Putting the fun back into Parking

This is a sample defence you can use. (Updated August 2015)

This defence has been updated following the Court of Appeal judgment in ParkingEye v Beavis, but before the Supreme Court ruling is available. The defence refers to the European Court of Justice Aziz v Caixa d’Estalvis case, which has higher authority than the Beavis case.

There are two different versions; one for a free car park, and one for a paid car park. You will need to edit it to add your specific details.

The MoJ online form only allows a limited amount of text, so you may need to file this by email if you use it.

If you file online, there is a limit to the size of the defence, which is 122 lines. If you want to file a larger defence then you can send it by email to ccbcaq@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk.

Their contact details are also here

The helpdesk at the online claim centre advises typing up your defence as a document, such as a word document. Head it as a defence,putting the claim number on and typing your name as a signature at the end. This can then be attached to the email.

​​Use this defence if you are short of time and need to get a defence filed. For a defence tailored to your circumstances, see my free guide. The evidence and transcripts can be filed at a later date. However, you should download them at the same time, in case this page changes. Make sure you have a basic understanding of these defences if the case goes to a hearing.

Transcripts and statutes referred to
​ParkingEye v Beavis
Aziz v Caixa d'Estalvis

Fairlie v Fenton
Unfair Terms in Consumer Contract Regulations 1999
The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013