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Can I just check how long you worked for this employer?
Many thanks for your patience, I am pleased to be able tocontinue assisting with your query now. First of all, I am sorry to hear aboutthis situation and any associated issues.
Legally, you should not have disposed of the laptop andwhilst I appreciate that they did not collect it as promised, you should havegiven them formal notice of your intention to dispose of it and given them adeadline within which to do something about it, to avoid its disposal.
If you simply went ahead with selling it without formallywarning them about your intentions, you would have unlawfully disposed of it andwill be liable to the employer.
At this stage, the best way forward is to be truthful aboutwhat happened and offer to reimburse them for the value of the laptop. I’d behopeful this does not involve the police as it would be most beneficial to bothparties for you to simply get a replacement laptop, or to reimburse them for gettinga replacement.
Hopefully, I have answered your query in a way that is simple and easy to understand. If anything remains unclear, I will be more than happy to clarify it for you. In the meantime, thank you once again for using our services.
Hi there, thank you for your further queries, which I willbe happy to answer. Even though they can report this to the police, I doubt theywill get involved as they will most likely see this as a civil matter, which tobe honest it is.
So they will have to go through the civil route to try andrecover compensation for it and it will only be necessary if you refuse toreimburse them.
If that happens, then you will only have to reimburse themfor the current value of the laptop, not the original one – it is alike-for-like replacement, not new-for-old one.
You won’t have to pay their legal fees as each side paystheir own in the Small Claims Court. You will have to pay their court feeswhich will be in the region of £110 – 160.
You are most welcome. If you have any further questionsabout this, please do not hesitate to get back to me and I will be happy tohelp. All the best