of..... Winter V Telewest
their fixing solicitors. A case of serious harassment made to appear
games solicitors play?
The Judge replied instantly saying
“it's a JOKE”. Winter stood up, saying he thought such
things from solicitors were hardly jokes, but he was very grateful
indeed for the assessment. The judge reminded Winter he hadn't been
given permission to leave yet, and then after formalities were over,
Winter departed in great satisfaction. He wrote to the defendant's
solicitor stating the Judge though the letter was a JOKE, and from
her on they would receive no replies to any correspondence
whatsoever. Payment continued, but after about 6 months Winter
received a court notice from Northampton bulk claims centre, that he
owed £650 over two case numbers, and on non-payment there
would be enforcement procedures instigated. No particulars of the
claim, were attached. He replied to the court asking for the
particulars as to how the amount had increased by about £250.
Two weeks, ( the required time for
particulars to be provided had passed ). The clerk at the court,
advised the Judge had written to the solicitors asking for the same,
and two weeks later, still nothing. Winter asked for that case to be
dismissed, but before doing so, the second case had to be cleaned,
and a further request for particulars there were requested.
Meantime, Winter had gathered all the
papers together, and noticed that by now three separate solicitors
had written, and there was a similarity in the paperwork that had
gone unnoticed beforehand. The similarity appeared prominent when
all placed together, in that they were all black on white papers.
Winter's suspicion was aroused, and he examined all there
letterheads closely. The titles were all centred, and the text font
sizes were all identical. Closer inspection showed that all
salutations, IE Mr. Winters, were identical, perhaps no unreasonable
since the title was passed forward, but all salutations at the
bottom were of the same font, italicized and in the same positions
for each letter. He then held two at a time up to alight source, and
noticed that not only the entire letters was using an identical
template, but the margin and word wraps also were identical.
Clearly Three differently named
solicitors using the same office, same word processor, same
template, printer and all the rest, but different post office BOX
number, all in the same area of Surrey. Winter wrote immediately to
the court and last solicitor stating that all proceedings had to be
withdrawn with immediate effect, the amount was no longer
enforceable and the Solicitors and their client were liable for
proceedings against them to expose the matter.
The Court dismissed both cases, and
left the situation that if ever Winter was approached by anyone in
this matter, he reserved the right to a continuance in the counter
claim proceedings. The amount was of course then written off.
Paperworks is somewhere
under lock, and when time permits the names and details will be
provided to satisfy any curiosity as to evidential reliance.