Gladstones solicitors sink to new low

John Wilkie is NOT an officer of the court. As a result, he is not bound by the rules that Solicitors, Barristers and other representatives who are supervised by Legally trained principals are. Nonetheless, he willingly complies with such rules, because acting unprofessionally in court is the fastest way to annoy the judge and lose the claim.

It appears that Gladstones Solicitors, the pet firm of most IPC based parking companies, have forgotten that their first duty is to the court, as in a recent claim they have applied for a default judgment, despite both receiving and acknowledging receipt of a defence, and making an offer of settlement!

In a claim which was defended robustly by a landowner parked on their own land, both the County Court and Gladstones confirmed that they received a defence filed and served on 2 January 2020. Indeed Gladstones has since offered to settle the claim for £200.

Yet despite this, and no doubt due to some error at Northampton, Gladstones has applied for a default judgment.

This is yet another example of the abuse of process by John Davies and his staff, with other examples being issuing 6 claims for 6 tickets, rather than one consolidated claim, or asking for £60 debt collection charges and £50 fixed costs, when they charge between £20 and £70 for this process, and only then on a a no-win, no-fee basis.

Gladstones is currently under investigation by the SRA for forging witness statements, and indeed it also appear that they are forging supporting identity documents as well, we have had sight of a driving licence issued to the staff member of a PPC before they could have applied for one, as well a ex-policemen who can’t spell their name, staff who can’t remember if they work in London or Brighton, and staff members who can’t even remember changing their name by deed poll…

Are you being pursued by Gladstones Solicitors for a parking debt? We have not lost a case against these charlatans since 2017, apply for our services now.

 

HX Car Park Management fail in court

Following the recent report on BBC Radio 4, John Wilkie recently represented one of our clients at a court case in Manchester, involving HX Car Park Management, an IPC company.

Needless to say that HX did not send their witness, Kenneth Marland, to court, and its probably quite a good job that he didn’t come as his witness statement was not well received by the court. It was also a duplicate of pretty much every statement produced by Gladstones Solicitors, the only difference being who forged the signature this time around.

John Wilkie, in compliance with his first duty to the court, took the judge through the witness statement, then proceeded to show how incorrect it was. The court agreed, particularly as the photographs were not of a parked vehicle, and the contract required 4 such photographs of a parked vehicle, not simply 2 photos taken by ANPR. As a result, the court could not be sure that the vehicle was, in fact parked for the period claimed.

Additionally, the Notice to Keeper was found to not comply with the stringent requirements of Keeper Liability,  the Landowner Contract did not give authority for HX to enforce against the keeper, and the contract required parking patrols, not ANPR.

The claim was dismissed, and the Defendant was awarded full costs due to the unreasonable behaviour of the Claimant.

Unsurprisingly, as yet the Claimant has not paid the court order!