Gladstones Solicitors Debt – Should You Pay? 2022
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Gladstones Solicitors might have sent you a threatening letter recently, leaving you unsure of what to do next.
Whether they’re chasing you for unpaid parking tickets or something else, we discuss your options. This guide is for anyone who has received a Gladstones Solicitors debt letter. Let’s get into it.
Beating Debt Collectors
There are several ways to deal with Gladstones debt collectors and improve your finances.
Choosing the right way to tackle your debt could save you time and money, but the wrong one could cause even more harm.
It’s always best to find out about all your options from a professional before you take action.
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Who are Gladstones Solicitors?
Gladstones Solicitors is a law firm that specialises in debt recovery for its clients. Don’t confuse them with Gladstone Solicitors (without the “s”), which is a different company altogether.
Unlike most law firms, they don’t appear to advertise other legal services, suggesting they’re a debt collection agency with a single lawyer within their staff – but this is not confirmed.
They can provide services to help recover unpaid invoices and account arrears by providing pre-litigation action. This usually involves calls and threatening letters. And as a legal firm, they can even provide legal advice and legal services in the event that the client does want to take debtors to court.
Who do Gladstones Solicitors collect debt for?
Gladstones Solicitors work for a vast number of companies that have been unsuccessful at chasing account arrears on their own. They come from a wide range of industries.
However, there is lots of evidence on forums and online reviews suggesting they mostly work for private car park operators. This is because they’re well known to chase unpaid private parking fines, also known as Parking Charge Notices.
Gladstones Solicitors parking fine
A private parking fine is issued to motorists who don’t pay or overstay in private car parks, which may be attached to hospitals, supermarkets and other businesses. If you don’t pay these fines, which aren’t real fines at all and are more like invoices, the car park operator could ask a debt collection agency to try and recover the payment.
“I am a member of the Armed Forces, and as such, I am frequently away from home […] I did not receive notice until a few months ago of a parking charge brought against me […] I have received another letter today, dated 10 December 2019, from Gladstones Solicitors, asking for payment of the full £160, and threatening legal action.”
- Rose Shell (Money Saving Expert Forum)
“I parked within a car park where I could not see any immediate notices. I received a parking notice through the post on 25/02/2020 which I was told to ignore. I then received a LETTER BEFORE CLAIM from Gladstones Solicitors.”
- Ezio1 (Money Saving Expert Forum)
Gladstones Solicitors Letter Before Action
As you can read by the experiences above, Gladstones Solicitors will send a letter threatening legal action if they don’t receive a payment or you agree on a payment plan. This is called a Letter Before Action because it must be sent before the client can take you to court.
Although, they may have no intention of taking you to court. Sometimes these letters are just used to intimidate you into paying, especially for lower amounts like parking fines.
Will Gladstones Solicitors take me to court?
It’s impossible to know whether the client of Gladstones Solicitors will take you to court if you don’t pay. They may not want the hassle of going to court, so there is a chance you could get away without paying. But at the same time, if they do take you to court, you could be requested to pay by a judge and may have additional fees to cover.
In a nutshell, it’s not worth ignoring their letters and running the risk of legal action taken against you.
So, should you pay Gladstones Solicitors?
If you can’t ignore Gladstones Solicitors debt letters you’ll have to pay, right? Not straight away! There are things you can try to avoid or delay paying Gladstones Solicitors – and not get taken to court for not paying by any deadline. Read on for the key details!
How to respond to Gladstones Solicitors letters
There are two other ways to respond to a Letter Before Action from Gladstones Solicitors. The way you should respond will depend on your specific circumstances. Everyone can fit into one of the two options below:
#1: Claim statute barred
A statute barred debt is when a debtor cannot be taken to court for an old debt they owe. This is because the courts have banned older debts from the courtroom as a way to prevent the court’s resources from becoming stretched. If your debt qualifies as statute barred, you can never be taken to court and never be made to pay.
You should check with a debt charity to make sure your debt qualifies as statute barred, and then reply to Gladstones Solicitors telling them this is the reason why you won’t be paying. It’s also worth asking them to write off the debt at this stage.
#2: Ask Gladstones Solicitors for proof
If your debt isn’t at least six years old, it won’t be a statute barred debt. But there is still something you can do to delay or even avoid paying Gladstones.
You can ask them to send you evidence that you owe the money. This is also worthwhile if you think they have the wrong person because they should realise this when they dig out the evidence. Until they supply proof, you don’t have to pay.
Gladstones Solicitors sent proof – what now?
You should consider paying the debt if Gladstones go to the trouble of sending you proof of the debt. It may be an indication that the client will take you to court. If you cannot afford the full amount, ask them about a personalised payment plan.
Gladstones Solicitors contact number
The Gladstones Solicitors’ contact number is 01565 755 080. This isn’t the payment hotline.
Further debt collection support
Additional support dealing with debt collection companies can be accessed through our main debt help hub. Remember that charities can help you if you need tailored advice.