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Sickness Absence: Fit for Work Service

Posted by on February 27th 2015 in Blog Posts

Sickness Absence: Fit for Work Service

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

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 Secures Top Accolade from National Law Society

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,...

Stretching the Nil Rate Band?

Posted by on February 2nd 2015 in Blog Posts, Contentious Probate

This recent case involved a dispute between the family of the late Valerie Smith and a charity, the Woodland Trust.

What’s the background?

The current inheritance tax threshold (‘Nil Rate Band’) is £325,000. This amount is available to the estate of each individual, free of tax, in England and Wales on their death.

In order to protect against payment of inheritance tax, many people choose to leave a gift in their Will, which is equal to the value of the Nil Rate Band, with the balance being left to charity.

When someone dies leaving the whole of their estate to their surviving spouse or...

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