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To have a CCJ on your credit record means that it will be virtually impossible for you to get credit, as it will show on your credit file as a Court Judgement for an Unpaid Debt. Most common examples of this are Parking Ticket companies, where a ticket is issued for a car that perhaps you have sold. Other examples include, Utility Companies, Mobile Phone Companies, and Debt Collection Agencies, some debts for which County Court Judgment CCJs have been issued range from £100 to £0.01p….Yes a CCJ for a debt of 1 pence – and this is happening all the time.
This practice has been widely reported in the press with those finding that they have a “Mystery CCJ” and people have subsequently been declined for Mortgages and Tenancy Agreements or new car finance, some of whom were in the middle of moving house and the CCJ blocked them from moving to their new home. More information
We will assess your case and examine how the CCJ came to be on your file and why you were not informed about it. This is not uncommon as there are many companies that systematically make claims for small amounts of money that can lead to a CCJ. If the papers for this debt are served on your previous address then you are likely to end up with a County Court Judgement “in default” this is because you have not replied to the court claim. If this is the case we can help you to make an application to set aside the County Court Judgement until the debt is either paid or formally disputed.
We can assign one of our experienced case workers to your file and they will help you to draft the required application in a legally correct format. They also help you to collate the required evidence to demonstrate that the CCJ should be set-aside on the correct legal grounds. The court application looks like a simple form and it is, if you know what you are doing. However, it is highly advisable to get some legal assistance, advice and guidance as if you make an application that is incorrect it is likely to be dismissed and then it will be far more difficult and perhaps costly to go back to the court again.
In some cases, where required and if we have time we will speak to the claimant or their solicitors to establish the basis of the claim and the timescales as to when the claim was made, what it was for and why they sent the papers to the wrong address. Subject to the service level that you opt for we will try and negotiate that the claimant will agree for the Court Judgement to be set aside whilst we are helping you to resolve the issue of the actual claim.
Once you have sent your information back to us, we will assess your case and advise you the likely prospect of your CCJ being removed, this is free of charge. If you would like more information about our services we will send you details of our charges and our terms and conditions before you make any payment or proceed with the service. We are Licensed and Qualified team of experienced paralegals and such we can also arrange court representation via our network of Court Advocates. We are also Licensed by the Bar Standards Board and able to arrange a Fully Qualified Barrister should your case be complex and require that extra level of care and attention to detail.
Paying the CCJ after 30 days has passed since the Judgement was registered will have the judgement simply marked as satisfied and this will not remove the judgment from the public register or your credit file, you are at liberty however to contact the court and request a certificate of satisfaction which is evidence that you have paid the judgment debt in full. The CCJ will remain on your credit file and the public register for 6 years from the date it was registered. If you are experiencing general debt issues we strongly encourage you to seek authorised and regulated debt advice and we would recommend that you contact Step Change or Payplan who offer free debt advice. If you are looking for free legal assistance we advise you to contact the Citizens Advice Bureau.
We offer a specialist fixed fee service, unlike CCJ Removal Solicitors who will charge by the hour, we offer a clear explanation of our charges at the outset so you know what you are signing up for. In addition, there is really no such thing as a CCJ Removal Solicitor per se, Solicitors are by their very nature “general legal advisors” and will advise all types of law, family, matrimonial, conveyancing, and wills and probate etc. Much like a medical GP. However the difference is that when you go to see your GP and you need specialist advice they refer you to a Specialist Consultant and indeed that is what we are, we are not CCJ Solicitors but we Specialise the this very niche and complex area of CCJ removal law. Our claim to some degree of fame is that we often get so called CCJ Solicitors calling us for guidance as to how to remove a county court judgment…High praise indeed! We have also had a number of clients that have instructed CCJ Solicitors or a general practice of local solicitors and they have not been able to assist our client, where we have later had the Judgment set aside or removed from the public register, which means that this is also removed from your credit file.
Parking fines are one of the biggest causes of CCJs in the UK due to the low level nature of the fine they can easily be missed. We have successfully dealt with many parking fine CCJ cases to help improve our clients credit reports.
One of the biggest operators in the UK are Parking Eye based in Chorley in the North West of England. They have contracts with land owners to manage their parking restrictions and issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCN’s) if you breach the Terms and Conditions of the Parking Regulations. Parking Eye have a contracts with many sectors such as; NHS Hospitals, Retail parks, Pubs & Restaurants, Supermarkets and Hotels.
Dealing with Parking Eye directly can be difficult as they are not contactable by telephone, they only have a “payment line” and can take some time to respond to emails.
Regardless of this Lender & Court Services do have a good working relationship with Parking Eye and we have had many Parking Eye CCJs removed from our clients credit reports.
Overall well impressed they all ways phoned me help me in every way and even when I won the court case they still phoned me to c if everything was ok . So would recommend lender and court to everyone . Big thanks guys help me get my life back on track .
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Although my case turned out to be a bit messy, the team at lender & court services went above and beyond what they had to do to get my cases sorted. We were messed about a bit by the court administration service but I felt fully supported by the team. I would recommend lender &… Read more “Fantastic service, really pleased”
I cannot thank lender and court services enough. Obviously it is very scary finding out you have a ccj and no knowledge. I contacted lender and court services as to help me with this and they were fantastic. I had a guy who was there at my beck and call he has walked me through… Read more “What an amazing company”
my experience with lenders & court services were fantastic, i contacted them when i had a ccj on my file which i was unaware of due to a parking ticket which was sent to my previous address, i got in touch with this company and they were so efficient and reliable in regards to putting… Read more “Fantastic, efficient and reliable”
I obtained a CCJ for parking in MACCLESFIELD car park with parking eye. I moved house and did not receive the court order and so this was a shock for me when applying for credit. Lender and court services were very knowledgable and were able to advise me on a simple process to get the… Read more “Would recommend them to anybody”
If you agree that you owe the money even once a Judgement is made if you pay the debt within 30 days then there is no record of the action that has been taken recorded on your credit file and you will not have get a CCJ.
If you don’t reply to the court papers in the 14 days allowed, or don’t receive them, and such cannot reply, then a Judgement will be issued against you. If you have a CCJ registered against you and don’t pay an order can be made to take money out of your wages, A charge can be put on your property, your bank accounts can be frozen and bailiffs can be sent to your home to collect the money or goods to the value of the claim and the extra costs, charges and default interest.
A CCJ is also put on your credit file for six years warning banks and financial institutions that you have a history of debt. If you have an unpaid CCJ it will be virtually impossible for you to get a Mortgage, Credit Card, Car Finance or a Loan, especially from a high street provider and you would be forced to use a more “subprime” lender and even if this is available it will cost you much, much more for any credit that you obtain.
When someone makes a County Court Claim against you, you will be sent a Claim Form which explains how much the person is claiming and why they are taking the action, this is called “Particulars of Claim”.
You must respond the court papers in 14 days as if you do not then the court will issue a “Default Judgement” as essentially the court will believe the claimant without hearing your side of the issue.
There many cases, where you have discovered that you have a CCJ and did not receive the original paperwork and a Default Judgement has been made where you can make an application to the court to set-aside the judgement. This doesn’t mean that the matter is closed, it simply means that the claimant has to start the process again, should they wish to.
The way to find out if you have a CCJ is to check your credit file, there are a number of services available online to check this such as Equifax, Experian, or Noddle. This is the first step to checking what is registered against you and we would need to see this in order to help you.
Once you discover that you have a CCJ you need to act promptly. You can apply to the court to have a CCJ set-aside and the Court Fee is £255. This is the correct process if the CCJ was entered onto your credit file incorrectly, for example that you did never owed the money and you can prove it. Other reasons may be that the papers were sent to an old address and you never had the chance to defend, pay, or deal with the claim.
Remember that if a CCJ is set-aside due to failure of service in that you did not receive the papers from court and if you are successful the court will automatically remove the CCJ. However, that might not be the end of the problem as the person who made the claim may wish to re-issue proceedings to recover the debt, so you need to either have a defence to the claim or be prepared to pay the original debt in order for the matter to be concluded once and for all.
Our Head Office is based in Timperley in South Manchester, with Manchester Airport and junction 19 of the M6 10 minutes away. The Lender & Court Team offer a national service and as a team we have over 30 years’ experience in dealing with court procedure.
Have you discovered that you have a CCJ you knew nothing about? Did you not receive the court papers? Were they sent to an old or wrong address? If so we can help, Call the team now for a free review of your case on 0345 548 4345 and get your CCJ Removed.