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Controversial Probate Fees Scrapped

April 28, 2017 | Wills and Probate

On 21 April 2017 the Government confirmed that the controversial plan to increase probate fees has been scrapped. The Ministry of Justice reportedly said that time has run out for the legislation to pass through Parliament prior to the snap election on 8 June 2017. Under the proposed changes a probate fee on a sliding(Read more)

A New Way of Reporting to HMRC

April 27, 2017 | Wills and Probate

Will tax advisers have nothing to do in the future? A new way of reporting to HMRC The move to a more digital tax system should come as welcome news to the many taxpayers who already choose to report much of their information to HMRC online. An outline of returns currently submitted online Self- Assessment(Read more)

Renting Out Your Driveway: What You Need to Know

April 25, 2017 | Residential Property

I’m thinking of renting out my driveway- what should I bear in mind? With parking space at a premium in many towns and cities and parking permits costing often in excess of £100 per week, homeowners are renting out their driveways and parking spaces to earn extra income. What should you be aware of if(Read more)

Making Tax Digital: What Will It Mean For You

April 10, 2017 | Wills and Probate

Making Tax Digital is a government initiative that sets out a bold vision for ‘a transformed tax system and the end of the tax return’ by 2020. What will it mean for you? When I first prepared tax returns, there were just a couple of pages to contend with and for missing information you could(Read more)

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)