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HMG Attended LegalEx 2017 in London

March 30, 2017 | Out and About

Representatives from HMG attended the LegalEx 2017 exhibition in London this week. Christina Cree (Partner) and Kirsten Phipps Get (Practice Manager) visited the annual event and met with a variety of exhibitors and speakers to learn more about the latest trends, thinking, ideas, products and services which are available to the legal profession. Christina is(Read more)

Vintage Travel With Some Familiar HMG Faces

March 27, 2017 | Out and About

The Oxford Bus Museum offered free vintage rides in and around Oxford city centre over the weekend. The Twilight Vintage Bus Ride event involved a number of restored buses, complete with tungsten bulbs and conductors. Two of the Museum volunteers have links to HMG.  Frank Collingwood is our Director of Tax Planning and Chris Butterfield(Read more)

Modern Art Oxford Current Exhibition: Lubaina Himid, Invisible Strategies

March 22, 2017 | The Arts

Modern Art Oxford’s current exhibition is a collection of works by Lubaina Himid, one of the British Black Arts movement.  The exhibition features a stunning array of Lubaina’s works including pictures, sculptures and ceramics.  As well as the exhibition, which runs until 30 April 2017, Modern Art Oxford is running a series of talks and workshops(Read more)

HMG Prepares for the Mighty Hike - With Cake!

March 17, 2017 | Out and About

We are taking part in this year's Macmillan Mighty Hike.  In July, a team of intrepid HMG explorers will tackle the 26 mile trek along the Cotswold Way. Training is now underway and we are arranging various events in the next few months to raise the funds to support this very worthy cause. And what(Read more)

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

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)