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Statement Following the Sentencing of Simon Armitage

Posted by on October 22nd 2015 in Statements

An Exeter-based solicitor has been jailed after being convicted of fraud.

Simon Armitage carried out the crimes over a period of about three years between 2010 and 2013.

All of the offences took place when Armitage was running his own firm, Armitage & Co, based in Exeter.

It was another legal firm, Kitsons Solicitors, which alerted police to his illegal activities.

Today Simon Armitage was convicted at Exeter Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to nine charges of fraud and one of forgery. He was sentenced to four years.

Simon Armitage founded Armitage & Co in September 1979, operating as a sole practitioner in Exeter for...

Important Changes to Section 21 Notices

Posted by on September 21st 2015 in Blog Posts, Litigation, Property

Residential Landlord and Tenant

The Deregulation Act 2015 (“DA”)  received its Royal Assent on 27th March and has changed the law regarding how landlords can use a section 21 notice.

The main changes come in on 1st October 2015.

One of the aims of the DA was to prevent landlords using Section 21 notices to evict tenants in retaliation for complaining about the condition of the property.

The new laws now state that from 1st October, if the landlord serves a section 21 notice on a tenant in response to complaining about the condition of the property, the tenant can report the matter...

Kitsons Launch Charity Will Scheme in aid of FORCE Cancer Charity

Posted by on September 1st 2015 in Kitsons News, Press Releases, Private Client

Above: Charlie Siegle, Partner and Head of the Kitsons Private Client Team in Exeter (Left) with Peter Payne, Trust/Grants Researcher at FORCE Cancer Charity (Right). 

Devon law firm Kitsons has teamed up with FORCE Cancer Charity to offer supporters the opportunity to make or update their Will, in return for a donation to the charity.

Through the scheme, for every new Will completed by the Private Client Team at Kitsons Solicitors in Exeter, the firm will donate a proportion of its fees for those Wills to FORCE.

The Will Scheme for FORCE will start on Tuesday...

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...

The Miles for Mark, Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

Posted by on July 13th 2015 in Blog Posts

We are delighted to report the safe return of the Kitsons Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Teams!

The four walking Kitsons Teams and one running team (!) took on the three highest peaks at the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Ascending and decending through rain, mist, low cloud, in light and in darkness and covering 25 miles on uneven terrain.

Successfully taking on the steep climbs and descents of Pen-y-ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m). These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Everyone contributed to the...

Rowcroft Sleep Walk 2015

Posted by on July 1st 2015 in Kitsons News

Kitsons Solicitors are t-shirt sponsors for this years Rowcroft Sleep Walk, taking place on the 11th of July. Rowcroft Hospice specialise in cancer research, supporting not only cancer sufferers but their families too.

Five staff members; Hilary Conte, Judy Vaughan, Louise Evers, Amanda White and Janice Keightley will be trekking the 10 mile route in aid of the charity.

If you would like to donate, then please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/Kitsons-LLP-Solicitors - any amount will be greatly appreciated.

Kitsons staff to take on charity challenge in memory of colleague

Posted by on June 24th 2015 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Staff from leading Devon law firm Kitsons are getting ready to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge this July to raise money for charity in honour of their friend and 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 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.

On Saturday 11th...

Miles for Mark - Fourth and Final Training Walk: Ivybridge

Posted by on June 23rd 2015 in Blog Posts

A handful of the Kitsons Miles for Mark team took on the last of the training walks on Sunday, in preparation for the Yorkshire Three Peaks next month.

In the blazing sun,  Charlie Siegle, Matt Stanger, Dominic Hollingsworth, Penny Wood, Craig Roberts and Jasmin McCarthy repeated the walk from Ivybridge to Red Lake. They completed the 17.5 mile trek in an extremely impressive time of just 5 and a ½ hours!

This is the last of the monthly training walks in preparation for the big challenge in just 2 weeks time.

The event is all in aid of Diabetes UK and in name of our collegue...

Devon Law Firm Shows Support For Local People

Posted by on June 11th 2015 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Kitsons Solicitors has shown its ongoing commitment to making a difference to vulnerable local people by awarding Jasmyn House Technology £1,000.

The grant will support volunteers in Torbay to enable blind and visually impaired people to learn skills on computers, increasing their skills and building confidence in their abilities while helping to reduce the isolation often felt by those suffering from sight loss.

Kitsons, which has offices in Torquay, Exeter and Plymouth, set up a Fund with local charity Devon Community Foundation a number of years ago to enable the firm to support community projects...

Miles for Mark - Third Training Walk: Red Lake

Posted by on June 3rd 2015 in Blog Posts

As the Miles for Mark challenge gets ever closer, a small group took to the hills yet again to get some much needed training.

From Ivybridge Station, they set off in pursuit of building fitness and strength for the big event in just over a months time.

Walking a total of 18.4 miles and in a very impressive 5 hours and 45 minutes, they looped around Red Lake and back.

Of course this is all for one reason, that being to raise as much money as possible for Diabetes UK.

If you'd like to donate and read further into our challenge, then please visit:

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