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New Legal Consultants Appear

Over the past few weeks Inside Timeshare has been warning about the proliferation of new “legal & claims” companies which have now started their “cold call campaigns”. Today we highlight one new company to come to our attention, but that is not all, there seem to be several companies all linked together by the same director and all being registered within a couple of years of each other. Three of them have the same address in Falkirk and one is based in Edinburgh.

We begin with the first company which came to our attention from our readers, C and J Legal Associates Ltd, Company Registration SC599970 and now registered at the following address:

Crichton House, Meeks Road, Falkirk, Scotland, FK2 7EW

Their original registered address which is still shown on the website is:

20 Meeks Road, Falkirk, FK2 7ES

Telephone: 01786 609 074

Email: [email protected]

The website was registered on 21 June 2018 and is due to expire on 21 June 2021 with the name of the owner/registrant being once again hidden.

http://candjlegal.co.uk/

The registered director is Christopher James Collins who is also the director of the following companies:

C and J Consultancy Ltd registered on 28 October 2019, Company Registration SC645442, with the registered address:

Crichton House, Meeks Road, Falkirk, Scotland, FK2 7EW

Website: http://www.candjlegalconsultancy.co.uk/ but at present does not seem to be operational.

C and J Management Services Ltd registered on 14 June 2019, Company Registration SC633400, with the registered address:

Crichton House, Meeks Road, Falkirk, Scotland, FK2 7EW

Contract Litigation Services Ltd registered on 12 May 2020, Company Registration Number SC661004, with the registered address:

64a Cumberland Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 6RE

Website:

https://contractlitigationservices.co.uk/

The website was registered on 7 May 2020 and is due to expire on 20 May 2021, once again the owner and registrant are hidden.

So what are the services being offered by these companies?

Well, it appears it is the usual termination of timeshare contracts and claims, but, considering these are very new companies we have to ask what experience they have and how successful have they been?

As of yet, we don’t have any answers, all we can say is that there is nothing on their websites to show any success and very little on the internet. Although the TCA (Timeshare Consumer Association) back in April did publish an article on C & J Management where Christopher Collins along with C & J Associates were mentioned.

https://timeshareconsumerassociation.org.uk/2020/04/01/cj-management-services-limited-amaryllis-associates-limited/
https://timeshareconsumerassociation.org.uk/2019/11/19/fca-instructs-amaryllis-associates-ltd-to-stop-claims-activities/

According to the TCA article, Collins offered a 6-month money-back guarantee but the process had to start before Brexit as it would then be more complicated to terminate the contract. Well, we have heard that one before.

According to the TCA, the consumer who contacted them was being charged £12,000 for a TERMINATION!

Apparently this fee was high because the “lawyer” they subcontracted charged over £250 per hour!

Well, it seems as though this price has now gone up as our readers have been told the cost is £14,000!

Another link which was discovered by the TCA is Amaryllis Associates, Company Registration 11449932, registered address:

71-75 Shelton Street, London, Greater London, United Kingdom, WC2H 9JQ

Now the most intriguing fact which the TCA published is the director of Amaryllis Associates is the director, Sabrina Kaur Kumar, who was also once a director of Lansdown Financial Ltd, another of the previous Mark Rowe companies.

Just on the information we have and the link with Kumar gives Inside Timeshare grave cause for concern on several points:

  • The time these companies have been operating;
  • The costs involved;
  • The use of “Brexit” as a reason to sign up now;
  • The link with a Mark Rowe associate and director.

Once again this does show how careful you the timeshare owners must be when being contacted by these types of companies. They may appear to be genuine, but it is not until you start to delve into what they actually say and who they are linked with that the alarm bells begin to ring.

Have you been contacted by any of these companies or any other company offering termination or claims services?

If so, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

Within minutes of publishing, Inside Timeshare received a message from a very reliable source, it seems that Christopher Collins is known in Tenerife and worked with Jeroen Martijn Brussel at Sim Legal Services. This is a company and person who has figured on our pages many times.

https://insidetimeshare.com/start-the-week-information-received/

REMEMBER, DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST!

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.

Mark Rowe: Lansdown Financial

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.

It now appears that Lansdown Financial Ltd is the “Trading Name” of Mellor Solicitors, Company number 10620587, incorporated 15 February 2017. They are also registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, SRA No 639178 and have been registered since 19 June 2017.

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?

Mark Rowe

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:

https://www.mellorsolicitors.co.uk/jivehippo.html

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?

As usual, we let you the reader decide.

Links to company records.

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/09742346

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/10620587

https://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/register/organisation/?sraNumber=639178#headingFirmNames

https://www.einforma.com/informacion-empresa/jive-hippo

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/09863488