Angel Group, who have a lucrative Home Office contract to house asylum seekers, have engaged the services of a firm of Edinburgh libel lawyers in an apparent attempt to silence criticism of their "service provision"
Organisations and individuals taking an interest in Angel's activities have reportedly received threatening letters from this firm on behalf of the profitable firm staffed by rude and abrupt workers. The letters are believed to warn against making statements about the Angel Group's provision of service and the behaviour of their staff.
Unfortunately for the Angel Group, there are no shortage of people who have stories of ill-treatment at the hands of the Group and its staff. These people also have no assets that a legal action could hope to recover for "damages" even if their stories turned out not to be true. The only purpose of legal threats could be to attempt to scare off organisations who have the means to obtain greater publicity and so keep things quiet. This "premptive libel strike" tactic seems to be becoming common, and puts Angel Group among such illustrious company as mercenaries and Uzbek oligarchs who have recently used it.
However, a source told me that a dossier of damaging and well-supported allegations about the Angel Group and their activities has been collated and is being prepared for launch. When asked about the prospect of legal action, they laughed and said "bring it on, we have nothing to lose".
The Home Office contract (not mentioned on Angel's cheesily-designed website) represents a very comfortable source of funding for a property group at a time of global credit crunch and falling prices; but the Government is not likely to go into bat for them. On the contrary, they would be happy to see others take the rap for damage caused by the system they preside over.
Angel Group seem set for a bad period in the very near future...