Once upon a time in 2012, Jason Bennison joined the Legal Beagles Consumer forum under the username Happy Contrails. This was his opening post:
Hello from Happy Contrails 7th January 2012, 12:29:PM
Hello all, I was referred here by ploddertom, a CAG vet.
Im not a consumer rights activist type of bloke, but I do have an interest in the bailiff industry going back to 2006.
I’m from West London but currently work in Dubai.
I had a flat in Surrey which we used for our airport turnarounds, we are both pilots as you might tell from my name, with different companies, me Emirates, she easyJet.
My bailiff knowledge started on a rare occasion we both overnighted in Surrey when I returned the UK during the night, and my partner was getting ready for her early Gatwick start. At 6am, a dirty looking guy at the door, we didnt bother answering because he looked like a lost fruitcake, so he decided to go round the back, climb the fire escape and prise open the back door.
My partner was hospitalised with a broken foot when he pushed the door over it. Damage to property and he goes on about owing £300 for a parking ticket. Police called on 999 who said he is a bailiff and its all a civil matter.
I dragged it through the courts, which is where I gained much of my knowledge on bailiffs. The result.
- Personal injury claim £83,000 – partner was grounded for 7 months, she needs the use of both feet to fly an Airbus A319
- Damage to my flat £1600 settled by the council
- Council had to refund all parking tickets it had issued in the last 6 years because they were not compliant with the law. (thats what happens when they do not cooperate with me, I start talking to the press) – refunds paid about £110K.
- I made a complaint against the police officer to a magistrate for corrution, by saying bailiff crime is a civil matter. His force retracted the civil matter comment in return for me dropping my complaint. Crime investigated. Bailiff arrested but given a police caution for offences under the 1968 Theft Act, Criminal Damage Act and the Offences Against the Person Act.
- Bailiff company lost its Credit license after I complained about fitness to hold one. I caught them charging credit card fees contrary to their Merchant Service Agreement and placing a cardholder under duress to obtain a credit money transfer. Bailiff company dissolved and reformed as Marston, same game and same players just a new name, plus a new director on the board to put up his Surrey mansion as colateral for reinstatement of its credit license.
The bailiffs certificate was out of date, and consequentially, he was uninsured. This also gave rise to a further complaint against the police officers for professional incompetence. At the scene, they failed to see that the bailiff credentials had expired. The IPCC recommended the officers undergo some re-training.
I discovered CAG, and helped others with bailiff troubles, but discontinued after finding the forums becoming rather over-moderated. Too many of them in your face, some with egos the size of a small planet.
As well as a passion for flying, I enjoy aviation photography and am never far from the worlds airshows. I was a first offficer with Britannia (now thomsonfly) on Boeing 767’s, and before that, the Royal Navy. Today, I also work unpaid helping others from the low-income communities and, the same, but in an unspecified official capacity (but not a lawyer).Legal Beagles
Bennison’s partner was an EasyJet pilot who needed to use both feet to fly an Airbus, right? So how does that square up with the following article, from around the time the alleged incident resulting in the alleged payoff took place?