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Shmoo

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  1. I don't know where you are getting your legal advice, but as an employment solicitor I can tell you that there's no way a small firm should have a barrister hearing an appeal. that wouldn't be expect of a multinational company. Your post in no way reflects the reality of small companies dealing with disciplinary hearings.
  2. I guess the problem of society, referred to in the original post, can be summed up as follows: Going back 30+ years, British people would own perhaps 2 to 4 jumpers. They were relatively expensive, made in Britain, of a high quality and designed to last. The sale of the said jumpers would provide skilled jobs in Britain in the textile industry. Today, a person may own 10+ jumpers, sold at places like Primart for very little money. The jumpers are probably made in China or India, of low quality and not designed to last. The question is what do you want - more 'choice'/cheaper goods made abroad or better quality/more expensive goods made in the UK? I'd rather have less quality but more quality, even if that means paying more and having less. Pay a craftsman a decent wage to make decent, non-throwaway products. But the rest of British society does not seem to agree.
  3. F*** me. I hope you're not a teacher. Government, in the main, does not pass laws to regulate contracts. It's governed by contract law (funnily enough). Contract law was/is developed by the courts. Courts enforce contracts, not the government. And, yes, I suppose that the courts that enforce contract law are, to some degree, funded by the tax payer. However, courts pre-date government and are/were also funded by court fees. They were a business necessity, rather than a government creation.
  4. No they don't. Yes there is. A lot of solicitors, usually the ones that are paid the most, are transactual lawyers. They facilitate deals between companies e.g. company A wants to sell a part of their business to company B. Company B wants indemnities against certain things, company A wants £10 million plus it wants to be retained as the supplier to company B for 2 years, etc, etc.. Solicitors will negotiate and draft the agreement. After the deal is done, company B tries to screw company A by alleging that the machines supplied as part of the deal are not fit for purpose and therefore they refuse to pay £2 million. Company A sues company B for the money. Again they will use solicitors. Nobody gets paid what they are worth. I don't see how solicitors can be logically compared to paperclip salesmen, unless you mean that they have to sell their services in the private sector and justify their value to their clients. If that's the case, then the public sector could do with a lot more paperclip salesmen. You seem quite bitter yourself.
  5. I think you can say the same about most of Manchester - it's called the recession. Friends in Altrincham/Hale are saying that's crimes up, businesses are closing down and social housing is coming in. Friends in Didsbury tell me that it's not what it was and East and Didsbury Village are getting rough.
  6. It very much depends on what part of Sale you are looking at. To the West of Washway is potentially cheaper than East. But if you go too far east you'll be hitting Northenden, which drags the price down. I've just bought a three bed semi in Sale for about £240,000. Paid £40k more than bought for in 2004, but they'd done quite a lot to it. I've been looking for about 2 years and IMO it was a good buy.
  7. I bought in the last month. If the article is correct, why would I be bothered if prices dip a bit over the next year and recover by 2012? I was hoping prices would dip for about three years recovering in about 2016, just after I trade up.
  8. Report To put that in perspective that is roughly 3 times as many homes as there are in the whole of England and Wales lying empty or alternatively, a lot of people fiddling their electric meters. If it's the former, a lot of that property must be virtually worthless.
  9. I love this thread. A load of IT bods wishing the end of the Western world because their jobs are ready-made for outsourcing. If the internet had been around 200 years ago, I bet the lacemakers would have been doing the same.
  10. If I were in your shoes, I don't think I'd be buying either. Until you have found your other half (good luck with that), you don't know where your future might lie, where you'd both like to live, what sort of house, etc.. You can choose to be a bit more foot-loose. I also don't equate buying a house with getting on with life (unlike many sheeple). Most people in the world aren't as obsessed with property as the British. For me, it just made sense to strike with the iron was hot. If the misses get pregnant in the next year or so, it would make it more difficult to find the time to look and make the whole process much more stressful. Also got sick of living in the city centre, so it felt like the right time to move.
  11. I've just bought. Really nice Victorian house in good area. Under £250k (when bank would lend us up to £450). Put down 25%. Mortgage payments will be significantly less than my rent. I've been looking for a couple of years. The house was bought in 2004 for £200k. They did it up, put in new kitchen, etc... We bought it for £240k. My plan is to use the next 4 -5 years to pay off the mortgage (or at least 50% of it). Then look to buy a bigger house. Prices falling by a bit or remaining flat would suit me. Big price drop would be a bit of a kick in the b0ll0cks. As would major price increases, as it would make it more difficult to trade up. If prices did drop significantly over the next 5 years, I'd just keep the house. It's big enough to bring up any kids we may have. I or the misses can afford the mortgage on a single income (even if interest rates went to 10% plus). I just waited until I'd saved up 25% and prices had dropped until I could afford to buy a decent house in the area I wanted to live for under £250k.
  12. I wouldn't suggest they are thick. Quite the opposite. What I suggested was they have no experience of or interest in management. The overseas medics that came here in the early 2000's to re-qualify as UK GP are now practice managers with UK citizenship. They have plumb job earning over £100k for 4 and a half days a week. They're going nowhere. The UK qualified GPs of the last couple of years (of whom I know 5 or 6, my girlfriend is a medic) can not find permanent GP posts because the plum jobs were taken in a 'job grab' 5 to 10 years ago. Hahaha about the BMA and higher calling. Ask BAPIO about that. The BMA are on board because 1) it does not effect hospital doctors; 2) their other members i.e. GP are about to get a lot of new power; and c) no one's taking about sacking doctors. We don't know about the private sector. The Govt. is telling us that GPs are going to get millions of pounds of extra funding, without explaining how it will be managed.
  13. I do a lot of employment work with NHS Trusts, PCTs, SHAs and GPs. There is a lot of waste at PCT and SHA level. However, that could always be cut back. The problem I have with the new plans is that GP have no experience of managing anything. Most of the GPs I've met just want to earn their £100k plus wages working 4 and a half days a week. The vast majority of the many GP practice managers and partners need their hands holding though the most basic of management decisions. The other problem I have with GPs is that back in the early 2000's the UK had a GP shortage, so the NHS increased their wages to double what the French version of GP's get with less hours. The result is that you have many money-orientated GP practices in the UK. Many of them have re qualified in the UK from Pakistan, india, etc to take advantage of the high earning potential in the UK i.e. for money rather than the love of the job or patients. I wouldn't say they are corrupt, but you have many GPs earning over £250k in some of the poorest areas of the country. IMO they have been creative with their accounting to the NHS to earn what they do. I dread to think what they would do with millions of pounds in extra funds. Another problem is that there was a power grab in the early 2000's when GP practices expanded and many doctors of a certain age and doctors from other countries 'grabbed' GP new practices around Britain. Many dedicated doctors coming through the system, particularly in London, in the last few years have found themselves without jobs because the permanent jobs and partner positions have been taken. In general, I think this is a terrible idea. GPs are not managers. All I can surmise is that the Govt will open the door to the private sector to run mega GP practices.
  14. The original point you made was "Meanwhile back in the real world, you can only sue for what your contract says you're entitled to during your work (basically, your pay)". Whether this assertion is correct or not fundamentally depends on the type of claim you bring. WD = sue for what your contract says you're entitled to. UD = your contract has very little to do with compensation. Discrimination claims = your contract has nothing to do with compensation.
  15. You may be confusing unfair dismissal with wrongful dismissal. WD is a type of breach of contract claim made by people who have been dismissed without notice. In very basic terms, the claim is that you did not commit gross misconduct, therefore even if you should have been dismissed it should have been with notice. The value of the claim is limited to the value of the notice period i.e. what it says in your contract. This might be what you were referring to. Interestingly, as I said before, whether you did or did not commit gross misconduct is not at issue in UD claims. However, it is at issue in WD claims. So you could win your WD claim by proving you were innocent, but lose your UD claim because it was reasonable for the employer to believe you were guilty at the time of dismissal (even though this was an incorrect belief).
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