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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)

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)