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Archive for January, 2015

Online and Email Risks: Business Development Briefing

Posted by on January 30th 2015 in Blog Posts, Employment

Online and Email Risks: Business Development Briefing

This business development briefing highlights the risks all employees should be aware of when using email and the internet at work, sending work related emails or discussing the workplace on the internet.

Reputational risks

What you write in emails or on the internet could seriously damage your own or another person's reputation, you could lose your job and you and your employer could be sued, fined or even imprisoned.

Stop and think before you click

  • Anything written in an email has the potential for public exposure (for example, if the email is forwarded to others).
  • Posting on the internet is essentially making a public statement...

Social Media: The Termination of Employment

Posted by on January 30th 2015 in Blog Posts, Employment

Social Media: The Termination of Employment

The use of social media is fast expanding in the workplace. While an employer may legitimately restrict an employee's freedom of expression at work, or in a work-related context, whether that restriction can extend to personal, out-of-work, activities will depend on the circumstances of each case.

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that an employment judge failed to take full account of the public nature of Twitter when finding that an employee's dismissal for posting offensive tweets was unfair. The judge did not properly consider whether the employee's purportedly private use of Twitter was truly private, given that he was...

Marriage (Same Sex) Conversion Act 2013

Posted by on January 29th 2015 in Blog Posts, Family

Marriage (Same Sex) Conversion Act 2013

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 was introduced to provide for legal status of relationships between two members of the same sex.  By giving legal status to same-sex relationships, the Act conferred rights and obligations similar to those available to married couples. In addition, on dissolution of the Partnership, the parties were entitled to make claims against one another in respect of income, capital, property and pensions, mirroring the S25 factors under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.

After much debate, in December 2014, the Marriage (Same Sex) Conversion Act 2013 enabled Civil Partnerships to be converted to marriage. In addition, as of...

Lasting Powers Of Attorney - Are You Covered In Your Lifetime?

Posted by on January 28th 2015 in Blog Posts, Private Client

Last Friday evening on ITV, Money Expert Martin Lewis highlighted the importance of preparing Lasting Powers of Attorney. He talked about what would happen if you lost capacity without putting something in place to ensure that someone trustworthy can step in to manage your financial affairs or act on your behalf concerning your health and welfare.

Everyone knows it is important to make a Will to ensure assets are passed to the beneficiaries of your choice when you die, but what about protecting the assets when you are alive?

Illness or accidents can happen suddenly and without warning.  Common conditions relating to...

Beneficiaries Beware

Posted by on January 27th 2015 in Blog Posts, Private Client

Beneficiaries Beware

A recent case (Hutchings v HMRC) involving the beneficiary of an estate has highlighted the importance of beneficiaries being open with Executors about gifts. In this particular case the beneficiary, Clayton Hutchings, failed to disclose to the Executors of his Father’s estate that his Father had gifted him around £450,000 from his Swiss bank account to Mr Hutchings’ Swiss account in April 2009. The Executors reportedly asked Mr Hutchings and the other beneficiaries on two separate occasions whether they knew of any gifts made by their father prior to his death and as no disclosures were made the Executors submitted...

Kitsons Launch Charity Wills Scheme at Exeter City Football Club

Posted by on January 22nd 2015 in Kitsons News, Private Client

Above: Jamie Vittles, Head of Exeter City Football in the Community (left) with Charlie Siegle, Associate at Kitsons (right) at Exeter City Football Club.

Devon law firm Kitsons has teamed up with Exeter City Football Club to offer supporters of Exeter City the opportunity to make or update their Will, in return for a donation to the Club’s charity arm, Football in the Community.

Through the scheme, for every new Will completed by the Private Client Team at Kitsons Solicitors in Exeter, the firm will donate a proportion of its fees for those Wills...

The Consumer Rights Bill

Posted by on January 20th 2015 in Blog Posts

The Consumer Rights Bill

The Consumer Rights Bill is considered to be the centrepiece of the UK's consumer law reform.  It is intended to reform and consolidate much of consumer law in the UK, and is the most extensive consumer law reform in the UK in decades. It is expected to come into force in October 2015.

It is expected to amend the law relating to the rights of consumers and protection of their interests, to make provision about investigatory powers for enforcing the regulation of traders, to make provision about private actions in competition law, as well as providing enhanced remedies for consumers.

The House...

Bankrupts, Pensions and Income Payments Orders

Posted by on January 9th 2015 in Blog Posts

A recent decision by the Chancery Division may have called into question the decision of Raithatha v Williamson [2012] 1 WLR 3559.

In Raithatha, heard before Bernard Livesey QC,  the Trustee in Bankruptcy sought an Income Payments Order (IPO) after  the Bankrupt disclosed  the existence of various pension policies. These policies were not yet drawn down, but were capable of being so by the Bankrupt enabling him to obtain a lump sum payment and an income.

Section 310 of the Insolvency Act 1986 would make available to creditors the surplus income over what is needed for the reasonable domestic needs of the...

Line Manager Training

Posted by on January 8th 2015 in Kitsons News

Line Manager Training

Line Manager Training

This one day training session is conducted by Carolyn Giles, of Hardwick HR, together with Val Moulton of Alchemy.  It is suitable for Line Managers across all sectors.

The course splits into two distinct parts in order to cover both the interpersonal and emotional skillset required of Line Management and in conjunction with studying the legal framework within which Employers operate.  It will equip your Line Managers with the necessary skills of day to day management and assist them in developing their teams whilst dealing with common risk areas.

Topics covered include:

  • Attitudes & Behaviour
  • Management...