It is the end of another week with Inside Timeshare, we began this week with an old story, that of Mrs B and her long-running battle with MacDonald Resorts over maintenance arrears for a timeshare she no longer legally owns. We also highlighted two new companies who have begun a cold calling campaign, Timeshare Refund Calculator and World and European Marketing Ltd. Once again these have been supplied by our regular readers who have been contacted by them. Another major article this week was the article Lopesan Sue Apollo Capital Management in UK Courts, a story that has aroused the interest of some of our US readers.
There was also some very good news from the courts, these were mainly sentences against Anfi. Many of these were judgements from the High Court of Las Palmas, GC, these were appeals by Anfi against the rulings from the Court of First Instance, in every case, the appeal was dismissed with the original sentence endorsed and returned to the original court for execution of sentence.
Considering the number of appeals that Anfi is making to the High Court, with all of them being rejected and sentences endorsed, it makes Inside Timeshare wonder why Anfi continues to appeal?
We suspect they are playing for time and just delaying the inevitable, possibly to deter any new claims being filed using time as a tool. After all, we know how devious Anfi can be!
We finish this week with news of another court case, this time it is not Anfi, but Holiday Club based in Gran Canaria.
The Court of First Instance Number 4 of SBT, has declared the clients contract null and void, they have also awarded over 20,000€ plus legal interest and legal costs.
This amount also includes the payment of double the amount of the deposit taken within the statutory cooling-off period.
Apparently, this is another case where the judge decided that a full trial would not be necessary and issued his sentence at the pre-trial stage. This means the case has been dealt with within a very short period of time, from filing with the court to the sentence has only been 6 months. It certainly is speeding things up now judges are dispensing with full trials.
Inside Timeshare is constantly being asked about new companies that have appeared and begun a cold calling campaign, over the past few months there have been many news ones emerge. On Tuesday it was Timeshare Refund Calculator, this has also been appearing on Facebook and this has caused some laughter. Reading through the comments people have placed, praise the company no end, not bad for something that has only just appeared. But it is when you check the profiles of those commenting it becomes apparent what is going on, one commentator posted a long and wonderful post of praise, it turns out this person actually lives in Tenerife, which we suspect is where the call centre is located. Could these wonderful comments come from the call centre staff themselves? Today however we reveal the latest to come to our attention and also bring the latest news from the courts.
World and European Marketing Ltd is the latest name to come up from our readers who have been cold called. The company was incorporated on 11 September 2019, so is only just about a year old. The registered company director is Derek James McCaig, Company Registration Number 12201105, registered address (which is the same address given on the website ad is also very familiar):
Strange how the landline and mobile numbers are the same with a 0203 London code?
According to their about me page, they claim to be:
“We are experts in the field of sourcing experienced UK lawyers for all types of Timeshare miss-representations.”
“Our experienced team simply finds the best lawyers available to secure a successful outcome for you.”
On this, it certainly looks like they are actually a lead generator for other companies rather than a “claims & exit” company. This is borne out by the contact one of our readers has had with them.
Our reader was contacted by World & European Marketing with regards to terminating their Club la Costa contract and claim “compensation” through their loan agreement. This company has passed them to Fulbrook Associates of Stirling, who we are very familiar with as they work hand in hand with Claims Solutions Group of Aberfeldy, Meridian Associates of Tenerife and the latest Aegis Direct SL of Tenerife. None of these are law firms or lawyers!
There is also something very disturbing about this scenario, payments are made by credit card, that is good as you are then covered by Section 75 of the Credit Consumer Act 1974, but you will be mistaken, you will not be covered.
You pay World & European Marketing, they in turn hand the work to whichever company, they fail to do the job, no claim under Section 75. The company you paid has done their job, you have paid them to find you a firm to terminate your contract, that is what they have done, claim denied.
Once again we have a company that makes claims on their website that they are “experts” in locating the best lawyers and yet, they team up with many of the companies that are, to say the least suspect. We leave it to you, the reader to decide what you think.
Now for some more news regarding the trials and tribulations of Anfi.
The High Court Number 5 of Las Palmas, GC, has once again dismissed another appeal by Anfi, these are now becoming very frequent. The judges in their deliberations fully supported the original sentence handed down by the Court of First Instance of SBT.
The contract has been declared null and void with Anfi being ordered to repay the Norwegian client over 41,000€ plus legal interest and legal costs.
In this case, the client had already received around 31,000€ back in March, so now that the sentence is confirmed they will soon be receiving the rest.
It still seems very puzzling why Anfi persists in these frivolous appeals, every single time they appeal it is dismissed and the original sentence is confirmed. Quite often the High Court will increase the award, this is obviously a sign that they are getting fed up with the delaying tactics employed by Anfi.
Down the road in the south of Gran Canaria, the Court of First Instance of SBT have declared another Anfi contract null and void, in this case, the Swiss client has been awarded over 46,000€ plus legal interest.
This is another case where the case has been finalised at the pre-trial stage, the judge again felt that the case did not need to go to a full trial, thus saving the courts and the client time. The timescale for this case is from the point of submitting the case to this conclusion has been only 11 months. Had it not been for the pandemic, the case would probably have been held earlier.
Going on past experience no doubt Anfi will lodge yet another frivolous appeal.
To end today’s article, we bring you the latest video from the CLA Lawyer Cristina Batista, in this video, Cristina gives the latest figures from CLA cases
Remember, beware what you are being told by “cold callers” not all are genuine or telling the truth. If you have received a call with some remarkable news and you are not sure if it is true or not, then use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.
Yesterday, Inside Timeshare published the latest in the long-running saga of Mrs B and her battle with MacDonald Resorts, with the latest news that MacDonalds “bloodhounds” the law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn are continuing to pursue a course of action through the County Courts. Inside Timeshare will keep you our readers informed of the latest developments as they come in. But I’m sure that you will all feel for Mrs B and her sister at this very trying time. Today however we bring you the latest from the courts, once again the cases involve our old friends at Anfi.
After publication on Friday, the following news came in, yet another appeal lodged by Anfi with the High Court has been rejected.
Once again the High Court Number 5 of Las Palmas has rejected another appeal made by Anfi against the ruling of the Court of First Instance of San Bartolomé de Tirajana.
The original ruling declared the contract null and void, awarding the English client over 45,000€ plus legal interest. As usual with Anfi contracts, the infractions were the inclusion of floating weeks, the duration of the contract was over 50 years and of course, there was the illegal taking of deposits within the statutory cooling-off period.
As we have said before, we just cannot understand the tactics being employed by the legal team representing Anfi. It seems that they are intent on advising Anfi to appeal at every stage, why we just don’t know. It is perfectly clear to anyone with half a brain that it is pointless to appeal on a case you know is going to fail.
All this does is create more costs for Anfi, increased legal fees, increased legal interest and on some occasions, the High Court has even awarded the client an increased award by way of punishment to Anfi.
It would appear to us that the only winners in these tactics are the Anfi client and Anfi’s legal team.
Inside Timeshare suspects that going by the previous tactics by the Anfi Legal Team, we can expect yet another appeal to be lodged with the High Court. Well, we can already guess what that result is going to be, another rejection and yet more expense for Anfi.
Staying on the subject of claims, another website has just come to our attention:
This website has only just been registered on the 18 September 2020 and it is set to expire on 18 September 2021, so yet another registered for only one year. Again the registrant is hidden by “privacy protection” so there is no indication who is behind or owns the website.
It is also being posted on Facebook.
There is a distinct lack of information on any company registration, but there is a copyright sign and date with the name “timeharereuk” next to it yet no reference to this name can be found on the internet. The site also gives this email address:
Yet this address does not appear to be correct, the postcode is definitely for York, but when running a search on the full address nothing in York shows on the map or any search results for this address. In fact, the only address with that street name that shows is for York in Canada, a place just outside of Toronto. See the link to Google maps.
So just on this information, the website does not look genuine or one that can be trusted.
According to the website they have a “timeshare refund calculator” where you place your details and they will have an answer for you on your “refund” in around 30 seconds! Wow, that is amazingly fast.
So what we can deduce from this is very simple, this is what is known as a landing site, you fill in the form, they tell you that you do have a claim and how much for, then your details are passed or sold on to another entity, more than likely one of the scam operations.
If you have been in contact with this website, Inside Timeshare would be very interested in your comments. This is yet another example of how careful you must be, not just with cold calls but with adverts on the internet and social media. You can contact us by using our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.