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    • Thank you for your reply. As a business owner myself I can appreciate CEX point of view in matters.   We never had a loan agreement. Although my brother did offer to pay the monthly price of the phone. Which he paid by bank transfer to me every month he had the phone.    In the current situation they are and will remain in financial loss on this occasion, which they have openly said to me. They are sticking with there point that they are happy to hand over to the police if requested which they know will not happen. They are also aware that the phone will remain locked, and effectively unsaleable, until returned to myself. I understand though that the phone is there collateral in all of this and offering to sell the phone to me for £393 is there way to do some damage control.    Whilst the offer may be reasonable it unfortunately makes no sense to me financially. I would be more out of pocket if I done this. It would be nice to have the phone returned but the worst case would be for me to leave the locked phone with CEX and purchase a cheap mobile to use until the contracts runs out. I have the SIM card for the line. 
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    • I'm afraid that I take a slightly different view. Although this will add to your grief and distress, if you make an allegation of theft to the police and eventually persuade them to carry out an investigation and give you a crime reference number then you should have some joy if it is actually considered to be a stolen item. Of course there are a number of difficulties here. First of all you will make things far more complicated for everybody else who is grieving because I imagine that you are not the only one and so therefore you may incur some wrath and resentment from others who decide that you are simply attacking a man when he's not around to defend himself. It will damage your brother's reputation. And finally – and maybe the most difficult – is putting sufficient pressure on the police to consider that it is a legitimate crime report and to give you the crime reference number that you need. If you can get it to be treated as a stolen item by the police then the ownership of the phone remains with you and you should then eventually be able to recover it – but don't imagine it will be easy. CEX could then try to sue your brother's estate if there is any money there and of course if CEX can be bothered – which they probably can't. Alternatively, you could put in a claim against your brother's estate – once again if there is any money there. If you want to go the police route then of course it will be helpful if your brother has got any form for this kind of thing – but I can still imagine that the police don't really want to get involved and will keep on trying to say that it is a "civil matter" which is a standard way of saying you are nobody important and therefore we don't want to get involved. Or if it is you who has been accused of crime – then you are too important and it's going to cause a load of hassle if we investigate you.  
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3 months ago I signed an employment contract for a 6 month position at a major tech company in the UK. The job is going to start at September 30 and last until the end of March (with optional extension etc).


There's a one month notice clause for both sides of the contract.


My question is this:

I may find another offer that I would like more before this September 30, so can I terminate this contract after 1 of September but before I start working there?

The real issue is that I'm in the process of doing several interviews with other companies, but I may have some solid offers after 1st of September - what to do then?


Is this relevant to the 'notice' period? (Because I won't be working there when I cancel).


What could be the implications of canceling after 1st of September?

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I'd say that if you've made the contract with the employer, you're obliged to give the months notice at any time.


So if, say, you gave notice on the Friday 9th September, you would be contractually obliged to start work on Friday 30th Sept. and work for them for one week until Friday 7th October.


Which of course would be plain daft, and it's very unlikely that they'd want you to start. They'd just find someone else.


But you would have to be available. If you said you weren't working for the one week of notice after the job commenced, they could (providing they could substantiate that your contractual breach subjected them to a tangible loss) sue for breach of contract.

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Once accepted, the offer, and terms associated with it would be binding on both parties - IF the employer wanted to enforce those terms.

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