Kitsons impress in Legal 500 rankings

Leading Devon law firm Kitsons has been recognised in the latest edition of The Legal 500 – the prestigious guide to the UK legal profession. The Legal 500 is an independent legal guide, recommending and ranking law firms and lawyers based on positive client and external feedback.

Kitsons has been recommended across an impressive 5 practice areas in the South West section of the 2019 guide; these include, Litigation, Employment, Family, Personal Tax Trusts and probate and Commercial Property.

A total of 12 Lawyers have been recommended, with two Partners, Jayme Nicholson, and David Turner recognised as a ‘Leading Individuals’. Jayme has been praised for being “the stand-out lawyer; she is approachable, pragmatic and engaging and able to get to the crux of the issue quickly and provide an understandable solution’. David has been credited for “providing sensible, no-nonsense, commercial advice. He understands his clients’ businesses very well and always gives invaluable, down to earth, practical litigation advice for the real commercial world”.

Legal 500 2020 says:

Commercial Litigation

Kitsons LLP’s team in Torquay is particularly active in property-related disputes, a significant number of which are connected with the leisure industry. James Cross, who heads up the Torquay office, has a particular emphasis on multi-party debt recovery disputes, and commercial and residential property litigation. David Turner heads up the Exeter office, where the practitioners excel in financial services disputes, insurance claims and mis-selling disputes. Turner is a key figure in education sector matters, and he has also represented clients in claims against banks.


The employment team at Kitsons LLP is best known for its advisory work, which includes handling TUPE transfers, employment status matters and assisting with the enforcement of post-termination restrictions. The group also works closely with the corporate practice to provide employment support on corporate transactions. Practice head Jayme Nicholson primarily acts for employers in the construction and retail sectors, and also leads the corporate support arm of the practice.

Personal Tax Trusts and Probate

Head of practice at Kitsons LLP, Lynn Smith, focuses on complex estates, tax planning schemes and trust creation and operation. Charlie Siegle has a particular interest in probate cases with a foreign element. Jonathan Dickson was promoted to Partner in April 2017. Plymouth-based assistant solicitor Marjorie Creek also has a growing practice, specialising in elder client financial abuse and NHS continuing healthcare applications and appeals.


Kitsons LLP regularly advises on the drafting and negotiation of cohabitation and nuptial agreements, which includes advice on wealth and asset protection as well as tax and pension structuring. Practice head Tony Hunt leads the team who also deal with divorce and separation proceedings, which incorporates maintenance and relocation disputes concerning children and financial settlement disputes. Another area of expertise is legal assistance with the claiming of protection against domestic abuse.

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Kitsons LLP handles tax planning as well as offshore probate work for high-net-worth individuals, farmers and wealthy families. Another area of expertise is assistance with the formulations and updating of wills as well as enabling the distribution of assets in accordance with applicable probate laws. The firm also advises elderly and vulnerable clients on wealth preservation and assists them with applications for NHS and healthcare funding.

Real Estate, Commercial Property

Kitsons LLP’s commercial property work is centred on sectors such as renewable energy, residential development, healthcare and leisure. The team provides partner-led advice to a wide range of clients, including residential and commercial developers, businesses, charities, industrial estates, farm operators and developers, and private individuals. The practice is led by Patrick Gaskins in Torquay, Exeter-based Cameron Caverhill and James Lang in Plymouth.