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BW legal letter before claim

Hi all,
Thanks for the helpful advice in the newbies thread. I am at the point of "Letter before claim" I think, with a letter from BW legal.

I am going to email with the response in the newbies thread (below). I ask though, my partner doesnt have it in her to fight the claim if they do proceed. Is there a point to the below email if I she it not going to follow through on fighting it in court? For example, might they reduce the £60 debt recovery fees or give up entirely just based on this email? Much appreciated

Dear Sirs,

Your Ref. ############
Proposed Legal Proceedings
Claimant: xxxxxx xxxxxxxx Ltd

I refer to your your letter of claim.

I confirm that my address for service for the time being - assuming you don't faff about and delay any claim - is as follows, and any older address must be erased from your records:
[Correct address here]

The alleged debt is disputed and any court proceedings will be vigorously defended.

I am sourcing and seeking independent debt advice and as such, I formally request that this matter be put on hold for an additional 30 days, in accordance with the Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims 2017 ('the PAP').

I note that the amount being claimed has increased by a hugely exaggerated amount which the Government called "extorting money from motorists".

Don't send me your usual blather about that.
I have two questions, and under the PAP I am entitled to specific answers:

1. Am I to understand that the additional £70 represents what you lot dress up as a 'Debt Recovery' fee, and if so, is this nett or inclusive of VAT? If the latter, would you kindly explain why I am being asked to pay the operator’s VAT?

2. With regard to the principal alleged PCN sum: Is this damages, or will it be pleaded as consideration for parking?

Yours faithfully


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    edited 19 February at 11:55AM
    No they won't, not at this stage.  But some cases never proceed to a court claim, depends on which PPC.

    And many cases never proceed to a hearing so don't go paying to avoid a hearing.

    Even getting a court claim just needs a template defence at first, and doesn't commit her to 'fighting' or attending a hearing (an offer could be made if it got that far).
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