Patricia Pearl - Small Claims Procedure - A Practical Guide


An excellent guide for the layperson in how to use the County Court - a must if you are intending to start a claim.

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    Default Letters for banks non compliance with DIRECTIONS

    Abbeyicon, are getting very sloppy lately and are missing deadlines left right and centre, particularly orders to submit their court documents.

    It has become clear that ringing to chase them up is fairly pointless and perhaps even counter-productive - in most cases they'll just give you the run-around.

    Instead, if they breach an order to submit documents, it is suggested that a better way of chasing them is by letter.

    Firstly, on (or as soon as possible after) their deadline expires, send Abbey the following letter enclosing a copy of the courts order. If possible, send a copy by fax as well as post.

    [You]




    [date]

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    [You] –v- Abbey Plc
    Claim No: ********

    I write in relation to the claim as detailed above, and specifically the order made by District Judge ******* dated [date].

    You were ordered by the court to by [date] file and serve the documents upon which your client intends to rely at the forthcoming hearing. For your reference, a copy of the order to which I refer is enclosed with this letter.

    I have, to date, received no such documents and accordingly I hereby request that you do serve upon me these documents at your earliest convenience.

    I consider your non-compliance to be particularly unacceptable in view of the fact that you are specialist solicitors representing a large financial institution with vast resources, and feel that your litigation should be conducted in a professional mannor befitting of such a prestigious organisation.

    Please note that the evidence upon which I intend to rely was both filed and served pursuant to the order of the court on [date].

    Should you not comply with the order within 7 days of this letter, I shall write representations directly to the district judge dealing with this claim, to inform the court of your continued non-compliance and invite further order to be made as it sees fit.

    I look forward to your prompt response.

    Yours Faithfully
    Its very unlikely that you'll get a response to this, so after the 7 days have elapsed send the following letter to the court, also enclosing a copy of the above.

    [you]

    District Judge ******
    C/O The Court Manager
    ****** county courticon
    Court Address
    Postcode

    [date]

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    [You] -v- Abbey Plc
    Claim No:********

    I, the Claimant, refer to the claim as detailed above and specifically the order made by district judge ***** dated [date]

    I wish to inform the court that the defendant has not complied with the order in that it has not served upon me the evidence, or any such documents, upon which it intends to rely at the forthcoming hearing.

    I wrote to the defendants solicitor on [date] to request that it serve the Defendents documents at its earliest conveniance. I have received no response to this correspondance.

    I can confirm that my documents were filed on [date] and served to the Defendant on [date]

    It is submitted that the Defendants non-compliance creates a significant imbalance between the parties in light of the forthcoming hearing, which I believe to be contrary to the overriding objective. This imbalance is particularly exacerbated by the fact that the Defendant is represented by specialist solicitors, whereas I am a litigant in person.

    Accordingly, it is respectfully suggested that the court may be minded to make an order pursuant to Rule 3.4(2)(c) of the Civil Procedure Rules, or other such order as the court deems just.

    Yours faithfully
    Going on the response so far, it seems quite unlikely that the court would go as far as ordering a strike out, but would probably issue another order that they submit the documents by a certain date or else they won't be able to rely on them at the hearing.

    In any case, it will give Abbey a good kick up the bum and more importantly, it demonstrates to the court that they are not conducting themselves professionally, which in light of the recent orders made in Lincoln can only be a good thing.

    Also, if/when they settle, its very important that claimants write to inform the court and drop the claim. We need to do all we can to act properly and keep the courts on our side!

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    Default Re: Letters for banks non compliance with DIRECTIONS

    FWIW

    Abbeyicon failed to submit their aqicon, I wrote directly to the court copying in the defendant, the judge ordered submissions within 7 days or risk the defence being struck out.

    I would suggest that all correspondence between parties, once the claim has been submitted, should be copied to the court unless it deals with WOP matters.

    Just a suggestion.

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