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Miles for Mark - Second Training Walk: Sourton

Posted by on April 21st 2015 in Blog Posts

The Miles for Mark team took to the hills once again last Sunday, this time meeting at Sourton - all to get some much needed miles in our legs. 14 miles to be exact...

The heat of the sun mixed itself with the crisp wind, giving us perfect walking conditions and after borrrowing eachothers hats and gloves, we set off!

Plenty of hills stood in our way, but we kept our spirits high and ploughed through bogs and unsteady ground, which made for an exciting and very muddy journey.

Only stopping briefly to see where we were going and for a spot of lunch,...

Help to Buy ISA, will it work?

Posted by on March 23rd 2015 in Blog Posts

Announced in the 2015 Budget a saving scheme to help first time buyers get on the property ladder. Will it work?

On the face of it, it looks a good scheme. A savings account specific to providing a deposit for property purchase with a cash bonus of between £400 and £3,000, dependent upon the amount saved. Savings can commence at the age of 16 which, if maintained until the “post-university/got a job now” years could provide sufficient funds for a modest first home deposit.

However, with a maximum monthly investment of £200, even with the government bonus, this is at least an...

Woman could win cash payout 20 years after divorce

Posted by on March 12th 2015 in Blog Posts, Family

It has been reported in the news this week, that the Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by a former wife to enable her to bring a claim for a financial remedy 20 years after the parties divorced.  Lord Wilson said in his judgment that “the omission from the Family Procedure Rules of a power to grant summary judgment was deliberate” and therefore the draconian power to strike out a case in family proceedings does not exist.

This judgment does not automatically open the door to all prospective claimants but does emphasise the power of the Court to consider...

Miles for Mark - First Training Walk: Belstone

Posted by on March 3rd 2015 in Blog Posts

With the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to aim for, a group of Kitsons walkers hit the moors this weekend to blow away some cobwebs. Doing the Belstone loop in Dartmoor, we travelled 10 miles up hills, through bogs, over rivers and through even more bogs...

With an early morning meet at our Torquay Office, we made our way to Belstone in need of a few more hours in bed and a large coffee. The drive was silent, with the thought of what was to come.

Arriving at the start point at 8am and hopeful to get back in time for the rugby and...

Sickness Absence: Fit for Work Service

Posted by on February 27th 2015 in Blog Posts

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a recent guidance note for employers on the new Fit for Work service (FFW). The service will be introduced on a phased basis and is due to be completed by May 2015. In addition to an online and telephone advice service, FFW will provide free occupational health assessments and return to work plans to assist employees who have been on sickness absence for four weeks or more to return to work.

This below checklist provides details on the FFW.

If you would like to contact Kitsons in regards to the FFW Policy, please call

Is Your Aged Debt Causing More Than Cash Flow Problems?

Posted by on February 17th 2015 in Blog Posts, Debt Recovery

A recent study by Bacs, the payment processor, has uncovered some interesting, if not perturbing, statistics on the late payment of invoices. Consider the following:

  • The average small company is owed some £32,000;
  • The additional costs incurred by small companies resulting from late payments are in the region of £677 per month;
  • Companies employing fewer than 250 people are owed £32.4 billion;
  • Larger companies are owed £9.1 billion;
  • Overall, some 59% of businesses are affected by the issue.

If that wasn’t enough to give you pause, the overall effect of unpaid invoices means that a lot of directors, partners and sole traders are forced to...

Stretching the Nil Rate Band?

Posted by on February 2nd 2015 in Blog Posts, Contentious Probate

This recent case involved a dispute between the family of the late Valerie Smith and a charity, the Woodland Trust.

What’s the background?

The current inheritance tax threshold (‘Nil Rate Band’) is £325,000. This amount is available to the estate of each individual, free of tax, in England and Wales on their death.

In order to protect against payment of inheritance tax, many people choose to leave a gift in their Will, which is equal to the value of the Nil Rate Band, with the balance being left to charity.

When someone dies leaving the whole of their estate to their surviving spouse or...

Online and Email Risks: Business Development Briefing

Posted by on January 30th 2015 in Blog Posts, Employment

This business development briefing highlights the risks all employees should be aware of when using email and the internet at work, sending work related emails or discussing the workplace on the internet.

Reputational risks

What you write in emails or on the internet could seriously damage your own or another person's reputation, you could lose your job and you and your employer could be sued, fined or even imprisoned.

Stop and think before you click

  • Anything written in an email has the potential for public exposure (for example, if the email is forwarded to others).
  • Posting on the internet is essentially making a public statement...

Social Media: The Termination of Employment

Posted by on January 30th 2015 in Blog Posts, Employment

The use of social media is fast expanding in the workplace. While an employer may legitimately restrict an employee's freedom of expression at work, or in a work-related context, whether that restriction can extend to personal, out-of-work, activities will depend on the circumstances of each case.

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that an employment judge failed to take full account of the public nature of Twitter when finding that an employee's dismissal for posting offensive tweets was unfair. The judge did not properly consider whether the employee's purportedly private use of Twitter was truly private, given that he was...

Marriage (Same Sex) Conversion Act 2013

Posted by on January 29th 2015 in Blog Posts, Family

Marriage (Same Sex) Conversion Act 2013

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 was introduced to provide for legal status of relationships between two members of the same sex.  By giving legal status to same-sex relationships, the Act conferred rights and obligations similar to those available to married couples. In addition, on dissolution of the Partnership, the parties were entitled to make claims against one another in respect of income, capital, property and pensions, mirroring the S25 factors under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.

After much debate, in December 2014, the Marriage (Same Sex) Conversion Act 2013 enabled Civil Partnerships to be converted to marriage. In addition, as of...

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