DEAL failed to turn up to a hearing today, possibly in Norwich.
The judge ruled it was unacceptable behaviour on the part for DEAL for
a) not attending the hearing
b) filing the discontinuance with the defendant in the 11th hour.
c) not filing the discontinuance with the court
The defendant was awarded costs of £190.
This looks like the latest sneaky tactic of Gary Warne and Ashley Cohen, who are apparently the controlling minds behind DEAL. By filing the discontinuance with the defendant, they hope that the defendant does not turn up at court. Faced with a no-show on both sides, the judge may well just strike the case out, or best case, rule for DEAL on the paperwork. This time they came unstuck with a judge who knew the rules on allowing costs for unreasonable behaviour.
The Prankster has so far never heard of a case where DEAL have turned up. Were you 'the one'? If so, contact the Prankster. If not, don't forget to inform the government survey about this sharp practice and mention that DEAL and Civil Enforcement Limited appear to be the same company and the controlling minds appear to be Gary Warne and Ashley Cohen.
The parking Prankster