Case No. 3JD01136 ParkingEye v Shaw Gallen
Back in February 2013, Mr Gallen parked in Glyn Square, Wolverton, and overstayed the free period stated on PE's signage. After refusing to pay their totally baseless 'parking charge', he eventually received a County Court claim in June.
He applied himself assiduously to thoroughly researching all the legal issues and case law, and put together an excellent defence document which required only very minor tweaking by Bargepole.
Following the usual blizzard of paperwork from PE, a hearing date was set for November. It had been agreed between PE and the defendant that the case would be heard on the papers only, with no appearance by either side, but in the event, the Judge decided not to examine the case, and instead directed Mr Gallen to respond to PE's late submission of further 'evidence' (a complete farrago of misleading statements and untruths), and a hearing was set forat Milton Keynes County Court.
Mr Gallen put together, again with minimal assistance from Bargepole, a comprehensive rebuttal of all PE's arguments, together with a long list of all their POPLA and County Court defeats. He also informed the Court that Bargepole would be appearing as his Lay Representative at the hearing.
With just days to go, a letter arrived from the Court, stating that the Claimant, PE, had discontinued the claim, and there would be no need to attend Court. It is not known whether PE decided to drop this hot potato due to the high quality of Mr Gallen's submissions, or because they didn't fancy the prospect of yet another of their LPC Law stooges being duffed up by Bargepole; but in any event it now means they can no longer claim that they 'never discontinue cases'.
This is not, however, the end of the matter. Mr Gallen, a Management Consultant, has so far spent several hours working on the case, has receipts for over £50 worth of postage, and has had to photocopy over 1,000 pages at 5p a time. He is applying to the Court for a costs-only hearing, and will seek reimbursement from PE of around £400 to cover all of this. Further updates when available.
The Parking Prankster