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Local Volunteer Honoured with Children & Young People Award

Posted by on October 23rd 2015 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Devon Community Foundation hosted its annual Volunteer of the Year Awards sponsored by Quilter Cheviot last week, honouring the hard work and achievements of the many volunteers making a real difference in our Devon communities. Charlie Aston from Youth Genesis was awarded the Children and Young People Volunteer of the Year Award sponsored by Kitsons LLP.

The Youth Genesis Trust works with young people in Torbay who lack opportunities to engage in employment, training and education or are involved in risk taking behaviour such as offending and substance misuse. Volunteers work with the...

Statement Following the Sentencing of Simon Armitage

Posted by on October 22nd 2015 in Statements

An Exeter-based solicitor has been jailed after being convicted of fraud.

Simon Armitage carried out the crimes over a period of about three years between 2010 and 2013.

All of the offences took place when Armitage was running his own firm, Armitage & Co, based in Exeter.

It was another legal firm, Kitsons Solicitors, which alerted police to his illegal activities.

Today Simon Armitage was convicted at Exeter Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to nine charges of fraud and one of forgery. He was sentenced to four years.

Simon Armitage founded Armitage & Co in September 1979, operating as a sole practitioner in Exeter for...

Important Changes to Section 21 Notices

Posted by on September 21st 2015 in Blog Posts, Litigation, Property

Residential Landlord and Tenant

The Deregulation Act 2015 (“DA”)  received its Royal Assent on 27th March and has changed the law regarding how landlords can use a section 21 notice.

The main changes come in on 1st October 2015.

One of the aims of the DA was to prevent landlords using Section 21 notices to evict tenants in retaliation for complaining about the condition of the property.

The new laws now state that from 1st October, if the landlord serves a section 21 notice on a tenant in response to complaining about the condition of the property, the tenant can report the matter...

Travel to First and Last Clients of the Day is Deemed Working Time

Posted by on September 15th 2015 in Blog Posts, Employment

In Federacion de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco Integrated Security SL and another, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) considered whether time spent travelling by workers without a fixed office should be regarded as working time.

Background

Tyco (comprised of Tyco Integrated Security SL and Tyco Integrated Fire & Security Corporation Services SA), a company which installs and maintains security systems at customers’ premises in Spain, shut down its regional offices in 2011, assigning all of its employees to one central office in Madrid.

Due to the nature of the company’s work, employees are required to travel to various locations...

The National Three Peaks Challenge

Posted by on September 3rd 2015 in Blog Posts

Following on from the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in July, Joel Derman, Craig Roberts and Charlie Siegle from Kitsons took on the National Three Peaks challenge on the 15th of August, with the aim of climbing Ben Nevis, Sca Fell Pike and Snowdon in under 24 hours. At 3am in complete darkness at Sca Fell Pike wearing head torches and with steep steps seemingly rising forever they had their doubts that they could complete the challenge. Joel and Charlie almost cracked. Craig just carried on untroubled, living up to his “terminator” nickname.

In the end they made it off Sca Fell...

Apprenticeships - Getting the Law Right

Posted by on September 3rd 2015 in Blog Posts, Employment

We are all aware of the advantages that Apprenticeships provide to both the company and the apprentice. Our organisation has first hand experience of the benefits of employing an apprentice and it has proven to be an incredibly beneficial experience for all.

The law around apprentices is relatively straight forward, but it is essential that the organisation gets it correct from the outset or you may fall foul of the legislation if things do not work out with the apprentice. It could mean they have enhanced rights upon termination, so making it far more difficult to terminate the arrangement. If an apprentice...

Kitsons Launch Charity Will Scheme in aid of FORCE Cancer Charity

Posted by on September 1st 2015 in Kitsons News, Press Releases, Private Client

Above: Charlie Siegle, Partner and Head of the Kitsons Private Client Team in Exeter (Left) with Peter Payne, Trust/Grants Researcher at FORCE Cancer Charity (Right). 

Devon law firm Kitsons has teamed up with FORCE Cancer Charity to offer supporters the opportunity to make or update their Will, in return for a donation to the charity.

Through the scheme, for every new Will completed by the Private Client Team at Kitsons Solicitors in Exeter, the firm will donate a proportion of its fees for those Wills to FORCE.

The Will Scheme for FORCE will start on Tuesday...

Business Tax Returns - What's the Real Story?

Posted by on August 19th 2015 in Blog Posts, Insolvency

Whilst many of us gladly welcome the summer season, for many small and medium enterprises (“SMEs”) across England, this time of year does not necessarily bring the same sense of appeal.

31 July 2015 – doomsday or just another date for the diary?

Friday 31 July 2015 marked the deadline for SMEs paying self-assessment tax to have filed their returns for the year. Accordingly an up-front payment for 50% of their annual tax liability was required in a one-off, lump sum.

Payment of this tax is notoriously problematic for many enterprises across the country. In fact, it is not unheard of for an...

Kitsons raise in excess of £5,000 from charity challenge in memory of colleague Mark

Posted by on August 13th 2015 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Staff at Kitsons were delighted to present a cheque for $pound;5,128.32 to Diabetes UK

24 members of staff from leading Devon law firm Kitsons braved the elements and successfully overcame the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Their reward for completing what is known as one of the toughest challenges in the UK was raising more than £5,000 for Diabetes UK in memory of their colleague Mark Batten.

Mark, who was Chief Cashier at Kitsons, passed away suddenly in March 2014. He worked at Kitsons for over 35 years and was a prominent and well liked member...

Relief from Sanctions

Posted by on August 6th 2015 in Blog Posts, Litigation

The Court of Appeal has overturned a Judgment criticised for imposing draconian sanctions on a law firm for missing four cost deadlines.  The decision by Lord Justice Richards in the case of Michael Wilson & Partners Ltd v Sinclair & others [2015] EWCA Civ 774 (23 July 2015) has confirmed the position in Denton, and effectively ‘reversed’ the earlier decision of Mitchell.  

In Denton v TH White Ltd & another [2014] EWCA Civ 906 the Court set new guidance for assessing whether relief from sanction should be granted for non-compliance with Court orders. Emphasis was placed on requiring the Court to...

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