Start the Week: ABC Legal Still Chasing for Payments

Once again Inside Timeshare is receiving many emails from former clients of ABC Legal and ABC Lawyers, both companies are owned and operated by Mark Rowe. It is also a fact that both of these companies are in the process of liquidation. We reported on 2 December that ABC Legal have employed a debt collection agency to pursue payments from clients which ABC Legal (and ABC Lawyers) are supposed to have relinquished their timeshare. As we know these have not happened and these clients are now being billed for substantial arrears in maintenance fees.

As in previous cases submitted to Inside Timeshare, ABC Legal and ABC Lawyers promised clients that they would extricate them from their timeshare contracts and then pursue a claim for compensation. This “compensation” is done on a no win no fee basis and the claim will be made by yet another of Mark Rowe’s companies Lansdown Financial Ltd. How they will be “claiming” this compensation is very vague.

According to our reports, it will be made under the Credit Consumer Act 1974 possibly using Section 75. If this does not work then they will make a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman. As we have said many times before, claiming against your credit card company under Section 75 is never going to payout. The timeshare will have been used, therefore the timeshare company will claim that you have received the goods and services paid for. The Financial Ombudsman will also rule in favour of the credit card company and not uphold the claim.

All clients that have contacted Inside Timeshare have told the same story, they have asked for confirmation that they are out of their timeshare contracts, the only “confirmation” is a letter from ABC titled “Timeshare Exit Certificate” issued by them and not the timeshare resort. They have also been issued with a “Discretionary Legal Benefits Scheme”, or legal indemnity. This is to supposedly cover any litigation made by the timeshare company for arrears. This “scheme” or the “indemnity” is worthless.

The debt collection agency they have employed is CCI Credit Management Ltd, one just has to wonder if they actually know that the companies employing them are under liquidation or even the history of scams perpetrated by Mark Rowe and his companies?

Mark Rowe

If you have paid ABC Legal, ABC Lawyers or any of the Mark Rowe companies for a timeshare exit and claim, then please check with your timeshare resort that your membership has actually been accepted. We very much doubt if it has.

Your next step is to report this to Action Fraud, the more people that make a report, the more likely they will act and bring these crooks to justice. At the end of the day, you have been defrauded of your hard-earned money and not received the service you were promised.

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

If you have had dealings with any company and want to know if they are genuine please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will point you in the right direction.

Timeshare Sales End at Golden Sands Malta

Welcome to the end of the week, today Inside Timeshare reports of the latest news coming from Malta. It has been announced in the Times of Malta that timeshare sales are ending at the Radisson Blu Golden Sands Resort and Spa with the loss of around 80 jobs. Azure Services Ltd which is the sales and marketing company for the resort told employees by email that “the majority” of staff will be made redundant. They will be making way for a new “elite team” which will be embarking on a “new strategy”. As yet we don’t know what this new strategy is, but this will be a blow for the staff especially at this time of year. (See link at the end for the full article)

Azure Services Ltd is part of the Limora Group owned by the Trotta family and is the Maltese sister company of Silverpoint selling the very same products. Azure Services was set up in 2003 with the sole intention of selling timeshare or as they called it “vacation ownership” at the five-star Radisson Blu Golden Sands located at Golden Bay beach at Għajn Tuffieħa.

Radisson Blu Golden Sands Resort and Spa

Linked to the hotel at one point were the Manchester United football players Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, they had invested in Island Hotels Group which was the company that managed the hotel. This was a major selling point for the sales staff and tended to swing sales in their favour.

In 2015, the Corinthia Group, the parent company of Corinthia Hotels a Maltese hotel company acquired a 50 per cent share of Azure Services, with the remaining 50 per cent being owned by international investors (Limora Group).

On Monday the email sent to employees explained that the company would no longer be selling timeshare or holiday clubs but the focus would be on servicing its thousands of members.

The email went on to say “inevitably, in consequence of this new strategy going forward, the majority of the sales and marketing teams will need to be made redundant to make way for an elite team of marketing and sales staff selected to promote and take forward this new strategy.”

There will also be a restructuring of other servicing departments and this could increase the numbers losing their jobs to 120.

In the Times of Malta report, a spokesman said that both sets of shareholders remained committed to the future of the resort as a “high-end luxury destination.” They also maintained that Azure and Golden Sands Resort would fully honour all timeshare commitments arising from obligations to existing members

Azure sold not just the basic timeshare but also copied the model from their sister company in Tenerife Silverpoint, this was the selling of “investment” weeks with the promise of rental income and then a resale with profit after 2 years. None of this ever materialised.

They also moved into selling membership points-based holiday club called Azure X, which Inside Timeshare has been told by readers is known as XP. These are explained by the sales staff as a virtual currency such as bitcoin and could be traded in the same manner or used to gain access to motor yachts, supercars and other hotels which include those owned by the Corinthia Group.

This product is designed as an attempt to bypass timeshare legislation as it is a membership to a club and has no property or weeks attached. But we all know that anything sold by any of the Limora Group companies will be worthless and useless, just look at all the products sold by Silverpoint over the years.

As for the new product and the “new strategy”, we will just have to wait and see what this will bring, no doubt it will not be for the benefit of the consumer!

Full article Times of Malta

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/timeshare-sales-end-at-golden-sands-with-loss-of-80-jobs.756316

This is not the first time Azure and Golden Sands has hit the press, Malta today reported in February 2019 on the investigation by the FCA into loan agreements brokered by Azure for the purchase of timeshare with Barclays Partner Finance. These loan agreements were brokered illegally as Azure was acting without official authorisation.

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/93169/golden_sands_timeshare_loans_investigated_over_misselling_by_uk_watchdog_#.XfNzg-j7SUm

If you have purchased any product from Azure especially the XP “virtual” currency, Inside Timeshare would love to hear from you. Please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

Have a great weekend.

Club Paradiso: Latest News

Inside Timeshare over the past months has been reporting on the latest developments regarding Club Paradiso and The Paramount. We reported some time ago that Alex Lawson of Alvarez and Marsal became the administrator of Club Paradiso Ltd and began proceedings to liquidate the company (club). We also reported earlier in the year that many bookings made by members had not been honoured, the reason given was that Excel Hotels and Resorts had not been paid for the bookings. Many members arrived to find The Paramount closed and had nowhere to stay unless they paid yet again.

The strange thing is that all the companies involved in this are all part of the same group of companies of which Alex Lawson is being placed as administrator to liquidate them. He is also the appointed liquidator of Limora Group the parent company of Silverpoint, Excel Resorts and a host of others.

In the latest letter to members Alex Lawson tries to explain what is going on, he begins with the excuse of a “breakdown of relationships with a number of inventory providers”, which necessitated the suspension of all new bookings from June 2019.

Alex Lawson

He then goes on to explain that the “company” had been working hard to honour “existing 2019 reservations as far as possible.” Unfortunately for the majority of members, they have had to make their own alternative arrangements.

The letter goes on to state that given the issues that face Club Paradiso they are unable to confirm any bookings for the 2020 period. His advice is to contact the destination resort to confirm if the booking is still valid and arrange “for payment” for the accommodation or to “confirm cancellation.”

The next paragraph which is in bold and underlined goes on to say:

“For the avoidance of doubt, please note that, in the case of bookings for the 2020 calendar year, whether previously confirmed or unconfirmed by Club Paradiso, Club Paradiso is not able to maintain these bookings and is not able to assist with payment or the sourcing of alternative accommodation in respect of the same. This applies to any bookings made during (or before) 2019 for the 2020 calendar year (and beyond).”

Well, that is blunt and straight to the point, members will get nothing.

Lawson then goes on to say that the property (The Paramount) “was never owned by the club,” it was only made available to members through a lease agreement, he then states that the company (Club Paradiso was not a direct party to).

Again he goes on to blame “unpaid lease payments” as the reason why The Paramount was “unable normal operations”. This resulted in The paramount having to deny access to club members.

Lawson then explains that The Paramounts former owners (whoever they are) agreed on a sale and it is now under new ownership. He also points out that Club Paradiso was not directly involved in the sale and is unable to provide any information on the sale or the future of The Paramount.

Now considering that Lawson is involved in the liquidation of many of the companies of Limora Group and the fact they are all interconnected it does seem very strange that he claims he does not know what is going on!

So to recap, Alexander Lawson as liquidator closes down Club Paradiso along with The Paramount itself claiming unpaid fees,  using this as justification to members/investors as the reason the building is closed.

The building is then sold to a real estate company in Tenerife who are now selling the apartments off as individual units (so why is the money made from this sale not given to the investors as per their contracts?). He also believes that nobody will take any legal action but will just roll over and lose everything they have paid for, somehow Inside Timeshare cannot see this happening.

It is now becoming very apparent that the whole structure of which Silverpoint is a part of is just a very large criminal enterprise. This also includes the actions of the liquidator who is taking action which does not benefit creditors or the club members themselves, His actions are guided by his employers the UBO’s (ultimate beneficial owners) the Trotta family who all reside in the USA. (See link below for the full story if the reasons behind the liquidations).

Inside Timeshare has also heard through the grapevine that the State Prosecutors Office of Tenerife has also included Alex Lawson in their criminal investigation. Further information on this when there is confirmation.

What Inside Timeshare can reveal at this point is that one law firm is already on top of this and is currently taking action on this, no prizes for guessing which law firm, Yes, Canarian Legal Alliance.

If you are a member of Club Paradiso and would like to know your legal options or further information you can either use the contact page on Inside Timeshare or you can contact Canarian Legal Alliance direct through their website: https://www.canarianlegalalliance.com/

Link to the 6 part article on the liquidations.

https://insidetimeshare.com/?s=exclusive+breaking+news