New Team Lincolnshire member Sills & Betteridge has appointed six members of its team as equity partners.

New Team Lincolnshire member Sills & Betteridge has appointed six members of its team as equity partners.

Remarkably, four of them joined the firm as trainee solicitors and two as newly qualified solicitors, demonstrating the firm’s strong commitment to the development of its people. This reflects the firm’s focus on recruiting and retaining the best legal talent across Lincolnshire and beyond.

Senior Partner Andrew Payne said: “While by no means typical of a lot of firms, it is certainly no coincidence that all six of my colleagues joined the firm at the start of their careers and have gone on, some of them quite quickly, to take up senior positions at Sills & Betteridge.

“We assess trainee candidates on their academic performance of course, but also on their commercial awareness. In other words, we are employing not only high-quality lawyers but the firm’s future leaders too. We will continue to offer training contracts to high-calibre candidates who appreciate the unique development opportunities a large regional firm can offer them.”

Boston born Euan McLaughlin, a graduate of the University of Nottingham, joined the firm in 2009 and works in the commercial department, advising on and negotiating commercial agreements and contracts.

Chrystal Theofanous, originally from London, joined the firm as a graduate of the University of Lincoln and is now an accredited family, domestic abuse, international child abduction and forced marriage solicitor.

James Conduit and Mo Hayes joined the firm having never lived or studied in the East Midlands. James, from Dorset, was looking for a large regional firm where he could experience a wide variety of legal service areas before ultimately deciding to specialise in corporate and commercial work. Mo is an accredited and very experienced specialist in public children law.

Malachy McGill and James Proctor had already completed their training contracts with other firms before joining Sills & Betteridge. Malachy specialises in property law and James, from Lincolnshire, who has become an equity partner within six years of qualifying as a solicitor, is a wills, trusts and probate solicitor.

CEO Martyn Hall commented: “Many congratulations to each of our new equity partners. They are all extremely capable lawyers with strong business management skills. They are committed to the firm and I am confident that they will each have a very positive impact on its future.”