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Draft Regulations Allow ISA Tax Status To Survive Death

March 01, 2017 | Private Client

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 | Private Client

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 | Private Client

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)

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)