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    • Ok, thank you for the responses. I have just finished my letter now and hopefully it's good enough.   Dear Gladstones Solicitors,   Much appreciated in providing me with a letter before claim, it’s helped me understand how to fight against these types of con artists for the future.   Just to be clear, I have no interest what so ever in paying the £155 since it is a made-up ridiculous fee with no explanation behind the justification of this ludicrous sum of money you are trying to rob from me.   Photographs of the poorly maintained site with the poorly placed written signs have been taken by the driver and will be confidently provided for evidence in court. The driver did obey the best a person could to your client’s badly written signs. There seems to be no planning permission by the council either for the ANPR cameras to be installed in this area.   First it is a criminal offence, which means your client has failed at the first hurdle of their Code of Conduct- that they must comply with all laws relating to the running of the car park. It also calls into question their ability to be able to collect data from the DVLA.   They are in breach of the Town and Country [advertisements] Regulations 2007 by not having the necessary permission despite the fact that it is illegal not to have permission and a contract cannot be formed from an illegal act. However the offence is also covered by The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 - Section 5 Misleading Actions [3] ]b]     Always give crooks long enough rope to hang themselves with. I look forward in seeing how your clown scam tactics play out in court.   (only include reference number and full name here?)   I can only respond through Gladstone online Reply Form unless I request a paper version of the Reply Form instead. Should I get the paper version so I can use Royal Mail to send the letter that way?
    • So I had my mediation with Hermes and it was not successful i.e. we couldn't come to an agreement to settle out of court.   This was my mediation process:   First call from the mediator was received at 1:03pm which was close enough to the start of my alotted time of 1pm-4:30pm. The mediator introduced themselves, confirmed the intention of the mediation and asked if I could provide a short summary of my claim and any points I would like to raise with Hermes. I mentioned the claim amount and raised the argument that Hermes inherit the liability under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act even though I booked through Packlink and that there is a systemic problem with Hermes and their business model. The mediator said they will take this to them and call back after discussing with Hermes. Call ended 1:09pm (lasted 6 minutes).   Second call from the mediator was received at 1:15pm and they said that Hermes' stance is that my contract was with Packlink and not with them. Hermes mentioned they had investigated with Packlink and that I did not pay for insurance for my item but they were willing to offer me the standard claim amount of £25 plus £2.86 postage = £27.86. Of course I did not entertain that offer and I said that the whole point of having to pay extra to insure my item against their own negligence is absurd. Hermes also stated that this item was on Packlink's prohibited list. I replied that this so called list was not made clear to me when listing my item on ebay or purchasing the label through Packlink (which is ebay's affiliated choice for purchasing postage) and I would bring up the whole question of prohibited items for consideration by the judge if it goes to court. The mediator asked what I would be willing to settle at. I said I am not willing to budge from my claim amount of £357.84 which includes court costs. They reminded me that they don't see Hermes willing to accept that and that the whole point of mediation is to be willing to be flexible. I stood firm and said I am not budging from this amount and that I am being flexible by not taking Hermes to court and willing to settle now. The mediator said they will discuss with Hermes and call back. Call ended 1:27pm (lasted 12 minutes).   The third call from the mediator was received at 1:32pm and they mentioned that Hermes were willing to offer £300 as a goodwill gesture plus the £2.86 postage costs = £302.86. They said £300 is the maximum they can offer to settle for this process. I stayed resolute and asserted I am not willing to go any lower than my claim amount. I said it's not so much about the money and reiterated that the routine denial of liability and having to pay extra for insurance is a systemic issue with Hermes and that I have evidence that many other customers face the same problem when using Hermes which I am willing to present to the presiding judge if this goes to court. Only if they were willing to pay me back the full claim amount then I would drop the case. The mediator did mention that taking this to court I may also lose which would mean losing further court fees (£55 I believe they mentioned as the fee) as well as time and effort in preparing for the case. I repeated that paying the extra costs and risking the money is not so much of an issue to me. I also added in there that a national newspaper are sniffing around at this story and if a judgement goes against them then I won't hesitate to share with them and across social media a copy of the transcript. The mediator asked if they were happy to share this detail to Hermes which I agreed. They said they will discuss with Hermes and call me back. Call ended 1:36pm (lasted 4 minutes).    Received the fourth and final call from the mediator at 1:39pm and they said that Hermes were not willing to improve on the offer, reiterating they would argue to the judge that my contract is not with them and is with Hermes so this case cannot be settled through the mediation process and I would receive further details on the next steps. Call ended 1:40pm (last 1 minute).   I am somewhat surprised that Hermes were willing to offer up to £300 plus postage costs given their arguments but would not settle by offering my full claim costs.   In terms of the mediator's attitude, they did add a bit of pressure in trying to get me to be flexible i.e. settle for a lower amount. I suppose it is their job to get this settled out of court. They did also mention on a couple of occasions that it may be months before this case is looked at, with the covid situation it may not be in person and that I would have to go through the motions and prepare which would take time and effort on my behalf. However as noted above in this thread I wasn't willing to settle for a lower amount so let's see how it plays in court.   Any advice on the next steps BankFodder?  
    • all uploaded images merged and vastly reduced in size full DQ above.   you should have room now to upload the rest of the required docs but not all single pages please!   dx  
    • woe slow down put them ALL in ONE multipage PDf please   use pdfreducer and merge pdf if you have too.   cant be here all day downloading single pages. read upload carefully   claim no in 1st page removed. dx  
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I failed to pay a parking finelink3.gif last year - my mistake, I thought I had done so, although was at a time when I was waist-deep in debt and just sorting my finances out.

 

I got a letter from Equita in April telling me I needed to pay £168.14. I called them and arranged to make 3 payments. I made the first two, but again an oversight meant I failed to make the final payment. My fault again, no problem. This week I got a letter hand-delivered from a bailifflink3.gif from Equita. On the letter it said that I need to discuss this within 24 hours or he would seize my vehicle, which would cost £140.

 

At first I e-mailed Equita, apologising for my oversight and offering to settle in full next Friday when I get paid. Having heard nothing back by the evening, I rang them up. They said to speak to the bailifflink3.gif, but he would have no problem doing this. I phoned him, but he didn't answer, so I left a message for him explaining the situation.

 

He phoned back this morning, saying that the amount outstanding was not £68.14, but in fact some way over £400. Not including the £140 should he seize the vehicle, nor the £50 per day while it sat at auctionlink3.gif.

 

I phoned Equita back, but they were most unsympathetic.

 

Now, in none of the correspondence I have received from Equita does it explain their bailiff charges - nor is there any mention of this arbitrary figure on the letter I received the other day. The only mention of additional charges was the £140 for seizing the vehicle. Looking elsewhere it suggests that bailiff fees should be no more than 20% of debt for the first £100.

 

Am I therefore in a position to dispute the charges, given these were not published? Should I, like the previous poster, refer this to the Council? Bearing in mind the clock is ticking for my car being seized, I need to act very quickly!

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With reference to the other recent thread on Equita, I have sent them a complaint e-mail pointing out their mistakes and once again offering to settle up the charges of £68.14 plus any REASONABLE (i.e. 20% of debts up to £100) extra charges next Friday. I'll see what happens...

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Hi hounslowdebtor and welcome to CAG.

The first rule with Equita is that they only uses 'bailiffspeek' that is they will lie, cheat and try to intimidate you into paying as much as they can con you out of. [i don't like Equita].

As they haven't left you the paperwork they should, have a look at:

 

Department for Constitutional Affairs - Enforcement - National Standards for Enforcement Agents

 

It's easy to read and will tell you how the bailiff should (theoretically) behave and what paperwork they should give you. Feel free to quote the Standards when complaining. (Do try to avoid phoning them and keep everything in writing)

 

As parking is not my forte I'll ask someone to take a peek at your thread.

 

Best wishes

Rae

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Just a note:

Bailiffs like to pretend that the Standards don't exist or don't apply to them.

Equita are members of the Employment Services Association whose Code of Practice (section 2) specifically states that members should follow the Standards. (Don't bother complaining to ESA as they are a toothless bunch run by bailiffs for bailiffs...). But it's always worth quoting in a complaint.

I'm sure you'll attract better help later today / this evening.

Best wishes

Rae

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Hi,

Unfortunately the Association of Civil Enforcement Agencies is another toothless bailiff led association. Usefull to quote but thats about it.

First of all you need to know what you have been charged for. Here is a template letter courtesy of Ploddertom:

 

"From:

My Name

My Address

 

To:

Acme bailifflink3.gif Co

bailifflink3.gif House

 

Ref: Account No: 123456

 

Dear Sir

 

With reference to the above account. Can you please provide me with a Breakdownlink3.gif of the charges including Computer Screenshot. This is not a Subject access requestlink3.gif under the Data Protection Act S7 1998 so does not incur a fee of £10. I also require the name of the attending Bailiff and the name of the Court he was Certificated at. You are obliged to provide this information.

 

I require this information within 14 days.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Ripped off customer"

 

Adapt for your own needs, send by email & letter.

 

PT

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[Obviously, Caggers, if there is a more appropriate one more suitable to HDs needs please post. Parking isn't my forte and your comments would be welcome!]

 

HD, if you wish to complain, first gather all your info. Then use the bailiffs complaint system. You need to do this in order to then complain to the Ombudsman. Also consider a Formal Complaint direct to the CEO of the council.

 

Best wishes

Rae

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[Taken from another site that both the OP and I are members of]

 

hounslowdebtor has sent off for a breakdown of charges. He has also been in contact with the relevant council who have granted a 14 day pause in bailiff action...

 

Best wishes

Rae

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