Firm Profile > Kitsons LLP > Exeter , South West

Kitsons LLP
South West

Employment: The West Country Tier 2

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.

Commercial litigation: The West Country Tier 3

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.

Commercial property: The West Country Tier 3

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.

Family Tier 4

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 Tier 4

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.

Leading Devon law firm Kitsons LLP is recognised for providing outstanding legal advice and support to both commercial and private clients. Strategically placed across the South West with offices in Exeter, Plymouth and Torquay, the firm has expert teams covering corporate, commercial, employment, litigation, insolvency, property (commercial and residential), private client and trust work, family and matrimonial, and professional negligence.

The firm: The firm’s corporate and commercial property teams work with a wide range of businesses providing both transactional and ongoing support to organisations and the people who own them. The firm has particular expertise in several of the most important sectors of the South West’s economy: leisure; tourism; fisheries and food; franchising; healthcare and care homes; and, with a large concentration of motor dealers in Exeter, the motor industry.

The firm’s Plymouth office recently moved to the Langage Business Park which is well placed geographically to serve both Plymouth and the South Hams. The office enjoys the fact that a number of its significant lawyers are local to Plymouth which assists the office’s knowledge of the local client base. The Plymouth commercial property team continues to grow with the addition of a new partner. The firm bases its family and employment advice in Plymouth and continues to add residential property and private client work to the range of disciplines the Plymouth office has to offer.

The firm’s Exeter office continues to grow with the addition this year of two commercial property lawyers, while its litigation practice in Exeter continues to develop into a wide range of dispute resolution areas, including acting for IFAs, and insurance coverage issues. The firm’s professional negligence team is based in Exeter, taking its work from the whole of the South West and beyond.

The firm enjoys an excellent reputation in the South West, being long established with deep roots in both the business and local community.

Prominent clients include: Galliford Try Group, Midas Group, Gerald Wood Homes, Smith and Williamson Corporate Finance, Begbies Traynor, Bishop Fleming, Francis Clark, Moor Stephens Corporate Recovery, Paramount 21 Ltd, Burr Island Ltd, Clarity Copiers Ltd, Dartmoor National Park, Marsh Toyota Group, Milord Homes Ltd, RGB Ltd, Darnells Chartered Accountants, Glendinning Group, Peplows Chartered Accountants, Shearings Hotels Ltd and St Austell Brewery.

Types of work undertaken: Commercial expertise includes business sales and acquisitions; landlord and tenant; company law; partnership law; secured lending; agency; franchise and distribution agreements; and dispute resolution, including IFAs, insurance coverage issues, misselling claims and business disputes. Property and related matters is a particular area of expertise, including sales; purchases; mortgages and remortgages; buy to let; landlord and tenant; and planning and development. The firm is retained by a number of regional developers to acquire development sites.

The firm has expertise drawn from its location in the South West in the acquisition, disposal, development and financing for hotels, guest houses, nightclubs, restaurants, caravan parks, pubs and sporting clubs. The firm has expertise in licensing, gaming permits, revocation reviews and appeals.

The firm’s corporate team undertakes a broad range of corporate matters including sales, purchases, MBIs, MBOs, reorganisations, set-ups and refinancing, as well as dealing with shareholder disputes.

The firm’s employment team serves both employers and employees. The firm has developed a specialism within the recruitment sector, undertaking work for employment agencies and employment businesses.

A full range of litigation services is offered in all offices. The service also includes trained mediators.

The firm has private client teams in all its offices with the largest team being in Torquay, offering a full range of private client services, including tax planning.

The firm has a large residential property team predominantly based in its Torquay office undertaking volume residential conveyancing across the whole of the South West.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner James Cross
Commercial Peter Boyne
Corporate Dominic Hollingsworth
Corporate Corri Pedrick
Employment Rhodri Davey
Employment Jayme Nicholson
Family Tony Hunt
Litigation James Cross
Litigation David Turner
Probate Lynn Smith
Probate Charlie Siegle
Probate Jonathan Dickson
Professional negligence Nicholas Johnson
Property Patrick Gaskins
Property Cameron Caverhill
Property James Lang
Property Matthew Bryant
Photo Name Position Profile
 Cameron Caverhill  photo Cameron Caverhill
 Nicholas Johnson  photo Nicholas Johnson
 David Turner  photo David Turner
Number of UK partners : 16
Number of other UK fee-earners : 36