Welcome to the start of another week with Inside Timeshare, we ended last week with news from the courts with all the cases being against Anfi, but at the last minute on Friday news came in from the High Court of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This was against Silverpoint who appealed to the High Court after losing in the Court of First Instance. We also look today at some of the news published on the TCA (Timeshare Consumer Association) website, with news on Loch Rannoch and a very interesting article on Sarah Waddington Solicitors.
We begin with the news from the High Court Number 3 of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Silverpoint originally lost the case at the Court of First Instance, where the contract was declared null and void with the court ordering the repayment of over 98,000€ plus legal interest and legal costs.
They duly appealed which is their legal right, but, as usual, the High Court dismissed the appeal and confirmed the original sentence, returning the case back to the original court for execution of sentence. No doubt the lawyers at Canarian Legal Alliance who represented the English client will have already filed with the court for the enforcement of the sentence.
It should also be pointed out that when determining the award, both courts included the double payment of all amounts paid within the statutory cooling-off period. This has almost doubled the original amount the client paid.
We now move to a couple of articles published by the TCA last week, the first is about the problems that have arisen at Loch Rannoch Highland Club, which is going to annoy many members.
The management at Loch Rannoch has announced that they are “temporarily” shutting down the resort. They claim it is the fault of the “local lockdowns” and restrictions on travel. According to the TCA report, this was following a disagreement between management and staff which prompted a walkout by senior staff members.
As with other timeshare resorts that have to close down during the current situation, it is expected that members will still have to pay next year’s maintenance fee in full, even though there is no guarantee that they will be able to use their membership.
The TCA report also points to the fact that a police investigation has also been launched into “financial irregularities” and possible “financial embezzlement”.
Obviously, this is a story that we will be keeping an eye on, for the full TCA article please follow the link.
In the second TCA article which is titled:
“Sarah Waddington Solicitors claim to help timeshare owners. But do they?”
They look at the law firm of Sarah Waddington, a UK registered lawyer who claims to help timeshare owners exit their contracts. Obviously, this is for a substantial fee, but as the title suggests, do they actually do what they say, according to some of the reports highlighted by the TCA, it does not appear as though they do.
They give three examples of “clients” experiences with Sarah Waddington and to be honest, they do not look good. Below are links to the TCA article and one of the cases they have shown.
We leave it to you, the reader to decide what you think of this law firm.
This is yet another example of why you need to be very careful on whose services you take up when dealing with timeshare “exit or claims”. Just because a lawyer is UK registered does not mean they necessarily have the experience or the knowledge to do the job. It would appear from the examples given in the article that the clients were given some very bad advice which has had very serious consequences for them.
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