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Changes to Apprenticeships

Posted by on May 29th 2015 in Blog Posts, Employment

Changes to Apprenticeships

The new provisions relating to apprenticeships in England came into force on 26 May 2015 (by virtue of section 6 of the Deregulation Act 2015 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional Saving Provisions) Order 2015 (SI 2015/994)). This amends the existing apprenticeship framework under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (ASCLA 2009) by replacing apprenticeships under ASCALA 2009 with English Apprenticeships in England but not in Wales.

This reform is designed to simplify the existing statutory arrangements already in place and allow employers to design apprenticeship standards for their own sectors.

Under these new provisions an “approved English...

May Employment Law Update

Posted by on May 28th 2015 in Employment, Kitsons News

Welcome to the May issue of our Employment Law Update which is designed to keep you updated on all the latest HR news. This month, following the result of the recent General Election there are a number of changes on the horizon to the landscape of Employment Law which we've detailed below.

We always welcome feedback on how we can support you further, therefore if you have any queries or any comments on our updates, get in touch.

The meaning of ‘Establishment’ for collective redundancies

Following the conclusion of the "Woolworths" case (USDAW and another v WW Realisation 1 Ltd (in liquidation), Ethel Austin Ltd...

The Ashers Bakery Case

Posted by on May 27th 2015 in Blog Posts

The decision in Lee v Ashers Baking Co Ltd [2015] NICty 2 has highlighted the problems Businesses face in relation to conflicting protected rights.

Summary of facts

The Plaintiff is a gay man associated with QueerSpace, a volunteer led organisation for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi sexual and Transgender Community. Following Political debates on the issue of whether gay marriage should be legalised in Northern Ireland the Plaintiff was due to attend an event in support of this cause. He placed an order with the Defendant for a cake with the logo of QueerSpace and the slogan “Support Gay Marriage”. Following the...

Kitsons Partner set for Everest Base Camp Charity Trek (Updates)

Posted by on May 6th 2015 in Blog Posts, Kitsons News

06/05/15

UPDATE: Tony Hunt has landed safely in the UK.

Excellent news to hear that Tony Hunt has landed safely in the UK and is currently driving home from London.

It's great to know he's back from such a terrifying adventure. More photos will be posted in due course.

To make a donation please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/KitsonsLLP/

 

01/05/15

UPDATE: Flight back on May 5th as planned.

"Fly back on 5th May as planned. Earlier flights in demand and others are in more need. Another 5.0 magnitude aftershock last night and I slept through it!!"

 

30/04/15

UPDATE: Both have reached the airport now and are fit and well.

Tony and Natalie have reached Lukla...

The Mark Batten Trophy Presentation

Posted by on May 5th 2015 in Kitsons News

Kitsons Solicitors teamed up with The Torquay Skittles League to create The Mark Batten Trophy - in name of our ex-collegue Mark Batten, who sadly passed away a year ago.

On Bank Holiday Saturday, the trophy was awarded at the Torquay Skittles League Annual Presentation for the first time.

Presenting The Mark Batten Trophy on Kitsons' behalf was Ashley Batten, Mark's son. It was handed to The Fix It’s, for - ‘Outstanding Performance Against the Odds’.

This award is an ongoing prize which will be passed on season after season, in the name of Mark Batten.

Residential Property Leaflet: Volume 2

Posted by on April 24th 2015 in Blog Posts, Litigation

New Legislation concerning Tenancy Deposits in 2015:

Whether received before or after April 2007 ALL tenancy deposits must be secured and they must be done so before 23rd June 2015.

The creation of deposit schemes following the Housing Act 2004, made Landlords believe that a deposit need not be protected if received before 6th April 2007 when the Act came into force, unless a new tenancy agreement was granted.

Charalambous –v- Ng (2014);

This case shaped the way for security of tenancy deposits.

In this case the Landlord failed to protect the deposit, which was received in 2002, before the Act came into...

Residential Property Leaflet: Volume 1

Posted by on April 22nd 2015 in Blog Posts, Litigation

Two cases of interest from 2013, still having an impact in 2015:

Section 21 Notices;

Taylor –v- Spencer (2013) 

This case provides important clarification on the dates specified within a Section 21 Notice.

The Landlord entered two dates for the expiry of the notice which conflicted with each other and relied upon the words “at the end of your period of tenancy which will end after the expiration of two months from the service upon you of this notice”.

The Court of Appeal held that despite this the three conditions of Section 21 were satisfied; the fixed term had come to an end,...

Miles for Mark - Second Training Walk: Sourton

Posted by on April 21st 2015 in Blog Posts

The Miles for Mark team took to the hills once again last Sunday, this time meeting at Sourton - all to get some much needed miles in our legs. 14 miles to be exact...

The heat of the sun mixed itself with the crisp wind, giving us perfect walking conditions and after borrrowing eachothers hats and gloves, we set off!

Plenty of hills stood in our way, but we kept our spirits high and ploughed through bogs and unsteady ground, which made for an exciting and very muddy journey.

Only stopping briefly to see where we were going and for a spot of lunch,...

Help to Buy ISA, will it work?

Posted by on March 23rd 2015 in Blog Posts

Announced in the 2015 Budget a saving scheme to help first time buyers get on the property ladder. Will it work?

On the face of it, it looks a good scheme. A savings account specific to providing a deposit for property purchase with a cash bonus of between £400 and £3,000, dependent upon the amount saved. Savings can commence at the age of 16 which, if maintained until the “post-university/got a job now” years could provide sufficient funds for a modest first home deposit.

However, with a maximum monthly investment of £200, even with the government bonus, this is at least an...

Miles for Mark - Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge 2015

Posted by on March 18th 2015 in Kitsons News

On Saturday 11th July 2015, 30 members of staff from Kitsons will be taking part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge attempting to walk 24 miles in just 12 hours.

Team Kitsons will take on the steep climbs and descents of Pen-y-ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m). These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The challenge will be completed in memory of our colleague Mark Batten, who passed away suddenly in March 2014.

Mark worked at Kitsons for over 35 years and was an...