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Lasting Power of Attorney Registration Fee Refunds: Are You Entitled?

March 09, 2018 | Wills and Probate

If you applied to register your Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) in England and Wales between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017, you should be able to claim back part of the application fee. In April 2017, the fee to register an LPA (or EPA) was reduced to(Read more)

On Retirement: A Final Blog from Julian Freeland

January 02, 2018 | Practice News

As I leave the practice of the law, I am very aware that I must have forgotten at least 90% of whatever I knew.  But some things seem to stick for ever. One of the subjects in my first year of university (now over 50 years ago) was Roman law.  When complaints are raised today(Read more)

HMG Goes All Christmassy!

December 13, 2017 | Practice News

The team at HMG Law has held its annual Christmas Jumper Day today, in support of Save the Children's quest to raise much-needed funds. Although a couple of days earlier than the official event, we wanted to make sure we could include as many of our people as possible. An array of delightful designs have(Read more)

2017 Budget

December 01, 2017 | Commercial Property

  Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered the 2017 Autumn Budget on 22 November 2017. Here we look at some of the points likely to be of particular interest to our clients: Property and Housing As of 22 November 2017, Stamp Duty on homes worth up to £300,000 will be abolished for first time(Read more)

HMG Welcomes Alexandra Smith to the Family Department

November 23, 2017 | Practice News

HMG is pleased to welcome Alexandra Smith to the Family Department. Alexandra qualified as a solicitor in 2013 and joined HMG Law in November 2017. Alexandra has acted for mid to high net worth clients and for clients of limited means in financial matters upon divorce, pre and post nuptial agreements, disputes over children’s living(Read more)

Divorced Women Missing Out on £5billion in Pension Payments Every Year

November 20, 2017 | Family Services

According to research carried out by Scottish Widows, seven in ten couples do not consider pensions during divorce proceedings, leaving women short-changed by an estimated £5billion per year. The Scottish Widows research shows that while 56% of married people would fight for a fair share of jointly owned property and 36% would want to split(Read more)

Reasons to be Careful: Disbarred Lawyer Arranged 21 Fake Divorces

November 10, 2017 | Family Services

A former Barrister has been ordered to pay indemnity costs to the Queen's Proctor for fraudulently arranging divorces for 21 couples between 2006 and 2015. Khalik Bhatoo submitted the fraudulent divorce petition using false addresses in Southall. The decrees thereby obtained are now all void, irrespective of whether either of the parties has subsequently remarried(Read more)

Driving Miss Daisy

November 02, 2017 | The Arts

As part of HMG's continued support of The Oxford Playhouse, the Firm recently sponsored a production of the highly acclaimed Driving Miss Daisy.  Starring Dame Sian Phillips and Derek Griffiths, the acting was superb.   The play was beautifully crafted and captured the hearts of the audience.  On opening night, the Partners, members of the(Read more)

Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions

October 30, 2017 | The Arts

The Galleries of the Ashmolean Museum were the venue for a Private Viewing of the new exhibition on Wednesday 18 October from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.  Combining tastefully displayed sculptures, painted images, calligraphy, manuscripts, precious metals and jewellery over a period of time spanning the first millennium this exhibition explores how each religion was influenced to(Read more)

Employment Compensation Claims

October 27, 2017 | Employment

Where an Employment Tribunal makes a finding of unfair dismissal, it will assess the amount of the basic award payable by reference to a week’s wages.  The legislation caps the amount of a week’s wage at £489 (currently).  This means that, if an employee earns at the rate of £600 a week, their entitlement will(Read more)