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HMG Welcomes Helen Inskip to the Wills & Probate Department

November 12, 2018 | Practice News

HMG Welcomes Helen Inskip to the Private Client Team Helen Inskip recently joined the Private Client (Wills & Probate) Team in our Oxford Office.  Helen is working as a Legal Assistant, providing experienced and dedicated support to a team of busy fee earners and tax advisors.  With more than twelve years of relevant experience, Helen(Read more)

HMG Welcomes Rachel Dullforce to the Wills & Probate Department

November 07, 2018 | Wills and Probate

HMG has recently welcomed Rachel Dullforce to the Wills & Probate department. Rachel is a Senior Solicitor and is based in our Oxford office. Rachel has a great deal of experience in advising clients on matters ranging from straightforward Wills to complex estates. She specialises in probate and estate administration, the preparation of Wills and(Read more)

2018 Budget: Property Essentials

November 02, 2018 | Commercial Property

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered the 2018 Autumn Budget on 29 October 2018. Here we look at some of the points likely to be of interest to our property clients: Taxation First time buyers SDLT relief, introduced in the 2017 Budget and applicable where a first-time buyer purchases a property costing £300,000 or(Read more)

Civil Partnerships: More Choices for Couples but a Will is Still a Must

November 01, 2018 | Wills and Probate

  The Government used the recent Conservative Party Conference to announce plans for heterosexual couples to be allowed to enter into civil-partnerships as an alternative to the traditional marriage. Until now, this option has only been available to same-sex couples and the move comes as a result of a decision by the Supreme Court this(Read more)

Spellbound: A Thought Provoking Visit to the Ashmolean

October 26, 2018 | Out and About

Members of the HMG team attended a private viewing of the latest and very popular exhibition at The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Spellbound is a fascinating and thought-provoking experience.  Matthew Winterbottom, Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, gave an introduction and guided tour of the collection. Through his informed guidance, we were challenged to consider(Read more)

Law Firms to Publish Prices and Protections

October 23, 2018 | Practice News

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced new measures which require law firms to publish information about what prices they charge for certain services. They will also be required to display a new badge highlighting that they are a regulated law firm and the protections that come with that. The SRA’s research has suggested that(Read more)

Is There Any Difference Between Marriage and Civil Partnership for Heterosexual Couples?

October 12, 2018 | Family Services

The UK government has announced that heterosexual couples are going to be allowed to enter into civil partnerships as an alternative to marriage. Therefore, addressing the imbalance between same-sex couples who can choose between marriage or civil partnership. What is a civil partnership? A civil partnership is a legally recognised relationship between two people and(Read more)

Modern Art Oxford: Future Knowledge

October 11, 2018 | The Arts

Modern Art Oxford’s current exhibition, Future Knowledge, is a thought-provoking exhibition exploring the role of visual culture and continuing to raise awareness of the effects of climate change.  The exhibition has art works from seven different artists who showcase fascinating and diverse creative responses to environmental concerns.  The exhibition runs until 28 October 2018. More(Read more)

Five Go on An Oxford Stroll: And Mac the Mascot Tags Along Too

October 09, 2018 | Out and About

Our team of 5 intrepid explorers (along with Mac the Mascot), completed the Oxford Legal Walk on Monday 8 October 2018.  This fund and profile raising event was organised by the London Legal Support Trust and attended by law firms and barristers' chambers from across the City.  The 10km walk started at the Combined Courts(Read more)

Recent Case Law

October 09, 2018 | Wills and Probate

Gestrust SA -v- sixteen defendants [2016] EWHC 3067 (Ch) A trustee was entitled, through two nominee companies, to the entire share capital of A Limited.  The trust had been created by a builder and developer, who had settled a valuable portfolio of residential properties which was now held either by A Limited or its wholly(Read more)