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  1. Great, thanks. If they apply for a summary judgement do I get notice of this/can I oppose this or force a hearing?
  2. Thanks for re-opening. I've just had some more letters from Mortimer Clarke recently and just looking for a bit of advice if possible. Until a few weeks ago, the last letters I received off them were in August (which prompted this thread), and then a very similar one in December. I ignored these and heard nothing for months. I received a letter on 24/07 referencing the letter from August last year, and asking to set up an arrangement or that the next step is for them to apply to lift the stay. At this point I replied a couple of weeks later with a very low settlement offer (£150 - without prejudice) just to try and get this wrapped up and move on. This was rejected in the letter from 14/08, although they did offer a 25% discount. I then didn't reply to this latest letter and got another reminder on 27/08- the general message is they still want to set up an arrangement, but that the next steps are still to lift the stay on proceedings. This letter is slightly different though as it mentions they will would be requesting summary judgement. I'm not too sure where to go from here so any advice would be welcome - I don't know my chances of successfully defending the claim (FOS rejected my complaint)? If I have no chance then is it best to negotiate an arrangement? I've been trying to look at the summary judgement process - does this mean I have no representation/chance to defend it? Is there a chance that the judge won't let them lift the stay on the case after all this time (I believe it was stayed around April/May 2017, then docs provided August 2018) - is it reasonable to re-open it after all this time? Thanks for any advice - the latest letters are attached (24/07, 14/08 and 27/08). EDIT - I can't upload the letters to the message (error message ***filepath*** could not be created. Please contact us for assistance.) The PDF with the letters is viewable here if needed: https://docdro.id/lrNi0w6
  3. thanks for both your replies the letter says the client has instructed them to apply to lift the stay after 14 days if no contact. The FOS letter is from the adjudicator, I have replied to contend the decision and am currently waiting to hear back before I assume it will be referred to the ombudsman
  4. Hi, just as an update on this I went through an irresponsible lending complaint to Yorkshire Bank and then referred it to the ombudsman, this unfortunately wasn't upheld. Mortimer have sent a letter last week - a basic letter that said they haven't had any contact from me for a long time and so the client has requested that if there is no contact in the next 14 days that the stay on the court order will be lifted and proceedings will continue. The letter then ended by advising that the client is still willing to set up a repayment plan etc and to get in touch with a proposal. I was planning on doing nothing and waiting to see whether they are trying to call my bluff or not, i.e. wait to get a notice that the stay has been lifted. If this happens I'm assuming this means it goes to court? My other options are to write back just to confirm that I intend to defend this in line with the original defence i submitted, or secondly to make a very low settlement offer and see if they'll accept it just to stop the hassle....any thoughts welcome and appreciated
  5. Thanks for the advice, ideally it is a bluff! By do nothing for now do you mean I shouldn't make a irresponsible lending complaint or that I should make a complaint but don't do anything to reply to Mortimer (not even advise them it's under complaint)? Thanks
  6. Great, thank you for the advice I will go down this route and let you know how it progresses.
  7. Yes if i made a complaint to FOS/Yorkshire Bank it would be based on that they shouldn't have let me go overdrawn significantly as I had PDL defaults prior to this account also and therefore irresponsible lending, but from research online there seems to be varying stories about whether this would be covered as there was no planned overdraft, but surely with no overdraft (and it would certainly have been rejected if overdraft applied for) it is irresponsible to allow to make transactions to go £600 overdrawn
  8. No i was already gambling when I opened the account, for a couple of years prior The £850 charges includes those that have effectively already been paid on each monthly statement, in the last month or 2 of using the account I think the account went to -650 via transactions and then went up to 875 with charges added on. Some charges were added in previous months but then the account was put back into credit the following month and so on so I'm not sure if that counts
  9. Thanks for the advice. I had considered making a repayment offer based on the actual amount I went overdrawn through my own transactions, minus any charges that had been applied by Yorkshire Bank - but after looking over at it in total I was charged about £850 of bank fees so there would only be £25 or so left (based on original amount of 875 OD). The bank charges do seem incredibly excessive and looking back at it now I do feel I was exploited a bit, or rather that they could have done more and that their actions in allowing me to go hundreds of pounds overdrawn and then adding hundreds of pounds of fees did make my financial situation considerably worse. If I didn't offer any repayment plan or reply, their next step is likely to be a N244 claim to lift the stay and proceed to court I'd assume? In this case does it seem to make sense to make a complaint to Yorkshire Bank/Ombudsman about the situation and the lack of overdraft, informing Mortimer of this (assuming they would wait until the outcome of complaint to lift the stay) and then seeing how it progresses? If the complaint wasn't upheld then I would then have to offer a repayment plan I assume or go to court and try a similar defence
  10. Used a site online to combine into a PDF - hopefully that makes it easier! Re copy of the defence, I'm trying to regain access to the MCOL website to access it and just waiting for help getting my user ID so I can login and retrieve this Qs and As: Name of the Claimant? Cabot Date of issue - Feb 2017 Particulars of Claim - "Monies due under current account overdraft. 1.THe claimant's claim is for the balance outstanding under a Bank account facility Yorkshire Bank agreed to maintain for the defendant. It was a term of the Bank account that any debit balance would be repayable by the Defendant in full on demand. The defendant has failed to repay the amount due. The debt was assigned to the Claimant." Have you received prior notice of a claim being issued pursuant to paragraph 3 of the PAPDC (Pre Action Protocol) ? Can't remember What is the total value of the claim? £1005 Is the claim for - a Bank Account (Overdraft) or credit card or loan or catalogue or mobile phone account? Overdraft When did you enter into the original agreement before or after April 2007 ? After, May 2013 Is the debt showing on your credit reference files (Experian/Equifax /Etc...) ? Yes Has the claim been issued by the original creditor or was the account assigned and it is the Debt purchaser who has issued the claim. - Cabot Were you aware the account had been assigned – did you receive a Notice of Assignment? - Yes Did you receive a Default Notice from the original creditor? - Not sure, don't think so Have you been receiving statutory notices headed “Notice of Default sums” – at least once a year ? Not sure, don't think so Why did you cease payments? Couldn't afford, went too deep into unplanned overdraft and couldn't afford to get account bank into credit, redirected wages to new account What was the date of your last payment? Account stopped being used in Feb 2014 Was there a dispute with the original creditor that remains unresolved? No Did you communicate any financial problems to the original creditor and make any attempt to enter into a debt management planicon? No Thank you jpg2pdf (1).pdf
  11. sorry not sure why some ended up sideways. Will sort and re-upload with that info above shortly. thanks
  12. Hi all, Hoping for some advice if possible. Early 2017 I received a claim form from Cabot for an old Yorkshire Bank overdraft debt - I wasn't in the best position at the time but did manage to file a standard claim defence through MCOL and then was told it would be sent back to the client to review. Heard nothing and am now in a much better situation out the blue approx a week ago I received a letter from the solicitors with the documentation I had requested in my claim defence etc. I have attached a copy of the letter they have sent me and they have also sent full bank statements, notices of charges and a notice of assignment. The claim is for approx £1000 - £875 from the account and the rest in solicitor fees. As a bit of context, the account was held from 2013-2014 and I had a serious gambling addiction at the time, essentially any money I received I was spending straight away on gambling. I had a current account with Yorkshire Bank with no agreed overdraft, yet I was constantly able to go several hundreds of pounds overdrawn, and of course the fees made this worse. Based on the bank statements they sent, I accrued approx £850 of bank charges in the 10/11 months I used the account (these were at £25 per charge for unplanned overdraft and a couple of £35 returned DD). Note the final balance now is not just charges as some of these were paid off during using the account. I was in a cycle where I would be overdrawn, credit the account and return to a positive balance, then be allowed to go overdrawn on gambling transactions and then charges would be added and the cycle would repeat, until I ended up so deep overdrawn I abandoned the account. Towards the end I was able to go over £600 overdrawn in gambling transactions, and then £185 fees were also added to this as well as extra debit interest that accumulated. The letter states they would like to settle without further court proceedings and that I can propose a repayment plan. After some research online I believe one option to me would be to submit a formal complaint to Yorkshire Bank about the charges and my financial situation at the time and how I was constantly able to go overdrawn by a large amount, and if necessary go on to the Ombudsman after. Do you think this is a good approach, and would it stop Mortimer wanting to proceed with court action whilst the complaint is considered? I am of course open to any other suggestions! Thanks a lot and sorry for the long read, please let me know if any more info is required. Attached: Letter received today Statement of amount owed One of the bank statements (towards the end of the account) as an example - can see it started OD, went into credit, then ended more OD than it started (unfortunately i no longer have copy of original claim form or my defence - trying to access MCOL to retrieve these but wasn't thinking straight enough to keep a log of my details when this all started a couple of years ago) Thanks for any advice
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