The bailiff help area was once the most active and important parts of the site, probably the best free bailiff resource available online. The New Management took care of things by banning almost everyone who contributed to the subject. OK, so there were a few arguments and disagreements here, probably more than in the other areas, but then that’s what forums are for: to discuss issues. Or are they? Probably not this one by the sounds of it. If things get out of hand, that’s when moderators come in, only they don’t have any here, delegating is a dirty word in Beagleland.
I hope not, because there’s no-one there to help these days. Legal Beagles once had some of the best resources available online and a working group dedicated to the task. The main contributor, the King of the Spreadsheet was, sadly, banned nearly two years ago and his loyal friend and fellow PPI specialist took off and only pays the occasional visit. The PPI area is nearly deserted and hardly anyone takes a look any more.
One of the original members who set up the site, gave up her time and even put her own business at risk for the sake of keeping Legal Beagles up and running and free from spam and abuse for seven years, was unceremoniously booted out without so much as a bye or leave. Despite becoming a personal friend of the owners, one day she found herself demoted from her position without a warning, this was swiftly followed by a total ban. The member in question was a real gem who offered comfort and solace to people suffering mental health problems in addition to her admin duties.
At some point the site acquired the benefit of an experienced housing expert who knew all there is to know about mortgages, repossession, landlord-tenant relations, property issues, neighbour disputes and much more. Her contribution saved a number of members’ homes and put many others’ minds at rest, yet the member in question was banned nearly two years ago, for reasons unknown. The housing section of the site has all but died since. Apart from her housing expertise, this member had a very sound legal knowledge.
More than a year after the eviction of the housing specialist, a disabled long-standing member was in grave danger of losing his home. In the absence of any real housing expertise, another member referred him to a legal professional to save his home. The result? You guessed it! The member in question was the first one to bring the idea of unenforceability to the site and the original author of the pre-action protocol and disclosure letters to be used when dealing with money claims. She transferred a lot of her own resources to the site and was top poster throughout most of 2015, having helped hundreds of members with their debt problems and court claims.
Back in the day when Legal Beagles was top of the consumer sites, they actively fought against scams and rip-offs. There was a working group dedicated to dealing with CMCs, headed by one of the site owners. One group members who was also a founding member often worked tirelessly night and day alongside the site owners, her loyalty was repaid with an unexplained ban.
One long-standing member was well-known for his knowledge of consumer credit legislation. Having been involved in the area since the days when the Consumer Credit Act was born in the 70s, he knew every section by heart along with many other pieces of consumer legislation. He was particularly knowledgeable about car finance, hire purchase agreements and voluntary terminations, and also knew a thing or two about bailiffs, the Data Protection Act and limitation. Somehow he got on the wrong side of the Powers that Be and got banned, more than once.