TIMESHARE TERMINATION CASE STUDY – HERITAGE RESORTS
I have been a solicitor for 15 years, specialising exclusively in dispute resolution with a particular focus on dealing with complex contractual disputes. Over the last seven years I have developed a niche Practice in timeshare law.
Timeshare is hugely popular with UK consumers, indeed, some ‘500,000 British families own a timeshare, of which around 20% are in the UK, and British residents represent one third of all timeshare owners in Europe’.
However, the contracts that underpin timeshare schemes are amongst the most complex I have ever come across, and that includes commercial work I have done involving restrictive covenants, energy procurement, franchise and partnership agreements.
There are however strong arguments, in law, as to why these complex contracts should not be enforceable against consumers in perpetuity. Once cannot look at these contracts in isolation, without considering the law applicable to consumer contracts, both at common law and UK and EU statute/regulations.
It dismays me that the marketplace is now crowded with para legal companies who do not have the requisite experience in this area, have no rights of audience before the Courts, are un-insured and who charge more than solicitors for inadequate legal representation.
The para legal companies differ from firms of solicitors as follows:
They are not supervised by experienced legal practitioners. At best they are staffed with inexperienced law graduates. At worst they are merely salesman dressed up as legal practitioners.
They are not regulated by a regulatory body with “teeth”.
Their charges are out of proportion with the level of service provided.
They are underfunded and uninsured.
If you have been approached by anyone offering you legal services, you should satisfy yourself that they have the requisite experience and will act in your best interests.
At Athena Law we offer a Fixed Fee service for advice, and where appropriate, termination of your timeshare.
We may also, upon request, consider representation on a fixed fee basis. (see case study below).
I recently represented Mr and Mrs x, who had purchased a Timeshare from Heritage Resorts in 2008. They were no longer able to use their Timeshare as Mr x had been made redundant, and Mrs x was in poor health. As a result of these unfortunate circumstances they were experiencing severe financial hardship. This situation was exacerbated by the financial burden of escalating maintenance fees for their Timeshare. They were hugely concerned about the implications of being unable to afford payments.
In view of the circumstances, I offered to represent them on a ‘no win no fee’ basis.
They were content to proceed and I perused their contract in detail, then commenced negotiation with Heritage Resorts. Mr and Mrs x are no longer liable for payment of maintenance fees.
Having represented hundreds of timeshare owners over the years, I have extensive experience of helping to release clients from inherently unfair and unenforceable timeshare contracts.
With a personal, straightforward approach, my understanding of the timeshare market ensures the best possible results for my clients.
If you are trapped in a timeshare you no longer want or can afford, I offer a free, initial consultation to go over the details of your particular circumstances.
If you would like a free no, obligation chat to find out how we can help you, please contact me on 0161 839 8847, by email at email@example.com, or use the ‘become a client’ button on the homepage.