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Guide to Buying Commercial Property

Posted by on July 6th 2016 in Blog Posts, Commercial Property

This guide is a snap shot overview to buying a commercial property after terms of the purchase have been agreed between the parties.

Heads of Terms

The Seller’s Agent will produce a set of Heads of Terms (also known as letters of intent, memoranda of understanding, heads of agreement, letters of potential interest, term sheets or protocols) which set out the terms of the commercial transaction which have been agreed in principle between the parties in the course of negotiations.

Secure Lending

If your proposed purchase of the commercial property is dependant on third party lending you may be minded to seek and obtain...

St Luke's Hospice Make a Will Week

Posted by on May 11th 2016 in Blog Posts, Private Client

Kitsons are participating in the St Luke’s Hospice Make a Will Week which is running from Monday 16th to Friday 20th May 2016.  Marjorie Creek, one of our private client solicitors and a former palliative care nurse at St Luke’s, is giving her time free of charge to update or write Wills, in return for a donation to St Luke’s in support of her former colleagues.

Last year the Make a Will Week raised £10,000 for St Luke’s. That’s enough in one week to provide specialist care to 10 people at home, giving them access to a variety of care including...

Is it a Sign of the Times that Prince Died Intestate?

Posted by on April 27th 2016 in Blog Posts, Private Client

It has been reported in the worldwide press, that when the late music superstar Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson filed probate documents with the Carver County District Court in Minnesota yesterday, that she could not produce a valid will in his name and therefore, it is believed, that he died intestate.

With a persona famous for exercising a tight control over his name, image, recordings and a music catalogue estimated on his death to be worth over $500 million with a reported 2.3 million songs and 580,000 albums sold since then; it is clear that Prince leaves behind an enormously complicated estate...

Disability Discrimination - Update

Posted by on April 20th 2016 in Blog Posts, Employment

The topic of disability discrimination has once again found itself in the media following the recent reporting of a claim by former Newcastle United player Jonas Gutierrez.

The 32 year old has sued the club for approximately £2 million, on the basis that he had been subjected to detrimental treatment following his diagnosis with testicular cancer in October 2013.

Cancer is deemed to be a disability for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010 and the Act protects not only those who have a disability, but those who have had a disability in the past.

Gutierrez claimed that the club saw him...

The 5 Day Conveyance

Posted by on April 6th 2016 in Blog Posts, Property

Due to the rise in stamp duty for second home and buy to let properties on 1st April, Kitsons saw a huge rise in conveyances going through by 31st March.  One particular transaction took just 5 days to process. 

The property in question was a holiday let in Cornwall and was being sold to an investor.  As a previous client of Kitsons, we used our facility of scanned history documents from the database to collect the searches and relevant information to complete in the record time of 5 days.

If you are looking to buy or sell a property, please do not...

Kitsons Achieves Dementia Friendly Status

Posted by on April 4th 2016 in Blog Posts, Kitsons News, Private Client

Kitsons is supporting the Alzheimer's Society Dementia Friends programme, which is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.

To further enhance the experience of clients when engaging with our legal services and as part of our corporate responsibility towards our employees, 93 Kitsons staff attended a Dementia Friends Information Session at Torquay, after our AGM. This was to hear Marjorie Creek one of our private client solicitors and a Registered Nurse (Adult) talk about...

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...

Private Messages in the Workplace

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

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 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.


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...