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Raphael The Drawings

July 06, 2017 | The Arts

The Ashmolean’s current exhibition, Raphael The Drawings, runs until 3 September 2017. It is a stunning exhibition of 120 works by Raphael and has had a number of 5* reviews. The exhibition is definitely worth visiting this summer.  See here for more information. HMG continues to support The Ashmolean along with a number of other(Read more)

A Cautionary Tale

June 27, 2017 | Dispute Resolution

Vanden Recycling Ltd v Bevin Tumulty and others [2017] EWCA Civ 354 (17 May 2017) The claimants, a plastics recycling company, found out that one of their employees was involved in skulduggery.  In essence, she secretly conspired with two rival companies to divert business from her employers. The beneficiaries were to be two other companies,(Read more)

Oxford Playhouse Fundraiser

June 22, 2017 | The Arts

The Oxford Playhouse is presenting for one night only an opportunity for you to see Steve Coogan being interviewed by Helena Kennedy. Steve Coogan came to fame (or perhaps notoriety) as the character of Alan Partridge, the regional TV Presenter whose career path was clearly on a downward trajectory. More recently he reached a wider(Read more)

HMG is Recruiting: Solicitor, Tax Advisor and Legal Secretary

June 01, 2017 | Practice News

As part of our future planning, we are recruiting for three roles for our successful and busy Private Client department in Oxford. Solicitor 3-5 years PQE with experience of the full range of Private Client matters.  Preferably STEP qualified or prepared to achieve qualification.  Tax Advisor CIOT or ATT qualified with experience of income tax(Read more)

March 2017 Sees Slight Increase in UK House Prices

May 26, 2017 | Residential Property

The latest UK House Price Index shows an annual price increase of 4.1% which takes the average property value to £215,847. However, when viewed on a monthly basis, house prices have fallen by 0.6% since February 2017 when the average price of a UK property was £217,502 (an annual price change of 5.8%). March data(Read more)

Minicab Matters

May 19, 2017 | Dispute Resolution

Michael and others v Phillips and others [2017] EWHC 1084 (QB) is a recently reported case involving skulduggery within the Romford Minicab community.  The parties were involved in a sale and purchase of a minicab business.  All went sour and the claimants brought several claims, largely based in breach of contract, against the defendants. One(Read more)

Making Tax Digital: Consultation Period on Penalties

May 16, 2017 | Wills and Probate

Making Tax Digital:  Consultation period on penalties for late online submissions and the payment of tax   In the Budget proposals for 2015, the government set out their plans for a modernised tax system and the end of filing tax returns each year.  At that time the government announced it would improve the service it(Read more)

The Importance of Making an Election if You Own One or More Properties

May 12, 2017 | Wills and Probate

A recent case has highlighted the importance of making an election is you own one or more properties.  The facts of this case follow in very brief terms. Background On 25 June 2004, the taxpayer and his wife bought a property in London NW11. On the same day, they bought, in his name only, a(Read more)

What is Residence Nil Rate Band?

May 11, 2017 | Wills and Probate

On 6 April 2017 a new top up called the ‘residence nil rate band’ (RNRB) was introduced. This is in addition to the existing nil rate band of £325,000 per person. The new RNRB allows you to give a proportion of value of your ‘residence’ to your ‘lineal descendants’ free of inheritance tax for deaths(Read more)

Beware the Leasehold

May 09, 2017 | Residential Property

According to recent government estimates, up to four million people do not own the freehold to their own properties. Instead, many homeowners, particularly of new build homes, own their homes on a leasehold basis. This means that these homeowners own their home for a fixed period during which it is rented from the freeholder (often(Read more)