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    • Lots of apparently differing views on the effects of: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/25/atlantic-ocean-circulation-at-weakest-in-a-millennium-say-scientists     Https://www.euronews.com/living/2021/02/26/are-the-earth-s-shifting-magnetic-fields-causing-climate-change?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=en&utm_content=are-the-earth-s-shifting-magnetic-fields-causing-climate-change Interesting take, and undoubtedly some significant effects, but along with a less well understood irradiating event around 10,000 years prior to the one referenced here (earlier one thought to be a supernova or other such stellar event) , I think this is at least as at home in the Atlantis thread as what drove a surface dwelling primate to often often very deeply underground.
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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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My partner has a small business and he has been struggling to make ends meet in the last few months. He got behind with his business rates and...although we made efforts to pay the council, we ended up with a summons and today the bailiffs called. We owe the council £1103.27, but with the bailiffs fees the amount comes to 1424.32. My partner works in a joinery workshop and it would be impossible to ignore bailiffs at the door (the door is always open and they can walk straight in. In the end they said he would have to pay a minimum of £400 then and there, or they would take away his machines (if they did that he wouldn't be able to work). He managed to pay £432.32 on a credit card, they wrote down the names of some of his machines and told him to sign a walking possession agreement...which he stupidly did.

Having since read some of the threads on this site I now realise that he shouldn't have paid them anything or signed anything, but the fact is he has, and what we need to know is what can we do now? They say they will come back to get the remaining £1000 next week. We will be able to pay it by then but is there any way we can just pay the initial debt and not the bailiffs fees? I am so angry at having to pay an extra £300 to a bunch of ******ers when we are already struggling to make ends meet! I'd be really grateful for some advice.

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The bailiff is well aware that he cannot by law remove tools of the trade and I am surprised, but not shocked that he included them on a Walking Possession.

 

You should write to the bailiff company to complain and copy it also to the local authority. In your letter you should put an offer of repayment that is affordable.

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