In response to my request under the Freedom of Information Act to the Ministry of Justice for the number of claims issued by the two firms of solicitors since I informed HFC that the collection charges were unlawful, in 2003, they provided the following information. The number of claims issued was 91,689. With an average collection charge of £1,500 this means that approximately £137,000,000 in unlawful charges was added to accounts. This doesn’t included cases where proceedings were not issued but where collection charges were added, probably a similar number.
|Year||2002 / 2003||2003 / 2004||2004 / 2005||2005 / 2006||2006 / 2007||2007 / 2008||2008 / 2009||2009 / 2010|
|Claims issued by Restons||2733||3369||3460||5761||9004||6757||6511||8992|
|Claims issued by||2362||1137||2307||1646||2981||2373||17475||14821|