Injunction Against Harassment By A Council?
Q: I'm hoping to be able sue for damages under the Data Protection Act
anyway (Misprocessing of personal information - Probably worth in the
region of ?2k, because they've wasted a huge amount of my time) but in
the mean time I need to make the NTOs etc stop or I won't have time to
do anything else.
I'd like to avoid solicitors because I was planning on using the small
claims track to recover damages, but it appears my only route now is
an injunction against the council concerned to prevent the (erronious)
issuing of further notices soaking up any more of my time. I looked
into applying for an injunction myself, without involving a Solicitor,
but it appears to be a Bad Idea - correct? If so, is it worth my while contacting a solicitor and am I
likely to recover the solicitors fees if I do decide to do this?
A: I think it would be far easier if in the first instance you complained to to the Local Government Ombudsman. As far as getting an injunction goes: have you got deep pockets? My gut reaction, without researching the point, is that you would be climbing up a very steep hill. Take a look at the Administration of Justice Act (year: ????) which if I recall rightly criminalizes harassment of a debtor. It may be worth your while looking up this Act, and making a formal complaint (if you satisfy the criteria) to the police: perhaps a letter to the Chief Constable with the City's CEO copied in? Perhaps the BBC might be interested
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