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I used the defendant's courier service  to deliver a laptop computer value £654  to a UK address.  Reference number 5602797507082178. I am claiming as a beneficial third-party within the meaning of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

When the parcel arrived at his destination it was empty and it appears that the contents had been stolen.

The defendants have refused to reimburse me for the laptop on the basis that I did not purchase their additional insurance cover. The defendant' s requirement that the customer should protect themselves against the negligence or criminality of their employees is unfair within the meaning of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and therefore unenforceable. My claim is for £629 plus interest per section 69 County Courts act 1984+ court fees

 

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So this has been the only activity on the MCOL website, anything I need to do?  Doesn't seem so.

 

Thanks!

 

 

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Address to which documents about this claim should be sent

Hermes Parcelnet Limited
Capitol House
1 Capitol Close
Morley
LEEDS
LS27 0WH
 
 

Intention

I intend to defend all of this claim
 

Signed

I am the Defendant
Judy Cobbett
Legal Department
01/10/2021

 

 
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That looks like an acknowledgement of service which gives them a total of 28 days from the date of service to file a defence.

They will lull you into a false sense of victory because they will wait until the final second and then suddenly file a defence.

However, keep monitoring the money claim site just in case they get it wrong and you can apply for a judgement. If that moment comes then just go ahead and do it and don't hang around

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Claim History

You submitted a claim on 27/09/2021 at 20:37:14

Your claim was issued on 28/09/2021

Hermes Parcelnet ltd filed an acknowledgment of service on 04/10/2021 at 01:05:14

 

According to the claim form the service date is 5 days after issue date so that would be 2/10 which they ack'd on 4/10 meaning I can apply for judgement (28 days later ) on 30/10 - is that right?

 

When I try to obtain judgement today I get this info:

 

 

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Before you proceed with your request for judgment:

you must have received a full admission from the defendant(s) that they owe you the money claimed (see 'please note' below)

or

14 days must have expired since the claim was served on the defendant(s) (the claim is considered served on the fifth day after it was issued) and a response has not been filed or served on you

 

 

 

That reads as if I can claim judgement 14 days after the service date, which would mean i can apply on 16/10 ... I had put in my diary to apply for judgement this Sunday - presumably for this reason.

 

ZERO intention of hanging around 😉

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take the date on the c;aimform top right

add 33 to it, whereby the date on the claimform is 1 in that count.

 

dx

please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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Thanks .. I didn't read this bit on the claim form 😕

 

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You must send either the completed acknowledgment of service form or a defence to the court within 14 days of the date of service. If you send the acknowledgment of service you must send a defence to the court to arrive no later than 28 days from the date of service

 

So it reads like they get 14 days to respond with anything, if they dont you can apply for judgement.

If they do respond with something (anything) then they get 28 days.

 

30/10 I will apply for judgement.  Assuming they don't come back with anything in the meantime.

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That is correct. However it's clear that you haven't done your reading of the steps involved in bringing a small claim in the County Court.

I hope you have done your reading of the Hermes stories on the sub- forum and you should be reading up about County Court claims.

This website is about self empowerment and that means that we help you do it yourself

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Apologies for delay, half term and family illnesses have stunted progress.  They submitted defence to my POC on 22/10 which is below also:

 

I used the defendant's courier service to deliver a laptop computer value £654 to a UK address. Reference number 5xxxxxxxxx

I am claiming as a beneficial third-party within the meaning of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.
 
When the parcel arrived at his destination it was empty and it appears that the contents had been stolen.

The defendants have refused to reimburse me for the laptop on the basis that I did not purchase their additional insurance cover.

The defendant' s requirement that the customer should protect themselves against the negligence or criminality of their
employees is unfair within the meaning of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and therefore unenforceable.
 
My claim is for £629
plus
court fee

 

Defence

1. If any part of the Particulars of Claim are not expressly admitted or denied below, such parts are denied by the Defendant entirely.

2. The Defendant serves this Defence subject to the following objection to the manner in which this claim is brought. The
Particulars of Claim fail to provide details about any contractual relationship which is alleged to exist between the Claimant and the Defendant.

Background

3. The Defendant is and was at all material times a company limited by shares in the business of providing delivery services on a business to business, business to consumer and consumer to consumer basis.

4. In addition to providing delivery service to its own customers, the Defendant also works as a subcontractor to provide delivery services to customers of In Post United Kingdom Limited (“InPost”) who are a company registered in, England and Wales with the number 08090968 whose registered office is at Black and White Building, 74 Rivington Street, London, London, England, EC2A 3AY pursuant to a pre-existing commercial agreement to carry out delivery services.

5. InPost provides delivery services to users of its AMP Network. Users deposit their parcels with the self-service parcel machines from which couriers can collect and deliver parcels. This means that the Defendant does not have any contractual relationship with InPost‘s customers. They, as is the case with the Claimant, contract solely with InPost.

6. As there is no contract between the Claimant and the Defendant, the Defendant only has limited (tracking) information about the parcel.

7. The tracking information shows that on or around 23 July 2021, the Claimant’s parcel entered the Defendant’s delivery network after the Claimant sent the parcel via one of the Parcel Lockers at the Defendant’s ParcelShop.

8. The last tracking point for the Parcel was on 25 July 2021 at the recipient’s address. There is nothing to suggest that the
Parcel was tampered with as alleged and the Claimant is put to strict proof.

The Claim Value

9. The Claimant seeks to recover £699.00.

10. The Claimant is put to strict proof as to the value of the claim.

11. The Defendant denies that it is liable to pay the Claimant the damages claimed for breach of contract and/or negligence.

12. This Defence is a response to the Particulars of Claim which are set out in the ‘Particulars of Claim’ on page 1 of the claim form.

13. The first sentence of the Particulars of Claim is admitted insofar as the Claimant entered into a Contract with InPost, to whom the Defendant provides courier services. The contents and value of the Parcel is neither admitted nor denied and the Claimant is put to strict proof. In any event, laptops are on the Defendant’s no-compensation list and we would not reimburse for any damage or loss.

14. The second sentence of the Particulars of Claim is admitted insofar as this is a tracking number of the Defendant’s.

15. The third to seventh sentences of the Particulars of Claim is neither admitter nor denied and the Claimant is put to strict proof.

No contractual relationship

16. There is no contract between the Claimant and the Defendant.

17. The Claimant entered into a contract with InPost.

18. This was made very clear during the order process.

19. The Claimant should desists with this claim and contact InPost.

Claim for compensation

20. The Claimant claims £699.00

21. If, which is denied, the Defendant is liable to the Claimant for the damage/loss to the Parcel, laptops are an excluded item under the Defendant’s terms and conditions and as such the Claimant is not entitled to any compensation.

22. As explained above, it is denied that the Defendant owes the Claimant £699.00 

 

So they're saying:

 

- Not us mate, go to inpost

- Laptops were excluded - I certainly cannot find any evidence of this, valid defence?

- They're saying it wasn't tampered with - I have materials that show this of course

 

Will do some more reading and come back with a draft response in due course.

 

Thanks!

 

So my 1st take...

 

2,3,4,5,7,16,17,18 - They're saying I should be suing inPost - what is the correct wording to respond to these points?

 

6 - I dont follow their point, they have full tracking, it's their network and my letter of claim supplied the Hermes (not inpost) reference

 

8,15 - Already supplied via Hermes internal complaints procedure so that would be my response, along with the evidence I have already shared

 

9 - Dont know what's so confusing there, I'll just correct the amount and explain again

 

10 - Have ebay paperwork with this information to supply

 

13 - Laptops are not in the inpost prohibited list

 

..the defence form isn't actually clear on what I do next, last status is "DQ sent to Hermes Parcelnet ltd on 25/10/2021" - what does this mean?

 

Many thanks!

 

 

Shouldn't it be me who gets the defence questionnaire not Parcelnet?  #confused

 

..from other threads it seems like mediation now for me to explain my case.

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First of all there's no need to respond to anything.

Simply wait for the DQ and agree to mediation.

Prepare your points in response to their defence paragraphs so that you are ready when the mediator comes to you and says that Hermes are saying blah blah blah – and then you can say blah blah blah in return.

You don't need any special language.

.1 – you are relying on your third-party rights under the 99 act
.2 – a prohibited items list might be relevant in respect of damaged goods where the fact that it is a laptop has somehow contributed to the damage. Clearly the fact that it has a laptop has no bearing on the fact that it has been lost or stolen and therefore the prohibited items list is unfair and therefore unenforceable.
And of course overall, Hermes cannot pass the buck to their customers if their own employees or contractors steal their customers property.

If you have received your own copy of the DQ by the end of next week then you should start phoning the court

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34 minutes ago, sussexbloke77 said:

Shouldn't it be me who gets the defence questionnaire not Parcelnet?  #confused

no you raised the claim so are thus the claimant.

 

an n180 DQ iss ent to both parties asking how they wish the claim to proceed.

 

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please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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@both - thank you!!

 

DQ arrived today and I will complete and return - seems odd this part is paper based but hey ho.  Says I need to serve copies to other parties - do I ?!?

 

In the meantime I'll compile/finesse my answers/evidence ready for mediation.

 

Thanks!

 

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everything is now paperbased as in all effect mcol is just about finished as soon as it gets allocated to you local court .

yes serve a copy on their solicitors.

 

dx

 

please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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