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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

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

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...

Kitsons Teignbridge Curry Club- The Moguls Palace, Buckfastleigh

Posted by on October 29th 2014 in Blog Posts

Kitsons Teignbridge Curry Club – The Moguls Palace, Buckfastleigh

The famous Kitsons Curry Club turned its head around the corner again, leaving the chase for full stomachs and beer soaked lips to begin.

This time we went for a change, with a mystery venue. We picked up our attendees at the Newton Abbot Train Station via coach and went on our way to the secret venue.

We arrived at a palace, Moguls Palace to be exact- a curry house in Buckfastleigh. The venue is situated on Totnes Road, in a slight distant location. As we arrived we were greeted with a fantastic and...

Kitsons sponsor DCF Volunteer of the Year Awards 2014

Posted by on October 27th 2014 in Kitsons News

Kitsons Managing Partner James Cross attended Devon Community Foundations' Volunteer of the Year Awards 2014 last Thursday, to present the firm's sponsored award - Creating Opportunities for Children & Young People.

The winner of the award was Daniel Fawke from New 4 You Youth Group!

A Little Bit About New4You:

New4You is a Plymouth city centre youth group that runs on Friday nights throughout the year, supporting young people from 11 to 15+ to have fun and develop life skills in a safe environment.

At just 20 years old Dan has already been working with the club for over two years and is now a youth leader within the group....

Family Law Surgeries Across Plympton & Ivybridge

Posted by on October 10th 2014 in Kitsons News

We, at Kitsons, understand that the breakdown of a relationship can be a difficult and emotional time. Carolyn Croft our family law solicitor at Kitsons LLP invites you to free, informal advice at a number of exclusive legal surgeries around Plympton and Ivybridge.

Carolyn will lend a sympathetic ear at the free legal surgery, letting you obtain sound and clear advice in a sensitive and supportive manner.

Offering advice on all areas of family law, including the following:

  • Children issues – where your children should live and what time they should spend with the other parent
  • Divorce and separation
  • Cohabitation rights and living...

New Guidance for Experts

Posted by on October 6th 2014 in Blog Posts, Litigation

Experts Under the Spotlight

Introduction

Autumn 2014 will see the introduction of the new Guidance for the Instruction of Experts in Civil Claims issued by the Civil Justice Council.  It echoes the changes heralded by the 2013 Jackson Reforms, and is intended to replace the guidance which is currently attached to Practice Direction 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules.

Recap

The provisions which govern the instruction of Experts are contained within Rule 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules and the accompanying Practice Direction.
 Rule 35.2 (1) denotes an ‘expert’ as a person who has been instructed to give or prepare expert evidence for the...

Kitsons Plymouth Autumn Drinks Reception

Posted by on October 3rd 2014 in Kitsons News

Kitsons Plymouth Autumn Drinks Reception

Kitsons Solicitors brought in our new Plymouth Office last night with an informal Plymouth Autumn Drinks Reception. The event was a way to show our wonderful new offices to our long standing clients by putting on a small party in their honour.

To the attendees, we hope your stomachs are still full and your heads are clear after last night’s event. We were delighted at the attendance, even more so with the mixture of friendly faces from businesses around the surrounding areas. Fingers crossed you all got to view our new building, but if you didn’t get...

Inheritance Claims - changes on the horizon

Posted by on September 18th 2014 in Blog Posts, Contentious Probate, Private Client

The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014 will come into force on 1 October 2014.

From this date, the law surrounding claims made under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 will change. This blog focuses upon the changes that will apply to claims for financial provision against the estate of deceased persons.

Set out below are some of the key changes that will come into play from the beginning of next month:-

1.     Grant no longer key to claim

It will now be possible to bring a claim against an estate without having to wait for the personal representatives of the...