Welcome to the start of another week with Inside Timeshare, just for a change, this weekend has been rather quiet with very few emails being received and no new “dubious” law firms or claims companies coming to light. Once again the emails we have received feature the same old names we have been publishing over the past few weeks such as Torcaz Abogados, JSD Group and Morales and Maxwell. All with the same wonderful news that the client has a substantial amount of money waiting for them in the courts, but as usual you must pay them first to release the money. You can see all the articles on JSD, Morales and Torcaz on the links below.
Having a look around the internet this morning at some of the other websites and forums, we could not help but notice the mindtimeshare website. They have still not published any new blog since 14 November 2019, this is highly unusual for mindtimeshare.
We do know that once Alberto Garcia was removed and they lost their funding from the RDO things have not gone well for them and they apparently reverted to using their own data to pass clients to other companies in order to survive. We just wonder if this is a sign that we may just have heard the last of mindtimeshare?
This case once again involved illegal contracts containing a duration of more than 50 years and was using the “floating weeks” system. The companies were also fined for the illegal taking of deposits within the statutory 14 days cooling-off period.
The original purchase price was around 70,000€ with the penalty payments this has been increased to 103,793.51€, that is almost 34,000€ more than what they originally paid. The court also awarded legal interest and declared the contract null and void.
So we have one very happy ex-Anfi timeshare owner and a very happy successful legal team. Congratulations to you all.
If you think you may have a claim for an illegal timeshare contract and would like to know more about your legal rights and options, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.
Please also remember to check any company that cold calls with the story that your timeshare company has been taken to court and they are now holding substantial sums for you. There will always be a catch.
Welcome to the last article for this week and what a week it has been, our email inbox has once again been busy with enquiries from readers trying to find out about companies that have cold-called them. Thankfully most are ones we have highlighted on these pages in the past with some new information which clearly points to a scam. Before we begin the roundup of this week’s news we begin with some new information about the “fake” law firm Morales and Maxwell.
Morales and Maxwell first came to our attention in mid-June, they appear to be targeting Eze Group members stating that the Málaga Courts have seized assets of Eze Group and there are substantial amounts of money being awarded by the courts to their clients.
These are quite substantial amounts all around £20,000 plus, but as usual, there are fees of around £2,400 which need to be paid to allow the courts to release the funds. Clients are being given a Spanish Mobile number which is supposed to belong to the Málaga courts to verify the facts. Well, we do know that the courts will not be using mobile telephones for this type of enquiry.
It has now transpired that Morales & Maxwell are now sending a document supposedly from the Oficina Judicial de Andalucia, very strange indeed considering the courts are part of the Ministry of Justice which is a National Government Ministry. We at Inside Timeshare have never seen any document like this in all the years we have been running.
The document is attached below as a PDF file, so far we have not been able to identify the Judge His Honorable High Judge Dr Jose Mario Savantes, or if he is indeed genuine and as usual his name is being used without his knowledge. More information will be published as and when it is available.
On Tuesday we reported on the Tenerife fake law firm Torcaz Abogados, yet another incarnation of the Litigious Abogados Family we have reported on over the last 4 years. This article highlighted the same Modus Operandi as the previous incarnations right down to the “stolen” cheque from the post by a gang of “Bulgarians”, and the investigation and questioning of the post office staff as the “law firm” claimed it was an “inside job”.
You can read the full story on the following link:
On Wednesday we highlighted the continuing story of Mark Rowe and his companies and that one of them of which he is still director Lansdown Financial Ltd is now the “Trading Name” of Mellor Solicitors. A relatively new law firm only registered on 19 June 2017, and supposedly doing the “claims” for Mark Rowe’s previous clients of ABC Legal & ABC Lawyers whose claims were then passed to Lansdown Financial. The full story can be read at the following link.
On Thursday a breaking news story was published titled “Uncovered: Anfi Attempts to Avoid Embargoed Accounts”. This article highlights the tactics being employed by Anfi to divert funds from Spanish accounts that are or may be subject to embargoes by the Spanish courts.
Although the beneficiaries of the payments are Anfi, these accounts are with banks in the UK, Germany, Denmark and elsewhere. Inside Timeshare has in the past published many stories on the Anfi practice of diverting funds between accounts in order to delay or prevent payment to clients who have won their cases. This story is likely to come to the attention of the Spanish press who are very keen to publish when it does Inside Timeshare will bring you their findings.
The full article can be seen at the following link.
The court declared the contract null & void due to the duration of the contract being for more than 50 years, containing floating weeks and the illegal taking of deposits. The court, in this case, awarded the client 102,427.91€ plus legal fees and legal interest. This is a whopping 30% more than his original purchase price.
On the first day of the month in another case at the High Court of Las Palmas (appeals), CLA won on behalf of another Norwegian client against Palm Oasis Tasolan.
The appeal was brought by Palm Oasis who lost at the Court of First Instance, with the High Court dismissing the appeal. They confirmed the sentence of the lower court which declared the contract null & void and awarded over 22,000€ back to the client.
These cases do show that the courts are now firmly behind consumers of timeshare and are following the law to the letter. It just amazes us that the timeshare companies still refuse to accept that their contracts are illegal and that the Supreme Court has interpreted the law incorrectly and continue to drag the case out with frivolous appeals.
On the point of the fake law firms and dubious claims companies, it is very important that you do your checks before believing what you are told on a cold-call or engaging their services. If you do not want to lose any further money then
The name Mark Rowe is not an unfamiliar name to these pages, for those of you who have had dealings with the myriad of companies under his ownership, from Monster Credits, Monster Rewards, ABC Lawyers, ABC Legal, Jive Hippo and not to forget Lansdown Financial Ltd. As we know along with the many “clients” who engaged the services of Rowe’s “legal” firms to “relinquish” their timeshare and then being passed on to Lansdown Financial for a “compensation” claim on a no win no fee basis. A new twist in the story has now appeared and it is rather disturbing.
Lansdown Financial Ltd,Company number 09742346 is another Mark Rowe company, he resigned as director in May 2019 but in February 2020 reinstated himself as a director with the resignation of the previous one.
Inside Timeshare has received several emails from readers expressing concern over an email they have received from Lansdown Financial, this email begins with a “quote” from the Financial Ombudsman. It begins:
“I’m getting in touch about your complaint”.
“I know you’ve asked a claims management company to represent you. However, all claims management companies must be authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority”.
“We’ve now found that your claims management company is no longer authorised to provide this service – so, unfortunately, this means we can’t talk to them about your complaint. But please don’t worry – we can still help you”.
In their reply to clients Lansdown Financial signing off as Mellor Solicitors – Timeshare Team is as follows:
“First and foremost your claim is being dealt with by Mellor Solicitors and we are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, we are not a Claims Management Company and do not require authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority.”
“For many of you the claim has been with the Ombudsman for 2 years and they have done virtually nothing, apart from sending you a letter stating that we are sorry and will revert back to you at some point.”
“As a Law Firm we can actively pursue your claim both with the Lender and the Ombudsman. We have recently had some great success stories with Barclays Partner Finance, Natwest and GE-Money. In many instances, we have managed to succeed where the Ombudsman has failed and achieved a better result for our clients.”
“We would remind all our clients that we will not ask our clients for any monies upfront and that we are operating on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis.”
“For those of you that have returned the Letter of Authority a big thank you, and those that have not please contact us as a matter of urgency.”
“For all those clients who are refusing to do so, please note that you are still under contract and this would constitute a breach. Please let us pursue this matter on your behalf as you have nothing to lose and potential compensation to receive.”
It is the last three paragraphs that have given rise to concern from our readers, that if they refuse to sign the “Letter of Authority” to pursue a claim, then they will be in breach of contract. Surely if you are engaging a firm for any legal matter such as filing a claim especially one that is supposed to be a firm of solicitors, is it not the clients right to cancel the claim if they so wish?
Is this yet another case of the bullying tactics of Mark Rowe, just as we have seen in the past with his other ventures?
When having a look at the “Mellor Solicitors” website, we came across something that Inside Timeshare finds rather disturbing. Under the heading of “More” on the menu bar is a drop-down box with a link to the following page:
It appears that Mellor Solicitors (Lansdown Financial owned by Mark Rowe) is pursuing claims where the client purchased using a credit card, in other words, a Section 75 claim under the Credit Consumer Act 1974.
There is obviously something not quite right here, one company sells the product Jive Hippo (replaced Monster) which we already know is not worth a thing, then another company still owned by Rowe makes a claim for “compensation” from the credit card company!
Surely, this cannot be right, do the credit card companies not realise that a claim is being made by one company against them for payments to another, yet to all intents and purposes they are one and the same being owned by the same person?
Do the “lawyers” at Mellor know the full story behind Mark Rowe, or, is he attempting to pull the wool over their eyes?