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Dementia Action Week 2019

May 17, 2019 | Wills and Probate

World Health Organisation publishes guidelines on how to try and avoid developing Dementia This week, on the eve of the Alzheimer’s Society’s national Dementia Action Week 2019 (which takes place Monday 21 May to Friday 24 May), the World Health Organisation  (WHO) has issued some guidelines (summarised neatly in this BBC News article ) as to(Read more)

Cyber Security and Awareness

May 02, 2019 | Practice News

HMG staff in Oxford attended a Cyber Security and Awareness Training Session by Phil Saville of  CIS Ltd  recently. In an age when 'dogdy' emails are commonplace, it is sometimes difficult to know what is genuine and what isn't.  In a law firm it is essential that staff have the knowledge to spot when an(Read more)

No Fault Divorce

April 10, 2019 | Family Services

A less acrimonious future is in store for splitting couples as the law is reformed to encourage no-fault divorces. Under the law as it stands there is only one reason for the breakdown of the marriage and that is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. There are five facts that this can be proved on:(Read more)

Habitable Homes

April 02, 2019 | Residential Property

New legislation aiming to improve the standard of domestic rented accommodation came into force on 20 March 2019. The snappily titled Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 (the Act) applies to social and private rented accommodation in England. The Act requires landlords to ensure that at the beginning of and throughout a tenancy, the(Read more)

Let's Get quizzical!

March 27, 2019 | Out and About

Guests gathered on the outskirts of Oxford for a chance to test their wits and intellect at the Big Spring Charity Quiz and dinner. The night was in aid of SeeSaw , a charity that provides grief support for children, young people and their families in Oxfordshire. SeeSaw is a truly wonderful charity. Through appropriate(Read more)

Make Lasting Powers of Attorney with peace of mind - the protective role of the Office of the Public Guardian

March 22, 2019 | Wills and Probate

At HMG Law we provide advice and assistance about managing property, financial or health decisions on behalf of a relative or loved one.   Whether that is an informal arrangement or via the formal legal authorities provided by Lasting Powers of Attorney or a Deputyship Order, we and the family must always have the best interests(Read more)

ATT: Reduce the Burden on Family Trusts

March 12, 2019 |

The Association of Tax Technicians (ATT) has responded to HMRC’s review of the taxation of trusts by calling for a reduction of burdens on smaller, family trusts. ATT highlights that family trusts are often set up to protect assets and provide for children and other vulnerable family members, rather than tax avoidance. Jon Stride of(Read more)

Government Launches Consultation on Plastic Packaging Tax

March 12, 2019 | Wills and Probate

HM Treasury and DEFRA have launched a consultation on the plastic packaging tax announced in Budget 2018. The proposed tax would be levied on the production and import of plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content. With 2 million tonnes of plastic packaging used each year, the vast majority of which is made from(Read more)

Court of Appeal holds Landlord liable for injury caused by defective inspection cover

March 12, 2019 | Residential Property

So; you rent a property and the terms of the lease dictate that the landlord is obliged to repair the structure and exterior of the premises. While mowing the lawn you fall through a badly corroded inspection cover injuring yourself. Is the landlord liable for your injury and associated losses? Equally as a landlord are(Read more)

Fizz and Form E

March 12, 2019 | Family Services

Members of Resolution gathered in the Oxford offices of HMG Law LLP for a chance to relax, socialise and hear what Matthew Fisher from Brewin Dolphin had to say about the world of finance. As the presentation began, the main talking point was the beautiful boardroom HMG Law had provided for the event. With the(Read more)