A2. Test Freeman Remedies
Test the various Freeman On The Land Remedies proposed on the internet to determine which are actually effective in practice
There are two main types of remedies which we've called "Strategies" and "Tactics" due to their nature and degree of difficulty
1. Strategies For Becoming A Freeman
This is on-going and mostly depends on research.
More will be posted on this later
2. Freeman Tactics
We decided to test the remedy theories on real life situations as they arose within the project team.
We looked at the 3 main tactics for discharging 'Claims' made against a free man via 'Penalty Charge Notices' (parking tickets), miscellaneous claims using the "This Is Not Me" approach and 'Demands for the payment of Unlawful Usery' (credit card debt), as proposed by freeman on the land websites on the internet
These are what sceptics might call "freeman on the land urban myths", and where without the knowledge gained through this project 'A Freeman' would have normally just gone along with the 'authority' making the claim and paid up!
But because 'A Freeman' now understands the theory of how notices and merchant contracts operate because of the knowledge gained in Phase 1, he was able to test this knowledge in practice.
As far as the 'freeman on the land urban myths' go, what we suspect is that many who talk of these concepts, both advocates and sceptics, have never actually tried them
But, the proof is in the pudding as they say, so the only way to establish the truth is to test these theories in practice.
The trials carried out are summarised below
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Trial 'Authority' Start Date Outcome Local Council January 2009 Claim Abandoned Debt Collection Agency April 2009 Claim Abandoned Credit Card Companies April 2009 Estoppel Not Challenged
Every Day Situations
We also looked at these situations that arose within the project team during this phase and where the freeman learning about law, contracts, offers etc were put to the test
Trial 'Authority' Start Date Outcome 4. Dispute Issue of Fixed Penalty Notice - Shop Lifting Local Police March 2009 Claim Cancelled 5. Challenge Aggressive Penalty Charges - Ground Rent Holiday Park Company March 2009 Charges Cancelled 6. Challenge Standards of Care - Mental Health Local Health Authority April 2009 Major Success - Working Practices Amended 7. Challenge Excessive Handling Charges Royal Mail May 2009 Charges Cancelled
All with successful outcomes...As you can see, so far it's 7 - NIL to Project Freeman!
(This page last updated 15th May 2011)