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What is an LPA?

March 16, 2017 | Wills and Probate

What is an LPA? An LPA (Lasting Power of Attorney) is a legal document which allows you to choose another person or people to make decisions on your behalf. This might be, for example, when you are ill or cannot make decisions because you lack mental capacity. There are two main types of LPA: property(Read more)

Part time workers and sex discrimination; employment law

Part Time Workers and Sex Discrimination

March 10, 2017 | Dispute Resolution

It is not possible to explain the workings of sex discrimination legislation in a short note/blog.  But there is one aspect of a recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal that is worth noting. In this case there was a female engineer who was employed on a full time contract.  She then, at her request(Read more)

Spring Budget 2017 highlights

Spring Budget 2017: Some Highlights

March 09, 2017 | Wills and Probate

Mr Hammond launched the Spring Budget 2017 at lunchtime on 8 March 2017. This is to be the last Spring Budget as part of the government’s plan to simplify tax legislation in the UK. Below are a few highlights from the measures announced: Income Tax and National Insurance The Personal Allowance for income tax is(Read more)

Draft Regulations Allow ISA Tax Status To Survive Death

March 01, 2017 | Wills and Probate

HMRC has published draft regulations that would allow the tax advantage status of ISAs to be retained after the death of the account holders. Current rules state that when the account holder dies, the tax advantage status of the account is lost, and the funds are usually moved to an account that is subject to(Read more)

Consequences of Dishonesty

February 28, 2017 | Dispute Resolution

A dishonest solicitor (it happens) was convicted of appropriating client funds.  He was sentenced to 4 years in prison. Under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 confiscation orders can be made to recoup financial losses.  In this case, the solicitor and his wife were married in 1988.  She had provided the substantial amount of the(Read more)

Increased Probate Fees

February 27, 2017 | Wills and Probate

On 24 February 2017 the Ministry of Justice published the Government’s response to the consultation on their proposal to reform court fees for grants of Probate. Despite extensive disagreement, the changes in the proposal originally published in February 2016 will be put to Parliament. The consultation documents sought opinions on a new fee structure for(Read more)

HMRC to Review Concentrix’s Management of Tax Credits

February 24, 2017 | Wills and Probate

Many will recall the issues that were faced by those who attracted the attention of Concentrix in relation to their claim for Tax Credits between 2014 and 2016. In their Fourth Report of Session 2016-17 (HC720), the Work and Pensions Committee of the House of Commons noted that “(v)ulnerable people lost benefits to which they(Read more)

What about the workers? And who is a worker?

February 17, 2017 | Employment

When HH Judge Charles Harris QC retired from his position as senior judge at the Oxford Combined Courts in February of this year, he took the opportunity of lamenting the vast proliferation of laws introduced by successive governments such that it was impossible for those practising in the law, let alone the public at large,(Read more)

HMG is Recruiting: Family Solicitor and Receptionist

February 15, 2017 | Practice News

As part of our continued success and growth, we are currently recruiting for the following positions in our Bicester office: Family Solicitor - pref 3-5 PQE but experienced NQ or Paralegal may be considered Receptionist - with admin skills and experience of working in a professional office Both positions are available immediately.   Please see(Read more)

Data Protection Offence

February 03, 2017 | Employment

The facts are not unusual.  The outcome is salutary. One Rebecca Gray was working for a recruitment company in Widnes.  She decided to leave and join another recruitment agency.  Before leaving, she accessed her current employer’s database and emailed the details of about 100 potential workers to her home address with a view to using(Read more)