Richard Heller, leading Georgia Luscombe, obtains convictions in £1.5 million Gatwick Valet Parking ‘scam’ matter.
23 April 2019
Following a six-week trial, Richard Heller and Georgia Luscombe, instructed by West Sussex County Council Trading Standards Service, obtained convictions against London Parking Gatwick Limited and its director Asad Malik, for offences of misleading and unfair commercial practice concerning the manner in which the company advertised and performed its meet and greet parking service at Gatwick Airport.
In 19 months, the company took 27,000 bookings, and received more than £1.5 million, from customers who were assured that once collected their vehicles would be kept in secure parking facilities with CCTV and continual manned patrols before being returned in perfect condition. To support their claims the company used fake testimonials and photos of car parks with parking bays and perimeter fencing, when in fact the majority of cars they collected from customers were parked haphazardly in farmers’ fields and woodland. Many were returned scratched, dented or muddy, some having travelled far in excess of the miles necessary for being parked and returned to the airport.
Asad Malik was sentenced to 14 months’ imprisonment and disqualified from acting as a company director for 4 years. Sentencing of the company will take place at the conclusion of confiscation proceedings. See press links for further information: