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Iconel Administration SL: Fake Law Firm Update

For some time now Inside Timeshare has been publishing readers information on Iconel Administration SL, CIF B93705606, a supposed law firm based in Málaga and registered as a company on 8 August 2019. As for the website, so far we have not been able to trace who registered it, when it was registered and when it is due to expire. The links to other dubious “fake law firms” past and present is another area for concern, but it is what they are telling potential clients that is very disturbing.

Director links of
José Miguel Muñoz Cañas

Inside Timeshare has received a recording of a call being made by Judith Saunders from “Iconel Lawyers” to one of our readers. This reader is very sceptical as they have lost considerable sums in the past to various scams including losing thousands to ABC Lawyers and Mark Rowe, which is the subject of the call.

Our reader did ask some very important questions regarding how they are going to get the money back considering that the company is “bankrupt” according to Judith Saunders. Her reply comes after some hesitation, obviously, she was not expecting to be asked such a direct and important question. Her reply after a long hesitation was, to say the least, plausible but still untrue.

According to Judith Saunders, it is “only one company that has gone bankrupt”, it would not mean anything to our reader as his money has been moved around the various Mark Rowe companies and it is those that Iconel are taking to court.

Mark Rowe

She even has a slight pop at the UK Police investigating Mark Rowe, claiming they have no idea about Spanish law or have any jurisdiction as they are all Spanish companies. In a sense that is true, many of the companies are registered as Spanish entities but in Tenerife, which would have jurisdiction, not Málaga. It is also a fact that many other branches of Rowes companies are registered in the UK which would then have jurisdiction.

Somerset & Avon Police

It is also a fact that the Regional Organised Crime Unit of Somerset and Avon Police are working closely with the Tenerife authorities in their investigations into Mark Rowe and his companies. It is also a fact that Mark Rowe is on police bail in the UK.

Another disturbing part of the recording was how Judith Saunders blames the police for allowing Rowe to continue operating despite being under investigation. According to Judith Saunders, Mark Rowe then had time to establish the ABC legal group of companies and more disturbingly ECC, (European Consumer Claims). This is a total fabrication on behalf of Iconel Administration and Judith Saunders.

Happy clients of ECC & M1 Legal receiving their payout.
Picture courtesy of M1 Legal

ECC has nothing to do with Mark Rowe, it is a completely different entity and works alongside and very closely with M1 Legal, which is another of the very few leading and genuine law firms in the field of timeshare law.

Once again, untruths and blatant lies are being used to convince clients to part with substantial sums of money for non-existent court cases and “compensation” which is not even there!

For further information on Iconel Administration SL and their dubious links see the links below.

First article & 6 March 2020

https://insidetimeshare.com/end-of-the-week-and-another-fake-firm-emerges/

 The first mention of the director 22 Jan 2020 José Miguel Muñoz Cañas

https://insidetimeshare.com/more-consumer-warnings/

Article showing company links 13 March 2020

https://insidetimeshare.com/its-friday-and-the-end-of-another-week/

Once again another reader has had a lucky escape, had they not decided to do their homework first they may have just been taken in by Judith Saunders and Iconel Administration SL the fake law firm defrauding unsuspecting victims.

If you have had a call from Judith Saunders (if indeed that is her real name) from Iconel Lawyers or any other “law” firm, please use our contact page and let us know the details. Inside Timeshare will then get back to you and use your information to warn others of these scams.

REMEMBER TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

Start the Week

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.

https://insidetimeshare.com/page/1/?s=jsd

https://insidetimeshare.com/page/1/?s=torcaz

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?

Late on Friday after we published our End of Week Roundup, the following news came in and yet another defeat at the Court of First Instance for Anfi Sales SL and Anfi Resorts SL.

Court of First Instance, San Bartelolmé de Tirajana

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.

The case was brought on behalf of the client by Canarian Legal Alliance with the original consultant being Lotta Nielsen and the two lawyers conducting the case being Eva Gutiérrez and Oscar Ojeda Suárez

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.

End of Week Roundup

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.

Previous articles on Morales Maxwell.

https://insidetimeshare.com/eze-group-clients-being-targeted-jsd-update/

https://insidetimeshare.com/its-friday/

https://insidetimeshare.com/start-the-week-more-from-morales-maxwell-and-the-jsd-group/

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”.

The envelope with a letter from the court which the cheque issued by the court was missing.

You can read the full story on the following link:

https://insidetimeshare.com/torcaz-abogados-the-case-of-the-missing-cheque/

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.

Mark Rowe

https://insidetimeshare.com/mark-rowe-lansdown-financial/

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.

https://insidetimeshare.com/uncovered-anfi-attempts-to-avoid-embargoed-accounts/

We now move on with the latest news from the courts this week.

On 30 June yet another sentence was issued against Anfi Sales SL and Anfi Resorts SL, by the Court of First Instance No. 4 of San Bartolomé de Tirajana GC.

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.

The Norwegian client was represented by Aroa Cathaysa Martin of CLA, so another happy ex-Anfi timeshare owner and another victory for Canarian Legal Alliance.


Aroa Cathaysa Martin

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.

The client was represented by the CLA lawyers  Miguel Angel Melian Santana and Oscar Salvador Santana Gonzales, so it is congratulations to the client and also to CLA and their legal team.

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

DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

Have a great weekend and join us again next week.