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Shortlisted for DASLS Legal Awards 2016

Posted by on January 29th 2016 in Kitsons News

Shortlisted for DASLS Legal Awards 2016

Kitsons is delighted to have been shortlisted for the Devon & Somerset Law Society’s (DASLS) Inaugural Legal Awards in the categories of Client Service and Corporate & Social Responsibility.

Client Service Award

This award will be made to the law firm that demonstrates a commitment to continuously improving its standard of client service. The judges will expect to see a clear, well-implemented client care policy and examples of services exceeding client expectations. They will also wish to hear how client care initiatives contribute to the overall success of the law firm.

Corporate and Social Responsibility Award

This award will go to the firm or...

Advance Care Planning

Posted by on January 28th 2016 in Blog Posts, Private Client

Marjorie Creek

At Kitsons we understand that people with life limiting conditions such as advanced cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart failure and Motor Neurone Disease, are increasingly being advised by the NHS, Macmillan and hospices, to think ahead and make decisions about how and where, they would like to be cared for, when they are no longer able to communicate for themselves.

We see that the need for advance care planning is becoming ever more pressing and that people increasingly want us to make the connection, between what they are being told by their health care professionals and the impact of...

Kitsons Christmas Quiz raises £1,000 for Torbay Charity

Posted by on January 27th 2016 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Photo caption: Kitsons Solicitors presented a cheque for £1,000.00 to Youth Genesis Trust following the success of their Christmas Quiz. From left to right: Charlie Aston and Michelle Fascione from Youth Genesis with James Cross from Kitsons and Jonathan Oliverio from Youth Genesis. 

Businesses from across Torbay, Teignbridge and Exeter came together for a Christmas Quiz hosted by leading Devon law firm Kitsons, raising £1,000 for the Youth Genesis Trust.

130 local professionals competed in Kitsons’ Christmas Quiz, held at The Palace Hotel, Torquay on Wednesday 2nd December. Teams were entered by accountants; Francis Clark, Bishop Fleming,...

Private Messages in the Workplace

Posted by on January 21st 2016 in Blog Posts, Employment

Private Messages in the Workplace

European employers are now permitted to read private messages sent at work

Private messages sent via chat software and e-mail accounts during working hours can now be read by European employers, the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”) has ruled.

In the judgment of Barbulescu v Romania (handed down on Tuesday 12 January 2016), the ECHR explained that an employer who read a worker’s Yahoo Messenger chats which were sent during his contracted working hours, acted within the scope of its rights as an employer, without violating Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights i.e. the right to respect...

ACAS Guidance - Conducting Workplace Investigations

Posted by on January 18th 2016 in Blog Posts, Employment

ACAS Guidance - Conducting Workplace Investigations

ACAS have provided further guidance for employers on how to conduct workplace investigations.

The guidance (which provides a useful “at a glance” flowchart) is designed to offer additional support to employers leading an investigation process for disciplinary, grievance and general conduct matters.

The paper outlines 6 key steps that should be looked at when dealing with an investigation. These are as follows:-

1.   Organisational Preparation

According to ACAS, it is fundamental that sufficient and significant preparation is completed prior to the commencement of an investigation.

The type of preparation which may be appropriate is extensive but in summary includes:-

  • Considering whether an informal discussion...

ACAS Guidance - Legal Highs

Posted by on January 14th 2016 in Blog Posts, Employment

ACAS has released new guidance for employers on the increasing use of “legal highs” and the possible effect that they may have on employees and the workplace.

Background

Legal highs are substances which emulate the effect of illegal drugs when they are taken, but are not in fact categorised as illegal themselves. The drugs have a wide range of effects on users, and have now found themselves a very firm spot in the drug market. In fact in 2014 alone, in England, Scotland and Wales, a total of 129 individuals died in situations involving psychoactive substances.

Worryingly, the number of legal highs...

Newly Appointed Solicitor

Posted by on January 7th 2016 in Kitsons News, Private Client

Newly Appointed Solicitor

In  2015, the Devon & Somerset Law Society held their annual Newly Qualified Solicitors Admissions Ceremony. Taking place at the Guildhall in Exeter, the event congratulated newly qualified Solicitors, who attended the ceremony with their guests and families.

Rebecca Farley, of Kitsons, was presented with a certificate acknowledging her new appointment as Solicitor, from The Honourable Mr Justice Dingemans.

Rebecca has worked at Kitsons Solicitors for 2 years, working within our Private Client Department and specialises predominately dealing with Trusts and Tax affairs.

Prior to working for Kitsons, Rebecca completed her Law Degree and Legal Practice Course at Cardiff University and completed the majority...

How To Reduce Your Inheritance Tax Bill

Posted by on January 5th 2016 in Blog Posts, Private Client

How To Reduce Your Inheritance Tax Bill

“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...

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