If you think you’ve been scammed. If you have received debt letters from a mobile phone company you’ve never even heard of. Don’t spend hours of your time breaking your head trying to convince someone in an off-shore call centre. They are not equipped to deal with it. Its off-script. Forget about e-mail. Instead write a FORMAL LETTER to their complaints department and post it recorded delivery. Yes-I know it’s a pain, standing in line in a post office with only one person serving. But is the only way to prove delivery. If you don’t get a reply or can’t find the complaints address, write a personal letter to their chief executive. Make it their problem. It’s all about creating a paper-trail. About covering yourself. About creating the evidence you need to take your complaint to the financial ombudsman if you can’t get a satisfactory response. They can’t ignore that. Just one other thing. Buy a copy of my book, ‘Get Paid’. It contains essential information for anyone being hassled by an unfair claim. It’ll show you what creditors can – and can’t do. Here is the link.
Am I alone in welcoming the Government’s proposed return to imperial measurements? For me, what is important is that the change is PERMISSIVE. No-one is being forced to change to feet and inches. It is about choice. It is also about heritage. No-one is ever forced to abandon regional languages or dialects. So why should weights and measures be treated differently? Remember also that imperial are the units within which American tech continues to work. And they ain’t gonna change. And they have more influence over our lives than any two-bit politician or bureaucrat.
When you think about it, every day is somebody’s new year. 1st January 2018 is the big one. But what about 16th February 2018, marking the Chinese Year of the Dog and celebrated by 1.4 billion people? Or Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, on 10th September 2018. Followed two days later by Muharram, the Islamic New Year. My friend and co-writer Farida J Manekshah celebrates Nowruz, the Persian New Year, on 21st March 2018. And they’re the only ones we know about. What new years do the peoples of the Amazon celebrate? Or the tribes of Papua New Guinea?
My new year resolution is to write more books. At least six. In 2016 I co-wrote Farida’s life-story under the title ‘Memory of Beheram’. It was my first book for 10 years. I republished it in 2017 under the title ‘Refusing to Bow’. This year I also wrote ‘Legal Profession: is it for you?’ based on my own 45 years as a lawyer and which I hope will inspire future generations of lawyers, wherever in the World they work. International publishers Taylor and Francis have accepted for publication a technical book I have written on housing regeneration. It is important to me because Britain is in the middle of a housing crisis. Amongst work-in-progress is a self-help book about a distressing medical condition which affects millions of men world-wide. Later on I may indulge myself by writing something about London’s East End, based on my own family history. Several months ago I came across a transcript of an 1884 Old Bailey trial in which my great-grandfather, John Edmund Vivian, was a prosecution witness. It concerned the theft of furs from Blundell Brothers’ warehouse in Cheapside.
Farida J Manekshah’s book ‘Refusing to Bow’ tells the true story of the modern young Zoroastrian Woman who refused to bow down. Not to her family. Not to a violent man. Written up from tapes recorded more than 30 years ago. Provides rare insight into the beliefs and culture of an ancient religion. ‘As a rich man’s daughter, I had everything. But having everything wasn’t enough. I had to throw it all away.’
More than 90% of contested cases settle before they get to trial. But the impossible cases to settle are the neighbour disputes where the parties hate each other so much that they can’t even speak. In 2012 John Edwards and Mary Kendrick had to pay out tens of thousands of pounds to cover the costs of neighbours Stephen and Barbara Evans after they wrongly took down the Evans’ new fence, which they said was sited in the wrong place. But the prize goes to Belgravia residents Hameed and Imran Faidi whom in 2009 incurred a £140,000 legal bill after pursuing to the Court of Appeal their complaint that they were disturbed by the sound of high heels tap tap tapping on the £100,000 oak floor of the upstairs flat …..
Extracted from Legal Profession Is it for you? (V. Charles Ward)