This fine May morning, Mortonjag invites his burgeoning readership to contemplate the following scenario:
Su Kwan from The Lucky Cock owes you £1,000, but despite several promises, he’s not come up with the money, and you hear a rumour that he’s ‘abroad’. Then you discover that he’s signed a Trust Deed. That’s a real ‘scunner’ but those things happen, and having checked out the procedure, you write to his Trustee requesting a claim form. You fill it out carefully using the comprehensive guidance notes, not forgetting to include proof of the debt, and post it off.
The Trustee replies, explaining that he will update you regularly until the Trust Deed’s over and you should get some of your money back. The projected £150 is better than nothing, and you can leave everything in the hands of the experienced insolvency practitioner who will protect your interests along with those of the other creditors. It all sounds very simple – and so it should be.
Imagine now that you eventually get nothing at all. The Trustee explains that he has had to use up all of Su Kwan’s contributions investigating a ‘dodgy’ claim. You’d no doubt feel a bit aggrieved, and perhaps be wondering how a ‘dodgy’ claim could slip through the net in the first place, but in time you’d probably accept that it was just ‘one of those things’.
What if you learned that that ‘dodgy’ claim had been deliberately lodged by a self proclaimed ‘vastly experienced insolvency practitioner’ who had ‘presided over 5,000 cases as Trustee, Liquidator, Receiver, or Administrator’?
You’d be hightailing it to his office with a Kalashnikov, and rightly so!
That’s exactly what happened to Jim Gallacher’s creditors. Self proclaimed ‘vastly experienced insolvency practitioner’ Nicholas Robinson C.A. who practises in Wemyss Bay deliberately lodged a dodgy claim on Jim’s Trust Deed.
HE DID SO IN THE FULL KNOWLEDGE THAT THERE WAS NO PROOF OF DEBT, AND TO AVOID AN IDENTICAL CLAIM BEING DISMISSED IN A COURT OF LAW BECAUSE OF THAT LACK OF PROOF.
Had the boot been on the other foot, Robinson would have sent that claim half way to Rothesay! Instead, he went to inordinate lengths to ensure that his dodgy claim was admitted to the list of creditors. After that, time would ‘be on his side’.
Self awareness zero – as ever – and heid doon like the proverbial bull in a china shop, but with only a fraction of its grey matter, here’s Nicky Boy!!
None of yer form filling, enclosing proof of the debt, and letting some busy ‘Beaver Baxter’ do the rest for Nicky Boy – Not a bit of it!
THAT LETTER WAS ARROGANT, UNPROFESSIONAL, AND SANCTIMONIOUS – PARTICULARLY IN THE LIGHT OF RECENT REVELATIONS ON THIS BLOG!
Those of Mortonjag’s readers who are professional people – indeed those with even a tiny grasp of professional ethics must surely cringe at the content of that letter.
Would Nicholas have supplied details of his professional status if he ran a brothel up ‘The Broomy’? That was a reprehensible attempt to influence the Trustee, but worse, he went on to imply that Mr. Gallacher had breached the terms of his Trust Deed.
Nothing from Nick Robinson would be complete without the obligatory ‘Porky pie’! Not one penny of that money was borrowed, and Robinson had absolutely no reason to believe that it had. Full details of the funding arrangement were supplied to the Trustee by Mr Gallacher’s solicitor.
Sick Nick’s scandalous scam was ‘up and running’.
Over the coming days, Mortonjag will guide his expanding readership step by step through a complicated web of intrigue, beginning with a mysterious ‘phone call to the offices of Carrington Dean in Glasgow in September 2011. Who was the caller and what information did he seek?