Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mother: PS30k Parking Debt Is Devastating

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mother: PS30k Parking Debt Is Devastating

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Byline: Tristan Kirk Courts Reporter and Barney Davis

A MOTHER fighting bankruptcy after her lawyer husband refused to pay a PS40 parking ticket today told of the "devastating" spiralling cost of the legal fight. Diana Loson is facing legal bills of nearly PS30,000 after a court battle over a ticket issued to her husband, immigration lawyer Tiki Emizie, in 2010. Mr Emizie refused to pay the Camden council charge, and when Ms Loson, who is in the final year of a law degree, returned home from a shopping trip to find the family car had been clamped, she decided to sue the bailiffs respon-sible. However, she lost the legal fight against the bailiffs and debt recovery specialists Newlyn Plc, leaving her on the edge of bankruptcy after a judge refused her offer to pay back the debts at a rate of PS50-a-month.

Speaking to the Standard today, Ms Loson said: "It is devastating for my family. It started so small and has just escalated out of all control."

Her husband, who failed to spot parking suspension signs when he got the initial fine, insisted that his wife, who is working part-time at Selfridges, will be able to pay the debts when she is employed full-time next year. …

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