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    Hello,

    My partner has received a CCJ claim from Northampton CCBC, dated 15 Mar 17 for approx. £900. The basic details are as follows;
    Claimant :Lowell Portfolio Ltd, Leeds
    Solicitor : Cohen Cramer Solicitors, Leeds
    Original Creditor : J D Williams Group (Mail Order Catalogue)

    Particulars of Claim:

    Claim is for the sum of (£) due by the Defendant under an agreement regulated by the CCA 1974 for a JD Williams Account with an account reference of ********. The Defendant failed to maintain contractual payments required by the agreement and and a Default Notice was served under s.87(1) of the CCA 1974 which has not been complied with. The debt was legally assigned on dd/mm/yyyy, notice of which has been given to the defendant. The claim includes statutory interest under S.69 of the County Courts Act 1984 at a rate of 8% per annum form the date of assignment to the date of issue of these proceedings in the sum of (£). The claimant claims the sum of (£).

    My partner does not acknowledge the debt and believes strongly that this is now statute barred as no written acknowledgement has been made with the creditors, or payment made in her knowledge since at the latest Nov 2010.

    We intend to submit the acknowledgment of service tomorrow via MCOL and we have drafted a CCA and CPR letter but would be grateful for any assistance in the fine tuning of these letters, specifically in the documents to request (mentioned?) and subsequent advice for defending the claim.Many thanks in advance, all help will be appreciated!
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    Hi studly & welcome to LB.

    For the CCA request re a catalogue account, s78 is applicable.

    For the CPR request, ask for the agreement, the Default Notice, the Notice of Assignment & a cheeky ask for the Deed of Assignment.
    Your defence will be due latest 33 days (28 + 5 for posting) from the issue date on the N1 court claim form.

    Also, SAR the original creditor for all data held by them.
    http://www.legalbeagles.info/forums/...quest-template

    Re statute-barred, the relevant date is not 6 years from the last payment, it's 6 years from when the agreement was officially defaulted/terminated (typically 3 months or so from the last payment).
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    Morning! Thanks for the quick response! :-)
    The default date on the credit file is 9 Sep 2011, which seems quite a long time after the last payment made, so therefore the statute barred defence may not hold then :-(. Will amend documents to suit and get them sent off as advised.
    Many thanks

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    The default date on CRA records is not necessarily a reliable indicator.
    More important would be the date of the s87 Default Notice.
    The SAR should reveal that.
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    Hi charitynjw,

    SAR posted to JD Williams this afternoon, along with CPR and CCA requests to the solicitor and Lowells respectively. Just about to logon and acknowledge the Court claim. I guess it's just a waiting game now ....

    Many thanks again! ��

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    P.s. Just one last thing ... Should I send the standard Statute Barred letter to Lowell at this stage, asking for proof to the contrary, as I suspect this may be a relevant defence? @charitynjw @Amethyst
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    Although an SB defence puts the initial onus on the Claimant to prove that it is not SB, it would be wise to provide irrefutable evidence that it is SB.
    The SAR may show it, historic bank accounts (often available from the bank for a few pounds) & possibly personal files from years ago.
    But regardless, do submit SB as a part of the defence when time comes to file it.
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    Ok, so I shouldn't send the SB letter to Lowells yet then, just submit it as part of my defence until I get documents etc?

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    You have contacted me regarding the subject account above, in which you claim monies owed. I do not acknowledge this account or debt to you or any other company or organisation that you may
    claim to be representing.

    I would point out that under the Limitation Act 1980 Section 5 states that “an action founded on simple contract shall not be brought after the expiration of six years from the date on which the cause of action accrued.”

    Unless you are able provide strict proof and evidence of payment by myself or written acknowledgement of the debt from me in the relevant period under Section 5 of the Limitation Act, I suggest that you are unable to take any court action against me to recover the alleged amount
    claimed.

    Should you proceed with court action I must inform you that I shall vigorously defend this action in court citing the Limitation Act as part of my defence.

    For the avoidance of doubt strict proof should include how any alleged payment was made, from which bank account it was allegedly made from and the name of the person who allegedly made any deposit.

    If you are unable to provide this information I will require a written explanation. Please be aware that I will also require you to provide this proof in any court should you attempt legal action.

    Your attention is drawn to rules 7.15.7 and 7.15.8 of the FCA Consumer Credit Source book (CONC), rules which I understand you are legally obliged to adhere to, and that compliance with which is a condition of your FCA Licence.

    I await your written confirmation that no further contact will be made concerning the above account and confirmation that this matter is now closed

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    Morning!

    Received a reply from the Solicitors at the weekend, stating that the documents requested 'will be provided on or before disclosure as directed by the court'. Is this reply sufficient seeing that I require them in order to file my defence? I will attempt to post a redacted version of the letter received, any advice or comment would be much appreciated.
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    Morning

    You asked them within your CPR 31.14 request letter to agree and extension to allow them the time to produce documents. The maximum extension is 28 days. You could respond to them something along these lines ( just my thoughts - others may think to just file and be done with it)
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    Further to your recent correspondence, you are aware that I have requested further information from you regarding your clients claim No XXXXX relating to a debt allegedly previously owed to xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, however have indicated that you will not be supplying this information prior to disclosure being ordered by the court. Without copies of the documents requested, as mentioned in your clients statement of case, I am unable to make an informed decision in defending the claim and therefore would agree to a maximum extension of 28 days to the date for filing my defence as allowed under CPR 15.5. Should your client be unable to provide documents prior to the end of this extension I will be asking the court to order disclosure of the documents, and any amendment required to my defence thereafter will be at your clients cost.

    You will also be aware that I have formally requested a copy of the consumer credit agreement pursuant to s.78 Consumer Credit Act 1974 and that without this document being provided your client is unable to enforce the alleged agreement. I should also inform you that I believe that the claim relates to a debt which may be statute barred under section 5 of the Limitations Act 1980.

    If you could confirm to me in writing that this is acceptable to your client I will inform the court of the extension in writing.

    Considering the current deadline for submission is the xxxx xxxxxx 2017 I would appreciate a response by return. Alternatively I shall be filing my response to your clients claim on xxxxxxxxxxxxx 2017.


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    Thanks @Amethyst ... I would prefer to correspond in order to confirm an extension of 28 days, plus also hint that I believe it will be statute barred.

    The last payment to this account from my partner's record was circa Nov 2010 for £1 according to her bank statements, following a period of 5 months or so without payment. She had hit hard times financially during that period, and was on the cusp of requesting a DRO.

    She is adamant no acknowledgement or payment has been made while at her current address, which occurred in Apr 11 but is unable to recall exact details of the CCA in question or associated negotiations.

    Final question, is the 28 day extension added to the current submission deadline, i.e. if it is currently 12 Apr 2017 it becomes 30 Apr 2017?

    Thanks in advance :-)

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    Had a tweak with the wording above, any thoughts or edits on the following would be appreciated .....

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Your Client: Lowell Portfolio I Ltd

    Claim Ref: ########

    Further to your recent correspondence dated ## Mar 2017, you will be aware that I requested documents under CPR 31.14 regarding a claim from your client for a debt that was alleged to be previously owed to JD Williams. It was indicated within your response that you will not be supplying this information prior to disclosure being ordered by the court.

    Without inspection of the documents requested, as were mentioned in the statement of case, I am unable to make an informed decision in defending the claim and will therefore agree to a maximum extension of 28 days to the date for filing my defence as is allowed under CPR 15.5.

    In agreeing to this extension I will also be providing additional time for you to ensure compliance with your CPR 31 duties. In accordance with CPR 31.15(c) I undertake to be responsible for your reasonable copying costs incurred in complying with the CPR 31.14 request.

    Should your client be unable to provide the documents prior to the end of this extension I will be asking the court to order disclosure of the documents, and that any amendment required to my defence thereafter will be at your clients cost.

    You will also be aware that I have formally requested a copy of the consumer credit agreement pursuant to s.78 Consumer Credit Act 1974 and that without this document being provided your client is unable to enforce the alleged agreement. I should also inform you that I believe that the claim relates to a debt which may be statute barred under section 5 of the Limitations Act 1980.

    Considering the current deadline for my defence submission is the 12 Apr 2017 I would appreciate a response by return post. In the event of no reply I shall be filing my response to your clients claim on 11 Apr 2017 regardless.

    Please confirm to me in writing that this extension of 28 days is acceptable to your client. I will then inform the court of the agreed extension.


    Yours Faithfully

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