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  1. This topic was closed on 03/06/19.

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  3. My girlfriend has received a letter from Marston's this evening, hand posted at around 9pm this evening, she was in, nobody knocked or rang the bell.


    It's regarding a heating oil bill from a previous property, this is the first she has heard about it. I'm assuming a CCJ must have been issued, but as I say, this is the first she's heard. The debt was around £800, they are demanding £1400. A fifa writ has been issued.


    Am I right in assuming that we can simply pay the CCJ amount to the original creditor and tell Marston's to do a running jump for their fees?

  4. I'm confused. I thought this case was to determine if the OFT had the authority to rule on the fairness of the charges. The judge has said they have, therefore barring any appeal, why are the BBA talking about the court deciding on the fairness of charges? I also seem to remember that the OFT had investigated the banks charges but hadn't published their findings or am I mistaken?

  5. From the OFT;




    As I understand it, if the Court rules that the UTCCRs do/can apply, then the OFT have jurisdiction.


    That's how I understood it. As they have already concluded their investigation into the charging structure then they already have a figure in mind and would be ready to impose it should the ruling go their way.


    My guess is that the OFT told the banks that the fee they had in mind, and the banks threatened that should they try to impose that fee then they would challenge the OFT's jurisdiction in court.

  6. Now the dust is starting to settle it's now becoming clear just who's calling the shots in the ''test case''.


    Far from the OFT taking the banks to court, it's the banks themselves

    who have initiated this move as the BBC makes clear:

    ''The Office for Fair Trading (OFT) said that the lenders had approached the UK's financial watchdogs in order to sort out the problem and agreed to the test cases in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.''


    The OFT has been reported to have been negotiating the terms of the case for ''at least a month''. Hardly the work of an iron-fisted regulator.


    The banks have made this move to pre-empt any cap on charges the OFT were due to make in December and spin it out for as long as possible.


    Interestingly absent from the OFT's case is any mention of discloser of the

    of the bank's charge costs. This is no doubt a condition the banking industry have insisted upon and will no doubt contribute to the already lengthy timetable.


    So, the banks are quids in. The initial case could take years. Banks will of course appeal any decision that goes against them and only after that

    will the OFT ask for disclosure and that could drag on for ages. Only then

    can the OFT act on capping the charges.


    In the meantime the banks have engineered the remarkable situation where they can stop people claiming and carry on charging indefinately.


    The OFT are being taken for ride. I simply cannot see this being resolved within this decade.


    I think you're right, the banks have played a blinder and the OFT have been totally manipulated. Why for example wasn't it stipulated that if current claims are suspended, so should their charging.

  7. It's an independant service that was set up by Parliment, so presume the Government pay for them, but everytime a complaint is logged the business, ie the banks in this case are charged , I believe, £400! Worth it just to do that!! I think they're waiting to get their teeth into this scandal of charges but the banks have so far paid up before they can investigate


    Not quite correct, they invite the bank to refund the charges and if they refuse they launch an investigation, only at that point does the bank get charged the £400.

  8. Having just had success in claiming back a percentage of my bank charges, I would like to think that my experience with the Andover Recovery Centre may be useful to others in my situation.


    This forum is mainly posted on by people who will go all the way to court in order to get their charges back. My personal view is that surely something is better than nothing. Also if Lloyds do chose that I am one of the cases that they will make an example of by closing my account, I will be left with a very basic account due to my credit rating. Not the full current with overdraft, great internet banking service, cheque guarentee card and VISA debit that I have now.


    Lets face it, this is money that's gone, and the attitude of having gained for example 50% is more satisfying than having lost 50%.


    If you go through the correct motions and say the correct things, a £750.00 "gesture of good will" is reasonably easy to extract from this bank. The tricky part is to actually contact someone at the Andover Recovery Centre, where most complaints end up.


    I sent the standard first letter and got the standard reply of "we don't refund anything" letter, so sent letter 2 threatening court action on a specific date. The wording of the letter is important, as is sending it recorded delivery. If you use standard post they will ignor it. I recieved a letter from Lloyds Andover Recovery Centre 3 days before the date I had threatened court action asking for more time to consider my complaint.


    So now I am thinking, fine, if you need more time there is no point in fighting it, but I need to know how much time exactly, and negotiate a new deadline date.


    The Andover Centre phone line is a funny thing. Firstly you get the standard Lloyds recorded, "welcome to lloyds tsb bla bla," asking you to press 1 if your call is regarding a bank charges complaint. After a few times pressing 1 and getting nowhere I decided to listen to the other options, of which there are none!! So why press 1 when this is the only option anyway. After pressing 1 it asks you a few more automated questions, which it cutts you straight off if you get them "wrong", it rings a few times, plays a sorry busy message and cuts you off. This must have happned to me 100 times! So don't bother.


    What i found worked, was sending a very sarcastic fax enquiring as to whether the centre even exists, acknowledging the stall letter and advising that as you now expect no further response by the deadline date, that unless you recieve contact from them within 24 hours with an exact date when a response will be recieved, that you will take court action immediatly.


    Sure enough it took them 3 hours to call me to inform me that "my case had been reviewed this morning and an offer will b made. A letter has been written which I will recieve within 10 days. No, the amount cannot be disclosed over the phone. Sorry." Anyway within 2 days an offer of the standard £750. Not a bad amount for 2 letters and a fax.


    Now for me, the money was gone to start with, and getting money back is nothing but a bonus. As much as we now realise that these charges are unjust, at the end of the day we all spent, or tried to spend money that we didn't have, for what ever reason. If Lloyds withdrew our money in mistake we would be the first to demand compensating. Now I'm not saying I agree with the charges, but to get into a situation where we pay thousands in charges over 6 years means some pretty bad money management. A one off, yes. A mistake. 100 times?? For me unnessesary and mainly my fault.


    Another view on this is that we will probably need services from our banks in the future. If the bank doesn't close accounts they are capable of making life quite difficult in the future. A friend of mine recently got back nearly 3k from Abby. Last week he went overdrawn by 2p, 2p!!! and they charged him £70!!! Lawful?? NO! but he now has to spend another 4 months and possible court action over £70? They will always take now and argue over it later. Surely to graciously take £750 and retain a good current account service is better than nothing, or the alternative. At the time we never expected to see any of it again.


    For those who have nothing to lose, ie. no overdraft, a couple of quality current accounts, a good credit rating and access to what ever credit you need, then I say go for it and I hope you win. No one wants to see Lloyds out of pocket more than I do!! But the natue of the complaint sugests that the majority of people making these complaints will not be in that situation. Consider carefully whether it's worth it. I have fought my way back to a reasonable financial situation and plan on keeping it. If I lost my account services I would be put back a couple of years.


    Just something to bare in mind!


    Tell me, if someone broke in to your house and stole all your possessions , and then when caught offered to give you half your stuff back, would you regard that as an equally fair outcome?


    The bank took your money unlawfully, why should they keep any of it?

  9. Hi,


    Sorry about be lax over the last few months and not getting my first letter sent to the Halifax (owned by the royal bank of robbers).


    I send my first letter asking for 1700.64 in charges back, on the 9th of july. Today i recieved a letter saying that thanks for your complaint, but our charges are valid and the totals cannot be told to me as they are commercially sensitive :evil: . Is this normal? and can i still send my second letter on the 23rd to get my money back? Im very confused now?


    Any help is much appreciated. :)


    As already stated, standard response from Halifax. Send the LBA and you should get a partial offer, when you receive this phone them and tell them you want the full amount, they should agree there and then.

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