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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)

HMG Law hosts regional Dementia Friends Champions & Communities event

March 06, 2019 | Wills and Probate

On Friday 22 February, HMG Law was proud to host the Oxfordshire networking and support meeting for Dementia Friends Champions & Communities at its office in central Oxford. Organised by Ellie Marcus, the Dementia Friends Regional Support Office for the South Central region, the event brought together 16 local professionals and volunteers who either work(Read more)

The Complication of Interpretation

February 28, 2019 |

The law provides guidance, a safe path on which to tread the most precarious of grounds. Whilst this pillar of clarity and counsel is a key value of the legal profession, not everything can be accounted for. Outdated wording and ambiguous interpretation means that while the law can be incredibly useful, it is not perfect.(Read more)

The Government's Proposed New Probate Fees

February 26, 2019 | Wills and Probate

In January 2019, the country saw an average increase in train fares of 3.1%, sparking national outrage. With no change to the quality or quantity of the service provided by train companies, consumers found it difficult to stomach such an increase. Why then, does an increase in probate fees that is as high as £6,000(Read more)

Forces Help to Buy Scheme Extended for 2019

February 12, 2019 | Residential Property

What is the Scheme? This is a Ministry of Defence (MoD) Scheme designed to help regular armed forces personnel onto the property ladder. The Forces Help to Buy scheme enables servicemen and servicewomen to borrow up to 50% of their salary, interest free, to buy their first home or move to another property on assignment(Read more)

The Benefits of Seeking Legal Advice on Relationship Breakdown

January 09, 2019 | Family Services

If the emotional impact of a breakdown of a relationship is not bad enough, it will usually be accompanied by the need to make a host of difficult decisions, including the arrangements for children, division of any assets and possible continuing financial support.   Clients often believe that instructing a solicitor will only serve to(Read more)

Suspicious Minds

January 07, 2019 | Wills and Probate

HMRC is calling for comments in respect of making “the taxation of trusts simpler, fairer and more transparent”. The consultation document published in November 2018 focuses on the principle of transparency, especially in relation to non-resident trusts. The names Common Reporting Standard and Trust Registration Service already strike fear into the heart of anyone dealing(Read more)