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 Property, Family and Licensing.
A total of nine lawyers have been endorsed for their work across the practice. Two of Kitsons’ Partners – Dominic Hollingsworth and David Turner – have also been listed in the Legal 500’s elite “Leading Lawyers” list, and a further seven lawyers have achieved recommendations as leaders in their fields: James Cross, Nicholas Johnson, Rhodri Davey, Tony Hunt, Lynn Smith, Patrick Gaskins and Cameron Caverhill.
James Cross, Managing Partner at Kitsons said: "We are always pleased to be recognised for the work that we do and the latest findings of the Legal 500 and Chambers are particularly important to us as they are based on client feedback. Featuring in so many areas is a great reflection of the quality of our work and the service we provide, it is also reward for the investment we have made in recruitment and people development over the years.”
Chambers UK 2016 says:
What the team is known for: Highly regarded for its expertise in education and property disputes, while offering experience in matters such as financial services and professional negligence litigation. Strong regional presence in commercial litigation.
Strengths: (Quotes from clients)
“My association with them is always A1. They never miss a deadline and they’re never last-minute.”
“The advice about the process was excellent. They had very strong case management.”
Notable practitioners: James Cross maintains a strong reputation as a litigator and is described as “a safe pair of hands” who comes highly recommended for complex disputes. His commercial litigation practice includes experience in handling property-related matters and debt recovery.
David Turner is a go-to litigator for disputes arising in the financial services sector. His expertise includes insurance and mis-selling claims.
- Real Estate
What the team is known for: Experienced team handling residential development work for both developers and landowners, as well as advising on commercial landlord and tenant work. Additional specialisms in licensing and leisure, and acts for a number of caravan parks.
Strengths: (Quotes from clients)
“Very commercial, efficient and approachable”
Notable practitioners: Sources describe Cameron Caverhill as "commercial" and "very straightforward." He has a broad range of commercial property expertise which includes development, land sales and investment transactions
- Private Client
What the team is known for: Noted 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. Also advises on estate administration, particularly in relation to inheritance tax issues.
Notable practitioners: Rhodri Davey advises companies and individuals on contentious and non-contentious matters. Sources say he is “really technically good, commercial and easy to deal with.”
Notable practitioners: The "outstanding" Tony Hunt of Kitsons LLP is based in Plymouth and has recently advised on numerous multimillion-pound divorces. One peer says: "Tony Hunt has been around for a long time on complex, high-value cases. He is very good and very determined to fight for his client."
Legal 500 2015 says:
- Corporate and Commercial
Head of Corporate, Dominic Hollingsworth is described as “very knowledgeable” and “very sensible”. The team has particular expertise in the leisure and care sectors.
Kitsons handles whistleblowing claims for public sector employers and employees. Rhodri Davey, who presented the Guild of Construction Workers in a tribunal hearing on employment status, leads the team.
Tony Hunt is “courteous, diligent and professional.”
- Dispute Resolution
Kitsons is praised for “extensive knowledge coupled with efficiency.” Nicholas Johnson is “extremely good with clients” and can “provide a strong dose of realism”. James Cross and David Turner are also recommended.
- Private Client
Kitsons handles trust creation and administration. Practice head Lynn Smith is “personable, responsive and capable.”
- Commercial Property
Kitsons’ strength lies in the leisure sector, acting for regional holiday park operators. Cameron Caverhill and Patrick Gaskins are the key contacts.
Kitsons’ Licensing team, led by James Cross, undertakes work related to late-night levies and event-policing costs.