Member Since: 11th Jul 2002
31st Jul 2021
Would the replies/advice change if the client decided to fit triple glazing, as is already done as standard in some other European countries (eg Germany, Sweden)? He would only be anticipating what will become the UK standard if we are to achieve carbon neutrality.
9th Jul 2021
If you do ask a solicitor then you would be wise to ensure that the solicitor is a member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners). Visit https://www.step.org
8th Jul 2021
A "carp candidate" - sounds fishy to me.
28th May 2021
Were you perhaps thinking of Shakespeare's stage direction "Exit, pursued by a bear" in Act III of The Winter's Tale - an event which is followed by Antigonus being killed by said bear.
A bear does seem a rathe drastic solution to the problem and might, as Stepurhan notes, breach professional ethics.
24th Apr 2021
My problem with interviews was that my brain was sometimes slow accelerating to full speed from a standing start. What I really needed was the opportunity for an interview standard discussion immediately before going on. One of my best interviews was for a research fellowship in the Scientific Civil Service in 1966 when the opening question was "How would you design a satellite communication system?" Fortunately the preceding candidate had come out seeking an answers to questions he had been asked about lasers - and my undergraduate project in 1963-64 had been building a gas laser.
My advice to the questioner would therefore be to try to travel to the location of the interview with a companion who has been an experienced interviewer that can build his/her fluency and confidence as close as possible to the start of the interview. Once (s)he is in that frame of mind questions, even trick ones, will be less likely to cause problems.
A further point to remember is that an interview works both ways - would the interviewee want to work for the interviewing firm? Ideally, the interviewing panel should include staff considerably senior to the interviewee. If it is done by the office boy (or girl) or by recruiters with trick questions then be grateful if they do not offer a job. Recruiting the wrong person can be expensive and stressful for both sides.
13th Apr 2021
What would your professional indemnity insurer say?
7th Apr 2021
Or you could apply what I believe is a military variant on Lady Bracknell's dictum:
Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, thrice is enemy action.
6th Nov 2020
Ask your client how many patents he has been granted, or he has even applied for, as a result of his R&D.
18th Sep 2020
My experience of Amazon and other delivery persons is that they arrive with a package bearing an address label with the sender's and recipient's names, and the order number. He (it is almost always a "he") takes a photograph of the package, showing its label, up against the door or in the designated safe place. The metadata on the photograph show the time when it was taken and the GPS derived latitude and longitude of the camera (accurate to within a few metres).
This photograph seems very good evidence that the delivery was made. Of course, unlike a signature for a received package, it cannot prove that there was anything in the package or that the delivery person did not immediately retrieve the package.
25th Jul 2020
You said in your paragraph 4. that "In considering whether a defendant was "dishonest" the courts will look at the question based on the facts as the defendant believed them to be, and the law as the court believes it to be."
Is that still the case since the Supreme Court replaced Ghosh with Ivey (Ivey v Genting) as the test for dishonesty - and the Court of Appeal then confirmed in Barton & Booth v R that Ivey was the test to use even though the SC's comments had been obiter?