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Archive for August, 2015

Business Tax Returns - What's the Real Story?

Posted by on August 19th 2015 in Blog Posts, Insolvency

Business Tax Returns - What's the Real Story?

Whilst many of us gladly welcome the summer season, for many small and medium enterprises (“SMEs”) across England, this time of year does not necessarily bring the same sense of appeal.

31 July 2015 – doomsday or just another date for the diary?

Friday 31 July 2015 marked the deadline for SMEs paying self-assessment tax to have filed their returns for the year. Accordingly an up-front payment for 50% of their annual tax liability was required in a one-off, lump sum.

Payment of this tax is notoriously problematic for many enterprises across the country. In fact, it is not unheard of for an...

Kitsons raise in excess of £5,000 from charity challenge in memory of colleague Mark

Posted by on August 13th 2015 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Staff at Kitsons were delighted to present a cheque for £5,128.32 to Diabetes UK

24 members of staff from leading Devon law firm Kitsons braved the elements and successfully overcame the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Their reward for completing what is known as one of the toughest challenges in the UK was raising more than £5,000 for Diabetes UK in memory of their colleague Mark Batten.

Mark, who was Chief Cashier at Kitsons, passed away suddenly in March 2014. He worked at Kitsons for over 35 years and was a prominent and well liked member...

Relief from Sanctions

Posted by on August 6th 2015 in Blog Posts, Litigation

Relief from Sanctions

The Court of Appeal has overturned a Judgment criticised for imposing draconian sanctions on a law firm for missing four cost deadlines.  The decision by Lord Justice Richards in the case of Michael Wilson & Partners Ltd v Sinclair & others [2015] EWCA Civ 774 (23 July 2015) has confirmed the position in Denton, and effectively ‘reversed’ the earlier decision of Mitchell.  

In Denton v TH White Ltd & another [2014] EWCA Civ 906 the Court set new guidance for assessing whether relief from sanction should be granted for non-compliance with Court orders. Emphasis was placed on requiring the Court to...

Reform of Court Structure

Posted by on August 3rd 2015 in Blog Posts, Litigation

Alongside the intended wholesale overhaul of the Justice system recently announced by Michael Gove, the Ministry of Justice is also pressing ahead with existing plans to reform the Courts and Tribunals.

The programme of reform was announced by the Ministry of Justice in March 2014, and is expected to yield savings of £100 million per year by 2019.  The reform was intended to focus on the following areas:

  1. Modernisation of technology and IT systems to enable electronic case management;
  2. Introduction of an online self-service system for Court users;
  3. Video links, wifi and digital presentation of documents in Court;
  4. Modernisation of Court buildings and facilities; and
  5. Upgraded...