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Kitsons LLP

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Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay

South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: The West Country
Commercial litigation: The West Country - ranked: tier 3

Kitsons LLP

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.

Practice head(s):James Cross; David Turner


'The team always offers common sense advise that really adds value and helps businesses resolve often very knotty, sensitive issues'

'They may provide you with alternative choices but always recommend the best option'

'David Turner provides 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'

'David is amenable and available to advise, often at the drop of a hat'

Work highlights

  • Represented Staffordshire County Council in a £1 million damages claim in restitution against Siemens Plc.
  • Representing a defendant in a claim of alleged breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Acting for a primary school in a bringing a claim in restitution for £100,000 against Xerographics Plc.
  • Representing ADMP UK Limited in a dispute with the ex-Chair, who was dismissed due a conflict of interest.
  • Representing a client in a professional negligence case against a former financial adviser.
Leading individuals

David Turner - Kitsons LLP

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South West: Human resources

Employment: The West Country
Employment: The West Country - ranked: tier 2

Kitsons LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Jayme Nicholson

Other key lawyers:Rhodri Davey; Rory Wakeling


'Specialist knowledge and client friendly approach. Good team work and communication abilities. Professional attitude'

'The team is small and approachable, able to stand in for each other'

'I have been very impressed with both the service and performance offered by Kitsons, they offer a timely, responsive and high quality service characterised by insightful and practical advice'

'They invest time and effort in developing a relationship with and understanding of their clients so that their advice is contextually relevant and supports clients in risk-based decision making'

'Their willingness to go above and beyond to achieve the best outcomes for their client is a very evident feature of the team, and the result is that the relationship feels more akin to a partnership'

'I find the advice given to be accurate pragmatic and immediately usable'

'They are easy to reach, friendly yet professional and offer good, clear advice'

'There was a very high level of ownership and engagement on the part of the Kitsons team. Generally good communication and responsiveness'

'They make things easy to understand for you'

'Jayme Nicholson is extremely approachable and is always able to provide the advice I am looking for. She is also very good at spotting an opportunity to bring my skill-set into the mix'

'Rory Wakeling has a good knowledge base and very strong client skills'

'Rhodri Davey offers excellent and tailored advice and support and goes out of his way not only to ensure he offers exactly what is required but that this achieves best value for money for the client'

'Jayme Nicholson has a strong knowledge base and good commercial appreciation'

'Rosie Evans has a good specialist knowledge, strong team ethic and good judgement'

'Jayme Nicholson is the stand-out lawyer for me; she is approachable, pragmatic and engaging and able to get to the crux of the issue quickly and provide an understandable solution'

'I consider Jayme to be more approachable than other comparable lawyers I have met'

'Jayme Nicholson takes time to understand business needs and desired outcomes. She looks at the business and our sector as a whole when giving advice'

'I trust Jayme in a way that I've not trusted a solicitor before and am happy to have her associated with our business'

'Rhodri Davey is switched on, pragmatic, responsive and excellent value for money'

'Rory Wakeling is detailed, pragmatic and knowledgeable'

'Rory has been amazing support to me and my business ensuring the correct people are engaged at every step of the process to ensure the best outcomes'

Key Clients

The Guild of Construction Workers

Trucksmith Limited

Leading individuals

Jayme Nicholson - Kitsons LLP

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South West: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 4

Kitsons LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Tony Hunt

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Kitsons LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Lynn Smith

Other key lawyers:Charlie Siegle; Marjorie Creek

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: The West Country
Commercial property: The West Country - ranked: tier 3

Kitsons LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Patrick Gaskins; Cameron Caverhill; James Lang

Key Clients


CG Fry & Son

Buccaneer Inns

Gadd Properties

Midas Group

Midas Commercial Developments


Armada Finance

E&JW Glendinning

Wyse Homes

Churston Golf Club

Work highlights

  • Advising on the purchase of two care homes within the South Hams.
  • Advising a holiday park operator on the sale of a holiday park comprising cottages, lodges, spa, sports facilities and fishing lakes.
  • Assisting an investor/ developer with the purchase of a site for a six-storey student accommodation hall comprising 65 bedrooms.
  • Advising CG Fry & Son on the sale of commercial land for development in Bradford-on-Avon.

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