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Transposition of 4 MLD

October 24, 2016 | Wills and Probate

HM Treasury have published a consultation paper on the transposition of the Fourth Money Laundering Directive.  Subject to negotiations on Brexit, it is proposed that new legislative provisions will come into force by 26 June 2017 to implement Article 30 of the directive requiring Member States to use a central register to hold information on(Read more)

Sand in the Sandwiches

October 19, 2016 | The Arts

For many years HMG LAW has sponsored the Oxford Playhouse which includes allowing them use of our building behind the offices for rehearsals. This week, the actor Edward Fox has been here rehearsing for next week’s world premiere of “Sand in the Sandwiches”, a play about the life of the poet John Betjeman. It runs(Read more)

It’s Me to the World – New Exhibition at Modern Art Oxford

October 14, 2016 | The Arts

It’s Me to the World – New Exhibition at Modern Art Oxford   Modern Art Oxford’s kaleidoscope celebrating 50 inspirational years continues with a stunning new exhibition, It’s Me to the World. Family and divorce solicitor in our Bicester and Oxford offices, Christina Cree, has visited the new exhibition and thoroughly recommends a visit of(Read more)

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 | Wills and Probate

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)