Claiming flight delay compensation can be tricky, especially when the airline in question doesn’t have an address in the UK. How do you issue court proceedings and obtain an order from the court for them to pay you?
Fortunately at Bott and Co, as the leaders in this area of law in the UK, we know how to deal with airlines such as Small Planet.
We’d had a build-up of Small Planet claims without a UK address to issue proceedings and enforce judgments, and earlier this year after accruing in excess of £20,000 worth of county court judgments, and having given Small Planet ample opportunity to pay, we discussed matters with a High Court Enforcement Office and put a proposition to them.
Our suggestion was that if a Small Planet asset was in the jurisdiction of England and Wales – such as an airplane at a UK airport – could a High Court Enforcement Officer seize that aircraft until such time as the debt was paid.
Small Planet Plane Impounded
After some research it was agreed that it could be, and as such a number of High Court writs were issued and sent to the Enforcement Officer. After serving them and giving the airline the appropriate notice, High Court Enforcement Officers attended an airport in the UK at a time we told them a Small Planet Aircraft landed. After showing airport security the appropriate court order giving them authority to seize the plane, they walked into the runway and impounded the aircraft until such time as the debts were paid.
Flight Delay Claims Against Small Planet
Despite having taken those steps we still have to issue a sizeable amount of court proceedings against Small Planet. This means issuing under the European Small Claims Procedure, serving those documents outside of our jurisdiction and then, if necessary, knowing what you can and can’t do when a judgment is entered and you still have not been paid.
This is complicated, time consuming and often expensive work, but these are the lengths Bott and Co will go to in order to obtain passengers’ compensation.