Their particulars of claim were found to contain no particulars, resulting in the claim being struck out before a hearing.
"It is ordered that
1. The claim be struck out for want of any Particular in the Claim Form/Particulars of Claim.
2. Because this order was made without a hearing. Any party affected by it may apply within 7 days of service for it to be set aside, varied or stayed.
Here is a typical particulars of claim served by Gladstones Solicitors (with number plate details removed). It is clear they fail civil procedure rules and practice directions, and that Will Hurley and John Davies are therefore failing to provide a proper standard of service to their clients by charging them for filing such rubbish.
It is a source of mystery why two such incompetent solicitors as Will Hurley and John Davies, who regularly lose parking cases in court, regularly show little or no knowledge on how the courts work and have embarrassingly poor grasp of the legal situations regarding parking cases, are allowed to run a parking related trade association, The International Paring Community.
This time Horizon Parking were the losers. It may well be a blessing in disguise losing the case so early, and stopping the flow of cash into Will Hurley and John Davies bank account before Gladstones costs got too excessive.
Although they will have had to pay Gladstones an estimated £50 for debt collection and £50 for filing a claim, they will have saved an estimated £100 for Gladstones template witness statement and £200-£300 for a solicitor to turn up in court.
Gladstones probably forgot to mention to Horizon that they would lose money even if they won a hearing.
Here are the mandatory Solicitor Regulatory Association principles which apply to all solicitors.
1. uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice;
2. act with integrity;
3. not allow your independence to be compromised;
4. act in the best interests of each client;
5. provide a proper standard of service to your clients;
6. behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in you and in the provision of legal services;
7. comply with your legal and regulatory obligations and deal with your regulators and ombudsmen in an open, timely and co-operative manner;
8. run your business or carry out your role in the business effectively and in accordance with proper governance and sound financial and risk management principles;
9. run your business or carry out your role in the business in a way that encourages equality of opportunity and respect for diversity; and
10. protect client money and assets.
As Gladstones clearly fail in the first five principles, perhaps it is time for the SRA to take action against them.
The Parking Prankster