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Teignbridge Sports and Community Awards 2017

Posted by on September 19th 2017 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Nominations are being sought from the community for Teignbridge District Council’s glittering Sports and Community Awards.

With 13 categories to choose from, including team and individual prizes, the deadline for nominations is midnight Friday 22 September. Those short-listed will then be invited to this year’s Sports Personality Awards, sponsored by Kitsons Solicitors, held on Friday 1 December at the Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren.

Local Solicitor Defends Lasting Powers of Attorney

Posted by on August 23rd 2017 in Kitsons News, Press Releases, Private Client

Partner and Head of Private Client, Lynn Smith from Kitsons Solicitors in Torquay has defended lasting powers of attorney (LPA) after Denzil Lush, the former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection, warned they may leave elderly people open to abuse.

An LPA is a powerful legal document that allows a person to appoint trusted individuals to make important decisions about care and finances on their behalf, in the event of a loss of mental capacity through an accident or illness such as dementia.

In the foreword to a new book on the subject, Mr Lush raised concerns about the...

Kitsons Employment Law Updates

Posted by on August 22nd 2017 in Employment Newsletters

The Kitsons Employment Law Update is designed to ensure you are up-to-date with the most significant and interesting developments in the world of Employment Law. Our Employment Team highlights relevant developments and cases of interest in a format that is easy to read on a regular basis.

August 2017

We look at topics such as; the Gender Pay Gap Report, the change in pension age and the developments of tribunal fees. 

Click below to read the full edition.

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May 2017

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UK First: Requesting to the Court of Another Country

Posted by on August 4th 2017 in Blog Posts, Family

UK First: Requesting to the Court of Another Country

Kitsons Family Law Solicitor, Carolyn Croft, has been involved in a UK first - involving the power to submit a request to the court of another country for authorisation to exercise jurisdiction under Article 9 of the 1996 Hague Convetion.

The case included disputes surrounding the living and contact arrangements for two boys (A & B) after their parents' separation. After separating in July 2014 the mother who is originally from Norway, wanted to go back to her home country with both children. The English family court had concluded in 2015 with the mother consenting for one of the children...

The Kitsons Devon Classic Bike Ride 2017

Posted by on June 19th 2017 in Kitsons News

The Kitsons Devon Classic Bike Ride 2017

The Kitsons Devon Classic Bike Ride 2017 will be taking place on Sunday 9th July 2017, and registrations are now open!

The event offers something for cyclists of all ages and abilities, with three different routes of varying distance covering the beautiful Devon countryside.

There’s fun to be had for the whole family on the 25-mile ride, while hardy cycling enthusiasts looking for a bigger challenge can take on the 60 or 100-mile routes. New for 2017, the event will start and finish at Bicton College, where all supporters, friends and family will have the opportunity to see riders go over the...

Exeter's Legal Community Raises £2,780 for City Tribute

Posted by on June 7th 2017 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Members of Exeter‘s legal community raised over £2,500 for the creation of a permanent cultural tribute to the buildings that perished in last year’s Cathedral Yard fire.

Property Search Group came up with the idea of bringing together Exeter’s law firms to raise money for the Historic Exeter Fire Appeal, by commissioning and auctioning a painting of a day in the life of Southernhay, traditionally the city’s legal hub.  The unique and quirky painting, created by Devon artist and illustrator Sara Nunan, features the city’s solicitors and barristers enjoying their hobbies and interests from surfing to singing and rugby to reading....

The Pitfalls of Property Guardians

Posted by on April 26th 2017 in Blog Posts, Conveyancing

The Pitfalls of Property Guardians

Due to the rise of so called “professional squatters”, property guardians are often enlisted to live in property, which would otherwise be left empty. Guardians are offered low rent accommodation, their presence deterring squatters, arson and vandalism. To reflect a temporary living arrangement, licences rather than a lease is given. Licences are granted as licences are believed to not offer the tenant the same protections of a lease. Recently, however the decision by the Bristol County Court in Camelot Property Management v Roynon (unreported) has shown that property guardianship schemes may not be a risk free temporary arrangement for landowners!

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E-Conveyancing - a Move with Times?

Posted by on April 26th 2017 in Blog Posts, Conveyancing

E-Conveyancing - a Move with Times?

A Digital signature has made its first appearance in a residential property transaction.

An electronic signature was used for the first time to exchange contracts in a residential property transaction on the 6th April 2017 at exactly 15:39. This marked the beginning of E-conveyancing and potentially laid down the first brick for the path of the future. 

Solicitors acting on both sides uploaded the agreed contract onto one of the registered secure systems, which was then sent to the respective seller and purchaser to electronically sign. The system was then able to confirm that the document was read and signed,...

President of the Solicitors for the Elderly Praises Kitsons Solicitors

Posted by on April 25th 2017 in Press Releases, Private Client

Lynn Smith a Partner and head of department at local law firm Kitsons Solicitors and Marjorie Creek a Private Client Solicitor in their Plympton branch, both full accredited members of Solicitors for the Elderly, have been singled out for praise by Anne Edis, President of the Solicitors for the Elderly.

The SFE is an independent, national organisation of over 1,500 solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives, committed to providing the highest quality of legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers. It has campaigned hard, alongside other organisations, to have the draft Non-Contentious Probate...

The End of Tenants Abuse?

Posted by on April 24th 2017 in Blog Posts

The End of Tenants Abuse?

The Government announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement that it intended to hold a consultation on introducing a ban on letting agents charging residential tenants a fee for finding accommodation. This consultation is due to end on 2nd June 2017. The consultation relates to England. Scotland, with its usual more enlightened approach to such matters, has already banned such fees. The position is under review in Northern Ireland and Wales. It is anticipated that the ban will lead to a “better and more transparent service” and increase competition between agents. It is also intended that it will prevent a tenant...

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