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Children's Christmas Party

Posted by on December 8th 2014 in Kitsons News

Thanks to the Partners and Staff at Kitsons, we all enjoyed a fantastic day at Minerva House (our Head Office) for a Children’s Christmas Party.

First came Alan the Magician, with a full range of tricks. Alan managed to involve most of the audience, including the baked bean can through the head!

Throw in a bit of plate spinning and balloon artistry for good measure and the kids (and adults) were hooked.

Then came the feast for chocolate and sugary things. There were a few cherry tomatoes and cucumber sections thrown in for good measure, but what good is a cherry...

SDLT Changes: How Will It Affect You?

Posted by on December 3rd 2014 in Blog Posts, Property

From 4 December 2014 (effective from midnight tonight) Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rates for residential properties will only apply to the part of the property price that falls within each band.

It was announced in today’s Autumn Statement that the old ‘slab’ system will be replaced so home buyers pay the tax at gradually increasing rates on tranches of the total value of the property – similar to income tax – rather than a single rate on the whole transaction, eliminating the steep jump in tax paid when properties cross, for example, the £250,000 threshold.

Buyers will pay no stamp duty on...

Kitsons Christmas Quiz Raises Big Sum for Charity

Posted by on December 3rd 2014 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

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

110 local professionals competed in Kitsons’ Christmas Quiz, held at the Grand Hotel, Torquay on Wednesday 26th November. Teams were entered by accountants; Bishop Fleming, Darnells, Francis Clark and Peplows, bankers; HSBC and Lloyds, property agents; Bettesworths and Waycotts, plus representatives from; B&Q Newton Abbot, Charles Royle, Country Bus, Pavey Group, and Lazy Jacks.

Kitsons Managing Partner, James Cross opened the evening’s proceedings with a warm welcome and a special mention of the many...

Teignbridge Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2014

Posted by on December 1st 2014 in Kitsons News

Teignbridge Sports Awards 2014

Last Friday, the Teignbridge Sports Peronality Awards 2014 took place at the Langstone Cliff Hotel in Dawlish Warren.

The awards recognise and reward athletes, teams, volunteers, coaches, and unsung heroes for their hard work and dedication to sport, health and physical activity across the District and many local communities.

The awards ceremony was declared a resounding success and Molly Canham (Athletics) and Harry Birchill (Mountain Biking) were announced as the overall winners of the prestigious Sports Personality of the Year accolade, sponsored by Kitsons, in an evening that recognised many for their tireless commitment to sport.

A big congratulations to all involved!

 

Kitsons Praised in Chambers & Partners Legal Directory 2015

Posted by on November 10th 2014 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Chambers UK 2015

Leading Devon law firm Kitsons has been praised in the South West chapter of the latest edition of Chambers UK – the legal sector’s industry ‘Bible’.

Highlights include Kitsons’ Licensing team achieving ‘Top Tier’ status, whilst the Private Client team that handles complex tax, trusts, wills, estate planning and contentious probate matters, has entered the rankings for the first time.

The firm has also retained rankings for its Employment, Litigation, Corporate and Real Estate teams.

Overall, eight lawyers have been named as ‘Leading Individuals’ with partners James Cross and Rhodri Davey achieving Band 1. New ‘Leading Lawyer’ rankings for 2015 include:...

Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge 2015

Posted by on November 10th 2014 in Kitsons News

Partners and staff at Kitsons Solicitors will be taking part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in July 2015 in aid of Diabetes UK. The Challenge will be completed in memory of our colleague Mark Batten, who passed away suddenly in March 2014.

Mark worked at Kitsons for over 35 years and was an active supporter of the firm. In 2013 when the firm took on the National Three Peaks Challenge, Mark acted as a volunteer driver from our head office in Torquay to Scotland and back.

As Mark had a link with Diabetes UK, it seemed the natural choice for this fundraising effort.

If you would...

DCF Volunteer of the Year Awards 2014

Posted by on October 29th 2014 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Local young volunteer Dan Fawke honoured with Children & Young People Volunteer Award

Devon Community Foundation hosted their sixth annual Volunteer of the Year awards ceremony last week at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in Exeter, honouring the hard work and achievements of the many volunteers making a real difference in our local Devon communities. 20 year old Dan Fawke from New 4 You Youth group based in Plymouth was awarded the Children & Young People Volunteer of the Year Award sponsored by Kitsons Solicitors.

New4You is a Plymouth city centre youth group that runs on Friday nights, supporting young people...

Kitsons Sponsor DCF Volunteer of the Year Awards 2014

Posted by on October 27th 2014 in Kitsons News

Kitsons Managing Partner James Cross attended Devon Community Foundations' Volunteer of the Year Awards 2014 last Thursday, to present the firm's sponsored award - Creating Opportunities for Children & Young People.

The winner of the award was Daniel Fawke from New 4 You Youth Group!

A Little Bit About New4You:

New4You is a Plymouth city centre youth group that runs on Friday nights throughout the year, supporting young people from 11 to 15+ to have fun and develop life skills in a safe environment.

At just 20 years old Dan has already been working with the club for over two years and is now a youth leader within the group....

Family Law Surgeries Across Plympton & Ivybridge

Posted by on October 10th 2014 in Kitsons News

We, at Kitsons, understand that the breakdown of a relationship can be a difficult and emotional time. Carolyn Croft our family law solicitor at Kitsons LLP invites you to free, informal advice at a number of exclusive legal surgeries around Plympton and Ivybridge.

Carolyn will lend a sympathetic ear at the free legal surgery, letting you obtain sound and clear advice in a sensitive and supportive manner.

Offering advice on all areas of family law, including the following:

  • Children issues – where your children should live and what time they should spend with the other parent
  • Divorce and separation
  • Cohabitation rights and living...

Kitsons Plymouth Autumn Drinks Reception

Posted by on October 3rd 2014 in Kitsons News

Kitsons Plymouth Autumn Drinks Reception

Kitsons Solicitors brought in our new Plymouth Office last night with an informal Plymouth Autumn Drinks Reception. The event was a way to show our wonderful new offices to our long standing clients by putting on a small party in their honour.

To the attendees, we hope your stomachs are still full and your heads are clear after last night’s event. We were delighted at the attendance, even more so with the mixture of friendly faces from businesses around the surrounding areas. Fingers crossed you all got to view our new building, but if you didn’t get...

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