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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,...

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...

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