Here at Inside Timeshare, we are always on the lookout for new “claims & exit” companies, but we are also on the lookout for some of the old players which make a comeback. One such company is Taylor Marshall Associates, who have been linked in the past to RSB Legal and Verity Claims. It is not just this company’s past and a past director that gives us cause for concern, it is the fact that the Financial Conduct Authority has given them authorisation for claims management. As you will see from the article it does raise a few questions as to the checks that the FCA makes when granting authorisation, it is obvious that they do not conduct any real checks at all.
Taylor Marshall Associates Ltd, Company Number 09458294, registered at Company House on 25 February 2015. The registered address is:
Their website which was registered in 2015 is:
The list of directors past and present are:
Barnaby Walker, appointed 5 January 2018;
Ruth Burbidge, appointed 14 January 2021;
George Micheal Burbidge, Secretary and Director, resigned 5 January 2018;
Mark Putnam, Secretary and Director, resigned 17 & 27 January respectively.
Their FCA Registration Number 838478 and only temporary permission has been granted, this was granted on 1 April 2019, so they must be on what can only be described as “probation”.
It is the past director George Burbidge, which gives great cause for concern especially as Ruth Burbidge is now a director.
George Burbidge was also a director of a claims company which became involved with claims against timeshare and holiday clubs around 8 years ago. Inside Timeshare at the time published many warnings about this company, Verity Claims, as they were targeting members of Designer Way Vacation Club among others.
They soon disappeared in the timeshare world and the next we hear from them is that George Burbidge and David Sperring were convicted of fraud and then jailed. See link below to the Milton Keynes newspaper MK Citizen.
Although jailed and barred from holding any directorships, it is inconceivable that he does not have any control or influence on the company. After all, is one of the directors Ruth Burbidge, not his wife?
So it seems they are back in the world of timeshare for exits and claims, they appear to be targeting various Facebook Groups by placing adverts and posts, one Fb Group, Diamond Resorts Owners Advocacy, contacted Inside Timeshare as they had a request to join the group. Another Fb Group which we have located another post is the La Cala de Mijas Hangout. Both are closed groups.
The post by a Chris Green, who we can only assume is working for them, his Fb page shows no details, photos, friends or posts is as follows:
“Taylor Marshall Associates is an FCA Regulated No-Win No-Fee claims company specialising in timeshare claims for people who own or have owned: Club la Costa, Marriott, Diamond, Anfi, Silverpoint, Palm Oasis, Azure and many more.”
“Please take a look at our page and book an appointment if you would like some help.”
Now, knowing the past of this company, makes us just wonder how the Financial Conduct Authority has given them authorisation and “Regulated” status as a “Claims Management Company”?
Surely, they must investigate and check the histories of any company before confirming regulated status, if not then why not?
How are the public supposed to trust any company which has FCA Regulated Status?
It seems inconceivable that a company with the history and reputation along with the fact that a director albeit resigned, has been convicted of fraud along with the fact that his wife is also a director has been granted authorisation. A very important question for the FCA to answer.
All this does bring into doubt the integrity of the FCA, it also shows they are not fit for the job as our recent articles about them and Barclays Partner Finance clearly show. (See Link to This is Money article)
Here at Inside Timeshare, we warn all timeshare owners to be cautious if contacted by this company or any company associated with it. We very much doubt if the “leopard has changed its spots”!
Previous articles involving Taylor Marshall Associates
Link to Jeff Prestridge article on the FCA