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    • Hi I received a letter from a solicitor yesterday for my daughter (who no longer lives here) from a solicitor.   It is a county court claim in relation to a RTA 2 years ago.   I have some questions in this regard  No.1 She doesn't live here anymore and I have no idea where she is (due to a far from ideal relationship he won't let her contact me) No.2 I don't understand the details are at best miss representations No.3 They say the Insurance company has admitted liability although she was not at fault They say she hit them at 40mph and then again at the opposite side of the car at 30mph when in truth to vehicle pulled out at a T junction into the front of er car. causing significant  damage to my daughters car.  No.4 Apparently my daughters insurance has accepted liability however they are claiming which has as stated in this claim already been satisfied by her insurers  No.5 On schedule of costs it details physio costs for which there is no doctors referral detailing back pain and neck pain for which the walk in clinic  advised paracetamol and it notes this woman has had significant back pain for 10 years? No.6 Its also lists 2 defendants my daughter and the insurer. No.7 The chosen court is 200 miles away !     I have photos which totally disprove these peoples account, but my daughter isn't here can't tell her . Should I respond to this and detail the evidence I have here on my CCTV.  Give them pictures of the road where the accident happened totally disproving their account?   I don't know what to do      
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    • Quick update in case its helpful to anyone in the future.   Covid made things a little different i think, there was no prosecutor to talk to however the legal advisor to the magistrates was helpful and happy to make the decision to do the deal, this took place in the courtroom, although i had spoken to someone (i think an advocate) half an hour before who had made them aware of what i was asking. All was relatively pain free and ended up with a £3xx fine rather than the £8xx, and 3 points rather than 6.   Thanks for all your help MITM
    • Thank you for this – and thank you for the donation. You need to check your PayPal email address because that was the email which was used for it. It would certainly be nice to think that Hermes didn't know how to handle a claim for Conversion – but I'm afraid I think it is most likely that it simply escaped their notice – the whole thing. Anyway we'll see. There will be lots more conversion actions in the future and if and when they actually respond to them, will see how they deal with it.
    • Just to add, it may well be that the camber was slight – but coupled with the momentum of a vehicle, sliding on slushy ice, it doesn't take much to add that little bit of extra speed or momentum to a skidding vehicle   Also, you say that there was "not a lot of bend" at that site. Frankly I disagree. I think there is quite a pronounced bend and also the position of the van – which is roughly in the position of the white car in the image below – was pretty close to the band and if you imagine that it had started pulling out before the OP appeared and started to make its manoeuvre and was far enough in to the road to have a gap done its left-hand side that a Vauxhall Corsa could pass down, then I think that the bend was sufficiently aggressive to have been of concern to a prudent driver – who was parked on the wrong side of the road, who was trying to cross the carriageway to proceed on the other side of the road who had parked close to a bend and he was aware of the icy circumstances.     In fact if we take the width of the van at 72 inches – 6 foot. In order for it to be far enough out into the road to allow sufficient gap for a Vauxhall Corsa to pass down it, it must have been all of 11 foot into the road. The OP tells us that she lives there – and maybe she would be kind enough to measure the width of the road where the van was.  It is a narrowish  stretch of road
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    • Hi @BankFodder
      Sorry for only updating you now, but after your guidance with submitting the claim it was pretty straight forward and I didn't want to unnecessarily waste your time. Especially with this guide you wrote here, so many thanks for that
      So I issued the claim on day 15 and they requested more time to respond.
      They took until the last day to respond and denied the claim, unsurprisingly saying my contract was with Packlink and not with them.
      I opted for mediation, and it played out very similarly to other people's experiences.
      In the first call I outlined my case, and I referred to the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 as the reason to why I do in fact have a contract with them. 
      In the second call the mediator came back with an offer of the full amount of the phone and postage £146.93, but not the court costs. I said I was not willing to accept this and the mediator came across as a bit irritated that I would not accept this and said I should be flexible. I insisted that the law was on my side and I was willing to take them to court. The mediator went back to Hermes with what I said.
      In the third call the mediator said that they would offer the full amount. However, he said that Hermes still thought that I should have taken the case against Packlink instead, and that they would try to recover the court costs themselves from Packlink.
      To be fair to them, if Packlink wasn't based in Spain I would've made the claim against them instead. But since they are overseas and the law lets me take action against Hermes directly, it's the best way of trying to recover the money.
      So this is a great win. Thank you so much for your help and all of the resources available on this site. It has helped me so much especially as someone who does not know anything about making money claims.
      Many thanks, stay safe and have a good Christmas!
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can be work experience ,volunteery or paid work


for me i have had 3 work experience jobs , the first one at school at a garden centre in 2008 as a back room member pricing stock , second one at the college i went to in 2010 as a admin assistant and the third one working at the job centre.

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I have had a good few jobs as of course there is no job security anymore and have had the luck of 3 redundancies!


For work experience in school I worked in a Hydro Electric Power Station where my Father was a senior electrician. Half the week I spent learning Admin in the office and the rest doing physical jobs around the site - its an interesting place to be, up the valley the Dam is used regularly by the RAF to practice dam bombing manouveres, and the Royal Marine Commandos are often up there abseiling down it - and of course the area is part of the SAS's world famous "Fan Dance" Selection Route March so there's often dodgy looking guys with Hereford accents about ;p


At 16 in 1994 I went to work as a graphic designer after leaving school and after redundancy there in 2004 I went and lived and worked in Normandie and Flanders.


I then spent a year on a temp contract working for Social Security


In late 2005 I moved to Leeds in West Yorkshire and worked mainly admin jobs for Leeds Council and the local NHS trust. I did a stint as a Market Inspector too.


Much the same when I and ex moved to South Yorkshire, currently back in Wales.


One of my highlights working for Leeds Council was being threatened with violence and seriously bad language by a guy who turned out to be a Vicar!!!!!


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