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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...

Woman could win cash payout 20 years after divorce

Posted by on March 12th 2015 in Blog Posts, Family

It has been reported in the news this week, that the Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by a former wife to enable her to bring a claim for a financial remedy 20 years after the parties divorced.  Lord Wilson said in his judgment that “the omission from the Family Procedure Rules of a power to grant summary judgment was deliberate” and therefore the draconian power to strike out a case in family proceedings does not exist.

This judgment does not automatically open the door to all prospective claimants but does emphasise the power of the Court to consider...

Changes in 'drug-driving' law

Posted by on March 11th 2015 in Employment

The new law in relation to ‘drug-driving’ which came into force on 2 March 2015 in England and Wales is set out in section 5A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 which was inserted by section 56(1) of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 and brought into force by the Crime and Courts Act 2013 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2014 (SI 2014/3268).

It is now an offence for a person to drive or attempt to drive a motor vehicle on a road or other public place, or be in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or other public place,...

Miles for Mark - first training walk: Belstone

Posted by on March 3rd 2015 in Blog Posts

With the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to aim for, a group of Kitsons walkers hit the moors this weekend to blow away some cobwebs. Doing the Belstone loop in Dartmoor, we travelled 10 miles up hills, through bogs, over rivers and through even more bogs...

With an early morning meet at our Torquay Office, we made our way to Belstone in need of a few more hours in bed and a large coffee. The drive was silent, with the thought of what was to come.

Arriving at the start point at 8am and hopeful to get back in time for the rugby and...

Sickness Absence: Fit for Work Service

Posted by on February 27th 2015 in Blog Posts

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a recent guidance note for employers on the new Fit for Work service (FFW). The service will be introduced on a phased basis and is due to be completed by May 2015. In addition to an online and telephone advice service, FFW will provide free occupational health assessments and return to work plans to assist employees who have been on sickness absence for four weeks or more to return to work.

This below checklist provides details on the FFW.

If you would like to contact Kitsons in regards to the FFW Policy, please call

Kitsons Partner set for Everest Base Camp Charity Trek

Posted by on February 18th 2015 in Kitsons News

                            

A Partner at Plymouth law firm Kitsons is facing the challenge of a lifetime when he will swap South Devon for the steep climbs of Nepal to take part in an expedition to walk to Everest Base Camp in aid of The Chestnut Appeal.

On April 16th 2015, family lawyer Tony Hunt will tackle the gruelling 130km climb to 5,500 metres above sea level across uneven terrain in challenging weather conditions. The 14-day trek will see Tony walk through some of the highest villages on earth and experience night temperatures of -15...

Is your aged debt causing more than cash flow problems?

Posted by on February 17th 2015 in Blog Posts, Debt Recovery

A recent study by Bacs, the payment processor, has uncovered some interesting, if not perturbing, statistics on the late payment of invoices. Consider the following:

  • The average small company is owed some £32,000;
  • The additional costs incurred by small companies resulting from late payments are in the region of £677 per month;
  • Companies employing fewer than 250 people are owed £32.4 billion;
  • Larger companies are owed £9.1 billion;
  • Overall, some 59% of businesses are affected by the issue.

If that wasn’t enough to give you pause, the overall effect of unpaid invoices means that a lot of directors, partners and sole traders are forced to...

Kitsons Solicitors Secures Top Accolade from National Law Society

Posted by on February 17th 2015 in Kitsons News

Kitsons Solicitors in Torquay, Exeter and Plymouth has secured The National Law Society’s law management quality mark, Lexcel.

Lexcel is developed specifically for the legal profession. It is an optional, recognised accreditation scheme for law firms and in-house legal departments, which gives assurance that a practice meets high client care and business management standards.

To gain and retain Lexcel accreditation, practice must undergo a rigorous initial then annual application and assessment process. This includes conducting background checks and an on-site visit from an experienced, trained Lexcel assessor.

James Cross, Managing Partner of Kitsons LLP said:

“While we are proud to have secured Lexcel,...

Litigants in Person: Blissful Ignorance?

Posted by on February 13th 2015 in Blog Posts

Since the courts increased the small claims track limit to £10,000.00 more and more cases are being allocated to a track that does not normally allow for the vast majority of costs to be recovered. This is despite parties often instructing lawyers to deal with the matter for them.

The starting point is that a Claimant (not typically a Defendant) can, if successful, recover their court fees and a nominal amount (usually between £70.00-£100.00) for the issuing of a claim form and obtaining judgment in certain circumstances. The exception to this rule can be found under CPR 27.14(2)(g) which allows for...