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Landlords: Increased Reporting Requirements

October 12, 2016 | Residential Property

HM Revenue and Customs has published six consultation documents on “Making Tax Digital”.  The proposals include quarterly filing requirements for all businesses and landlords with a turnover of over £10,000. The rules for landlords are being changed and it is proposed to introduce a cash basis for landlords without an upper limit on the gross(Read more)

Is The Archers’ Abuse Storyline Uncomfortably Close to Reality?

October 07, 2016 | Family Services

For months now millions of listeners across the nation have been gripped by BBC Radio 4’s long-running radio soap, the Archers. The storyline attracting much attention and debate by listeners and lawyers alike is that of Rob Titchener and Helen Archer. For almost two years Helen has been suffering emotional, physical and sexual abuse at(Read more)

Digital Lasting Powers of Attorney

October 06, 2016 | Private Client

At the beginning of the summer, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) began consulting with those who draft Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) about their experiences of the LPA service. Although the OPG is yet to publish its full findings, they have published some initial feedback on their blog. A key response from the(Read more)

Fixed Fees for Divorce

October 05, 2016 | Family Services

Christina Cree, Family Solicitor Bicester and Oxford. When a relationship ends it can be a confusing and stressful time for all involved. With astronomical figures for celebrity divorces frequently published in the press, many clients are concerned about the costs associated with getting divorced. Divorces need not be complicated, particularly if both parties have agreed(Read more)

New! Careers Page Launched Today

October 04, 2016 | Practice News

Our new Careers page has been launched on our website today.   We are currently actively seeking a Solicitor to join our Private Client department.  The details of the vacancy are shown on the page and interested candidates can apply via the site.  The post is available from mid October so we will be interviewing shortly.(Read more)

Short Term Letting of Property - Is It Still a Private Residence?

September 30, 2016 | Residential Property

Many owners of flats hold their property on a long term lease – often 99 years or more.  It is common for such leases to contain a provision that the flat can only be used as a private residence.  In a recent case, the Court reached the surprising decision that an owner who advertised his(Read more)

Planned Changes to the Taxation of Payments Made on Termination of Employment

September 28, 2016 | Employment

HMRC and the Government have published draft legislation that is due to come into effect in April 2018. The rationale behind this is set out in paragraph 12 of a consultation document published on 10 August 2016.  Paragraph 12 of the document headed “Preventing manipulation” states the following: “The government is aware that some employers(Read more)

HMG is Recruiting: Solicitor to Join Our Private Client Department

September 27, 2016 | Practice News

We are currently recruiting for a Solicitor to join our busy Private Client department in Oxford. Solicitor We are seeking a solicitor with at least 3 - 5 years PQE with experience of the full range of Private Client disciplines, including Probate, Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, etc. Ideally you would be STEP qualified, although this(Read more)

HMRC: All Change, Please

September 27, 2016 | Private Client

In early September 2016, HMRC published plans for a substantial restructuring. As part of its ‘Building Our Future’ initiative, HMRC has announced that the four existing Directorates will be reorganised into three new groups as of October 2016. These will be a Customer Strategy and Tax Design group, an enlarged Customer Service group, and a(Read more)

Failure to Correct a Mistake in a Tax Return

September 19, 2016 | Private Client

Mr Mikhail completed his tax return to the best of his knowledge.  He was a member of the National Health Service Pension Scheme and the growth in value of his pension fund needed to be taken into account in computing the annual allowance charge.  The NHS Pension Scheme did not provide details until after Mr(Read more)