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Exeter Chiefs Players Hijack Sponsors Night

Posted by on November 17th 2015 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Picture shows Byron McGuigan with James Cross, Managing Partner at Kitsons and Exeter Chiefs Centre and Kitsons’ sponsored player, Michele Campagnaro.

The Exeter Chiefs hosted the businesses, individuals and organisations who provide vital sponsorship for the Aviva Premiership Club.

And there was an unexpected twist when two of the players ousted from the stage head of corporate at the club, John Wood, to take over presenting duties.

Second Row Damian Welch and Back Row Kai Horstmann hijacked proceedings after branding Mr Wood “boring”.

Damian said: “We felt it was time to make the evening a bit more interesting...

Kitsons Recognised By Leading Legal Directories

Posted by on November 11th 2015 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Plymouth law firm Kitsons has been recognised in the South West chapters of the latest editions of Chambers UK and the Legal 500 – the most prestigious guides to the UK legal profession.

The new Chambers & Partners 2016 guide cites Plymouth Partners Tony Hunt (Family) and Rhodri Davey (Employment) as leading experts in their fields. A further seven lawyers have been endorsed for their work across the practice which has offices in Plymouth, Torquay and Exeter.

Particular praise for the firm’s Family Law Team includes: The "outstanding" Tony Hunt of...

How To Reduce Your Inheritance Tax Bill

Posted by on November 10th 2015 in Blog Posts, Private Client

“We all want to see a system where it is only the very rich that pay inheritance tax, and not hard working people” – these were the words of David Cameron.

Despite these intentions, an increasingly large number of people will leave their loved ones with a hefty tax bill when they die.  The current “IHT” threshold is £325,000 and the additional nil rate band will not begin until the 6th April 2017 at £100,000 increasing in £25,000 increments annually, up to £500,000 in 2020/2021. Anything over these limits is subject to a 40% tax bill.   How then can you legitimately...

Equal Pay Day 2015 - Where Are We Now?

Posted by on November 9th 2015 in Blog Posts, Employment

Monday 9 November 2015 marks this year’s “Equal Pay Day” – a day wholly designed to highlight the difference in pay between men and women across the country.

Falling in or around the start of November each year, statistics released in accordance with 2014’s Equal Pay Day stated that on average, women were being paid £2.53 per hour less than men, and that in general, the UK had fallen out of the top 20 countries in the world for gender equality.

The key question therefore arises - one year on (and now 45 years on from the introduction of the Equal Pay...

Kitsons Praised In Top Legal Sector Directories

Posted by on October 30th 2015 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Leading Devon law firm Kitsons has been praised in the South West chapters of the latest editions of Chambers UK and the Legal 500 – the most prestigious guides to the UK legal profession.

Highlights include Kitsons’ Corporate and Employment teams achieving ‘Tier 2’ statuses in the Legal 500 whilst the firm’s Private Client team has been recommended in the 2016 edition of Chambers for its expertise in complex trust work and asset protection, and for its strong advice on wealth protection for high net worth individuals, estates, families and trustees. Other areas where the firm features prominently include Litigation, Commercial...

The Importance Of Social Interaction In The Workplace

Posted by on October 28th 2015 in Blog Posts, Employment

I recently tweeted an article from “Management Today” about business owners looking after themselves, and the fact that the health of the business owner is integral to the health of the business.

This article got me thinking, and as I spend every day looking at people management issues it is easy to spot people who have stopped looking after themselves, believing that the good of the business is more important than their own wellbeing, whether that is their own business or they are working for someone else. The article specifically referred to diet, rest and exercise, as you would...

Local Volunteer Honoured with Children & Young People Award

Posted by on October 23rd 2015 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Devon Community Foundation hosted its annual Volunteer of the Year Awards sponsored by Quilter Cheviot last week, honouring the hard work and achievements of the many volunteers making a real difference in our Devon communities. Charlie Aston from Youth Genesis was awarded the Children and Young People Volunteer of the Year Award sponsored by Kitsons LLP.

The Youth Genesis Trust works with young people in Torbay who lack opportunities to engage in employment, training and education or are involved in risk taking behaviour such as offending and substance misuse. Volunteers work with the...

Statement following the Sentencing of Simon Armitage

Posted by on October 22nd 2015 in Statements

An Exeter-based solicitor has been jailed after being convicted of fraud.

Simon Armitage carried out the crimes over a period of about three years between 2010 and 2013.

All of the offences took place when Armitage was running his own firm, Armitage & Co, based in Exeter.

It was another legal firm, Kitsons Solicitors, which alerted police to his illegal activities.

Today Simon Armitage was convicted at Exeter Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to nine charges of fraud and one of forgery. He was sentenced to four years.

Simon Armitage founded Armitage & Co in September 1979, operating as a sole practitioner in Exeter for...

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the 'CRA') Now in Force

Posted by on October 1st 2015 in Blog Posts, Corporate

The Consumer Rights Act came into force on 1 October 2015. It has consolidated and replaced much of the previous consumer law that was covered under: the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (‘the SGA’), the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 (‘the SGSA’), the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 (‘the UTCCRs’) and the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (the ‘UCTA’).

The purpose of the reform is to simplify the legislation that was previously in place and bring much of it up to date. In particular the new legislation now covers digital content, which was previously excluded under the...

Important Changes to Section 21 Notices

Posted by on September 21st 2015 in Blog Posts, Litigation, Property

Residential Landlord and Tenant

The Deregulation Act 2015 (“DA”)  received its Royal Assent on 27th March and has changed the law regarding how landlords can use a section 21 notice.

The main changes come in on 1st October 2015.

One of the aims of the DA was to prevent landlords using Section 21 notices to evict tenants in retaliation for complaining about the condition of the property.

The new laws now state that from 1st October, if the landlord serves a section 21 notice on a tenant in response to complaining about the condition of the property, the tenant can report the matter...