DentaltownUK February 2018 - 5

mike gow

column

Contracts and the Hit Man
A few weeks ago, the media picked up on
an unusual legal case in Taiwan. You may have
read about it: A mother had successfully taken
her dentist son to the Supreme Court and the
son was ordered to pay his mother more than
half a million pounds in reimbursement for
his upbringing and education costs.
The thought of this likely created a
moment of anxiety, especially among those
of us who chose to stay at home during their
dental training. However as you read more
about this case, it becomes interesting.
The dentist had actually signed a contract
stating that when he qualified, he would pay
her 60 percent of his net salary to reimburse
her for the years of hardship she had endured
to provide him with his education and
upbringing. He had promised his mother
he would look after her in old age, and she
thought that by him signing a contract it
would protect her interests in that regard.
He was 20 at the time of signing-an
adult-so the courts ruled that he had to
honour his contract. (His brother had already
also had to pay, because he too had signed
the contract.) The mother/son relationship
had obviously already broken down before
the lawsuit happened, but it made me think
about how important it is to be entirely happy
with a contract before you sign it.
Contracts are important, of course, and
in the principle/associate relationship they are
essential to ensure clarity of what has been
agreed to and what happens in the event
of termination of the relationship. In that
regard, they are like prenuptial agreements,
which are also becoming more commonplace.
I think the lessons of the story about the
dentist in Taiwan are:
* Contracts can protect you. If someone
promises something, it means nothing
legally. If you want to guarantee that
something will happen in the event of
the breakdown of a relationship, put it
in the contract.

Think before you sign. Read every
clause. If you're unsure about what
something means or what the implications will be, hold off signing until
you can take advice.
* Look after your mum! A few phone
calls and a trip to the Garden Centre
for a coffee every other Sunday might
just save you half a million!
Among the many exciting developments
with DentaltownUK in 2018, we are
introducing new members to the honorary
editorial board. I'm delighted
to announce that Dr. David
Bretton has recently joined
the board.
Bretton has been a regular
contributor to the magazine
for the past year, and will be
a valuable addition to our
team. He graduated from the
University of Newcastle in
2013 and now works in private
practice at The Cosmetic
Dental Clinic in both Durham
and Newcastle upon Tyne. He
has won numerous awards
and is incredibly passionate
about the profession. Bretton
is interested in all aspects Dr. David Bretton, left, a DentaltownUK columnist
of restorative and cosmetic and honorary editorial board member, with
dentistry, and is currently Dr. Arthif Daniel, a dentist and professional boxer.
completing his ma ster's For more about Daniel, see page 23.
degree in endodontology. He
is a regional representative and committee
member for the British and Academy of
Cosmetic Dentistry.
Outside of work, Bretton is committed to
a healthy lifestyle and he is a fully qualified
fitness instructor. He regularly writes on topics
around health and fitness for DentaltownUK 's
lifestyle section. For this edition's cover story,
'The Boxing Dentist', he interviewed dentist
and professional boxer Dr. Arthif Daniel
(aka "Dr. Hitman"!) ■
*

by Mike Gow, BDS (Gla) MFDS RCPS (Gla) MSc Hyp (Lon) PGCert (Edin), editor, DentaltownUK magazine
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of DentaltownUK February 2018

Cover
Mike Gow: Contracts & the Hit Man
Howard Speaks
Message Board: Predictable Marginal Ridge
Dr. Harry Singh’s Financial Freedom Formula
Private Removable Prosthetics
Message Board: Large Composite Restorations
Quiz: Name that Oral Lesion!
The Boxing Dentist
Don't Make Assumptions
A Combined Digital Orthodontic and Restorative Approach
To Fill or Restore?
Back to Birmingham: BDC & Dentistry Show 2018
Temporomandibular Joint
Spin Me Right Round: Crown Preparations
Through the Keyhole-Dr. Alif Moosajee
Wish List-Dr. Yogi B. Savania
DentaltownUK February 2018 - Cover
DentaltownUK February 2018 - Cover2
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 3
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 4
DentaltownUK February 2018 - Mike Gow: Contracts & the Hit Man
DentaltownUK February 2018 - Howard Speaks
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 7
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 8
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 9
DentaltownUK February 2018 - Message Board: Predictable Marginal Ridge
DentaltownUK February 2018 - Dr. Harry Singh’s Financial Freedom Formula
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 12
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 13
DentaltownUK February 2018 - Private Removable Prosthetics
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 15
DentaltownUK February 2018 - Message Board: Large Composite Restorations
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 17
DentaltownUK February 2018 - Quiz: Name that Oral Lesion!
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 19
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 20
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 21
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 22
DentaltownUK February 2018 - The Boxing Dentist
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 24
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 25
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 26
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 27
DentaltownUK February 2018 - Don't Make Assumptions
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 29
DentaltownUK February 2018 - A Combined Digital Orthodontic and Restorative Approach
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 31
DentaltownUK February 2018 - To Fill or Restore?
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 33
DentaltownUK February 2018 - Back to Birmingham: BDC & Dentistry Show 2018
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 35
DentaltownUK February 2018 - Temporomandibular Joint
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 37
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 38
DentaltownUK February 2018 - Spin Me Right Round: Crown Preparations
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 40
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 41
DentaltownUK February 2018 - Through the Keyhole-Dr. Alif Moosajee
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 43
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 44
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DentaltownUK February 2018 - 48
DentaltownUK February 2018 - 49
DentaltownUK February 2018 - Wish List-Dr. Yogi B. Savania
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