Friday, 3 March 2017

ES Parking discontinue Spinningfields claim

ES Parking Enforcement v Mr I 10/2/2017. C0GF2C1K Oldham.

Mr I had an upcoming court hearing relating to a parking event in Spinningfields, Manchester. HE contacted The Prankster for information regarding previous Spinningfield cases

Armed with this information Mr I, a trainee solicitor, created a skeleton argument and filed the same on Monday 6th February 2017 with the court and Gladstones Solicitors.

The hearing took place on Friday 10th February 2017. Prior to the hearing, I did not hear anything from Gladstones so was expecting Brian Hargreaves to turn up. However, there was no sight of him.

On entering the hearing room the judge asked "Oh, do you not know - the case has been discontinued?" Mr I replied stating "No, I have not been aware and this is a ploy Gladstones always use in which they run the case to trial and discontinue at the very last minute" - He also made reference to how rubbish their conduct is.

As it transpired, Gladstones filed their Notice of Discontinuance on Thursday evening at 5:13pm with the court. Mr I received their notice of discontinuance in the post on Saturday 11th Feb 2017.

The judge asked  if it cost anything to attend the hearing; Mr I informed him he had to book a day off work, parking and fuel costs. The judge awarded £5 for fuel costs and parking and £60 for holiday that I took.

Prankster Note

5pm to 5:15 seems to be the busy time in the Gladstones office. This is when they churn out the notices of discontinuance for tomorrows hearings.

Happy Parking

The Parking Prankster


  1. But most courts close between and 4.30pm. which Gladstones will be well aware of. Surely these late cancellations should be classed as 'on the day' and be hit with justifiable expenses.

  2. Indeed, extra costs for their unreasonable behaviours seem justified, mind you if you don't ask you won't get.