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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)

Implied Contractual Terms

February 02, 2017 | Dispute Resolution

An argument that is often raised in a dispute over a contract is that the contractual documentation does not fully represent the agreement between the parties.  The party who claims to be affected will then argue for the existence of an implied term.  If the claimant succeeds, the consequences may be substantial. Judges are slow(Read more)

HMG is Recruiting: Solicitors and Support Staff

January 27, 2017 | Practice News

HMG LAW LLP is developing a number of its departments and is now actively recruiting for the following posts: Solicitor - Private Client (3-5yr PQE) Solicitor or Experienced Paralegal - Family Services Legal Secretary - Private Client Receptionist - Bicester Office Please see our Careers section for more information and for details of how to(Read more)

We Got Through Christmas, Now What?: Advice on Separation and Divorce

January 16, 2017 | Family Services

The festive period can be an exciting time, however if you are in the midst of a relationship breakdown it can also be very stressful. Many couples, particularly those with children, choose to wait until the New Year before beginning to think about separation or divorce and financial proceedings. At HMG Law LLP we believe(Read more)

Tom Coker: Farewell to a Former Partner and Friend

January 13, 2017 | Practice News

Tom Coker, for many years a partner of Herbert & Gowers and then of Herbert Mallam Gowers, died unexpectedly in France at New Year.  He was 68 years old and has left behind his wife, Sue, and their four children. After school, Tom started his articles (as they then were) at Herbert & Gowers in(Read more)

Family Law: Resolution Update Code of Practice

January 05, 2017 | Family Services

Resolution is the nationwide organisation comprising 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals in England and Wales.  Resolution and its members believe in a constructive and non-confrontational approach to family law matters including children matters, divorce and finances. How is the approach set out? All members of Resolution agree to adhere to a Code of Practice(Read more)

HMG is Recruiting: Family Solicitor

January 04, 2017 | Practice News

We are seeking a qualified Solicitor NQ to 4 years PQE (or a Paralegal with solid Family experience) to join our Family department.  Based in our Bicester office, the successful candidate will be working alongside the Head of Department. The successful candidate will have experience of divorce, financial and private children work.  We are looking(Read more)

New Solicitor: Anna Casey-Woodward

January 03, 2017 | Practice News

We are pleased to announce that Anna Casey-Woodward has qualified as a Solicitor and has now joined our Private Client Department. Anna joined the firm as a paralegal in March 2014, and completed her training contract with us in December 2016. Anna has a Law degree from the University of Exeter, having gained a first(Read more)

tax; employment

Out of Reach?

December 07, 2016 | Wills and Probate

In October 2016 the decision of the First Tier Tax Tribunal was given in the appeal by Ireland Generator and Spare Parts LTD (the ‘Appellant’) against HMRC’s decision to disallow input tax in relation to the purchase of a car. Input tax is the VAT that a business is charged on business purchases and expenses.(Read more)

Employee or Not Employee? That is the Question

December 06, 2016 | Wills and Probate

Mr Ashton appealed against a decision by HMRC to treat him as a self-employed partner rather than an employee of Karate World – a martial arts instruction business. In October 2003, the business was growing and the proprietor, Mr Thompson, decided to set up a partnership. A number of his employees were to be partners,(Read more)