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Belinda Harvey: Dementia Friends Champion

October 23, 2017 | Out and About

Dementia Friends is an initiative led by Alzheimer’s Society, promoting a campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia. Having volunteered to be a Dementia Friends Champion , Belinda Harvey , Deputy Head of Private Client Department at HMG Law is running a free Dementia Friends Information Session on Tuesday 31 October 2017 and is(Read more)

Government Reveal Energy Improvement Strategy

October 20, 2017 | Residential Property

    On 12 October 2017 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published the government’s Clean Growth Strategy. The Clean Growth Strategy aims to achieve a 57% reduction in CO2 from 1990 levels. With 13% of UK emissions coming from homes, this is clearly a focal area for the Government.    (Read more)

All The World's a Stage

October 18, 2017 | Practice News

HMG’s Private Client team recently put together a theatrical masterpiece for our clients, in the form of a playlet to rival all others. The cast consisted of the solicitors from the Private Client team, with a guest appearance from a member of the Family team. Each solicitor took on the role of a specialist and(Read more)

Power of Attorney System in England and Wales: Attacked by Retired Senior Judge

September 18, 2017 | Wills and Probate

Retired Senior Judge at the Court of Protection Denzil Lush has warned of the lack of safeguards in the Power of Attorney system in England and Wales. In comments made to the BBC Mr Lush warned that lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) may leave elderly people open to financial abuse and can have a ‘devastating(Read more)

The Use of the Sham Licence

September 15, 2017 | Dispute Resolution

Residential tenants under assured tenancies and assured shorthold tenancies (the normal type) have a degree of security of tenure and protection from eviction.  They also have the comfort of knowing that their deposits are protected under statutory schemes. Tenancies are one thing; licences are another.  There are relatively few situations nowadays where a   licence will(Read more)

Employment Clawbacks

September 08, 2017 | Employment

When an employer uses a recruitment agency for the purposes of finding new staff, a fee will be payable once a new employee has started work.   Almost always, that fee will be payable in full unless the employer brings the employment to an end within a short time period – possibly no more than 6(Read more)

Where There’s a Will, There’s Not Always a Way…

August 17, 2017 | Wills and Probate

A Will is undoubtedly one of the most important legal documents any of us should write. The absence of a Will, or the presence of a sub-standard Will, can cause serious complications for loved ones, at what is already an extremely difficult time. The purpose of a Will is not just to ensure your daughter(Read more)

Checking Up on Facebook

August 11, 2017 | Employment

An employer seeking to recruit a new member of staff may be sifting through a number of completed application forms.  Before choosing who to interview, the employer might want to take a short cut.  What if a candidate were active on social media?  Wouldn’t it make sense to see if he/she has a Facebook account(Read more)

Non-Domestic Private Rented Property: New Energy Efficiency Minimum Standards

August 11, 2017 | Commercial Property

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (‘BEIS’) has issued guidance to landlords ahead of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) Regulations 2015 (‘the Regulations’) coming into force. The Regulations introduced a minimum level of energy efficiency for private rented property and covers all non-domestic property unless the property is not required to have(Read more)

Employment Restrictions Operating After the End of the Contract

August 03, 2017 | Employment

Egon Zehnder Ltd v Tillman [2017] EWCA Civ 1054 (21 July 2017) Many employment contracts for more senior people contain covenants which seek to prevent the employee from various activities following his or her departure.  Typically, such restraints will provide a period of time during which the ex-employee cannot poach staff, seek to gain business(Read more)