and appropriately with all of the issues arising during negotiations. I would recommend Euan to anyone needing commercial or contractual advice.

TESTIMONIAL: Kerry is absolutely outstanding with respect to all aspects of her job. Delivering a high standard of professionalism whilst maintaining humanity, never detached from the individual. A truly bespoke service in an environment that causes much stress and anxiety if you have never been one to experience it. I cannot recommend Kerry’s services enough.

TESTIMONIAL: Michael Tunnicliffe, a brilliant, caring man. Crystal clear in his explanation of all aspects, displayed courtesy and patience throughout a protracted case. He worked tirelessly to ensure an excellent settlement, keeping us fully informed at every stage.”

TESTIMONIAL: I can’t recommend Simon at Sills & Betteridge enough. I’ve just received a settlement for an injury I suffered at work and I couldn’t be happier with the end result. Throughout the claim, Simon maintained regular contact and support

TESTIMONIAL: From the start all of the communication and information was clear and precise. Chris was very helpful and reassuring during the darker days of the police enquiry and put my mind at rest – an excellent ambassador for your firm.

TESTIMONIAL: Matt has helped me tremendously in resolving the charges brought against me. His knowledge about legal matters is really great. He knows what he is talking about. I can honestly recommend his services very strongly.

The Firm is fully committed to equality and diversity in the workplace.

As a starting point the Firm has adopted its policies to ensure diversity and inclusion across the board. The Firm’s Equality and Diversity Policy covers the working environment. An employee’s employment throughout their time at the Firm ensuring fairness and a consistent approach no matter what their characteristics in regards to job advertising, recruitment and selection, training and development, conditions of promotion, conditions of service, pay and benefits, conduct at work, disciplinary and grievance procedures, and termination of employment. The policy also covers the communities surrounding the Firm’s branch offices to capture clients and potential clients of the Firm.

Recently the Firm has invested in a recruitment platform to assist with the hiring of employees and the selection process. This platform collates equality and diversity information to monitor the characteristics of the people who are attracted to the Firm as well as the people who are actually hired which the Firm already monitors through its existing HR platform. The Firm intends to use this information to ensure it is attracting and recruiting a more diverse workforce.

Another initiative recently rolled out by the Firm is an employee cash plan for all employees which includes various therapy treatments, counselling, optical, medical GP – second opinion services and much more. This has been greatly received by employees.

The introduction of a homeworking policy recently and a more relaxed, flexible approach to childcare policies helps to attract people to the Firm who want to obtain a better work-life balance.

The Firm is currently rolling out Mental Health First Aid training to expand on the Mental Health First Aiders the Firm already has. It has also rolled out training for Mental Health for Managers which equips managers on how to deal with employees with mental health issues. This is a big focus at the moment in ensuring we are supporting staff to recognise, support and direct people who are suffering with mental health correctly.

Lincolnshire, the location of most of the Firm’s offices and its headquarters, is a lot less ethnically diverse than other counties in England which in some ways held the Firm back in terms of diversity and inclusion. Over more recent years and since the Firm has expanded out into the neighbouring counties of Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire it has lent itself to us being able to attract a much more diverse workforce and client base. Google reviews have also helped in this respect.

The Firm is definitely moving in the right direction when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the Firm which is not always the case for Law Firms and we feel proud of this achievement so far.