This Pepipoo thread tell of a big Gladstone win today in court.
Sadly the parking company District Enforcement, were not so lucky, and will no doubt have a bill similar to the following.
£18 Gladstones debt collection letter
£18 Gladstones letter before claim
£50 Gladstones filing fee
£200 Gladstones witness statement
£100 Gladstones case handling
£300 Solicitor court fee
£30 Mr Kurpil travel and parking
£90 defendant lost wages
Gladstones, as usual, have come out well on top, earning it appears far more than anyone else.
The defendant reported that before the case Gladstones solicitor Jamie was 'very cocky' calling the claim an 'open and shut case'. More shut, it now appears, than open.
The judge rubbished the evidence, castigated District Enforcement for not providing a bundle, mentioning that every case may be struck out if their behaviour was repeated and there may be contempt of court proceedings. No doubt Gladstones will be happy to pocket another £100 or so for preparing a bundle. The solicitor DE used tried to make a fool of the defendant before the case, but the defendant ended up having the last laugh as the judge ripped her to shreds and made her look incompetent.
DE tried to assert that the motorist was parked on land they controlled. The defendants case was that he was parked nearby on land not owned by DE.
Unsurprisingly the judge was not impressed with the quality of the photographic evidence, which frankly could be a car parked in front of any wooden fence anywhere.
The claim was dismissed with costs awarded to the defendant.
The Prankster reminds parking companies considering using Gladstones that their standard fee does not include any kind of checking as to whether a case has merit or not. They will happily take your money and file any old claim you ask them to, but you will be footing the bill if it turns out there is no case to answer.
The Prankster also reminds parking companies that results from the IAS have no merit and just because an IAS barista rules for a parking company has no bearing whatsoever as to whether there is any merit in the case.
The Parking Prankster