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Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Posted by on December 19th 2014 in Kitsons News

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Please note our offices will close on Tuesday 23rd December 2014 at 5.15 pm, and re-open on Friday 2nd January 2015 at 9.00 am.

We take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Kitsons & Hardwick HR - Conducting Investigations Seminar

Posted by on December 8th 2014 in Blog Posts

Over 40 delegates attended a disciplinary and investigation seminar held by Kitsons Solicitors and Harwick HR at Buckfast Abbey earlier this month. The seminar examined the issues surrounding the process and pitfalls of conducting disciplinaries and investigations in the workplace.

Jointly hosted by Rhodri Davey, Partner and Head of Employment at Kitsons, and Carolyn Giles, Head of Hardwick HR Consultancy Services, the seminar looked at the legal and practical issues involved.

The seminar was voted a success by delegates and following the excellent feedback it has been decided that these events will now take place every six months.

Here's a couple of photos from the...

Children's Christmas Party

Posted by on December 8th 2014 in Kitsons News

Thanks to the Partners and Staff at Kitsons, we all enjoyed a fantastic day at Minerva House (our Head Office) for a Children’s Christmas Party.

First came Alan the Magician, with a full range of tricks. Alan managed to involve most of the audience, including the baked bean can through the head!

Throw in a bit of plate spinning and balloon artistry for good measure and the kids (and adults) were hooked.

Then came the feast for chocolate and sugary things. There were a few cherry tomatoes and cucumber sections thrown in for good measure, but what good is a cherry...

SDLT Changes: How will it affect you?

Posted by on December 3rd 2014 in Blog Posts, Property

From 4 December 2014 (effective from midnight tonight) Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rates for residential properties will only apply to the part of the property price that falls within each band.

It was announced in today’s Autumn Statement that the old ‘slab’ system will be replaced so home buyers pay the tax at gradually increasing rates on tranches of the total value of the property – similar to income tax – rather than a single rate on the whole transaction, eliminating the steep jump in tax paid when properties cross, for example, the £250,000 threshold.

Buyers will pay no stamp duty on...

Kitsons Christmas Quiz raises Big Sum for Charity

Posted by on December 3rd 2014 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Businesses from across Torbay, Teignbridge and Exeter came together for a Christmas Quiz hosted by leading Devon law firm Kitsons, raising over £1,000 for the Devon Community Foundation.

110 local professionals competed in Kitsons’ Christmas Quiz, held at the Grand Hotel, Torquay on Wednesday 26th November. Teams were entered by accountants; Bishop Fleming, Darnells, Francis Clark and Peplows, bankers; HSBC and Lloyds, property agents; Bettesworths and Waycotts, plus representatives from; B&Q Newton Abbot, Charles Royle, Country Bus, Pavey Group, and Lazy Jacks.

Kitsons Managing Partner, James Cross opened the evening’s proceedings with a warm welcome and a special mention of the many...

Teignbridge Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2014

Posted by on December 1st 2014 in Kitsons News

Teignbridge Sports Awards 2014

Last Friday, the Teignbridge Sports Peronality Awards 2014 took place at the Langstone Cliff Hotel in Dawlish Warren.

The awards recognise and reward athletes, teams, volunteers, coaches, and unsung heroes for their hard work and dedication to sport, health and physical activity across the District and many local communities.

The awards ceremony was declared a resounding success and Molly Canham (Athletics) and Harry Birchill (Mountain Biking) were announced as the overall winners of the prestigious Sports Personality of the Year accolade, sponsored by Kitsons, in an evening that recognised many for their tireless commitment to sport.

A big congratulations to all involved!

 

Kitsons Exeter Curry Club - The Bay Leaf

Posted by on November 17th 2014 in Blog Posts

The Exeter Curry Club continued its fine run, with another great meal and evening.

This time Kitsons and guests visited The Bay Leaf Restaurant, Exeter - who try and gather dishes from different Indian and Bangladeshi regions, to present a combination of vibrant dishes.

The Bay Leaf itself boasts a luxurious restaurant with a  warm ambience and friendly atmosphere. This was very true of our visit. The staff were kind and very helpful and the mood was relaxed and joyful.

We ordered a mixture of dishes, to test and give our opinions. All of the food was very good, even if we didn’t know what...

Kitsons praised in Chambers & Partners Legal Directory 2015

Posted by on November 10th 2014 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Chambers UK 2015

Leading Devon law firm Kitsons has been praised in the South West chapter of the latest edition of Chambers UK – the legal sector’s industry ‘Bible’.

Highlights include Kitsons’ Licensing team achieving ‘Top Tier’ status, whilst the Private Client team that handles complex tax, trusts, wills, estate planning and contentious probate matters, has entered the rankings for the first time.

The firm has also retained rankings for its Employment, Litigation, Corporate and Real Estate teams.

Overall, eight lawyers have been named as ‘Leading Individuals’ with partners James Cross and Rhodri Davey achieving Band 1. New ‘Leading Lawyer’ rankings for 2015 include:...

Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge 2015

Posted by on November 10th 2014 in Kitsons News

Partners and staff at Kitsons Solicitors will be taking part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in July 2015 in aid of Diabetes UK. 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 active supporter of the firm. In 2013 when the firm took on the National Three Peaks Challenge, Mark acted as a volunteer driver from our head office in Torquay to Scotland and back.

As Mark had a link with Diabetes UK, it seemed the natural choice for this fundraising effort.

If you would...

DCF Volunteer of the Year Awards 2014

Posted by on October 29th 2014 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Local young volunteer Dan Fawke honoured with Children & Young People Volunteer Award

Devon Community Foundation hosted their sixth annual Volunteer of the Year awards ceremony last week at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in Exeter, honouring the hard work and achievements of the many volunteers making a real difference in our local Devon communities. 20 year old Dan Fawke from New 4 You Youth group based in Plymouth was awarded the Children & Young People Volunteer of the Year Award sponsored by Kitsons Solicitors.

New4You is a Plymouth city centre youth group that runs on Friday nights, supporting young people...