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The New Probate Fees

Posted by on April 13th 2017 in Blog Posts, Private Client

Probate fees are payable by executors when they apply for a Grant of Probate which is a formal document required in order to administer a deceased person’s estate. Currently a flat fee is payable of either £155 for an application made by a solicitor or £215 for an application made by an individual regardless of the value of the estate. Probate fees are separate to inheritance tax and are payable on an application irrespective of whether inheritance tax is due. 

New provisions intended to be introduced from May will replace these flat fees with...

Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions: ECJ Rules that Banning Headscarves in the Workplace can be Legal

Posted by on April 4th 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions: ECJ Rules that Banning Headscarves in the Workplace can be Legal

According to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), employers can ban the wearing of any “political, philosophical or religious sign” including headscarves, without it being direct discrimination.

The ECJ has highlighted that so long as the ban is based on internal company policies outlining that all employees must dress neutrally, it will be acceptable for employers to ask that staff refrain from wearing clothing of a religious nature.  

Such ban must not however, be based on “subjective considerations” alone, for example, the wishes of a customer or supplier.

The ruling comes following a claim made by Samira Achbita - a receptionist who...

ACAS Early Conciliation and Limitation - How Is Early Conciliation Treated Before the Limitation Period Commences

Posted by on April 4th 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

In order for a Claimant to “institute relevant proceedings” (i.e a claim to the employment tribunal), the prospective claimant must comply with the duty to commence Acas Early Conciliation. In such cases, the limitation date is extended to take into account the period of conciliation. The primary limitation time period in order to bring a claim in a tribunal is three months less one day from the date of dismissal.

Normally, the period is extended by the time between the day the prospective claimant contacts Acas, (or when their EC form is received by ACAS), and the day in which the...

When Does Notice of Termination Take Effect?

Posted by on April 4th 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

This case concerned the timing of contractual notice. An employment contract may contain an express clause which stipulates when notice under a contract is deemed to have been served and specifying when such notice is deemed effective. The case in question was Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood [2017].

In this case, the notification of notice being served was important as it will have effected the pension payments Ms Haywood received after having been made redundant. Ms Haywood was out of the country on holiday when the employer sent notice of termination for redundancy via post.  The letter was...

New Tax & Corporate Partners for Devon Law Firm

Posted by on March 31st 2017 in Corporate, Kitsons News, Press Releases, Private Client

New Tax & Corporate Partners for Devon Law Firm

Devon law firm Kitsons announces two new partner promotions in its Tax Planning and Corporate teams.

With effect from 1st April 2017 Jonathan Dickson and Corri Pedrick, both solicitors in the firm’s Torquay office, will be promoted to Partners.

Corri Pedrick is a solicitor within the firm’s Corporate Department. She has particular interest in commercial drafting and is particularly skilled at assessing risk within commercial agreements. The firm’s Corporate Department’s work is well recognised in both Chambers UK and The Legal 500.

Jonathan Dickson is dual qualified as a Private Client Solicitor and taxation technician. He has particular expertise in tax...

Leading Law Firm Appoint New Associates

Posted by on March 27th 2017 in Press Releases

Leading Law Firm Appoint New Associates

Kitsons Solicitors are pleased to announce that Rory Wakeling and John Clarke have been promoted to Associates.

Rory Wakeling, who trained with Kitsons qualifying as a solicitor into Kitsons Employment law team in 2013 and consistently praised by clients for his “clear, concise and thorough advice” said: “I’m thrilled to have been promoted to Associate. Kitsons has a brilliant ethos and culture. I work alongside some great people, great clients and I am proud to work for Kitsons. I am excited to be part of the Firm’s continued growth and success.”

John Clarke based at Kitsons Torquay Office,...

Top Award for Kitsons Solicitors Supporting Elderly Clients

Posted by on March 21st 2017 in Press Releases, Private Client

Private client Solicitor Marjorie Creek, who works at local law firm Kitsons Solicitors in their Plympton office, has been recognised with a prestigious elderly care qualification.

After passing the ‘Older Client Care in Practice’ award, Marjorie undertook further study and passed the ‘Older Client Law in Practice’ award to become a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and will join Kitsons Partner, Lynn Smith who acquired the SFE award several years ago.

 

Marjorie is also a registered nurse, so has extensive experience of caring for and working with vulnerable people of...

International Women's Day

Posted by on March 9th 2017 in Blog Posts

To celebrate International Women's Day our Plymouth Office came together to share their goals for this year.

International Women's Day is a global event celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements for women. The day also marks an action for accelerating gender parity.

#BeBoldForChange

 

Overview of the Enforcement Process

Posted by on March 2nd 2017 in Blog Posts, Insolvency

Overview of the Enforcement Process

Before commencing enforcement action you will need to consider whether the debtor can afford to pay the judgment debt. You have spent money obtaining a judgment and you want to be sure that the debtor has sufficient means to pay before spending more money on enforcement action. If you know the debtor well, you might already know about their assets, income and property. If you don’t know if the debtor has means to pay, you might want to consider asking the court for an order that the debtor attends court for questioning. The court will then obtain this information from...

The Insolvency Rules 2017

Posted by on March 2nd 2017 in Blog Posts, Insolvency

An Overview of Changes

The changes to the Insolvency rules  take effect from 6 April 2017.  The new rules aim to ‘facilitate, and achieve a more effective, efficient and transparent insolvency process’. There are three main purposes to the new rules:

  1. To consolidate The Insolvency Rules 1986 with the 28 updates that have been added to the rules since they came into force in 1986.
  2. To restructure the rules and update the language, including gender neutral referencing.
  3. To modernise the rules. In particular, to allow for updated methods of communication such as using  electronic communication instead of paper documents  and physical meetings, and...

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