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CST Law Letter Before Claim – What You Should Know

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· May 28th, 2024
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Have you received a CST Law Letter Before Claim (LBC) for a private parking fine and are unsure what to do next?

You’re not alone! Every month, more than 130,000 people visit our website for help with fines and parking tickets.

In this article, we’ll help you understand:

  •  What a CST Law LBC is
  •  If you need to pay CST Law parking fines
  • If you can ignore CST LBC

Which? found that unclear rules and the different payment methods in private car parks contribute to the increase in fines.1  But don’t worry; we’re here to help you navigate through this confusion.

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In some circumstances, you might have a legitimate reason not to pay your parking fine.

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Do you have to pay a parking fine?

Parking Charge Notices are not considered to be real fines, but they can still become enforceable.

The company – typically with a legal team working on their behalf – can take you to court and ask a judge to issue a court order.

This order makes it your responsibility to pay or face further action, such as bailiffs

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What’s an LBC?

A Letter Before Claim (LBC), also known as a Letter Before Action (LBA), is a letter informing the recipient that the sender plans to take court action if a request is not carried out, usually a payment.

These letters are part of the mandatory protocol before taking someone to court. If they’re not sent then court action could be delayed or stopped. 

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Situation

Initial Fine £100
Additional Fees £171
Total Fine £271

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Total Fine £271
Cost of legal advice £5

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What is the Letter For?

A CST Law Letter Before Claim (LBC) is therefore a letter sent by CST Law on behalf of their client, which may be a private car park operator, such as CPS, chasing an unpaid private parking fine.

But it could also be for another of CST Law’s clients chasing other unpaid debts. 

The letter may be a genuine letter with real intent of taking you to court. Or it could be used as part of a scare technique to ‘encourage’ you to make the payment.

Firms are not supposed to send legal threats when they aren’t a real possibility, so it’s unlikely that a team of solicitors would take this action. 

Have you received one?

If you have received a CST Law Letter Before Claim for an unpaid parking fine, you may want to consider paying the fine.

Although Parking Charge Notices are not considered real fines, they do become enforceable if a judge sides with the parking operator, and at this stage, there may be other fees to pay. 

Can you ignore it?

It’s not a good idea to ignore an LBC from a legal team.

There is no way of knowing for sure whether this is a real threat or just a scare tactic, but it could be an expensive and stressful mistake to assume they won’t take you to court. 

Getting the support of a Solicitor can take a huge weight off your mind.

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CST Law Contact Details

Address: Credit Style Limited, 5 Rutland Court, 161 Rutland Road, Sheffield S3 9PP
Phone: 03300 450 650
Fax: 0845 638 4712
Website: https://www.creditstyle.co.uk/

How long can a company chase you?

A private company has six years to recover the unpaid parking fine, either on their own or with the help of service providers like CST Law.

After this time, they cannot take you to court and ask a judge to force you to pay. Without a court order telling you to pay, the debt cannot be enforced.

It doesn’t disappear, but you’ll never have to pay it unless you volunteer to do so.

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If you’re thinking about appealing your parking ticket then getting some professional advice is a good idea.

Getting the support of a Solicitor can make your appeal much more likely to win.

For a £5 trial, Solicitors from JustAnswer can look at your case and help you create an airtight appeal.

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References

  1. Which? – The rise of private parking fines
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Scott Nelson MoneyNerd
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Scott Nelson is a renowned debt expert who supports people in debt with debt management and debt solution resources.
Janine Marsh MoneyNerd
Appeals Expert
Janine is a financial expert who supports individuals with debt management, cost-saving resources, and navigating parking tickets.