Over the past few weeks Marks and Spencers accounts have come back onto my radar. As many will be aware, i was the fee earner who was responsible for drafting the Defence in the case of Santander v Mayhew, that case involved some interesting arguments which as can be seen from the Judgment, prevailed.
The Harrods store card in that case was no different to the Debenhams cards, and Marks and Spencers cards, although im sure they will all claim their agreements are compliant and enforceable blah blah blah.
Anyway, M&S agreements have hit my radar, this time because third party debt purchasers are arguing that they are in fact overdraft accounts and therefore not regulated by the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
After hearing this argument i had to pick myself up off the floor from laughing so much, the thing is that when you look at the arguments being put forward you realise quickly that they are talking nonsense, why? well it is claimed that M&S current account was opened in 1997 in this particular case however with a quick piece of research i was able to prove beyond any doubt that the account was in fact incapable of being an overdraft on an account in 1997 as M&S didnt issue such accounts at that point in time.
The biggest problem is that many consumers wont know where to look or how to prove their case. If you do face such a claim however, there is help at hand, i have just recently dealt with such a claim brought by Arrow Global in the County Court. We successfully beat the Claimant at trial and had a declaration given that the agreement was unenforceable and furthermore costs were awarded against the Claimant.