Victoria 2 Schoolwear owner Janet Cohen will face Waltham Forest Council's legal team in October after claims that a Leyton school cost her £24k

Janet Cohen and her mother Victoria Samuel have sold uniforms for 47 years

Janet Cohen and her mother Victoria Samuel have sold uniforms for 47 years

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Waltham Forest Council has denied claims made by a uniform retailer that a school's unfair decision to use another supplier could bankrupt her business.

Owner of Victoria 2 Schoolwear in Hoe Street Walthamstow, Janet Cohen, is taking legal action against Lammas School and Business College in Seymour Road, Leyton, after they changed their pupil’s uniform.

As the biggest stockist for the school, Mrs Cohen claimed she placed her usual order for clothing in 2013 after checking with the school.

Howeve, she says she is is now left with £24,000 worth of branded jumpers and sweatshirts after the school decided to change its uniform.

Lammas school uniforms are now sold from a stockist in Newham.

The council will represent the school at trial on October 9.

A spokesman said: “The school denies the allegations Mrs Cohen has made and will be vigorously defending the court proceedings.

“Due to reasons of confidentiality neither the Council nor the school can comment further at this stage.”

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5:44pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

They will 'vigorously defend' the action because they are spending public money and as a council will always attack the small man come what may.

I know who I trust in this matter and it is not the local authority who have a list as long as the high street of cases of incompetence, mismanagement, wrong doing and lies.

They claim to help small businesses and yet leave this firm holding the baby by sweeping the rug from under their feet.

This is an outrageous case against this company and I hope the claimants hold their nerve and do not get bullied and intimidated by this unscrupulous authority.
They will 'vigorously defend' the action because they are spending public money and as a council will always attack the small man come what may. I know who I trust in this matter and it is not the local authority who have a list as long as the high street of cases of incompetence, mismanagement, wrong doing and lies. They claim to help small businesses and yet leave this firm holding the baby by sweeping the rug from under their feet. This is an outrageous case against this company and I hope the claimants hold their nerve and do not get bullied and intimidated by this unscrupulous authority. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 24

6:16pm Tue 10 Jun 14

sappho_ says...

What an absolute disgrace. This small business was basically robbed by an unscrupulous school. They dropped this lady as school stockist at the drop of a hat after giving her specific assurances that they would remain with her, so she's left with piles of unsalable stock.

As a council tax payer I don't usually wish for added expense to be heaped on Waltham Forest Council, but I can't help wishing that they lose this one and pay back the lady every single penny.
What an absolute disgrace. This small business was basically robbed by an unscrupulous school. They dropped this lady as school stockist at the drop of a hat after giving her specific assurances that they would remain with her, so she's left with piles of unsalable stock. As a council tax payer I don't usually wish for added expense to be heaped on Waltham Forest Council, but I can't help wishing that they lose this one and pay back the lady every single penny. sappho_
  • Score: 24

9:04pm Tue 10 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

Wait for the trial please.
Wait for the trial please. stickmanny
  • Score: -18

9:29pm Tue 10 Jun 14

hursthill says...

stickmanny wrote:
Wait for the trial please.
If it was a trade unionist who had worked for the Council for 47 years, the communist stickmoney would be calling for a general strike.

Shame on those faceless hoodies with their gold plated pensions - the council employees,- who are spending ratepayers cash, making rich solicitors even richer, to defend this clear moral outrage . They would not have the courage to go legal if it was they had to pay the legal fees.
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: Wait for the trial please.[/p][/quote]If it was a trade unionist who had worked for the Council for 47 years, the communist stickmoney would be calling for a general strike. Shame on those faceless hoodies with their gold plated pensions - the council employees,- who are spending ratepayers cash, making rich solicitors even richer, to defend this clear moral outrage . They would not have the courage to go legal if it was they had to pay the legal fees. hursthill
  • Score: 7

10:01pm Tue 10 Jun 14

mdj says...

If the school claims no contractual connection with the supplier, how does the Council have one?
If the school claims no contractual connection with the supplier, how does the Council have one? mdj
  • Score: 21

10:24pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

hursthill wrote:
stickmanny wrote:
Wait for the trial please.
If it was a trade unionist who had worked for the Council for 47 years, the communist stickmoney would be calling for a general strike.

Shame on those faceless hoodies with their gold plated pensions - the council employees,- who are spending ratepayers cash, making rich solicitors even richer, to defend this clear moral outrage . They would not have the courage to go legal if it was they had to pay the legal fees.
Stickmanny logic
[quote][p][bold]hursthill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: Wait for the trial please.[/p][/quote]If it was a trade unionist who had worked for the Council for 47 years, the communist stickmoney would be calling for a general strike. Shame on those faceless hoodies with their gold plated pensions - the council employees,- who are spending ratepayers cash, making rich solicitors even richer, to defend this clear moral outrage . They would not have the courage to go legal if it was they had to pay the legal fees.[/p][/quote]Stickmanny logic Villagecranberry
  • Score: 5

10:47pm Tue 10 Jun 14

ViewpointE4 says...

"Lammas school uniforms are now sold from a stockist in Newham".

Seems LBWF are trying to assist in probably driving a local company out of business to the benefit of a Newham Council business rate payer.

Where is the logic?

So when the uniform shop has gone what business will come in to serve the community....... 24hr supermarket, pawn broker, chicken shop, mobile phone unlocking ????
"Lammas school uniforms are now sold from a stockist in Newham". Seems LBWF are trying to assist in probably driving a local company out of business to the benefit of a Newham Council business rate payer. Where is the logic? So when the uniform shop has gone what business will come in to serve the community....... 24hr supermarket, pawn broker, chicken shop, mobile phone unlocking ???? ViewpointE4
  • Score: 19

6:31am Wed 11 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
hursthill wrote:
stickmanny wrote:
Wait for the trial please.
If it was a trade unionist who had worked for the Council for 47 years, the communist stickmoney would be calling for a general strike.

Shame on those faceless hoodies with their gold plated pensions - the council employees,- who are spending ratepayers cash, making rich solicitors even richer, to defend this clear moral outrage . They would not have the courage to go legal if it was they had to pay the legal fees.
Stickmanny logic
Cornbeefur - winding you up is all too easy these days.

This issue will be decided by a court. We know you love to cast moral outrage but its best done when the decision is reached.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hursthill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: Wait for the trial please.[/p][/quote]If it was a trade unionist who had worked for the Council for 47 years, the communist stickmoney would be calling for a general strike. Shame on those faceless hoodies with their gold plated pensions - the council employees,- who are spending ratepayers cash, making rich solicitors even richer, to defend this clear moral outrage . They would not have the courage to go legal if it was they had to pay the legal fees.[/p][/quote]Stickmanny logic[/p][/quote]Cornbeefur - winding you up is all too easy these days. This issue will be decided by a court. We know you love to cast moral outrage but its best done when the decision is reached. stickmanny
  • Score: -5

7:00am Wed 11 Jun 14

tjm01 says...

Sit tight Janet and wait for October 9, these thing have a habit of winkeling out incompetance and possible untruths, I do hope that in the event that you are proved correct those who are responsible are held accountable and face the appropiate actions
Sit tight Janet and wait for October 9, these thing have a habit of winkeling out incompetance and possible untruths, I do hope that in the event that you are proved correct those who are responsible are held accountable and face the appropiate actions tjm01
  • Score: 23

12:20pm Wed 11 Jun 14

sallysue says...

As a mother of twins in their final year at primary school, the Lammas School in Leyton was one of my options to send them to next year. However, having read this report I am appalled in the manner they have treated a small local business and I have now seriously reconsidered my options.

Why does a local school send parents out of the borough to Newham to purchase their school uniform? Is it no wonder that many small businesses are closing down in Waltham Forest? Do they think that busy parents have neither the time nor money to travel in order to purchase an item of uniform should their children lose or outgrow an item of clothing? I for one have more important things to do with my time and money!! This does not add up. I cannot understand why a local supplier was not given the business and therefore create local jobs too!

In addition, whereas this local shopkeeper has to pay for her own legal team, who do you think is paying for the school’s lawyers? ...... Yes it's US!!! the hard working local residents, which is coming straight from our pockets through our council tax. Surely this money could have been put to better use.

My sympathies go out to Mrs Cohen and wish her the very best in her fight for justice....... just remember David and Goliath!
As a mother of twins in their final year at primary school, the Lammas School in Leyton was one of my options to send them to next year. However, having read this report I am appalled in the manner they have treated a small local business and I have now seriously reconsidered my options. Why does a local school send parents out of the borough to Newham to purchase their school uniform? Is it no wonder that many small businesses are closing down in Waltham Forest? Do they think that busy parents have neither the time nor money to travel in order to purchase an item of uniform should their children lose or outgrow an item of clothing? I for one have more important things to do with my time and money!! This does not add up. I cannot understand why a local supplier was not given the business and therefore create local jobs too! In addition, whereas this local shopkeeper has to pay for her own legal team, who do you think is paying for the school’s lawyers? ...... Yes it's US!!! the hard working local residents, which is coming straight from our pockets through our council tax. Surely this money could have been put to better use. My sympathies go out to Mrs Cohen and wish her the very best in her fight for justice....... just remember David and Goliath! sallysue
  • Score: 18

8:45pm Wed 11 Jun 14

agi173 says...

"vigorous defence", so what is it and lets have it please.

People like this who always do not say much, always lie have a lot to hide. I have looked at some of the schools defence in another thread and it is appalling - this school certainly do not have any defence or case. They are daring and conniving cheats. Take the school to the cleaners and teach them a lesson.
"vigorous defence", so what is it and lets have it please. People like this who always do not say much, always lie have a lot to hide. I have looked at some of the schools defence in another thread and it is appalling - this school certainly do not have any defence or case. They are daring and conniving cheats. Take the school to the cleaners and teach them a lesson. agi173
  • Score: 20

6:20pm Thu 12 Jun 14

bush87 says...

There seems to be a lot of truth! - lammas uniform was very disliked.

Hope this helps in your case.

https://twitter.com/
Gel_Johnsonx/status/
375336849549832192

https://twitter.com/
gracedeborah_/status
/372313075321671680
There seems to be a lot of truth! - lammas uniform was very disliked. Hope this helps in your case. https://twitter.com/ Gel_Johnsonx/status/ 375336849549832192 https://twitter.com/ gracedeborah_/status /372313075321671680 bush87
  • Score: 9

8:22pm Thu 12 Jun 14

answer= says...

Who on the council got a bung ..........
Who on the council got a bung .......... answer=
  • Score: 6

3:25pm Fri 13 Jun 14

agi173 says...

I wonder if this Headteacher had reported this matter to OFSTED? Who do these dead beat boneheads think they are bullying 2 poor defenceless ladies when it is clear that the school had been wrong?

If a primary school is forced to close down when a member of staff slaps a toddler then OFSTED should intervene, investigate this and also force the Lammas school to close down. - We do not need schools like this-

# Check this out #
http://www.guardian-
series.co.uk/news/ch
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I wonder if this Headteacher had reported this matter to OFSTED? Who do these dead beat boneheads think they are bullying 2 poor defenceless ladies when it is clear that the school had been wrong? If a primary school is forced to close down when a member of staff slaps a toddler then OFSTED should intervene, investigate this and also force the Lammas school to close down. - We do not need schools like this- # Check this out # http://www.guardian- series.co.uk/news/ch ingford/11267803.Pre _school_closes_after _toddler_slapping_pr obe/?ref=var_0 agi173
  • Score: 6

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