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Summer Budget 2015

Posted by on June 29th 2015 in Blog Posts, Private Client

There is an Emergency (or some are calling it the Summer) Budget announced to take place 8th July 2015.

There is a lot of speculation as to what will be featured in this.

In a previous Emergency Budget held 22nd June 2010 the Capital Gains Tax Rates were changed from midnight the same day.  So make sure that you keep up to date and watch the Budget.

For highlights of personal tax implications after 8th July 2015, please return to the Kitsons website.

If you need any advice on your personal tax matters please contact me by email at emma.thomas@kitsons-solicitors.co.uk or on 01803 202052.

 

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...

Insolvency 2015 - What's Next?

Posted by on June 17th 2015 in Blog Posts, Insolvency

The Insolvency Service Statistics – what do they say?

On 29 April 2015, the Insolvency Service released their latest statistics for quarter one of 2015. The statistics echoed what many had already predicted – further drops in company and personal insolvencies across England and Wales, and a suggestion that a more buoyant economic market is arising.

With the total company insolvencies at their lowest since the fourth quarter of 2007, (with 4,052 less than quarter four of 2014 alone) and personal insolvencies decreasing for the third consecutive quarter (to the lowest since quarter 4 of 2005), the statistics show an...

The New Part 36

Posted by on June 4th 2015 in Blog Posts

In civil litigation, by the time a claim progresses, the Court’s decision on the issue of the parties’ legal costs is often more important than the decision of the underlying dispute itself.  Parties to civil litigation should always be on the lookout for strengthening their case on costs – and that is where Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules fits in.

Introduction

Since the Woolf Reforms of 1999, Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules has become a much valued tool in the litigator’s tool box.  The recent changes, which came into effect on 6 April 2015, seek to fine tune...

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:

Changes to Apprenticeships

Posted by on May 29th 2015 in Blog Posts, Employment

Changes to Apprenticeships

The new provisions relating to apprenticeships in England came into force on 26 May 2015 (by virtue of section 6 of the Deregulation Act 2015 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional Saving Provisions) Order 2015 (SI 2015/994)). This amends the existing apprenticeship framework under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (ASCLA 2009) by replacing apprenticeships under ASCALA 2009 with English Apprenticeships in England but not in Wales.

This reform is designed to simplify the existing statutory arrangements already in place and allow employers to design apprenticeship standards for their own sectors.

Under these new provisions an “approved English...

The Ashers Bakery Case

Posted by on May 27th 2015 in Blog Posts

The decision in Lee v Ashers Baking Co Ltd [2015] NICty 2 has highlighted the problems Businesses face in relation to conflicting protected rights.

Summary of facts

The Plaintiff is a gay man associated with QueerSpace, a volunteer led organisation for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi sexual and Transgender Community. Following Political debates on the issue of whether gay marriage should be legalised in Northern Ireland the Plaintiff was due to attend an event in support of this cause. He placed an order with the Defendant for a cake with the logo of QueerSpace and the slogan “Support Gay Marriage”. Following the...

Kitsons Partner Set for Everest Base Camp Charity Trek (Updates)

Posted by on May 6th 2015 in Blog Posts, Kitsons News

06/05/15

UPDATE: Tony Hunt has landed safely in the UK.

Excellent news to hear that Tony Hunt has landed safely in the UK and is currently driving home from London.

It's great to know he's back from such a terrifying adventure. More photos will be posted in due course.

To make a donation please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/KitsonsLLP/

 

01/05/15

UPDATE: Flight back on May 5th as planned.

"Fly back on 5th May as planned. Earlier flights in demand and others are in more need. Another 5.0 magnitude aftershock last night and I slept through it!!"

 

30/04/15

UPDATE: Both have reached the airport now and are fit and well.

Tony and Natalie have reached Lukla...

Residential Property Leaflet: Volume 2

Posted by on April 24th 2015 in Blog Posts, Litigation

New Legislation concerning Tenancy Deposits in 2015:

Whether received before or after April 2007 ALL tenancy deposits must be secured and they must be done so before 23rd June 2015.

The creation of deposit schemes following the Housing Act 2004, made Landlords believe that a deposit need not be protected if received before 6th April 2007 when the Act came into force, unless a new tenancy agreement was granted.

Charalambous –v- Ng (2014);

This case shaped the way for security of tenancy deposits.

In this case the Landlord failed to protect the deposit, which was received in 2002, before the Act came into...

Residential Property Leaflet: Volume 1

Posted by on April 22nd 2015 in Blog Posts, Litigation

Two cases of interest from 2013, still having an impact in 2015:

Section 21 Notices;

Taylor –v- Spencer (2013) 

This case provides important clarification on the dates specified within a Section 21 Notice.

The Landlord entered two dates for the expiry of the notice which conflicted with each other and relied upon the words “at the end of your period of tenancy which will end after the expiration of two months from the service upon you of this notice”.

The Court of Appeal held that despite this the three conditions of Section 21 were satisfied; the fixed term had come to an end,...

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